After reading (and helping to write) some of the 5,000 hyper positive Nats stories that have appeared over the last two weeks, this shouldn’t surprise me.
Still, here it is, in black and white, with little plus and minus signs and funny numbers. The Nats and Giants are currently listed as co-favorites to win the National League pennant by the betting site Bovada.
Both teams are 9-2. The Nats, you might recall, just swept the Giants. If that doesn’t count as a tiebreaker, I don’t know what does.
The Nats are also listed as big favorites to win the NL East, with 10-13 odds. (The Braves are 9-4, and the Mets are 15-2.).
And they’re among the top five teams to win the World Series, meaning parades and stuff. Bovada has the Yankees at 9-2, the Rangers at 5-1, and the Angels, Giants and Nats all at 11-1.
Anyhow, I realize this shouldn’t be a surprise. The Nats have the best record in the NL, and have led their division since late May. But to stare at numbers on the morning of the All-Star Game that indicate the Nats are one of two NL teams most likely to play in the World Series remains a jarring experience.
And it also requires yet another reminder: better root hard for the National League in Tuesday night’s game.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
Gio Gonzalez wants to play mini-golf with Stephen Strasburg, and Stephen Strasburg wants to play real golf with Gio Gonzalez.
Boz on Bryce: “When it comes to baseball, Harper is the world’s happiest sponge. He sees his future clearly. He’s going to get even bigger, like his older brother, and better, too.”
The Wizards hired a new assistant coach.
This is a big deal: “Erick Thohir, an Indonesian media magnate and part-owner of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, will be introduced as D.C. United’s majority investor Tuesday.”
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
SportsBusiness Journal ace reporter and keen D.C. sports observer John Ourand makes a keen observation.
There haven't been any Redskins stories in at least the last 5 Washington Post sports sections (dead tree editions). Has to be a record.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) July 10, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Nats pitching coach Steve McCatty on Gio and Strasburg:
“One’s a butterfly traveling at 150, and the other one’s a plodder on that straight course.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Teddy slams sausage at an All-Star Game mascot race. He made legit contact here. Via Let Teddy Win, which also has photos.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The All-Star Game is on Fox at 7:30. Home-field advantage in the World Series is on the line. All TV/Radio listings are here.
Hogs Haven has a nice interview with Redskins draft pick Adam Gettis, which includes this passage: “Me, him, and Bernstine were at the airport when we first got here for the rookie camp. Three or four people came up to us, ‘Oh my God! Oh my God! It’s RG3!! It’s RG3!!’...and then they all look at us and are like, ‘Which one of you guys are RG3?’ Me, Jordan, and RG were like, ‘We’re all RG3, so you might as well just get all our autographs.’ ”
Ted Leonsis on the Caps development camp coinciding with the Wizards pre-Vegas camp: “How cool is this? Two youth movements at the same time, in the same community!”
Here’s a wall painting of Lorenzo Alexander standing on the logos of his NFC East rivals.
This looks like a promising Nats Groupon.
And here’s a great reverse angle of Ryan Zimmerman’s fake-throw-tag move, on the Fail Blog (via Reader Darin).
Greg Kitsock reports on a new D.C. micro-brewery, and a Derecho-themed beer.