Friday night, DC held a second election and John Wall emphatically earned the presidency, at least according to most tweets from 11 to 12 that night. Despite putting up a mere three points in the first half, Wall never wavered and sunk the three-point shot that would secure a Washington Wizards victory and a Game 7 with only seconds left in the 4th quarter.
It was a week like any other week. Max Scherzer took another no-hitter into the sixth inning, the Nationals played sub-par games against the Orioles, the Washington Capitals were eliminated in the second round… But from beyond the DL, Adam Eaton led the charge to break up the monotony that led to off-field highlights of the week.
At Nats Park, boos are usually reserved for Metro closing announcements, postgame press conferences, Jose Tabata, and politicians. Citizens Bank Park is much more liberal in its application of such heckling. Jayson Werth is a consistent recipient of those boos, and Max Scherzer, apparently a varsity booleader back in the day, delights in contributing.
At the finish line of the race for the first team to 20 wins, Nationals pitchers had quite a wild Friday night, and none of it involved beer or cocaine. I’m looking at you, David Wells. Stephen Strasburg hit the first Nationals starting pitcher home run since 2014, and Matt Albers, everyone’s one true kid brother, recorded his first save after closing out 102 games without one. Injuries weren’t going to keep Sammy Solis and Adam Eaton from being a part of it.
The Nats production of runs this week would have Bridesmaids Melissa McCarthy blushing. The off-field stuff, though, was pretty good too.
Some days the universe works against you. It laughs at the person realizing they studied the wrong chapters for an exam or at the person getting in the wrong metro car on their commute to work. Some days, the culmination of events is just so perverse that it laughs at you as the person who spilled their drink on you at the game recounts every life event that led them there — the same guy who spent the first five innings explaining why the Matt Williams joke he heard you tell is wrong.
Sometimes umpires are bad, and sometimes umpires make you question the validity of ever giving effort to anything, as we are all just specks in the universe, beholden to another speck’s horrible strikezone. And sometimes, Jayson Werth is gonna yell about it. The Nationals Tuesday night game in Atlanta was all three with CB Bucknor behind the plate.