Baseball fans love stats, streaks, and superstitions, so we’ve got a doozy to share with you as the Major League Baseball playoffs kick off this week.
We’ve figured out the secret to success for the Washington Nationals Invite Heifetz students to play the National Anthem before a regular-season game; win the division.
You can, as they say, look it up: For the fourth time in six seasons, the Washington Nationals are the champions of the National League East, and open up the National League Division Series at home against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Friday. Sure, they’ve got amazing pitchers, slick fielders, and big boppers, but we’ve think the real reason for the Nats’ success is the “Heifetz Effect” Heifetz students have made the drive from Staunton to the big stadium in Washington DC exactly….four times in the past six seasons to open a Nats game with a stirring two-violin version of our National Anthem. Oh yes, this is a streak that started in 2012, the Institute’s first year in DC Baseball territory, which also happened to be Washington’s all-time record for regular-season wins.
Coincidence…or a good luck charm? We’re not sure, but since the Nats haven’t ever advanced beyond the division series, we think it might behoove the front office to invite back our pre-game stars from ’17, 14-year-old fiddlers Sarah Ma and Daniel Bae, who wowed the crowd before the Nats game earlier this season against the very same Chicago Cubs!