Congratulations to Matt Capps who is heading to Anaheim next week for the annual Midsummer classic.
As the old saying goes, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Capps is first class all the way. The pride and joy of Douglasville, Georgia, now in his first full season with Washington has done everything Manager Jim Riggleman has asked of him coming out of the bullpen - 10 saves in April garnered Capps the major league's Delivery Man of the Month Award.
As of this writing, Capps has 22 saves, second most in the Big leagues. His ERA was 3.19. Capps is signed for just this season, but with the way he has performed, look for VP and GM Mike Rizzo to keep the 26-year-old closer in Washngton for many seasons to come.
Capps' father, Mike Capps, passed away last October after suffering a heart attack. Like Capps said, he knows his Dad will be with him next week. Not a day goes by that Capps doesn't think of the man who is responsible for him being where he is today, sitting as one of the best pitchers in baseball.
On a related note, can Ryan Zimmerman generate enough fan support over the next few days to join Matt Capps in Anaheim? So far in the early voting, the Nats third baseman is running a close second to Reds first baseman Joey Votto. Hopefully this will be Zimmerman's second consecutive All-Star game.
As for Stephen Strasburg being left off this year's National League team, there will be many more years that Nats fans and baseball fans everywhere can enjoy this young guy taking center stage in future All-Star games.
Sure it would have been great to see him go this year, but on the other hand, what's it been, six starts at the big league level? Let Strasburg enjoy his time off next week - after what he's been through, he needs it and so does this ballclub.