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Nats' Revere on playing for Dusty Baker, wanting to meet Obama


Nats' Revere on playing for Dusty Baker, wanting to meet Obama

When Dusty Baker was introduced as the Nationals' new manager in November, he made it clear he wanted the Nats to play faster and more aggressive on the basepaths. So, in January the Nationals gave him some help by trading for Ben Revere, one of baseball's fastest players and best base stealers.

Revere comes to Washington having stolen 31 bases the season before. He stole 49 in 2014 and had 40 steals back in 2012. Last year the Nationals were led by Michael Taylor in the category and he only had 16.

There's no question Revere fits into Baker's playing style and it's not surprising to hear the veteran skipper has coveted Revere for years.

"I was this close to getting traded [to the Reds], but it didn't go through," Revere said. "I talked to him a lot in my first and second season in the bigs when he was still with the Reds... it was interleague during BP when I was with the Twins against the Reds. He told me 'I'm trying to get your butt over here so prepare yourself.' It didn't go through, but now a few years later we're here. So that's good."

Revere always wondered what it would be like to play for Baker, who boasts 20 seasons as an MLB manager. He now has a good idea of the person Baker is after spending over a month with him during spring training.

"He just knows the game and he makes everyone in the clubhouse comfortable. That's it," Revere said. "He's not overpowering. He says to the guys 'hey, here's the deal.' It's cool. We know that and we listen to him. You can hear a pin drop when he talks to us. That's how much command he has and how much we want to listen to the guy."

For Revere, all he heard about Dusty over the years has been proven true. But Baker's résumé also does some speaking for itself.

"Even just hearing from other guys, he's a phenomenal coach. Just looking at his stats, he goes to the playoffs, he's been to the World Series a few times," Revere said. "From what I heard and just being a part of spring, I definitely believe he's one of the top managers. He is the top manager in the game of baseball today."

Most would argue Bruce Bochy as the best manager in MLB. But, interestingly enough, Baker was named the second-most accomplished manager recently by Baseball America. He outranked several who have won World Series titles including Mike Scioscia and Terry Francona, who has two rings.

Baker doesn't have a ring as a manager, but Revere wants to help him get one.

"Definitely for me, I'm trying to get a championship. I'd like to see Obama before he heads out. That's my main goal," Revere said.

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.