Morning Pixels: The Cardinals take shots at the Nats

October 16, 2012

A whole bunch of Nats fans said the depressing end to their team’s season meant they were checking out of baseball for a while, and would rake leaves or practice sonatas or watch pro skeet-shooting instead of tuning into the NLCS. Maybe this will help change their minds.

Not content with recording one of the most magical and improbable returns from the dead in baseball elimination history, a few Cardinals had less than complimentary things to say about the Nats in a long piece by St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz, detailing the comeback.

Now, the gist of the comments — the Nats choked because they had never been there before — might have some basis in fact, but it’s still kind of rude.

Among their comments:

* “As one Cardinal said, ‘Gio looked like he didn’t want to be out there. The guy has a 6-0 lead, then 6-1, and he’s panicking out there. We smelled blood.’ “

* Skip Schumaker: “A lot of [Nats] had the bright-eyed, deer-in-the-headlights look. And I’m not going to mention names, but we saw them taking a couple of deep breaths between pitches, and they were up four or five runs. When we saw that, we started talking. We weren’t taking any deep breaths.”

* Mark McGwire: “It starts with Beltran’s double, and I think that scared them. ‘Uh-oh. What’s going on.’ “

And so on. It’s a fine narrative. If Drew Storen gets one borderline two-strike call, though, the narrative no longer has anything to do with the scared Nats or the experienced Cardinals or a panicky Gio or a cool and loose St. Louis dugout. So mostly: whatever. But now you can feel free to root against the Cards.

(Also, in his own voice, Miklasz later wrote that after his ninth-inning strikeout, “Harper responded by grabbing his crotch in a gesture meant to insult Motte. The ‘diss didn’t work out the way Harper had intended. (That’s a clown move, bro.) A few of the Cardinals that saw it hooted at Harper.” Nats Enquirer has an image of the crotch grab. Read the full Miklasz piece here.)

 

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER…

The Redskins defense is…still a thing that exists.

J-Reid: “Darryl Hill never intended to become a civil rights pioneer.”

Boz: “No Game Today.” (That was yesterday, but no game today, either.)

 

VIDEO OF THE DAY
My colleague and pal LaVar Arrington would like you to vote for Question 7. And I write this as a non-Maryland voter who has no opinion on the matter or on LaVar stumping; it’s just the video of the day, because.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY
Andray Blatche, on part of the inspiration for him now wearing the number 0.

“Gil told me a lot of stuff that was going to happen to me and gave me a lot of advice on how to handle it. So I took zero. I feel like it matched me the best.”

 

TWEET OF THE DAY I
RGIII, checking in on the hype, 24 hours later.

 

TWEET OF THE DAY II
RGIII, checking in on his fans, 24 hours later.

 

TWEET OF THE DAY III
Ian Desmond, feeling the same way you’re feeling.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY
WUSA’s Bruce Johnson caught up with the Jones family, which had hosted RGIII in their collective lap in the stands on Sunday evening. Via @BruceJohnson9.

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Uh, the ALCS I guess. Yankees at Tigers on Fox at 8:07. Neither team has yet insulted the Nats, so far as I know. All TV/Radio listings are here.

 

BURGER CURSES
Z-Burger did indeed announce the exact promotional deal it would be running for the Nats in the NLCS a full four days before Game 6. One blog is calling this the Z-Burger Curse.

 

BEAT WRITER CURSES
As jinxes go, that probably wasn’t as bad as one Nats beat writer, tweeting out that the Nats had actually won the series in the top of the ninth. Or one local radio host, tweeting out a photo of champagne on ice.

 

LIVING SOCIAL’S PR WIN

By offering to put up the deposit to keep Metro open later in case of late-night baseball playoff games, Living Social got days of terrific publicity for a total Metro cost of $0,00. City Paper has more.

 

LATE NIGHT TWEETING

Hours after a brutal loss to his season, Mike Morse took to Twitter, offering personal thanks to many fans. DCist has the back-and-forth exchanges.

 

NHL FOCUS GROUPS
GOP strategist Frank Luntz ran a focus group for the NHL owners in Bethesda, trying to perfect the league’s best PR strategy during the lockout. Yay, Bethesda.

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