If you are a Washington Nationals fan and do not already love Trea Turner, its time to jump on the bandwagon.
Against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night, the 24-year-old was able to display his baseball IQ during an awkward situation while the running bases. This of course being on top of his two-run RBI single that won the game for the Nationals in the sixth, just before this play sequence.
With Turner on first, pinch hitter Rafael Bautista was just ahead of him on second with one out. Wilmer Difo grounded the ball straight to the shortstop. An easy double play? Not so fast.
During the hit Bautista thought it would be best to return to the safety of second with his force-out having to be at third. As Turner is charging to second, the Phillies second baseman, Cesar Hernandez tags the bag, giving the force out to to Turner, opening second base to Bautista once again. Hernandez would go tag Turner, in a move that meant nothing, and retreat to the dugout thinking he got two outs.
After Hernandez left the play, Turner motions to Bautista, who was also retreating to the Nationals' dugout, to get back on the bag because he was not out.
Although the Nationals would not go to do anything after Turner's brains extended the half inning, we are reminded of the brilliance of the young player.
All-Star Weekend is entertaining for fans and provides and much-needed break in the 162-game MLB season.
It’s not all just for fun, though. Following his start Tuesday night, Max Scherzer shared the benefits of being able to spend a few days sharing a locker room with players from across the league.
Being in the clubhouse, talking to veterans, talking to guys who have been here, getting to know everybody, getting the personalities, you can actually learn a lot from the other players in the league. They’re watching you, they’re watching your team and you get these conversations and it’s great. You’re talking about everybody and you find little things in the game that make them successful and what made you successful and see if you can get better.
Scherzer also didn’t hold back when talking about how great a job the city and his team did hosting the rest of the league. This is his sixth season as an All-Star, so he's speaking from quite a bit of experience.
It was awesome, what an atmosphere. I thought we were a great host team, all the other players in here loved the facilities and the treatment they received - D.C. did it right.
So according to Max Scherzer, the All-Star Game is great, but All-Star Weekend in D.C. is as good as it gets.
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It’s been an exciting summer for sports in the nation’s capital.
The Caps won the Stanley Cup for the first time ever and the city celebrated accordingly. The narrative regarding Washington D.C. as a mediocre sports town began to shift.
A city known for its overwhelming number of transients was overflowing with civic pride.
About a month later, D.C. hosted the MLB’s annual All-Star Game, and all the festivities that come along with it.
And it was a huge hit.
Sidewalks and restaurant windows were plastered with the All-Star Game logo, welcoming visitors to the city.
Tens of thousands of people attended FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center downtown. The Convention Center was practically converted into an MLB shrine offering countless interactive exhibits, facetime with former pros and masses of signed memorabilia.
Plenty of locations, particularly in the blocks surrounding Nats Park, offered food and drink specials to baseball fans, providing great alternatives to people who couldn’t make it to the game.
Most importantly, the whole event got a huge stamp of approval from the players. Bryce Harper did an exceptional job creating a great experience for the fans, from his Home Run Derby win to his walk down the red carpet.
Afer his start, Max Scherzer said verbatim "D.C. did it right."
Several other D.C. athletes, including Ryan Kerrigan and John Wall, were out celebrating in support of their city.
If there was any doubt before D.C. could handle big-time sporting events, there isn't anymore.
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