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Nationals pitcher Doug Fister gives the gift of Starbucks coffee

Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister sprung an early Christmas Eve surprise on his Twitter followers, offering a scannable image of a Starbucks gift card for a free cup o’ java.

Alas, Fister failed to note his tab was limited, so a number of latecomers had to dig into their own pockets for their daily caffeine buzz when the gift card was quickly tapped out.


Though Fister is not of Neapolitan descent, his gift brings to mind the tradition of “suspended coffee” — or paying for a stranger’s coffee sight unseen as chronicled in a New York Times article.