I’d argue 2015 stings worse for Nats fans than for Braves fans. We knew our team would blow. Maybe not quite losing-15-of-16 blow, but no sentient Bravos rooter thought this team would contend. By contrast, from Bruce Hooper to David Gregory, everybody who pulls for tough guy Matt Williams’ crew (he really put some backbone in that squad, didn’t he?) budgeted for playoff tickets in February.
Insert Nelson Muntz sound.
Be that as it may, it doesn’t make this part of the season any more fun to watch. Well, maybe it does a little, when the Braves are playing the Natspos, anyway. There can’t be a bigger disappointment in baseball than D.C. Maybe Boston. Which is doubly hilarious, as those are easily the two least favorite ball clubs of your humble office keepers.
Since I have nothing else to say about tonight’s game, let me recount a couple of funny mispronunciations from the trip to the yard with my dad to see the home nine get bludgeoned by the Yanks. First off, the PA announcer said “Jacob” Ellsbury in announcing the lineups and then again before Ellsbury’s first at-bat. And before the game, CB’s buddy, Jeff Owens/Owings/Owen called some guy on the field who works for some corporate sponsor “Jim Crow,” instead of his real name, John Crow.
Then my dad–bless his heart I love him, but he has a penchant for funny pronunciations of ballplayers’ names. He always called Klesko “Kelso,” for instance Anyway, I learned last Friday night that he calls Mark Teixeira Mark “Truex.” Believe me, he’s not trying to be funny.
OK. Maybe we can stay in it tonight. Wisler was good last time out. And some of these guys deserve to be in the bigs: Markakis, Maybin, Freddie, Pierzynski, Swisher, Peterson, Olivera, Simmons, Wisler.