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Author: Michael Marzzacco
Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
If you’re reading this you probably know about the DC sports curse. And you’ve probably heard enough of it from Twitter, from other writers including my favorite Washington Post writer (shout out to Dan Steinberg), or from your fellow peers. So I won’t lecture you about the city as a whole. But I’ll say this. My God, we cannot catch a break can we?
Stephen Strasburg was heroic and Michael A. Taylor launched an iconic grand slam into the Wrigley Field basket in game four of the NLDS to force a deciding matchup between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs. Today will be the third NLDS game five in the past seven seasons for the Nats. If you’re reading this, you likely know how the other two times went. What could possibly go wrong?
The Nationals needed a win to keep their season alive. They needed a win to bring the series back to DC for a decisive Game 5 and another opportunity to change the narrative that has plagued our Nation’s Capital for so long. This game had a weird pregame storyline with Nats ace Stephen Srasburg being rumored to have said that he can’t pitch due to being under the weather. That news came Tuesday after the game was rained out. Ultimately, Strasburg would dominate and a big bat came through in a 5-0 win.
The Nationals looked good in Game 3 and had a late lead and then… wait, shit, oh no. This is way too familiar and it never ends well. Have you ever seen a movie so many times it’s gotten to the point where you can quote every character and catch the surprises? That’s what it’s like being a DC sports fan in the playoffs no matter what team is playing.
Two eighth inning blasts rallied the Nationals past the Chicago Cubs, 6-3 in game two of the National League Division Series on Saturday night. Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman combined to complete the come-from-behind victory and tie the series at 1-1 heading into Chicago.