Victor Robles is all about making new friends, even if that friend is a giant praying mantis.
In the eighth round of the Nationals vs. On Monday night’s Phillies, a praying mantis got attached to Robles’ hat. The Washington center was absolutely not bothered by the virus and left it lying around on his hat in the dugout.
The Nationals show had a lot of fun with the mantis and compared the virus to an alien from the “Men In Black” movies. They also wondered if this could become a “rally mantis” for the Nationals, who held a one point lead when the creature first appeared.
Additionally, the show asked if Robles actually knew the bug was there. In the ninth round it became clear that he did.
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Robles took the praying mantis to the center of the field with him at the start of the ninth. He made sure he was following the game and even told her the number of outs at any given time.
Unfortunately, the praying mantis did not bring luck to the Nationals. Instead, the Phillies scored five runs early in the ninth inning and managed to secure a 7-5 victory over Washington, who led 3-2 going into the final quarter.
As such, Philadelphia has dubbed the bug its rally mantis.
In truth, losing may be a blessing in disguise for domestic tankers, who have unloaded most of their high-end talent – including Max Scherzer and Trea Turner – by the 2021 MLB trade deadline. So, maybe this mantis will turn out to be an answered prayer.