What happens when you draft two superstars, win your division, go to the playoffs and enter the following season as one of the favorites to win the World Series? People buy your merchandise, for one thing.
Online retailer Fanatics.com noted last week that since the beginning of the offseason at the end of October, Nats merchandise sales were up 256 percent year-to-year. That’s the second-biggest increase in MLB, behind only the World-Series winning Giants, and well ahead of the A’s, Orioles and Reds.
Also, Bryce Harper had the fourth-most jersey sales of any MLB player in that span, behind only Buster Posey, Derek Jeter and Miguel Cabrera, and just ahead of Mike Trout.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* John Wall carries the Wizards to victory after Bradley Beal goes down.
* How Kurt Suzuki became the captain of the Nats’ pitching staff.
* Jason Reid asks, should Georgetown be a one seed?
* How the Redskins will deal with their cap situation.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Bradley Beal on his scary-looking fourth-quarter injury:
“I have all types of ankle sprains. I had one almost every other game. It’s something I just have to keep working on, keep strengthening. I honestly thought it was more serious that it was.”
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
There are zero local sporting events on television. I’m taking the night off. Maybe watch some game show re-runs. All TV/Radio listings are here.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
4:30 wake up, 39 degrees in Florida. Arizona and team USA here I come
— Ross Detwiler (@NationalDet) March 4, 2013
Ross Detwiler leaves Florida, sets off for the WBC.
VIDEO OF THE NIGHT
John Wall’s 360-degree layup was probably less impressive than his late-game jump shot, but a whole lot more exciting to watch. It made Steve Buckhantz again call him ‘The Human Derecho.”
SHOULD WIZARDS FANS BE WORRIED ‘BOUT WALL?
Not to be a buzzkill after that performance, but a few days earlier, Kevin Broom had a troubling blog post about Wall’s game. “If you’re a Wizards fan not worried about John Wall, you’re not paying much attention,” he wrote.
JACK’S LAST HURRAH
Georgetown’s bulldog mascot of 10 years, Jack, will shred his last Verizon Center box Saturday afternoon against Syracuse.