The Nationals won the World Series on Wednesday, celebrated deep into Thursday morning, had their parade on Saturday so on Sunday they rested.
Haha, just kidding. On Sunday they went to the Calgary Flames-Washington Capitals game and pounded beers and took their shirts off and generally acted as if they own the town because, for the time being, they most certainly do.
Last night’s revelry was a bookend of sports to the Capitals revelry in the summer of 2018, part of which took place in a luxury box at a Nats game. The Nationals players returned the favor:
And, really, who needs shirts anyway. Hockey arenas are so balmy anyway:
Today the Nationals — most of ’em anyway — will visit the White House. Here’s hoping everyone involved keeps their shirts on.
At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).