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RAAB: DC Teams Encounter Challenges

RAAB: DC Teams Encounter Challenges

For both the Wizards and the Capitals, early experience made it clear that the teams will need to confront the same problems that have plagued them throughout the regular season in order to make a mark on the upcoming post-seasons. While both clubs find themselves in competitive series with beatable[Read More…]

by April 21, 2015 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
RAAB: Nationals Endure Early Woes

RAAB: Nationals Endure Early Woes

In baseball, you can’t jump to conclusions about teams in April. Consequently, I resented the implications of hoards of armchair Twitter analysts condemning the Washington Nationals for losing their first series of the year to the New York Mets, and their second to the Phillies. It’s presumptuous, unfair and impossible[Read More…]

by April 13, 2015 0 comments Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns
Commentary | DC Ready for All-Star Game

Commentary | DC Ready for All-Star Game

The Midsummer Classic is finally headed to Washington, D.C. The 2018 MLB All-Star Game, officially awarded to Nationals Park on Monday, will be held in a stadium that will celebrate its 10th anniversary and hosted by a club that will be in its 13th year in MLB. In that 13-year[Read More…]

by April 10, 2015 0 comments Sports, Sports - Top
RAAB: Injuries Threaten Nationals

RAAB: Injuries Threaten Nationals

Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the Washington Nationals’ 2014 campaign was the constant stream of injuries. The NL East champions struggled to consistently field their opening day lineup. Injuries to critical producers, including left fielder Bryce Harper, catcher Wilson Ramos and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, caused doubt and frustration[Read More…]

by March 31, 2015 0 comments Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns
RAAB: Bryce Harper’s Talent Exceeds His Reputation

RAAB: Bryce Harper’s Talent Exceeds His Reputation

With another day comes another scathing criticism of Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. The most recent blow came from a players’ poll that found that the outfielder is considered the most overrated player in the game. While playing, he often subjects his body to unnecessary harm, as evidenced by the[Read More…]

by March 24, 2015 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
RAAB: Wizards’ Struggles Continue

RAAB: Wizards’ Struggles Continue

The month of February has been an unmitigated disaster for the Washington Wizards. Since Jan. 19, the team has plunged from a 29-13 record and a top-three spot in the NBA’s Eastern Conference to a 34-26 record that leaves them in fifth place. In February alone, the Wizards lost nine[Read More…]

by March 3, 2015 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
RAAB: DC Teams To Offer  Fan-Friendly Stadiums

RAAB: DC Teams To Offer Fan-Friendly Stadiums

For the three D.C.-area clubs currently in their offseasons — the Nationals, United and the Redskins — substantive developments and rumors have swirled around stadium and training site proposals and investigations. While progress continues on preparations for the MLS’ newest stadium at Buzzard Point in southwest D.C., the Nationals have[Read More…]

by February 24, 2015 0 comments Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns

RAAB: Wizards Face Mid-Season Dip

The Washington Wizards are treading water. A glance at the schedule tells an unsettling story: a successful 12-4 December was followed by a mediocre 9-8 January and a 1-3 record in February, leaving the Wizards with a 10-11 overall record in 2015. The Wizards, who were once in the conversation[Read More…]

by February 10, 2015 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns

RAAB: Progress Threatens Culture

You can still see the name on the long gray and brown signs that come into focus as the train slows to a halt. But it is a subtitle. “Gallery Place” is the primary name of the Metro stop, then, after a dash, “Chinatown.” The station was renamed “Chinatown” in[Read More…]

by February 3, 2015 0 comments Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns

RAAB: Nats Win With Scherzer

The signing of Max Scherzer to the Washington Nationals on a seven-year, $210 million deal has resulted in a variety of reactions, from raised eyebrows to genuine shock, around the baseball world. The signing was a whirlwind — I had not even heard a whisper of a rumor until 24[Read More…]

by January 27, 2015 1 comment Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns