Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC Sport.com's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

The Nationals keep a French press in their dugout

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As a fan of another National League East team I’m not supposed to like the Nationals, but I have to tip my cap to their taste in coffee.

In this story from Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post we learn why a French press-style coffee pot was recently seen in the Nats’ dugout during a game. Turns out that it’s Chris Heisey and Stephen Drew‘s doing. Heisey got hooked on French Press coffee and then Drew did too and now it’s a thing with the Nats.

The key takeaway here, though, is not so much that French press coffee is the best. It’s good, but you can brew good coffee without one too if you make an effort. No, the key here is that Heisey and Drew had the good sense to say no to k-cups, which are objectively awful, and to drink their coffee black like adults with good taste:

He and Drew are the unofficial supervisors of the French press production. Drew got involved when he tired of running back and forth to the single-cup coffee maker in the clubhouse. When Heisey’s press was not providing enough coffee for all those consuming it, Drew bought a bigger one.

“We don’t put anything in it. It’s just straight black,” Drew said. “Everybody started getting it. It really is a taste. Once you get used to it, you don’t want anything else.”

I’ll tolerate you using a little cream if you have a sensitive stomach or something, but black is better. And if you put sugar in your coffee I simply cannot agree with your lifestyle and would ask that you not flaunt such sickness like that in front of me and my family.

Anyway, I predict that if the entire Nats team starts drinking black, French press coffee, they will win the NL East. Unless the Mets go for broke and hire someone to do a pour-over thing for them in their clubhouse. That could be a game changer.

President Obama to Derek Jeter: “for a baseball player, you were old, man”

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Derek Jeter recently interviewed President Obama because, I dunno, he can. He’s Derek Jeter. He’s retired and everyone needs a hobby.

The full interview is going to be at The Player’s Tribune on Wednesday, but today they released a teaser of it. It’s worth seeing because it features Obama providing more critical commentary of the latter part of Jeter’s career than almost anyone in the media ever provided:

“I mean, for a baseball player, you were old, man. Let’s face it. I mean come on man, we saw you trying to run those bases.”

So disrespectful of The Captain. Didn’t even do the obligatory shoutout to his class and leadership. Sad.

 

 

And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Indians 3, White Sox 2: – Jose Ramirez hit a bases-loaded single with two out in the 10th inning to give the Indians a walkoff win and a three-game sweep. It’s hard to imagine anything bigger happening in Cleveland sports yesterday, so I won’t even look.

Angels 2, Athletics 0: Jered Weaver has struggled this year but you wouldn’t know it by watching him yesterday. He pitched a three-hit shutout. And it was a Maddux to boot, requiring only 95 pitches. It’s hard to imagine anything worse happening to a sports team from Oakland yesterday.

Giants 5, Rays 1: Brandon Belt homered and the Giants swept the Rays. This actually was the best thing that happened in Bay Area sports yesterday.

Braves 6, Mets 0: Julio Teheran has gotten very, very little run support this year so he decided yesterday to toss a one-hit shutout. Given what’s going on with the Braves this season he should be allowed to bank five of the runs his teammates scored for future use.

Marlins 3, Rockies 0: Tom Koehler tossed six shutout innings. Walked six. Struck out six. Gold old lucky 666. The Rockies mustered two hits off of him and none off the pen. They must’ve wanted to get back to the hotel in time to watch Game 7.

Orioles 11, Blue Jays 6: Matt Wieters had four hits and drove in four runs and the O’s rattled off 19 hits in all as they took two of three from the Jays. As we sit here on the first official day of summer, Baltimore stands one game ahead of Boston and three games ahead of Toronto in what looks like will be a really fun AL East race.

Red Sox 2, Mariners 1: David Price allowed one run on eight hits over eight innings and Mookie Betts had three hits, including a go-ahead homer in the seventh. Boston takes two of three from Seattle and now goes on to play Chicago. Call me crazy — call me a gambler — but I can guarantee a Sox win the next four days in a row. Seriously. Bet you $100.

Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 1: Archie Bradley allowed one run over six innings and the pen tossed three scoreless. Jake Lamb doubled in Paul Goldschmidt once and tripled him in once. I wonder if anyone has ever RBI’d a guy in for the cycle by doing that as well as singling in the same guy and then hitting a two-run homer with him on base. It has to have happened, right? Everything has happened in baseball once.

Twins 7, Yankees 4: Max Kepler and Eduardo Escobar each drove in a couple. Brian Dozier homered as the Twins salvaged one after losing three straight to the Yankees.

Astros 6, Reds 0: The top of the order has carried Houston for most of the early part of the season. Yesterday the bottom of the order, as both Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena homered and drove in a couple. Mike Fiers tossed five and two-thirds shutout innings. Might’ve tossed more if he hadn’t been brought down by a Jay Bruce comebacker.

Royals 2, Tigers 1: Cheslor Cuthbert hit a walkoff single in the 13th inning to give the Royals their third win in the four-game series against the Tigers. After an eight-game losing streak at the begining of June, the Royals have won eight of their last nine.

Rangers 5, Cardinals 4: When Jurickson Profar was called up a few weeks back his manager said he was concerned about his playing time, suggesting that if he can’t play regularly on the big club for whatever reason he may need to be sent down so he can get in everyday reps. Yesterday Profar showed that, yeah, he can do OK off the bench too, hitting a two-run pinch hit single in the eighth to bring Texas back from behind. Profar is hitting .349/.379/.494 in 21 games since returning to the bigs after a two-year absence.

Dodgers 2, Brewers 1: The Dodgers win with a walkoff walk as Tyler Thornburg gave Yasmani Grandal a free pass with the bases loaded in the ninth. Kiké Hernandez homered in the eighth for the Dodgers other run. I’m assuming Craig Counsell didn’t like that homer, but I’m guessing a walkoff walk ticks off a manager even more. Kenta Maeda struck out eight in six and a third innings of one-run ball.

Padres 6, Nationals 3: Drew Pomeranz gave up three homers — two to Michael Taylor — and pitchers who give up three homers tend to lose most of the time, but they were solo shots and that was all the damage the Nats could do. Taylor went 4-for-4 and was a triple shy of the cycle. I’m sure he’s kicking himself that one of those homers didn’t fall a few feet short and ricochet off the wall some. At least assuming he thinks cycles are cool.

Cubs 10, Pirates 5: Willson Contreras homered in his first major league at bat. On the first pitch he saw, actually, so he probably should’ve just retired on the spot. Knowing when you’ve peaked is an important thing and saves you from embarrassment later in life. Kyle Hendricks struck out 12 in six innings. The Cubs swept the Pirates, who are 15 games back and three games under .500. Even if the Cubs are making a mockery of the NL Central race this year, I did expect the Pirates to be a lot better than this. Everyone did, didn’t they?