We’ve now arrived at the portion of this trippy season where reporters from other cities tremble in fear when confronted with the sheer awesomeness of the Nats. Like, the Washington Nationals, I mean.
“The Giants were outclassed by the team with the best record in the major leagues,” CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly wrote after Monday night’s rout. “They’ve been outscored 38-14 in four losses to the Nationals. And they’ll need a flinty performance from Madison Bumgarner, who gets thrown into the breech Tuesday night.”
“Bizarre as it was, though, this 14-2 loss to Washington left some indelible impressions,” the San Fran Chronicle’s Bruce Jenkins wrote. “You get the feeling someone will have to deal with the Nationals in October, whether or not they shut down Stephen Strasburg, and be worse off for the experience.”
“This week’s series between the first-place Giants and powerhouse Washington Nationals was viewed as a potential playoff preview,” the Mercury News’s Alex Pavlovic wrote. “The Giants might want to hope that’s not the case.”
The powerhouse Washington Nationals. Wacky, wacky stuff.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
Kilgore on the Nats: “They faced a first-place team and picked their bones clean. These Nationals can no longer be considered merely an ascendant overachiever. They are a juggernaut.”
The Nats clubhouse is not super pumped about the Strasburg Shutdown plan.
RGIII went to his fourth progression on one play without even considering taking off and running.
Maryland high school football teams have to wait longer to have full contact.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT I
Roger Bernadina went off on Monday night. And everyone knew why.
Shark week.... It was bound to happen.— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) August 14, 2012
TWEET OF THE NIGHT II
The Caps’ captain is getting serious.
Sucks to hear Bettman say they will lockout....I'm in Toronto on tues for negotiations at— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) August 13, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Brandon Banks, on getting tons of chances but few results:
“I’m very frustrated, because I feel like in order to make this team, I’ve got to make plays, and that’s what I do by making plays: blowing by defenders and basically, getting the ball in my hands, and I didn’t get the ball as much in the opportunities that I had.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats are in San Francisco at 10 on MASN2. The Orioles host the Red Sox at 7 on MASN. All TV/Radio listings are here.
An anti-Penguins toilet at the Montgomery County Fair.
Georgetown is holding open tryouts for kickers.
F.P. Santangelo is becoming an RGIII guy.
Would an NHL lockout cement the Nats ahead of the Caps in local popularity?
WONDERS OF THE WORLD
This video takes clips from 295 movies to recreate Baby Got Back. It’s one of civilization’s proudest accomplishments. Via The Big Lead.