Hey guys. How’s everyone doing today? Actually … never mind. Don’t answer. We know. We all know.
After finishing the regular season with the best record in the National League, the Washington Nationals on Tuesday fell to the San Francisco Giants in a 3-2 loss that knocked them out in the first round of the playoffs of the second time in three years. It was rough, but it was also not an unfamiliar story for D.C. sports fans, who have experienced their share of heartbreak over the past few years.
Let’s relive a few of the lowlights now. Wallowing can be cathartic, after all.
The Washington Capitals show the Washington Nationals how it’s done (And by “it” we mean emotional devastation)
“The reason they won the game is because they outworked us,” Caps forward Brooks Laich said in 2009, after Washington’s Game 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. “It’s not easy to stand here and say that we’ve been outworked in our building in a Game 7. That’s not something that’s easy to say, but I’m sure we’re going to have to think about that for a long time.”
So, yeah, they thought about that for a long time and going forward … well … um …
“It really hurts,” Eric Fehr said a year later, after the Caps lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. “We thought we had a really good chance to make a good run. It seemed like we had everything going heading into the playoffs . . . but come playoff time, we couldn’t get it all going at the same time.”
In 2010, the Washington Capitals entered the postseason a No. 1 seed, with the top-ranked offense and a killer power-play unit. Expectations were sky high. (Insert your own Nats comparisons here.)
But I’m sure the Caps thought some more about that demoralizing loss, and really worked on turning things arou—
“I thought we did some really good things,” Laich told ESPN a few years later, when the Caps lost to the Rangers in the 2012 playoffs. “The way it ended last year, the way it ended this year, I thought we took more positive steps. I thought we were a lot closer this year than last year. I think we play the right way. We played a very good hockey team, and they were just able to get one more goal.”
THINK HARDER, GUYS.
What’s your favorite crowd reaction face to this game-winning Damon Jones shot? Personally, I like Shocked Hands on Face Lady in the front, but Gaped-Mouth Bro in the corner is a strong contender.
Robert Griffin III’s professional career with the Washington Redskins becomes so fraught with angst and despair that it is actually impossible to pick a lowlight
No, wait, that’s not true at all it was definitely this:
Washington lost its first home playoff game in more than a decade, and we all learned that orthopedist James Andrews has surprisingly decent fashion sense, but the most important image from that January night in 2013 is the one above.
Also, the injury happened in a game against the Seattle Seahawks, which possibly makes it even worse.
The 2012 Washington Nationals explore the depths of human suffering
Take it away, Adam Kilgore:
The question of how baseball could be so cruel to this city may be answered some day. It existed in horrible form in the nation’s capital for decades, and then it vanished for 33 years. It came back gnarled and wretched for seven more seasons, only to yield to this blissful summer, to the moment Friday past midnight when Drew Storen stood on the mound at chilled Nationals Park and, with two outs in the ninth inning, threw 13 pitches that could have moved the Washington Nationals four wins from the World Series.
The St. Louis Cardinals would not allow it. Baseball, this town’s cold mistress, the sport that dares you to love it, would not let it happen. The Nationals led the Cardinals by six runs after three innings. They led by two runs after eight innings. Washington’s miserable relationship with baseball had been exorcised, until it materialized in a more wrenching, twisted fashion than ever seen before.
Oof. That brings us to to Tuesday night, and this:
Everyone is miserable and sports are the worst