Happy World Series! All of Washington, DC, is buzzing with excitement for the Nationals’ first World Series. City buses say “Go Nats!” on them and the local news has had several Nats-related stories each night, including daily updates on ticket prices. Schools are encouraging students to “wear red” and local bakeries and other businesses are going all out.
Even the National Symphony Orchestra is pulling for the Nats:
Happy Monday! We’ll get through this together … with a little baseball motivation! At least this week we have the World Series to look forward to!
The Baby Shark was alive and well at Nats Park this week:
This is the stat of the century:
This one is pretty interesting, too:
Since I updated my list of Samoan ballplayers yesterday, I thought it appropriate to post this video of the American Samoa National Baseball Team hanging out with some local school kids this past January:
Isiah Kiner-Falefa with the Frisco RoughRiders in 2017. Photo by Th3TruthPhotos via Wikipedia.
Recently, a kind reader identified another player of Samoan descent for my “All-Samoan Lineup” that I put together a little over a year ago. The latest member of the lineup: Isiah Kiner-Falefa, infielder and catcher with the Texas Rangers.
Kiner-Falefa was born on March 23, 1995, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 2013 draft and started his professional career that year with the Arizona League Rangers. In 2014, he played for the Arizona Rangers, the Spokane Indians, and the Hickory Crawdads. He started the following year with the Crawdads before being promoted to the High Desert Mavericks. He was promoted again in 2016 to the Frisco RoughRiders, where he also played in 2017. In 2018, he was assigned to the triple-A Round Rock Express and made his MLB debut on April 10, 2018. In 2019, Kiner-Falefa spent time with the Rangers, the Nashville Sounds, and the Frisco Rough Riders.
The other Samoan players are/were:
- Tony Solaita – (1/15/1947 – 2/10/1990), 1B; the first (and only) baseball player from American Samoa
- Benny Agbayani, LF
- Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B, OF, and 1B
- Chris Aguila, OF
- Mike Fetters, Pitcher
- Wes Littleton, Pitcher
- Sean Manaea, Pitcher
Hopefully, there will be more players to add in the future! Let me know if you know of any more!
I’m still in disbelief that the Nats swept the Cardinals and are headed to the World Series. But I’ve uncovered their secret weapon: they’re getting some heavenly help.
There’s a church just down the street from Nats Park that offers a Sunday “Nats Mass” during the season. You can attend mass at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, then walk just down the street to the ballpark in time for the first pitch:
But that’s not the only church rooting for the Nats these days. The Washington National Cathedral is also supporting the Nats:
The Nats also have a chaplain from Catholic University. Maybe we could get the Pope to help us out, too?