Ask Boswell: Redskins, Nationals and Washington sports

May 26, 2020

Washington Post Sports Columnist Tom Boswell answered your questions about the Redskins, Capitals, Nationals, Wizards, the NFL and more.

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Sometimes, things can change fast –and even change for the better. Right now, if I had to bet, I’d say that MLB, NBA and NHL games will all resume, without fans, by July 4th or not long after that. At this point, it’s mandatory to say that “Covid-19 will have the last say.” 

Of course that’s true.

But if current trends continue –and the Covid numbers in the U.S. are FINALLY and belatedly dropping to the levels we’ve been seeing in Europe for several weeks now-- then re-opening the major sports without fans is something that is just going to happen. 

You can sense this Re-open in Early July sentiment in every comment from every party that's involved in every sport. Everybody in every industry in the world wants to re-open --and in time every one of them WILL. It's just a question of pace and a sensible, though not perfect, approach to health safety. 

This is not an argument –it’s a world-wide CONVERSATION. U.S. sports are just a small part of it. Everybody everywhere is asking, “When can we re-open --and to what degree and with what restrictions on social distancing, allowing fans, testing for everyone involved.” But there are NOT two different (rational) sides on this. There is only one approach and, fortunately, the people who own teams and run leagues, as well as players’ unions, understand this. 

You study the data and make the best judgments you can --in real-time. Then if the data changes --a lot-- then you react and change, too. 

Here is one core stat –remember, every week I keep saying, “Watch the Covid stats if you want to know when we will get sports (on TV) back.”

Right, this instant it looks like the U.S. is, belatedly, reaching the level of “new daily deaths” that has become the norm in Europe in Italy, Spain, UK, France and Germany for about a month –about 400-600-day in Europe. The U.S. has been about 1,500-or-more in that period. But in the last two days, the U.S. has been in that European range.

Is that a fluke or a trend? Why compare the U.S. and those five European countries? 

Those five nations have a total population of 324M compared to the total US population of 328M. The first four have had terribly ineffective responses to the pandemic with "deaths-per-million" of 544, 574, 544 and 436.

That's awful, the worst of any major developed countries in the world. In contrast, Germany has been almost a model with 101 deaths per million –in part because its chancellor began her career as a research chemist and was “on the case” instantly. Amazing how that makes a difference. 

Of course, the real "model" countries in battling the pandemic, with amazingly low deaths per million, have been Japan --7 (SEVEN) per million-- and South Korea --4 (FOUR). The U.S. averages 302 deaths per million with nearby Canada (174) and Mexico (59) doing better. As far as sports is concerned it is the PATTERN that matters. 

The U.S. is finally showing downward patterns in new cases and new deaths, although we are still almost the only developed country that is still going up –significantly—in “active cases.” And that is the big Curve that really needs to roll over at some point. Now, we are all asking the same vital question:

What will the impact of partial re-openings –in the U.S. and other parts of the world—due to those Covid-19 stats? In Italy last weekend we have reports (from ex-Nats beat writer Chico Harlan, now, for many years, an “international correspondent”) that beaches and bars were jammed.

All I have to do it walk in my neighborhood and I can see boaters –jammed elbow to elbow—celebrating their mask-less, no social distance “freedom.” 

We’ll have to wait one-to-three weeks to see what this caution-to-the-wind attitude produces. I’m not a scientist, but like so many of us, I read about this stuff constantly.

Once pandemics start to lose steam and go down, they can often be kept under control better –sometimes much better—in summer. (And sometimes not.) 

The U.S. has gone through its 10-week shutdown –a number I heard Bill Gates recommend 10 weeks ago. We may have done a sloppy job, but the 10 weeks have passed.

Now I guess we’ll see –pretty darn fast, like in the next 2-or-3 weeks—whether we will have another big Covid blow-up or a continued downward trend. Then we’ll find out about that infamous “second wave” in the fall –the time of year that influenzas and viruses seem to enjoy. I’d be interested in your thoughts on this. And all other sports subjects, of course.

BTW, what ABOUT those Nationals World Series rings! Big enough? Colorful enough? Are you supposed to wear them on a finger or around a wrist!? 

Let’s go, folks.

How is this going to be possible, given that the NHL/NBA seasons start in October? Just doesn't seem like enough turnaround time. An abbreviated playoffs would go into August, then a couple weeks off and into training camps? Seems like an invitation for injuries.

Necessity is the mother of invention. Hey, catchy --maybe I can trade mark that. Or maybe just a T-shirt.

I PROMISE that unless "Covid spikes" change public perception rapidly, the NBA, NHL and everybody else that can re-open without fans will do so by early July. 

 If the NBA and NHL did not come back, they would both lose about 20% of their regular season and ALL of their playoffs, which get their best TV ratings and $$.

As I said in my intro, "Covid Willing," they will find a way to come back.

When would the next season start? I assume that both the NBA and NHL will be smart enough to "lock" the standings where they are and just let 16 teams make the playoffs. Look, they had TONS of games to prove themselves. Then just go straight to the playoffs. It's wacky. But, right now, we live in a wacky (but not wonderful) world. 

 

Bos, am I correct that, no matter the resolution of the MLB owners/players dispute, there are no current plans to restart the minor leagues? I know you always emphasis the importance of minor league at-bats/innings for all but the most talented players (Soto!). What effect will this have on the development and timetable for prospects like Luis Garcia and so many others. With the chaos of the pandemic and the proposed minor league contraction, it seems like terrible turmoil.

