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Nats give Giolito the grand tour

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Nats give Giolito the grand tour

If the Nationals think Lucas Giolito needs any convincing to sign with them instead of enrolling at UCLA this fall, they certainly picked the perfect weekend to bring their top draft pick to town.

Giolito was at Nationals Park today getting a grand tour of the facility from owner Mark Lerner and general manager Mike Rizzo, hanging out on the field during batting practice and otherwise getting to experience what life could be like as a major leaguer in Washington.

It didn't hurt that Giolito's weekend in D.C. happens to coincide with the Yankees also in town for perhaps the biggest series the Nationals have hosted in eight years.

The 17-year-old right-hander, selected 16th overall in the country 10 days ago, has until July 13 to either sign with the Nationals or elect instead to accept his scholarship to pitch at UCLA.

The Nationals have believed all along they can sign Giolito, who could cost a majority of the team's 4.4 million draft signing bonus pool. The young pitcher, who was plagued by an elbow injury during his senior year of high school in Southern California, will have to decide whether he believes he can move up in the draft in future years (and thus merit a larger signing bonus).

Giolito (who was not made available to reporters) also met several Nationals players last night during Ryan Zimmerman's charity "A Night at the Park" event.

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Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth awesomely lead Nats' 'Game of Thrones' dress-up

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Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth awesomely lead Nats' 'Game of Thrones' dress-up

The Washington Nationals are known for getting dressing up as fictional and real characters and getting really into it, but Sunday, they topped themselves. 

Led by Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth, the team went all-out, die-hard "Game of Thrones" this year, and it was spectacular. Werth was dressed as Jon Snow, while Harper got super into it as Snow's direwolf, Ghost. 

But while Harper and Werth are definitely the highlight of this tradtion, other Nats' costumes looked pretty great (and accurate) as well. 

Number 1 team this side of The Wall!! #nats #mlb #gameofthrones #rookiedressup

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Rookie dress up time! #gameofthrones #faithmilitant #nats #mlb

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And thanks to Sammy Solis' Instagram account, there's also proof he ran into George R.R. Martin, the novelist behind "Game of Thrones."

Weird running into George R. R. Martin in the lobby 🤔 #gameofthrones #nats

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Bryce Harper reportedly will come off the disabled list tomorrow

Bryce Harper reportedly will come off the disabled list tomorrow

Bryce Harper's (probably) back. 

With just over two weeks left in the regular season, the Nationals star is set to be activated off the disabled list, according to the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes:

Harper hasn't played since August 12, when he slipped awkwardly on the first base bag while trying to beat out a grounder. He suffered a signifcant bone bruise, although the injury looked considerably worse than it ended up being. 

Before getting hurt, Harper was hitting .326/.419/.614 on the year with a 1.034 OPS and 29 home runs.