Greetings From The Booth!
The Memorial weekend is here, and with it the unofficial start of Summer. That means grilling, chilling, and for some, the first beach trips of the year. For me, it’s a weekend of sitting on my deck with a lime-augmented beverage, a perfectly seared ribeye, and a Sunday tee time.
On the sports landscape, good luck to the Shenandoah Hornet baseball team, who are 2 wins away from their third-ever appearance in the NCAA D-3 College World Series, and this year, a trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. SU is playing this weekend in a Super-Regional format, which means a best 2-of-3 series. Their opponent is Johns Hopkins, who are 33-11 on the season. Shenandoah, winners of 16 of their last 18 games, is 35-13. The Hornets are playing their best baseball at the right time, and showed plenty of resilience by winning 4 consecutive elimination games in last weekend’s ODAC tournament. Good Luck to Kevin Anderson’s squad!
Then, there’s the Washington Nationals, who at the Memorial Weekend checkpoint are 12 games below .500 and all but out of the NL East race. It’s become tragic and comical at the same time how the Nats lose night after night in the same fashion: solid effort from a starting pitcher, defensive lapses, not quite enough offense, bullpen loses 8th inning lead. It’s like Groundhog Day. In fact, my friend Scott has nicknamed the Nationals bullpen The Groundhogs. I’m sticking to my nickname, The Gas Can Gang. The Davey Martinez Watch is on this weekend when the dreadful Miami Marlins come to DC with the same amount of losses as the Nats (31). Should the Marlins win the 4-game set, there may be a new manager in DC by Tuesday.
And, the Washington Redskins may indeed be a cursed franchise. Just 3 plays into their first OTA this past week, newly-acquired Reuben Foster tore an ACL and will be out for the season. The ‘Skins were the only team who showed interest in the troubled linebacker, who was released by the 49ers last season after domestic violence allegations among other issues. His ability to play football was not in question, and the ‘Skins took some heat for signing him. Karma.
Finally, let’s not forget the real reason for Memorial Day. Many have paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy in the USA. Not nearly enough of us attend a Memorial service or even say “thank you” to those who have served in the military. The word “war” is casually thrown around in the world of sports Sports is not war, it’s athletic competition. Few die in sports, while many perish on the fields of battle. Let’s remember the difference, and take a few moments this weekend to pay tribute to our fallen heroes.
That’s it from the Booth. Have a great holiday weekend and…