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Washington D.C.: Nationals return to the field after scary outside events


July 19, 2021
Source: Nick Wass/AP Photo
Source: Nick Wass/AP Photo

⚾Nationals: After Saturday’s harrowing events, the Nats and San Diego Padres returned to Nationals Park yesterday to resume the suspended game, in which the Nats lost 10–4. 

  • But the second game of the day went the Nats’ way, thanks to infielder Alcides Escobar. He homered in the eighth inning (his first since 2018!) and then hit a walk-off single for the 8–7 win. Love that Natitude.

🏀Wizards: It’s official: Wes Unseld Jr. — who has strong ties to the District — is the Wizards new head coach (HC). Unseld Jr. previously worked for the Wizards from 1997 to 2011 and is the son of the greatest player in franchise history. Welcome home, coach!

  • Unseld Jr. is now one of 12 Black men currently head coaching for one of the NBA’s 30 teams — six Black men were hired for seven vacant HC roles this offseason. Progress.

🏒Capitals: Captain Alex Ovechkin isn’t listed on the Caps’ expansion draft protected list, but don’t panic: he’s an impending unrestricted free agent and expected to work out a contract with the Caps soon. By not re-signing him before the expansion draft, Washington was able to protect an extra forward. *exhale*

⚽️Spirit: Despite goals from Trinity Rodman and Ashley Sanchez, the Spirit couldn’t overcome an early red card and fell to NJ/NY Gotham FC 3–2 yesterday. A for effort.