Saturday, October 13, 2012

Kicked in the Gut

Damn, this sucks.

I watch a lot of sports. I like football, basketball, hockey, and baseball. Heck, I'll even watch tennis and golf. Plus, I love just about every Olympic sport that isn't a major sport (this disqualifies soccer, basketball, tennis, etc., but includes skiing, archery, skeet shooting, curling, track & field, and any 'athlon).

You could say that I am a fan of sports.

On the other hand, I am one of those sports fans that some people hate. I rarely have a strong feeling about the teams. I have just about no paraphernalia from any sports teams. I'm a homer who likes the Redskins and Capitals (I'll jump on the Wizards bandwagon if they ever stop sucking), but I am not a rabid fan.

The Nationals have pulled me in. For the first time, I am really a fan of a team. Their owner is not a jerk who only cares about buying success (I'm looking at you Snyder). Their players aren't petulant thugs (I'm looking at you Andray Blatche and Agent Zero). The Nationals are my team.

As a result, last night hurt. Our pitchers let us down (giving up a 6-run lead?), and Davey Johnson let us down (Storen should have been yanked), and for the first time, I am really part of the "us."

Damn, this sucks.