Mets broadcasters question Davey Johnson

The Nats are still 10-8, and still on pace for 90 wins, but at least some members of their fanbase are already donning hairshirts and readying the cilice belts.

And while the third week of April is not typically a time to panic or self-mutilate, unless you’re a Wizards fan, the Mets broadcasters were also expressing some concern.

Like, here was radio guy Josh Lewin after Bryce Harper’s sixth-inning error, the team’s third of the day.

“It’s getting to the point where you figure Davey Johnson might be close to a little conversation with the fellas to get their heads out of a certain unmentionable orifice,” Lewin said. “Because the Nationals are supposed to be better than this.”

“You know, when Davey was with the Mets he was occasionally accused of not paying enough attention to defense, because he’d play guys out of position sometimes,” Howie Rose then chimed in. “But Davey was smarter than the rest of us.”

A short while later, Jayson Werth made that fateful decision to swing on 3-0, hitting into a rally-crushing double-play.

“I. Don’t. Believe it,” an amazed Keith Hernandez said. “I’ve gotta question that call. Ohhhh. What a gift. Now, I know Davey’s a riverboat gambler. But I just can’t see giving the hit sign there. I don’t care if it’s Lou Gehrig….I just am stunned.”

Ah, whatever. It’s still April. Let me know when Boz is worried.

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Here’s a sad but fascinating read from Kent Babb on Allen Iverson’s post-basketball troubles. “He has hit rock bottom,” said former teammate Roshown McLeod, “and he just hasn’t accepted it yet.”

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Ben Olsen, asked how scuffling D.C. United should proceed. He did later elaborate.

“I don’t know,” Olsen said in response to the first question of his news conference. “Got any suggestions?”

 

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT

Ok, this is from Saturday, not Sunday, but Bryce Harper’s bangs game was strong all weekend. Via @ThrowinSmoke.

 

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

 

NBA PLAYOFFS FILLED WITH EX-WIZARDS

Only four NBA franchises have missed the playoffs at least four straight years. The Wizards have far more alums playing in these playoffs than any of the other three teams. Of the 57 players who have played in Washington over the last four years, 12 are currently participating in the postseason. Including Earl Barron. More at Truth About It.

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

The Nats host St. Louis and Pete Kozma at 7 on MASN. The Bulls visit the Nets at 8 on TNT. All TV and radio listings are here.

 

PEOPLE DANCING IN DUPONT CIRCLE

I walked by Dupont Circle on Sunday and there were lots of people dancing. This kept me from making it home in time to watch the Nats lose. But now you, too, can watch people dancing in Dupont Circle.

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