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As Brooks Orpik was scoring his game-winner, Adam Eaton homered to help the Nationals beat the Pirates

As Brooks Orpik was scoring his game-winner, Adam Eaton homered to help the Nationals beat the Pirates

Call it coincidence if you want, but what happened Saturday afternoon was truly some D.C. sports magic.

In the overtime session of the Capitals' first round playoff game against the Carolina Hurricanes, defenseman Brooks Orpik scored a rocket of a goal to give Washington a 4-3 win and put them up two games to none in the series. 

Less than three miles away at Nationals Park and moments after Orpik's goal, Adam Eaton launched a solo home run into the right-center field seats to tie the Nationals' game against the Pirates at two in the bottom of the eighth inning.

And on the very next pitch, Howie Kendrick hit a homer of his own to give the Nats the lead. 

Sean Doolittle came in for the top of the ninth and earned the save, the Nats triumphing 3-2. 

Eaton said he heard the cheers from the Nats Park crowd as the news of Orpik's game-winner trickled  into the stadium. 

“I heard that," Eaton told reporters. "That’s pretty cool. First off, congratulations to them. They’re playing some really important games. We’re still in April … which every game’s important. But hat’s off to them."

In a matter of moments, the anxieties of an entire city turned into screams of jubilation. As our very own Todd Dybas put it, the simultaneous D.C. victories were like a "sports lightning bolt from the center of town down South Capitol Street."

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Sean Doolittle talks everything from sliders to tweets on the latest episode of The Racing Presidents podcast

Sean Doolittle talks everything from sliders to tweets on the latest episode of The Racing Presidents podcast

Curious thing when Sean Doolittle hops on Twitter: multiple replies from his wife, Eireann Dolan, begin to show up. She, in theory, is working on coursework for a Master’s degree while stationed in the other room. But, she finds time to enter a depth-filled discussion or mock a photo choice of her husband on his derriere which randomly accompanied a story involving him.

“Maybe that’s in the syllabus,” Doolittle said.

Their case of two-room tweeting comes up at the end of our 1-on-1 sit down with the Nationals’ All-Star closer in the latest edition of The Racing Presidents podcast. We talked with Doolittle early in spring training when Bryce Harper remained unsigned and a lagging free agency period was fresh. He used his platform during the winter months to express irritation with the process baseball was going through.

He also uses his Twitter account often and judiciously. Doolittle addresses a range of topics, some with political ramifications, some specific to his sport, others to rebut what he deems a silly media take, as he did Wednesday with Colin Cowherd. Social media can be a dangerous place for famous people with opinions. How does he approach it?

“I would say do your homework before you press tweet on anything you do,” Doolittle said. “And then once you’ve done your homework, do it again. Double-check your work. I try to -- whenever I weigh-in on something -- I’ve done a bunch of research online, I’ve read a bunch of articles. I’ve really tried to consider both points of view. And, obviously, you’ve got to be careful about the way you phrase things so nothing can be taken out of context. I think that’s why some of the topics I’ve weighed-in on there’s been a thread of multiple tweets because I don’t want the 280-character limit to be the reason that something I said could be taken out of context. I want to be able to have that nuance and people understand really what I’m trying to say.”

There’s more on that, where Doolittle is with trying to master a slider and what he thinks can be better with baseball’s collective bargaining agreement.

The guys also had a lot of other baseball happenings to talk about. Most notable is the Anthony Rendon negotiations. NBC Sports Washington reported Wednesday that Rendon turned down a late February extension offer from the Nationals. Rendon said discussions have essentially come to a “halt” between himself and the Nationals. However, that doesn’t mean they are over.

Also on this episode: how Mike Trout’s enormous contract extension relates to Bryce Harper’s situation, Gio Gonzalez joining the Yankees and joy around the fact we’re eight days from Opening Day.

Listen, subscribe, rate, and stay tuned for a 1-on-1 conversations with Ryan Zimmerman to close the week.

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Smash Mouth pens All-Star tweet about Bryce Harper

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Smash Mouth pens All-Star tweet about Bryce Harper

Smash Mouth is telling San Francisco Giants’ President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi to “get your game on,” as their most famous song “All-Star” urges.

The rockers from San Jose want the Giants to sign Bryce Harper, who remains a free agent as spring training continues. The band alleges that Giants ownership and executives may also be on their side, and willing to put lump sums in to the Harper lottery to compete.

This also alleges that President Zaidi is not on board with going all in on Harper, for either financial reasons or one unnamed.

I, for one, am glad they censored themselves so I didn’t have to.

This isn't the first time Smash Mouth has tweeted about baseball. Last season, there were multiple Twitter threads between the band and Sean Doolittle after the Nationals pitcher was named an All-Star.

Wait...are the members of Smash Mouth really Giants fans? Or are they Nationals fans?

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