No Washington pitcher has ever clinched a post season series

Anyone who reads this blog knows I have a mild obsession with pitchers who throw the last out of a playoff series and get mobbed by their teammates on the mound.

I’ve written about it many times including this gem.

And I’m working on a blog series on that topic. I already posted one about the Red Sox.

So going through the other teams I realized that baseball fans of the city of Washington D.C. have never experienced the site of a pitcher throwing his hands in the air and being mobbed at the end of a post season series.

Never once.

Not a World Series, LCS or Division Series.

Every other big league city has had that experience at least once. Even the two places where big league baseball doesn’t exist anymore had that moment. Johnny Podres was in the middle of a mob for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Steve Rogers clinched a series for the Montreal Expos.

But three different franchises have played in Washington DC in the 20th and 21st centuries. One became the Twins. One became the Rangers. One used to be the Expos.

And in all of those years and teams they have combined for one post season series win. The 1924 World Series. But that one ended with a walk off hit: Earl McNeely’s bad hop single that scored Muddy Ruel in the bottom of the 12th in Game 7.

Walter Johnson was the winning pitcher but the celebration was at the plate.

So take note Washington pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen. If you get to play October and you find yourself on the mound with a chance to win a series, you’ll be giving Washington fans a sight that they have NEVER seen.

Unless of course you consider most Washington fans were Baltimore fans and they saw a lot of post season celebrations. But that’s quibbling.

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Hey Hagerstown Suns… you screwed up, you dummies!

Hey look at that! The Hagerstown Suns official site finally has an on line store to buy Bryce Harper merchandise.

Nice job.
I told you guys to do that in March when he was assigned to Hagerstown.
I told you to do it in April when he made his debut.

Those were going to be the only times that the National Media would be focused on the Hagerstown Suns and the potential superstar and biggest draw the Suns would EVER see could be the focus of a lot of merchandise.

And there was no merchandise to buy then.
Your toys were NOT ready for Christmas day.

Well guess what?

He’s gone now!
He’s no longer a Hagerstown Sun. He is a Harrisburg Senator!
That was your chance.

And guess what the Senators have?

It’s not rocket science, folks.

Hey Suns, good luck getting a high profile prospect with national attention showing up to Hagerstown.

Maybe if you win the lottery AGAIN, you won’t screw it up!

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