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.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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