Monday, December 02, 2019

"Washington Nationals: Team of Destiny, 2018 Mini Movie": the short before the preview

There is a film showing of a 90-minute documentary at the Anthem theater on the Anacostia waterfront in Washington DC tonight, titled “The 2019 World Series Documentary”.  DVD’s are supposed to go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 3. 
I didn’t get around to getting to this, but I did find a 14-minute Tube by MCQ37 Highlights, “Washington Nationals: Team of Destiny, 2019 Mini Movie”.  The film shows the highlights of the disappointments in the playoffs in 2012 (I remember the top of the ninth when the Cardinals scored 4 runs after a borderline call of ball four with 2 outs), 2014, 2016, 2017.

Then it races through the 2019 season, after Bryce Harper went to the Phillies, and the Nats were 19-31 after the first fifty game.  The film shows the highlights of a 12-10 home win against the Marlins, and the Nats would go 74-38 for the rest of the season (finish 93-69), including winning the last 8 games and a 5-game sweep at home against the Phillies. Including the playoffs they would finish 86-43 from that point.

The film rushes through the World Series, where the visiting team won all seven games. The critical win might have been game 2, when the Nats scored 5 gift runs in the top of the seventh after an infield fumble and then a broken-bat hit. Good teams pounce on little mistakes, particularly when on the road.

They do show Kyle Kendrick’s slicing homer off the foul pole to put the Nats ahead in game 7.
It will be interesting to see if they can keep both Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon.  High-average hitters like Rendon have the ability to make time slow down (from the brain’s perspective) so they can hit the ball – it seems genetic.  Animals, especially cats, can do this when hunting prey.
Here’s another video, about opening day of the 1955 season at Griffith Stadium, when the Senators beat the Orioles 12-5, but would lose the next day in Yankee Stadium 19-1, and would finish the season 53-101.  But they would go 13-9 against the Cleveland Indians that year (and against Boston the next year). In 1959 they would endure their 18 game losing streak. 

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