Last spring I was listed on the media roster for the Bethesda Big Train Celebrity Softball Classic, but after I wasn’t included in the starting lineup I soon left and vowed eternal revenge against the organizers, coaches and players on both teams.
Also, I managed to lose my daughter’s scooter at Shirley Povich Field.
So I won’t be playing in this year’s game, but I promised the organizers I would include mention of their game in this space. So here. The second annual game is Saturday at 7 at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda. The athletes roster includes Chris Cooley, Kai Forbath, Nick Sundberg, Lorenzo Alexander, Ryan Kerrigan, Antwaan Randle El and others. The promised media members include Chick Hernandez, Mike Wise, Doug Kammerer and Grant Paulsen, among others.
See all the details here. And I can say from personal experience: it’s immensely gratifying to see famous and athletic pro football players struggle like crazy to hit a slow-pitched softball. And to make fun of Mike Wise.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* Jordan Zimmermann threw his first nine-inning complete game, and the Nats got well against the Marlins.
* Ovechkin and Backstrom became Ovechkin and Backstrom again when they were reunited on the top line.
* In a game featuring virtually no Nets players you’ve heard of besides Andray Blatche, the Wizards lost.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Adam LaRoche, on taking a seat to make way for Tyler Moore:
“If I can play at all, I want to play, period. Regardless of who’s pitching or what I’ve been doing at the plate. The other side of that is, he’s my boss. I’m going to state my point and let him make the final decision and respect that. I certainly understand that T-Mo needs at-bats, and we’ve got to get guys in there. That’s the only unfortunate thing about having bench guys that should be playing every day on most clubs.”
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Long as he keeps playing like this, I suppose Mike Green can do whatever he wants with his hair.
THIRD EDITION BECOMES EL CENTRO
This is a sports story, because of all those stories about ex-Maryland assistant and new Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos’s previous life bartending at Third Edition. Now, the Georgetown watering hole is set to become a two-story Mexican restaurant, El Centro, similar to the original El Centro on 14th Street in Logan Circle.
EATING FOR FREE IN D.C.
This isn’t a sports story. A former D.C. non-profit worker laid off from his job when a federal grant expired is now trying to feed himself by going to lunchtime policy salons at think tanks around town. And he’s blogging about it. DCist has more.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats are in Miami at 7 on MASN2. The Caps host Toronto at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. All TV and radio listings are here.