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10/01/2014 01:54 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

18 Signs You've Got Some Serious 'Natitude'

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It is gripping the nation's capital. No, "it" is not bipartisan gridlock or beltway traffic. The feeling that has been sweeping through Washington D.C. is "Natitude," and the rest of the country better get ready for it.

Sometimes expressed with excessive eye black and overgrown facial hair, which are frequently displayed at the site of walk-off wins, "Natitude" is the state of mind that has sent the Washington Nationals surging into the 2014 Major League Baseball playoffs with the best record in the National League. It's also the mindset that has the team's fans doing all sorts of unexpected things, from dressing up like garden gnomes to ordering vanity license plates.

First introduced as part of a marketing slogan in 2012, "Natitude" caught on with a beltway baseball fan base that hasn't seen the local nine win the World Series since 1924. According to The Washington Post, the team intended to back away from the term in 2014 but surveyed fans didn't want to give it up.

Because #Natitude.

Whether you're in the stands at Nationals Park or covertly checking the scores on your mobile device while running errands in the West Wing, here are 18 signs that you've undergone a major Natitude adjustment:

You Believe THIS Is The Only Presidential Race That Matters

Yes, You Think Facial Hair Can Make A 6-Tool Player

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And Are Prepared To Make Your Own Hirsute Contribution

You Don't Always Handle Disappointment Well

Or Deal With Authority Figures Appropriately

You Believe There Is No Such Thing As Too Much Eye Black

You Have Made Some Risky Decisions While Playing The Field

And Might Make More, For The Team

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Not Only Do You Have A Jayson Werth Gnome

But You Waited In Line For It

And Adjusted Your Gameday Wardrobe Accordingly

A Baseball Player Turned You On To Phish

You Think Bryce Harper's T-Shirts Are Just Hilarious

And Really, Really Want His Fireman's Helmet

That Walk-Off Wins Are Just A Regular Part Of Your Life

You're Passing Along Your Positive Natitude To Your Children

And Believe This Is The Only Responsible Parenting Philosophy

Most Importantly, You're Ready For The World Series

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