Caps GM George McPhee made plenty of media appearances after last week’s trade deadline, so some of the quotes wound up sounding the same. But I found his Friday appearance on 106.7 The Fan with LaVar Arrington and Bill Rohland to be a nice summary of his thinking, especially when LaVar asked about Mike Ribeiro and his expiring deal.
McPhee said they would worry about that in the offseason, but then talked about the message he was trying to send during the deadline.
“The bigger message was to everyone, we’re not throwing in the towel,” McPhee said. “We’re not selling. We’re not moving players out. We’re in here to win. And you know what it’s like to play on a team, Lavar. I don’t think you would have enjoyed coming to work on Thursday with two or three of your teammates missing and management throwing in the towel. I wasn’t going to do to that to our team, and wasn’t interested in doing that to our fanbase.
“I want the culture around our team to be pretty simple: we’re here to win and we’ll do whatever it takes to win,” McPhee continued. “Management will do whatever it takes to win. They’ve got our backs. Pretty simple explanation, but that’s all it is. I think when you’re in that kind of environment, it does go a long way.”
The Caps are now 3-0 since the deadline, and have seized control of first place in the Southeast Division.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* Ovechkin scored two goals in the latest win, is now tied for the NHL’s goal-scoring lead.
* Strasburg got roughed up as the Nats lost a series in Cincinnati.
* The Wizards are great at home but still struggle on the road; this time they lost in Boston.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Bryce Harper appeared super excited for the season premiere of Mad Men on Sunday. Something like that, anyhow. Via @recordsANDradio.
LA CANFORA ON THE CAPS
Former Caps beat writer, former Redskins beat writer, and current famous CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora still has some thoughts on the hockey team he used to cover.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Sure, the Celtics won again, but Doc Rivers acknowledged that the Wizards have changed dramatically over the course of this season. Via Michael Lee’s gamer:
“It’s like slow motion when you watch our [two] games earlier in the year. It’s not the same team. They are just a different team.”
NATS ON FACEBOOK
Perhaps not surprisingly, based on their short lifespan, the Nats have the fewest Facebook followers of any MLB team, and by a pretty substantial margin. The Diamondbacks and Marlins are next-to-last and next-to-next-to-last. “First in war, first in peace, last in Facebook followers,” as one jokester put it.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Orioles are in Boston at 2 on MASN. There’s an NCAA title game on at 9 on WUSA. All TV and radio listings are here.