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Hell of a (sports) year in D.C., ain’t it been?

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As I write this, we’re about an hour away from the Sunday night game involving the Redskins and the fucking Cowturds…for the winner, the NFC East title; the loser goes home. Period.
(So you’ll allow me to state the obvious here…HTTR!!)

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And also, the reason the Skins are even in this in the first place…

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When I said back in April that Robert Griffin III was the savior of this Redskins franchise, some people laughed at my ass. Who’s laughing now, clowns?
But this is just how the sports year has been in the D.C. area in 2012. The other big story…well, let this next picture give you a hint:

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Yeah, I know. It’s overkill for some of you, seeing Bryce Harper like this. But, he’s just part of the story that is the 2012 Nationals.

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So is Michael Morse. So is Jayson Werth. So’s Adam LaRoche.

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But, what everyone chose to obsess on the entire season…was the whole Stephen Strasburg “shutdown” non-story. I won’t bore you all with this bullshit again, so let me move on…
I predicted before the season the Nats would go 85-77 (and finish 3rd in the NL East). Boy, was I surprised!!

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Winning the division was a surprise, really. Watching Drew Storen have a meltdown in Game 5 of the NLDS was a nightmare for Nats fans.
(Then again, Teddy finally winning a President’s Race was a shock, too…lol)

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At any rate, we’ve shut everybody up as to the real power in the NL East now. Next year, a World Series in D.C.—just like I said 5 yrs ago, when I began my Nats blog (first for MLBlogs, and now for Blogger).
Now, the bad part(s)…
The Wizards I won’t go into, and until the fucking NHL lockout is settled the Caps can wait.

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But all in all, it was fun to enjoy baseball and football in the DMV this year…and as I said at the start of this entry, we ain’t done with the Skins YET!!

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So with that, Happy New Year people!!

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Gary

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A few words on last night…

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As I watch the Triple-A All-Star Game on MLB Network…so I can see Corey Brown representing the Syracuse Chiefs (the Nats’ AAA team)…my mind wanders back to lastnight.

2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meaning, the MLB All-Star Game. Look, for the record, no one will even care about the final score (8-0 NL). Instead, it’ll be about the plays in the field.
Which brings me to…

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…these guys, and social media. I have more than a few observations on this, so grab hold of something.
This may take a while
1) All right, so Bryce Harper lost a ball in the lights and got caught in a rundown. Everybody has done it at one time or another. But it just seemed (to me, anyway) that Twitter Nation obsessed sadistically over this.

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People, it’s the All-Star Game...not a fucking Senate confirmation hearing. How many hate tweets were there when Mike Trout screwed up in the OF?
Go ahead, I’ll wait…

Mike Trout

Mike Trout (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2) While I’m on the topic, how many other hate tweets on other players were any of you reading? There should be a fucking moratorium on this shit during the All-Star break, to be honest with you.
(Except I would’ve loved for Matt Wieters or Adam Jones to just smack a ball back upside Cole Hamels’ head, as payback for this douche drilling Bryce earlier this year and bragging about it…LMMFAO)

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3) The crowd in Kansas City got it, when they cheered Chipper Jones. That’s class, ladies and gentlemen. Also, nice of Chipper to basically pass the torch to Bryce, Mike Trout, etc. after the game. He gets it.
Shit, I hate to admit it…but I’m gonna miss the dude when he retires at the end of the season. Once upon a time, he was the standard at 3B. And how I would love for someone to say that about Ryan Zimmerman when he decides to hang ’em up…which ain’t gonna be for quite some time yet!!

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OK, gang, I’m done ranting here. Now to get back to the game…lol
Oh yeah, I have to troll for followers to my Nats blog. I only have one person following it…and he’s a Mets fan!! I need more people to read my shit.

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Okay, now I’m done.

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Now that I’ve recovered…lol

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48 hours after getting back from Boston, and I finally get around to writing about it. Better late than never, to be honest…
So, where do I begin?
As I said in the last blog here, this trip was on my brother Larry’s “bucket list” before he retires from the government in January.

