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Three things we learned from Sean Doolittle and Eireann Dolan’s AMA

Three things we learned from Sean Doolittle and Eireann Dolan’s AMA

The coronavirus outbreak has uprooted a majority of Americans' everyday lives. MLB players are no different. Many of them were stuck at spring training, with no games, and nothing to do. 

To pass some of the time, Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan hosted an AMA (ask me anything) chat on YouTube.

They answered pretty much anything that fans threw at them, including how they are handling the virus outbreak. Here are three things we learned:

1. Eireann is scared of Max Scherzer, so is Sean

Nationals ace Max Scherzer is an intimidating guy. Two different colored eyes, a wicked slider, it's no surprise that opposing batters are afraid of him. 

But Dolan is scared of Mad Max all the time. Doolittle is too. 

"He's an awesome teammate, but there are days where he's pitching, he's just really focused and you don't want to throw him off his routine," Doolittle said. "You want to give him the best chance to get ready.

"Scared might not be the right word. Starters and relievers, we're very different. Sometimes it's just best to give him his space and let him get ready to go."

From the sounds of it, there's a lot left unsaid from Doolittle.

2. Eireann Dolan did not watch the final outs of the World Series

Dolan does not like watching Doolittle pitch. So much that at the end of Game 7 of the World Series, she was fearful of Doolittle coming in during the final innings. So, Dolan did the reasonable thing and found a place in Minute Maid Park in Houston to hide.... from the seventh inning on. 

"I hid myself in a catering kitchen that was totally empty at the time," Dolan said. "I sat on a counter and put my noise-canceling headphones on with earplugs under that so I didn't hear anything. Because I know if I'm hearing cheers at Minute Maid Park something went wrong for us." 

It was not until a stadium employee found her did she know the game had ended. Her father was busy meeting Doolittle on the field to celebrate instead of remembering to call her. 

3. Doolittle has some interesting MLB expansion choices 

There's been a lot of speculation on MLB expanding over the next couple of seasons. A 32-team league appears to be on the horizon. 

Doolittle was asked where he would want MLB to expand. He quickly rattled off his favorite cities - which he admits may not be the best for expansion.

He chose Montreal (interesting, cough cough Expos), Nashville, Portland, Boulder and maybe Las Vegas. 

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Nationals' championships rings filled with flash and memories

Nationals' championships rings filled with flash and memories

Salivating and awe came first. Distribution will have to wait.

The Nationals revealed their jewel-laden championship ring during a slow-moving, hour-long telecast Sunday night which was originally supposed to include select players receiving their rings. After pushback from the players -- who wanted to receive the rings together when it was safe to do so -- the night was converted to more of a reveal than reaction.

The ring itself included several nods to the D.C. area, markers from the championship season, and specific personalizations.

Here’s a blow-by-blow:

-- The ring is 14-karat white and yellow gold

-- The “W” logo is made from 30 rubies to represent the 30 runs the team scored in the four World Series game

-- Around the logo are 58 pavé-set diamonds

-- Above and below the logo or the words “World Champions” set over the ring via 32 sapphires. This number represents the sum total of the team’s 2019 walk-off wins (7), shutout wins (13), longest winning streak (8 games), and playoff rounds won (4).

-- An additional 108 diamonds are featured along the ring top, representing the number of regular season and postseason wins (105), plus one diamond for the World Series title and two diamonds for the locations -- Washington and Montreal -- of the franchise.

-- The top and bottom of the ring have 12 rubies to represent the total number of postseason wins

-- On the left side in yellow gold is the player’s name

-- Beneath the name is a flag, the Capitol Building and the Roman numerals MMVI to represent the year the Lerner family purchased the franchise

-- The player’s number is in diamonds on the bottom left side

-- “Fight Finished” is on the right side

-- The interior of the ring is engraved with a shark symbol holding a yellow gold trophy. So, yes, a nod to “Baby Shark” has made it onto the rings

-- Also on the interior are the team logos of each opponent the Nationals defeated in the postseason

-- “Go 1-0 every day” is also engraved inside

-- In total, the average championship ring contains 170 total diamonds, 32 custom-cut sapphires, 31 custom-cut rubies, and 24 princess-cut rubies for a precious total stone carat weight of 23.2 carats.


The lead up of the ring reveal included congratulatory messages from a slew of people associated with the Nationals in the present and past.

Former closer Chad Cordero and catcher Brian Schneider started the video messages. Denard Span and Adam LaRoche followed. Redskins quarterback Alex Smith, former Redskins player Brian Mitchell, chef José Andrés and Dr. Anthony Fauci were among several others to send congratulations.

In a post-reveal show, the players emphasized they were looking forward to receiving the rings in a group.

“I think the only thing better than seeing it is going to be wearing it,” Howie Kendrick said.

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Max Scherzer: Nationals players opening rings together will be ‘final piece to our championship’

Max Scherzer: Nationals players opening rings together will be ‘final piece to our championship’

One year to the day after the Nationals began their climb out of the depths of a 19-31 start on their way to winning the World Series, the team unveiled its championship ring design.

Introduced in a virtual ring ceremony hosted by a conglomerate of Nationals officials and media members, the rings captured many significant images and phrases from the Nationals’ historic season such as “Go 1-0 Today” and Baby Shark.

A few players were originally set to receive their rings during the virtual ceremony before the rest of the team, but the Nationals released a statement Saturday saying that “the players collectively decided they would prefer to receive their rings when the team could be physically reunited.”

Instead, the entire team watched on with the rest of baseball fans as the design was introduced. After the presentation ended, several players went on a Zoom call with MASN’s Dan Kolko to discuss their thoughts on the new bling.

“It’s cool to see in person but I think I’ll be with Davey [Martinez] when I can actually put that thing on,” Nationals starter Max Scherzer said. “I think all of us, when we’re all together, when we can have that moment together, that’s the final piece to our championship and that’ll be an emotional moment.”


As part of the presentation, the Nationals invited fans to support their #NATS4GOOD community response fund that assists those who’ve been directly affected by the coronavirus outbreak,

“I’m with Max, I think it’ll be cool for us all to get it together,” Ryan Zimmerman said. “I think with the situation that we’re in, obviously nothing is normal right now so to give the fans a look at this and at the same time raise some money…it’s the least we can do.”

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