Oct 3, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcherJerry Blevins
(13) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning during game one of the 2014 NLDS playoff baseball game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: H.Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports
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The offseason of Jerry Blevins, winding far and wide and back again
Nationals reliever Jerry Blevins and a few other members of his bullpen cohort spent the first day of 2015 in the same place they’ll spend many more of them: Nationals Park. According to Drew Storen, their efforts to take in the Winter Classic from the bullpen were rebuffed: one can assume that Storen’s tweet to that effect was in jest, though with that crew, one can’t rule out the possibility that a valiant attempt was indeed made.
For Blevins, it was the most recent stop in a busy and winding off-season, one that included trips overseas and back to NatsFest — all of it spent hoping that after a strong end to the season in 2014, he can continue to prove himself in Washington through a full, consistent season in 2015.
Blevins’s offseason started with an unparalleled honor. Most 31-year-old middle relievers can’t appropriately be described as legendary, but Blevins claimed the status when Sports Illustrated chose him as one of its Twitter 100 — cementing his legacy and establishing his as one of the top 100 twitter accounts in all the sporting land. Read full article here.
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D.C. pro sports shine in NHL Winter Classic at Nats Park
The Washington Capitals and all involved couldn’t have scripted a better Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic outdoors at Nationals Park in Southeast D.C. New Year’s Day.
The temperature remained ideal and even more ideal — here comes that scripted drama — was the ending. With some 13 seconds left in regulation, and the score tied 2-2, it looked as though it would be an OT event in the exciting faceoff vs. the Chicago Blackhawks.
That wasn’t about to happen: The Caps nailed it — thanks to (former Blackhawk) Troy Brouwer‘s stunning power-play goal and the simultaneous breaking of Alex Ovechkin‘s hockey stick — as the clock digits ticked down to seconds, winning 3-2. Read full article here.