Sometimes sports teams in the same city develop a strong synergy, something that connects fans and expands the cultural Venn-diagram of the region and its affiliations.
Within the last month, and especially in the last few days, the Redskins and Nationals have had such occurrences. It began with reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper wearing a “You Like That” T-shirt while working out and later sporting a Redskins cap to the Super Bowl.
It was followed by outfielder Reed Johnson arriving to Viera, Fla., earlier this week for the start of Spring Training in a customized “You Like That” shirt.
And it continued during new Nationals manager Dusty Baker's first press conference of the season, though this time Trent Williams and Kirk Cousins-themed phrases were left out of the equation.
Instead, Baker admitted to the press that before putting on his new uniform, he had called legendary Redskins coach Joe Gibbs this past Monday about returning to coaching and sports after a leave of absence.
Baker finished his last managerial gig with the Reds in 2013 but still kept his eye on the game, serving as an analyst most recently for TBS during the 2015 MLB postseason.
The break for Gibbs was even more dramatic after he decided to end his coaching career at the end of the 1992 season. It wasn't until 2004 that the Redskins lured him back to coach again and Gibbs left his racing team in the hands of his son, J.D.
No word on exactly what words of wisdom were shared, but Baker said the two of them prayed over the phone.