Wild Thing, Nashville Pickin’,and Game 7 Blues
Greetings From The Booth!
As we get set to close the books on April, I thought I would weigh in this week with some thoughts on my DC sports teams. First, good luck to the Shenandoah teams who are about to play in their respective ODAC tournaments. Baseball punched it’s ticket into the conference tourney. Women’s lacrosse is having a great year but has the misfortune of having the number-one team in the nation (W&L) in the league. Good luck to Scott Singhas’ golf squads, who have been solid this year. And as of this post, softball is playing in the ODAC tournament. Hard to believe the Spring season is coming to an end at SU.
Let’s start with the Washington Capitals. After a dream season in 2018, it was back to Game 7 heartbreak again this year, as the Caps were eliminated Wednesday night in double OT by the upstart Carolina Hurricanes. Shades of the Easter Epic of 1987, when the New York Islanders eliminated the Caps in the 4th overtime of Game 7 at the old Capital Centre. I went to bed after the first overtime Wednesday night, because I had seen this movie many times before and knew the ending by heart.
My take is this: The Capitals simply ran out of gas. You could visibly see this as the game went along on Wednesday. The ‘Canes hadn’t been in the post-season in a decade, while the Caps play extra hockey just about every year, including 2 months of post-season games in their 2018-19 Stanley Cup run. It took a toll eventually, especially on an aging Capitals team playing against a younger, speedier (and hungrier?) team playing with house money.
The Washington Nationals are stumbling through the early part of the season at 11-12 heading into the weekend. The saving grace is that most of the NL East is bunched together, with the Nats just 1 1/2 games out of first. Still, like last year, we wait for that promised run of 8-2 or 7-3 that just doesn’t seem to come. At what point does the seat start to get warm for Davey Martinez?
I hate always hammering on the bullpen, but it is still THE issue. Nat’s starters, who give up way too many homers for my money, don’t get a free pass with me either (except for maybe Patrick Corbin). And at what point does the Trevor Rosenthal experiment become a lost cause? The flame-throwing Tommy John project has no idea where the ball is going when he releases it. I seriously thought he was going to kill someone the other day. He is truly Charlie Sheen’s “Wild Thing” in the movie “Major League.” Just a bit outside…
Finally, you’ve heard the saying “even a blind pig finds an acorn once in awhile”? Maybe the Washington Redskins got it right in the opening round of the NFL Draft. With Alex Smith possibly never playing again and the prospect of Case or Colt being the starting QB, the ‘Skins had to address the position long-term, and they did just that by choosing Dwayne Haskins as the 15th overall pick in round one. The Potomac, Md. product threw for over 4800 yards last year for Ohio State in a record-setting season.
The Redskins also addressed another need by trading for the 26th overall selection and taking Mississippi State LB Montez Sweat, a physical specimen who can run a 4.41 40-yard dash. Speed at the linebacker position was an issue last year for the ‘Skins, so another box was checked in the first round.
Draft choices are about potential. Now let’s see if that potential can be realized and translate to wins on the field. For now, it looks like the blind pig has found two acorns.
That’s it for this week. Until next time from the Booth, GO NATS, CAPS, SKINS, and HORNETS!