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Bang The Trash Can Slowly

16 April 2020 Views From The Booth Sports

Winchester Printers

Greetings From The Booth!

First of all, I hope you are doing well and staying safe in this brave new world that is the coronavirus pandemic. There were some signs this week that the things we are doing to “flatten the curve” are starting to pay off in some areas of the country. I think Virginia has done an especially good job, although experts caution us about “letting up” and becoming complacent.

Am I the only person left in the world that doesn’t have his or her own bobblehead? I just heard this morning that Dr.Anthony Fauci, who has become a celeb by virtue of his nightly White House Task Force updates, has his own bobblehead doll, which will be sold to benefit charity. Who is next, The Tiger King?

Speaking of Dr. Fauci, he spoke to someone from Snapchat this week and said that the only way that we would have sports this Summer would be without fans, and with players kept in hotels. Fauci said,
“Nobody comes to the stadium. Put players in big hotels, keep them very well surveilled…have them tested every week, and make sure they don’t infect each other or their family.” It is a brave new world…

One of the ways we’re communicating these days is through an app called Zoom. It allows us to have meetings involving lots of people, or one-on-one communication, while still adhering to social distancing guidelines. The word Zoom has very much become part of the Covid-19-era lexicon.

Case-in-point, the Washington Nationals had a watch party via Zoom this week, as Game 7 of the 2019 World Series (won by the Nats 6-2 over the Houston Astros) was replayed on the Nats Facebook Page.
The live stream helped to raise over $200k for Ryan Zimmerman’s charity, the Pros For Heroes Relief Fund.

The night featured a Yuengling-guzzling Max Scherzer, reliever Sean Doolittle’s jabs at the Astro’s sign-stealing, Juan Soto sporting a Baby Shark bandana, and Gerardo Parra joining the fun all the way from Japan.

But the star of the night was Brian Dozier, who is no longer a Washington National. In addition to dancing shirtless, as he did during last year’s Championship parade in DC, Dozier banged on a trash can when Soto’s key late-inning single was replayed. The trash can was a not-so-subtle reference to one of the ways Houston stole signs from opposing teams.

All-in-all, a fun night from a group of players who, despite the distancing challenges, were able to reconnect and relive a special night at the end of a magical season. As Nat’s radio play-by-play men Dave Jageler and Charlie Slowes would say:

“Bang-ZOOM go the Nationals!”

Until the next visit from the Booth, GO HORNETS, GO NATS!


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