Just before midnight, some 30 minutes after Alexander Ovechkin hoisted the Stanley Cup for the first time, I stood in a swarm of 40,000 best friends with my colleague and reflected on what just happened.
With the first week of the 2018 season under the Washington Nationals belt, the team sits 4-5 after being swept at home by the hated New York Mets. Despite starting the season 4-0, Washington has scuffled and fallen below .500 for the first time since August 2015.
Dave Martinez is a baseball guy. He was traded five times, played for four teams in one season, and played 11 seasons in the majors collecting 1,599 hits. Not a bad stat line for a journeyman.
Here we go. For the fourth time in six years our beloved Washington Nationals are National League East Champions, and ready for the postseason.
DC Sports Zimm's Corner: Washington Nationals Tags:
Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper, Chicago Cubs, Daniel Murphy, Gio Gonzalez, Jake Arrieta, Jayson Werth, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks, Max Scherzer, Michael A. Taylor, Ryan Zimmerman, San Francisco Giants, Stephen Strasburg, Trea Turner
Just ask yourself: how many times does a big-named, high-priced player acquisition arrive in Washington, D.C., and actually live up to the billing?
DC Sports Tags:
Albert Haynesworth, Alexander Ovechkin, Bradley Beal, Bryce Harper, Chris Webber, Clayton Kershaw, Detroit Tigers, Gaylord Perry, Jaromir Jagr, John Wall, Jordan Zimmerman, Los Angeles Dodgers, Max Scherzer, Miami Marlins, Nicklas Backstrom, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Rogers Clemens, Roy Halladay, Washington Nationals
The official time of death yesterday, for what was billed as the most important night in D.C. sports in the last quarter century, was 9:38pm.
DC Sports Tags:
Alexander Ovechkin, Avery Bradley, Baltimore Orioles, Barry Melrose, Barry Trotz, Boston Celtics, Braden Holtby, Cleveland Cavaliers, Daniel Winnik, Ernie Grunfeld, John Wall, Marc-Andre Fleury, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, Michael Wilbon, Mike Emrick, Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Strasburg, T.J. Oshie, Tony Kornheiser, Washington Capitals, Washington Nationals, Washington Wizards