RGIII in Xbox Reveal
Another day, another RGIII story having nothing to do with OTAs. And this one involves video games rather than gift registries!
Tuesday was the big Xbox Reveal, which The Post's Hayley Tsukayama covered from a technology standpoint:
Microsoft, on Tuesday, revealed the Xbox One, the next stage in the evolution of its Xbox gaming console, which it is using to stake a central position in users' entertainment lives.
The company emphasized that the console is far more than a gaming device. The bulk of Microsoft's early presentation focused on how Xbox owners can use the device to watch movies, make Skype calls and even watch live television than use it to play video games.
And so on. But you will still be able to use the system for gaming, of course, which includes sports gaming, which includes NFL gaming, which includes many images of Robert Griffin III running roughshod over the poor Dallas Cowboys.
This EA Sports trailer was part of the Xbox presentation; it stars, among others, Lionel Messi, Kyrie Irving, Jon Jones and Griffin. Several Cowboys defenders also star in supporting roles.
Bruce Bochy reportedly asked Davey Johnson to be on his All-Star staff
The news wasn't all bad for Davey Johnson Monday night in California. He'll apparently spend his last All-Star break as Nats skipper in New York, at Citi Field, as part of Bruce Bochy's coaching staff. That almost has to lead to about 15 great anecdotes.
"I've got to talk to Davey, because I want him at the All-Star game," Bochy told Charlie Slowes during the pre-game show on 106.7 The Fan Monday night. "I'm looking to talk to him before long."
And Bochy apparently found him, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez.
"1978, it was Davey Johnson's last year in the majors, it was Bruce Bochy's first year in the majors," Gutierrez said during a late-innings report. "You wouldn't think the two would have much in common, but they are old, old friends. In fact, Bruce told me today that Davey was a roving batting instructor when Bruce was playing for the Mets. He gave him so many good tips that he became a big threat at the plate. Bruce said that [Johnson] gave him an extra five years, extended that career five years in the majors because of what Davey Johnson shared with him about his batting stance. And -- this is big news -- Bruce Bochy has asked Davey Johnson to be on his All-Star coaching staff in New York in July."
Bochy also offered some perspective to Nats fans, when Slowes mentioned how many of them are freaking out at the team's sluggish start.
"That goes with winning, particularly when you have a really good, nice season like you did last year, and same with us," the manager said. "When you don't win a few games, questions are being asked, eyebrows raised, [people] going what's going on. We just came off a horrible road trip, 1-5, our pitching got hammered pretty good and that's our strength. There's some panic going on, but you do have to remind yourself, there's a lot of baseball left. I remember last year, going into your place and Pittsburgh, going 1-5, it didn't go well. But it's all about being resilient. That's what good clubs are."
Look at the Giants celebrating the Nats' Game 5 collapse
Most Nats fans probably don't have a reason to feel one way or the other about the San Francisco Giants. Maybe this photo could help.
Yes, that's right, here are the Giants celebrating the Nats' collapse in Game 5 of the NL Division Series last fall. Amy Gutierrez, the sideline reporter for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, gave some more context for this image before Monday night's broadcast.
"It wasn't that long ago that your San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds to advance to the NLCS," she said, as accompanying video showed highlights of the Nats meltdown. "Immediately following, they sat on an airplane, on the tarmac, awaiting their next destination. Would they head to Washington D.C. to face the Nationals or would they open up at home against the Cardinals?
"Now, the Nats looked like they had the game in the bag, took a 7-5 lead into the ninth inning. But the Cardinals staged a two-out four-run rally to win the division series, and your San Francisco Giants got home-field advantage. I spoke with several of the players today about that moment on the airplane, and I have to say, Brandon Belt put it best. He said it was the first time in a long time that any of them got to sit down and watch the game they love as an actual fan. The pressure was off, they had already advanced, and they got home-field advantage just like they wanted."
That's all well and good. And of course it would make sense for them to root for their own best interests. Any team would do the same. But just look at the joy on the Giants' faces, joy that accompanied your own misery. Maybe that will be motivation enough for you to stay up past your bedtime on Tuesday night. Because, I'll be honest, Henry Rodriguez in long relief wasn't enough motivation for me on Monday.
Brooks Laich throws out Orioles first pitch
Brooks Laich, who was named after famed Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson, threw out the first pitch in Baltimore on Monday night. The Caps forward promised on Twitter last week that his throw would have some juice to it, and he delivered.
"I just want to whip it in like a normal pitch," he told reporters prior to tossing the pitch to the outfielder Chris Dickerson. "There's gonna be scouts in the stands. I want a minor league deal for the summer."
Laich tweeted his appreciation after the game, along with a video of the pitch. Not bad.
Phillies fan seeks like-minded date to take to Nats Park
Since we're all-in on wedding coverage, might as well get into the matchmaking business, too. In that spirit, Reader Ryan passed along a Craigslist ad that might be of interest to some of our readers, assuming our readers are Phillies fans from Philly who have negative levels of Natitude.
Seems this 23-year old female fan -- "a pretty generic looking cute Irish lass" -- wants to take in some of the Nats-Phillies series this weekend, but only with a like-minded male. Among the highlights:
* "I'll buy your ticket, and you can pay me back by buying me a beer every few innings or so (okay, probably it'll be more like every inning)."
* "We will bond our over our shared love of Philly sports, argue about how many Cy Young awards Jonathan Pettibone will win in the next decade, heckle Jayson Werth, and maybe even share our musings on what the Chip Kelly era will look like if we're feeling intimate. We'll see where the game goes as the beer hits, and no matter where we sit we can make it into our own 700 level."
(Of course, Werth being injured might decrease heckling opportunities, which could ruin the date.)
* "If the game goes well, perhaps we can do other stuff together this summer, like watch Phillies games at Ventnor Sports Cafe."
* "I'm 23, moved down to DC for college, and now I work downtown. I really like it here except for all the stupid Nats donkeys."
* "You're 22-29 and originally from Philly or South Jersey. You moved down to DC for work or school a couple years ago, and are quite happy living here, but you still never shut the [heck] up about how great Philly is. Your level of Philadelphia sports douchebaggery is within one standard deviation of mine."
Sounds like a perfect couple. Hope they post their wedding registry online some day.