Humans have a terrible penchant for having to make sense of things, and heartbreaking sports loses are no different. That Nationals latest ouster from the playoffs is a familiar refrain. Whether it is the Capitals being shutdown by Jaroslav Halak, Pete Kozma with a game winning hit, LeBron James whispering in Gilbert Arenas’ ear, or RGIII laying motionless and broken on the turf DC has had it’s share of heartbreak and we’ve all told stories to make sense of things. Humanity has to make sense of things. We need stories. We can’t accept the fact that the world is really just a collection of random events that happen for no rhyme or reason and sports are no different. Whatever the story you choose to believe that DC is a cursed sports town and nothing will ever go right or that the teams collectively lack fortitude and are all choking dogs understand you’re telling yourself a story to make sense of a collection of events that otherwise makes no sense.Read More
tl;dr: Help us help sick kids at Children’s National Medical Center in DC. Donate here.
It’s that time again: summer is quickly fading to fall, the Nats are gearing up for a Postseason run, and our yearly Extra Life marathon benefiting the Children's National Medical Center located in Washington, DC, is just around the corner.
If you’re a new reader to the site this season, or just haven’t seen our previous Extra Life endeavors; Extra Life is a 24-hour video game marathon benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. We specifically chose all proceeds donated to our campaign to benefit Children’s National Medical Center; where thousands of children are treated each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.
Extra Life began in 2008 as a way of honoring a young lady named Victoria Enmon. Tori’s battle against acute lymphoblastic leukemia inspired the Sarcastic Gamer Community in a way that is difficult to describe. Members sent in video games and bought gifts to keep Tori’s spirits up despite numerous hospital stays and three bouts with the deadly disease. Tragically, Tori passed away in January 2008. Later that year, Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for the hospital that treated and fought beside Tori, was born. In 2008 and 2009 Extra Life raised a combined $302,000; 100 percent of which went directly to help kids like Tori at the Texas Children’s Hospital.
While thousands of gamers, more than 100 websites, and more than 12,000 donors were happy to support Extra Life, many expressed their desire to raise money to help kids closer to home.
I personally got involved in Extra Life in 2012 just a day before the event and set my goal at $100. On short notice, with generous donations from friends and family I managed to raise $211 by the end of my 24 hour marathon. Last year, Citizens' fifth 24 hour marathon, we raised $1,000 for Children’s National. In five years we've raised a total of over $3,600 for Children's National.
Five years and five Extra Life’s later I am still amazed at just how gratifying it is to be able to raise money for the cause. More importantly the event continues to make me want to do more, to be able to raise more and once I’ve caught up on sleep I’m already eagerly awaiting information about the following year’s event.
On November 4th, 2017, I (along with the rest of the Citizens staff) will again be participating in this huge worldwide celebration of the social impact of gamers of all kinds from video games to board games and tabletop RPG's! It's my sincere hope that you'll find it in your heart to support my efforts with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to Children’s National. We are looking break the $1,000 barrier again and honestly, we’d love to blow that goal away; but we can’t do this with YOUR help. There are a few things you can do to help the cause:
– First If you’d like to donate the process is safe, fast, and easy:
- Head to the Citizens of Natstown team page,
- Select the team member you’d like to sponsor,
- Make your donation.
– Second, get the word out. Twitter and Facebook are phenomenal ways to get more people aware. RT's and Shares on Facebook are extremely helpful.
I also encourage you to learn more about your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and to meet some of the kids we’ll be working to help. When you donate, you won’t just be raising money for kids. You’ll be supporting LOCAL kids and their families. Kids right in your own backyard.
Last year, Extra Life raised more than $9.6 million to save kids, but in 2017 our goals, just like the needs of the kids we serve, are much, much higher.
Thank you Natstown for caring for our kids!
The Citizens are back to discuss the last two weeks in Nats news, Robles' call up, postseason bullpen musings, the state of the rest of the NL as it relates to playoff seeding, and more!
Early in the show O'Hara plugs the the Half Street Irregulars' Field Day at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy on Sunday September 24th. If you're interested in attending reach out to Frank Latucca on twitter and he'll get you squared away. If you'd prefer to just donate you can do so here.
The Citizens are joined by Citizen Alum Frank Latucca (@Nationals101) to chat about the last two weeks in Nats news, our hopes for September, musings on playoff rosters with two more weeks of data, Dan Haren, and more!
Early in the show Frank brings up the the Half Street Irregulars Field Day at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy on Sunday September 24th. If you're interested in attending reach out to Frank on twitter and he'll get you squared away. If you'd prefer to just donate you can do so here.
With everything going on around the Nationals recently you can be excused for not noticing their biggest problem. To start, being 13.5 games up in the division does not call for close analysis of a team. Add on a whole host of injuries and the most obvious problem, the bullpen, being solved it’s easy to miss. But the Nationals are getting almost unbelievably bad production from their catchers and it’s not looking like it will get better any time soon.Read More
In a two-man edition of the Podcast TJ and O'Hara discuss the last two weeks in Nats news, bullpen additions, Ross/Strasburg injuries, potential deadline additions, and answer questions from listeners.
As you may have heard the Nationals are looking for bullpen help. And not just closer help like in years past, no they need an entire bullpen of new pitchers. However, picking up a handful of the top trade candidate relievers would be very expensive in total. The Lerners love prospects and do not like expensive, so Mike Rizzo and the Nationals front office will likely have to get a bit creative to bring in the stock they need.
So, my goal today is to find some relievers who can fill in admirably in a middle innings (think 6/7th) role for the Nats without breaking the bank. These guys are so far under the radar as to be completely off it.Read More
With the Citizens new Alexandria location fully operational we have a full house as TJ, O'Hara, Sean, and Alyssa go over the last six weeks in Nats news, dissect the bullpen, and more!
The Citizens are back to talk the last few weeks in Nats news including the Eaton injury, Harper not having any of Hunter Strickland's nonsense, and the evergreen topic: The Bullpen.
The Nationals have a bullpen problem. You didn’t need me to tell you that. If you have a vague awareness that the Washington Nationals are a baseball team then you know that they have a bullpen problem. The question, with the Nats rolling to a 21-10 start and 6.5 game lead on the New York Mets, is how big of a problem is it?Read More