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(To refresh your memory, he’s in the middle; I’m on the right.)
Anyway, I woke up at 2:00 Friday morning to be ready to leave at 4 in order to get to Union Station in DC by 7…so that we could get onboard the train when it left at 7:30. Got all that?
So it took 7+ hours to get to Boston, which meant lots and lots of tweeting on my part…lol…and snapping this pic of the NYC skyline.

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(You try this on a moving train, and see where it gets you…lol)
Back to our story. We got to the Boston South station around 3:30, and had to use the subway system there. I now totally sympathize with the old Kingston Trio song about the MTA…you know, the guy trapped because he didn’t have money for fare to get off the fucker?
(Trust me, ladies and gentlemen, the “T” in Boston leaves a hell of a lot to be desired. I shit you not.)
God, I hate being sidetracked by this. To continue…got to the Fenway Howard Johnson’s past 4, napped out, and headed off to Fenway Park for the game.

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The next few pics I took before the game.

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That’s the Green Monster. Duh…lol

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Centerfield scoreboard. Next, the board in left center field, w/the night’s match…

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(Yes, kiddies, Strasmas Comes To Fenway.) This next one’s of him on the mound in the bottom of the 1st:

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And yes, this was zoomed in all the way. You just have to take my word for it…LMAO
The game itself was interesting. Aw, who am I bullshitting? Strasburg w/13 K’s; Bryce Harper going deep; Xavier Nady’s HR-robbing catch in RF…this was one fantastic night!

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(Picture from before the game, btw.)
The final score was 7-4 Nats. But that didn’t matter…just being in Fenway was enough of a thrill for the both of us.
Saturday, we got on the train to go home. I made it back here to Luray a little close to 7:30, so we got to listen to the game on the radio coming back. Another curly “W” in the books, thanks to Gio Gonzalez’s pitching.
And then Sunday, Roger Bernadina (and Bryce, who didn’t start the game) made it a sweep. Great that there was a strong Nats contingent (besides us) that made the trip up to Boston for the weekend.
So, I got to see Fenway Park…for the only time, I’m afraid. At least I’ll be able to tell people I’ve been there. It was worth forking over $200 to my brother for this.
(As I’m writing this, Adam LaRoche just parked one in the second deck in RF at Toronto to put the Nats up 4-1 w/2 out in the top of the 3rd. Motherfucker, this is GOOD!!)

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I’m done here…

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It won’t be long NOW…

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It’s 1:40 on Thursday afternoon as I’m writing this, with no score between the Nats and Mets after 2 1/2 innings.
At this time tomorrow, I should be somewhere between New Haven and Providence en route to Boston to see the Nats take on the Red Sox that night.
Well, me and this douchebag:

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My brother Larry. (He’s in the middle, w/me on the right.) Don’t sweat this, people; he doesn’t know I write this blog…lol
Anyway, back to my point.
Before he retires from the government in January, he wanted to see Fenway Park…and talked me into going along. (Willingly, I might add.) I figured I may never do this myself, so at least I’ll be able to say I saw a Red Sox game once in my lifetime.
Oh, did I neglect to mention who’ll be pitching for the Nats tomorrow night?

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Shows you what a rainout can do to have this fall into your lap…lol
First place Nats…man, that sounds so fucking good to say!!

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So anyway, back to the trip…
Having to leave here close to 4 am is a bitch, I admit. Being trapped for 40+ hours w/my brother, would almost make me beg for a one-way ticket to Auschwitz…

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But like I said before, it’s worth it…all $200 of it. (That’s what I gotta hand over to him to pay for all this. Subway[s] rides, Amtrak ride, hotel room…motherfucker!!)
With any luck, I’ll try to write about this on my Nats blog (http://nastynatslivehereandeverywhere.blogspot.com)…so try and follow that one, okay? Here’s some other places I write:
http://thegreatovie8.blogspot.com
http://pageindependent.wordpress.com
http://www.gibbs4life.blogs.cbssports.com
And, in case you want to follow me on Twitter: @gonastynats (Bro’s is @brocave1, btw).

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That’s all, people…

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