Welcome back! I figured I would knock out another blog here since my flight out of Indianapolis is delayed. I, like many others, enjoy people watching at the airport, but I've had my fill, so I decided to be productive.
My break was nice. I flew to Indiana to visit family and just unwind for a few days. It's always good to get some home cooking and see familiar faces, but I am definitely ready to get back into the swing of things. We played good baseball in the first half and overcame adversity, so hopefully we can find our stride and move up in those National League East standings.
I was pumped to see Tyler Clippard get the W the other night in the All-Star Game. Two years in a row for a Nats reliever to get a win. Hopefully, we can keep that streak alive next year. Had to be a cool experience for him and his family. I sent him a few texts, but figured I would just wait to hear the stories later.
Thanks for all the feedback on Twitter. It was amazing how many people responded. I will address a few topics, and save a few for a later blog.
dc_Roach asked about the pressure of closing. I always tell people that relieving late in the game is a high-risk/high-reward job. It is great when you are good, and not so fun when you are not. I try not to ride the emotional roller coaster of the season, but I would not trade it for the world. I do like coming in with runners on base; it adds to the pressure and you get the chance to pick a teammate up.
ColinCarlisle2 asked about my favorite place to play. I assume this means playing outside of D.C. I would say San Francisco. The fans are always real into the game. They have great music and is pretty much a big rage. They played the Jersey Shore "Fist Pump" song when I came into close a game there this year and the place went nuts. He also wondering what my favorite restaurants are. I would say in D.C., Sei and Matchbox Pizza, two spots Clip and I hit up a lot. Great food, and it's close to where we live.
Looks like my blogging helped pass the time - we're starting to board. As always, thanks for reading and I will blog again soon.