A Black Eye For Baseball
Greetings From The Booth!
This is gonna be short and sweet this week. The Booth has no air conditioning, and I am preparing for a trip to Virginia Beach and the annual Virginia Association Awards. I’m proud to say that our radio stations are up for 4 separate awards, including Outstanding Sports Coverage, which I am most proud of. I’ve said multiple times that I don’t do what I do every day for the awards, but it is always nice to be recognized by those in your field. I have always had a passion for sports and music, and I am doubly-blessed to be involved with both, with my daily morning show “Randy & The Wake-Up Crew” and as the 20-year voice of Shenandoah University Football.
It would be nice to bring some hardware back home this weekend, but it’s nice just to be nominated. Who am i kidding…I WANNA WIN!!!
Speaking of winning, I literally had goosebumps last night watching Max Scherzer pitch. One day after suffering a broken nose in batting practice, “Mad Max” threw 7 innings of 10-strikeout, shutout ball in a 2-0 win over the Phillies. Scherzer, seemingly out of gas after giving up a leadoff double in the 7th (when the score was just 1-0 Nats), proceeded to strike out the next 3 Phils to preserve the precarious lead.
This would be great under normal circumstances, but the future hall-of-famer pitched his 117-pitch masterpiece looking and probably feeling like he’d been in a 15-round title fight. The MASN TV crew of Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo joked that Scherzer now had one blue eye, one brown eye, and one black eye. Max Scherzer’s effort last night will go down for all time in DC sports annals as “The Black Eye Game.” Let’s not forget the importance of the game, either.
The Nats dug a big hole for themselves by starting 19-31, so every game and every series is important, especially against a division rival.
Max Scherzer is truly old-school. In an age where players are placed on the injured reserve list for sleeping the wrong way or getting a hangnail , Max is a throwback, who, with one angry glare at manager Davey Martinez, sends him scurrying back to the dugout and goes one extra inning for his team. His competitive spirit is second to none, reminding me of one of my favorite pitchers from back-in-the day, the legendary Bob Gibson. Scherzer would have fit very nicely in that era.
If you saw last night’s gem from Max Scherzer, savor it, for that kind of performance is rare. It was truly a “black eye for baseball”, in a good way.
Until next time from the Booth…GO NATS, GO HORNETS!