D.C.: Parting is such sweet sorrow

February 4, 2021
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D.C.: Parting is such sweet sorrow
Source: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

⚾️Nationals: Say it ain’t so. Free agent pitcher Sean Doolittle is leaving for the Cincinnati Reds. He was limited by injuries in 2020, but we’ll never forget his integral role in the Nats’ 2019 World Series title.

  • We’ll also remember how he immersed himself in this city and his allyship for LGBTQ2+ communities. May the force be with you.

🏒Capitals: The Caps hope to put Monday’s meltdown behind them in tonight’s 7 p.m. ET matchup against the New York Rangers. And while it was supposed to be goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s return to Madison Square Garden, he actually won’t be playing after disclosing a heart condition this past offseason. But we’re so glad to see he’s doing better now. .

  • Despite Lundqvist’s absence — and starting goalie Ilya Samsonov out on the COVID-19 list — current goaltender Vitek Vanecek (pronounced VA-NIH-CHEHK) is holding it down, being named January’s NHL Rookie of the Month for his strong play in net. Keep thanking those posts, Vitek.

🏀Wizards: By virtue of Bradley Beal’s history-making performance, the Wizards beat the Miami Heat 103–100 last night. We’ll take every win we can get and breathe a sigh of relief that Beal seems committed to staying in the District.