Life can be hard sometimes for lefties. Handshakes feel unnatural, some objects, like scissors or notebooks, for example, are manufactured with a right-handed demographic in mind, and bumping elbows at the dinner table is commonplace. It's only right that the 10 percent of the population that face these inequities get a day of recognition. That day is today.
In honor of Nationals Left-Handers Day, we honor some of the most notable D.C. athletes that made their living as a southpaw.
Soto isn't even old enough to buy a drink yet, yet he's already one of the best players on the Nationals roster. As a lefty, he's got a slight advantage at the plate because he's a step closer to first base than a right-handed batter.
Signed last offseason to a six-year, $140 million contract, Corbin is the only left-handed starter in the Nationals rotation. He's been more than a dependable third starter in his first year in Washington, striking out 172 batters with a 3.41 ERA. Those numbers are good, but not great, and he'll have to perform down the stretch and hopefully into the postseason to prove he's worth the money.
Brunell played Quarterback for the Redskins from 2004-07, his sole playoff appearance coming in 2007, when he didn't play a down for the team all year. Before his stint with the Redskins, Brunell was a three-time Pro-Bowler and after the Redskins let him go, he won a Super Bowl with the Saints as a backup.
One of the newest editions to the D.C. family, former All-Star Isaiah Thomas isn't just different because of his height. Considered an advantage in basketball, Thomas has embraced his left-handedness. He even took to Twitter a year ago to let the world know he's a proud southpaw.
Doolittle was an All-Star last season, but he's having trouble replicating that same success in 2019. His ERA has jumped from 1.60 to 3.73 and he's tied for fifth in the NL with five blown saves. The bullpen is the Nats' biggest weakness, and he'll have to step it up if they want to make some noise in the playoffs.
Chuck "Lefty" Driesell
He didn't become famous for his career as an athlete, but Lefty Driesell was born in Virginia and had a monumental impact on basketball in the DMV. Maryland Head Coach from 1969-86, Driesell was two-time ACC Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.