Best Week in Washington Sports: Ian Desmond

June 21, 2013

(Matt Slocum/AP)

My colleague Chris Cillizza has a great weekly feature called “Worst Week in Washington,” where he spotlights a political figure who has landed on the wrong side of the press. I’m stealing a page out of his playbook, and it was my original intention to award a “Worst Week” to a D.C. sports figure every Friday. But I’m generally not a cranky person, so I decided that the Bog version should be all puppies and chocolate-chip cookies. So here’s “Best Week in Washington Sports.”

A career-first grand slam, the continuation of a 53-game error-free streak, and getting the Nats fanbase behind a grotesque battle cry of “eat face” most certainly qualifies Ian Desmond for the Best Week award.

Sure, “eat face” catchphrase originated with Jayson Werth, but Desmond’s hashtagged tweets and 11th-inning heroics catapulted it into an actual thing. There are T-shirts and photoshops. Even Bryce Harper joined the fun, tweeting (and then curiously deleting) a zombified image of himself.

Silly memes aside, Desmond is making a serious case for a spot on this year’s all-star roster.

“Shortstop is such a premium position,” third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said this week. “When you got guys that can also hit 20 home runs and hit in the middle of the order, that’s obviously important. It’s not an easy position to find an impact player at. And Desi is definitely one of those guys.”

It’s been a good week for the Nats shortstop. Plus, he scored the Cosby Show on DVD. Wins all around.

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Dan Steinberg · June 21, 2013

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