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Greetings from The Booth!
It’s great to be back in The Booth after a week of vacation at beautiful Deep Creek Lake in nearby Maryland. Morning temps in the 50s there reminded me that SU Football is not far off, and my 22nd season of Hornet play-by-play will take me once again to destinations throughout the ODAC. More to come soon as we start previewing the 2021 Shenandoah University football fortunes…
There is certainly lots to talk about this week. The Summer Olympic Games are underway in Tokyo as the pandemic rages on in Japan. there have been some surprises already, as USA Basketball suffered a stunning loss to France, and the most recognizable athlete of the Games, gymnast Simone Biles, suddenly withdrew from the Olympics. I’m sure more surprises are coming.
But I wanted to concentrate this week on the fate of the Washington Nationals, who are now sellers leading up to this week’s trade deadline. If they weren’t in this mindset before, they certainly are now, after an embarrassing weekend sweep at the hands of the lowly Baltimore Orioles, one of the worst teams in the majors. Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo had been on the fence, last week saying that the team would be in both buy and sell mode. Since those comments, the team went 1-5, and closer to the basement of the NL East than the top.
Truth be known, the Nats, with the exception of a June run that saw the team get to 40-38, have stumbled through the 2021 campaign, due in no small measure to injuries. The starting rotation has especially been hard hit, with every Nationals starting pitcher being placed on IR at one time or another. That being said, one man’s injury is another man’s opportunity, and it’s “next man up” when someone goes down. The late NFL great Sonny Randle once said “you know who feels sorry for you when you have injuries? No one.”
There are many fingers of blame to be pointed at the Nationals that got them in this “sellers” situation. Suffice it to say that everyone is on the table, including my favorite Nat, Max Scherzer. By the time you read this, “Mad Max” may be in a different uniform. Trea Turner has also been mentioned as trade bait, but with Turner testing positive this week for COVID-19, he will probably remain in Washington. Nonetheless, for the Nationals, as the movie line goes, this is a big (expletive) sandwich, and we’ll all have to take a big bite.
My only question is, what am I gonna do with my Max Scherzer jersey?
Until the next visit from The Booth, stay cool and GO HORNETS!