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Robinson reflects on Nats tenure after Ring of Honor induction


Robinson reflects on Nats tenure after Ring of Honor induction

Just before the start of Saturday's game against the Braves, Nationals fans had a chance to welcome back one of the franchise's most beloved members. The club honored its first-ever manager, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who threw out the first pitch and was inducted to the Ring of Honor as apart of celebrating the team's 10th anniversary season in the nation's capital. 

"It's important to to me because it makes me feel [wanted] and appreciated," Robinson said of the honor. "I'll always have a special place in my heart for this team." 

The 79-year old Robinson was all smiles as he reflected on his time with the Nats, which was highlighted by the organization's 2005 move from Montreal to give Washington a baseball team for the first time in 34 years. 

"We were excited about [the move]," he said. "It was a good situation for us coming away from Montreal although it was kind of bittersweet leaving those fans up there because those 5,000 die hard fans were great. But it was good to be coming to an exciting team and fans that were ready to support their team coming to this [city]."

Robinson said he still watches the club closely, and with a keen eye on Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond, who were both in the organization when he was still manager. Robinson said he had a chance to talk to both players in the clubhouse before the game. 

"[It was like] like family," Robinson said. "It was very touching. I'm always glad to see those guys, because they're very outstanding people. Not just good baseball players, but they're outstanding people. I appreciate them thinking about me and keeping me alive in their lives. I feel very special about them and they have a very special place in my life."

Robinson, of course, was known for far more than just his managerial abilities. He was considered a five-tool player during his days with the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles in the 1960s through the early 1970s, winning both the NL and AL MVP awards. So naturally he was asked to give his take on Nats' budding superstar Bryce Harper. 

"I remember reading a lot about him and couldn't wait to see him," he said of the 22-year-old outfielder. "It took him a couple years to really get his feet on the ground. I think he now understands the pitchers in the league, what they're trying to do to him and make some adjustments.

"He's the real thing. I think you're gonna see a lot of exciting things out of this this young man for a lot of years." 

But all the things that he discussed, the former skipper appeared to be most pleased with the transformation the organization has made from being a bottom feeder in the NL East to being considered a World Series title contender. 

"They're right there now," Robinson said. "They're there. It's only a matter of time. And in the next few years, if not this year, you're gonna see a World Series flag flying from the flagpole in centerfield."

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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.