There will be no minor league seasons, as far as I can tell. But the players will be paid --that was worked out in the late-March deal between players and owners with the owners kicking $170M into the pot. Basically, that takes care of all minor leaguers --at full salary-- and some younger MLBers if they convince the union that they need some help --maybe an "advance" on future salaries.

If MLB has an 82-game season this will be a BIG incentive to give full-time jobs to top prospects who were right on the cusp of cracking lineups --like Carter Kieboom with the Nats.

The Nats would be nuts NOT to play Kieboom every day at 3rd base --unless he hits so poorly that he just has to sit. You NEED to get 70+ games, and close to 300 ABs this year so Kieboom gets something close to a normal chance to develop.

In a related note (as they say), it looks almost certain that part of any agreement on the '20 season would include the DH in the NL in '20. Yes, get ready --the DH will arrive this year. And, when there is a new CBA for '22, it will probably become permanent. What about '21? Nobody knows. We'll see.

When the DH DOES come for '20, then that is just one MORE reason to give the 3rd base job to Kieboom on a regular basis --his job to lose. You will still have plenty of DH plate appearamces to get production from Howie Kendrick, Ryan Zimmrman, Eric Thames and Asdrubal Cabrera. They can all still paly the field SOME of the time, but the DH will be a blessing for all of them. How many times have we looked at the Nats '20 roster and said, "God, they have an A.L. roster. Don't they know they are in the N.L.?"

Well, just wait, in a few weeks the Nats WILL be in the A.L. --in terms of rules-- at least for '20. I am not aware of any other NL team that will be HELPED by adding the DH as much as it should help the Nats. They are made for it --by accident. Sometimes it's good to be dumb lucky. 

Tom, it strikes me that baseball could do just like the Tiger, Peyton, Phil, and Tom show and have a Home Run Derby for charity. I am old enough to remember the Home Run Derby show that was on in 1960 - Willie vs. Mickey, Hank vs. Al, Rocky vs. Harmon. How great would it be to see Juan vs. Bryce. I bet it would be a great show, with no worries about crowds or social distancing. Thanks so much for your weekly thoughts.

If the pandemic roars back up --the most likely cause would be because we can't discipline ourselves to maintain social disatancing and wear masks-- and the '20 season gets canceled, then a Home Run Derby would be a fun, harmless charity idea for TV. So, thanks for the contribution.

BUT the way it looks now, Spring Training II may be opening in just two or three weeks --a lot of work out, but that's what has to happen to start playing games by July 4th. In THAT case, then nobody will want to run the risk of injury to a star by letting him play in a Home Run Derby.

Good Morning Boz, So, we are taught, read, hear, etc that they play for the ring. While these look just as shimmering and spectacular as any that I have seen, I wonder why we seem to hear, years later that so-and-so's ring was found some out of the way pawn shop or being auctioned off. So, the question, are the rings not what we believe them to be? I assume that next to the birth of a child or a wedding (etc), that these moments are the most cherished in an athlete's life. So, does it mean that the player has lost everything when the ring is sold? Why can't the unions or the organization (team or league) better teach them so this does not happen? Finally, after about a week or so, do they really wear them much? I have met or seen many champion athletes, HOFers etc, I don't recall ever seeing any of them wear their rings. Regardless, can you get me one HA!

They only sell the ring after they've sold the house, the furniture and the pets. It is ALWAYS sad news.

Unions can help give advice on money management and finances to ex-players. But there are ALWAYS going to be some players --just like there will always be some people who were once flush-- who end up broke.

Over the years, I have seen LOTS of players --and executives-- who wear a WS ring. But not regularly. Usually, it is some special ocassion. I'm pretty sure I've seen Rizzo wear his Arizona ring a few times.

Long ago, the rings were a more modest size and it looked almost like a fraternity ring or some society like (I guess) the masons. But, with the years, they have become a symbol more than a ring. And, I guess, I like that. They ar almost more like medallions!

If you judge them as tasteful jewelry, then obviously most of them are ridiculous. That is the wrong standard! They are a form of emotional fireworks! They are supposed to make everybody who giot one say, "Yeah, we DID IT!" every time they look at the darn thing. So, you can say "it's gaudy" or "it's SO busy" trhat it's kind of crazy. That is correct. In my opinion, that is also irrelevant. I'd want my ring to say, "See THIS!!" It's a Finger Chandelier.

Seen that way, I like the way the Natss included every possible kind of symbolism for the number of diamond chips, rubies, etc., and also managing to jam a Baby Shark and "Go 1-0 Every Day" on the darn thing, too. They used every iota of the INSIDE, the outside and the sides of the ring.

If they repeat in '20, I expect the Nats rings next year to have a TRAP DOOR with more jewels and symbolism inside.

BTW, pretty sure I've seen a few MLB wives wearing WS rings on a gold chain as necklaces --though at MLB-type events. OK, a vague memory.

The main point is: THEY LOVE 'EM and the bigger the better.

Since the owners are paying for them, it's also a sign of generosity (or lack of it) in terms of value and the number of rings awarded throughout the organization. The Nats gave a ring to everybody except the soda vendors. Very generous and, by the looks of them, quite expensive.

And jewelers out there today with a price guesstimate for all those karats?

Tom - did you happen to catch the documentary “In The Water” that aired on Showtime May 15th? It was about how PG County produces an unusually high rate of NBA players that are high draft picks and some of reasons associated with this phenomenon. It included some rich history too. I thought it was tastefully executed and was curious of your take. (I’m a PG County ex-pat living in Noblesville, IN...so I LOVED IT actually!)

I am very sorry that I didn't know about it and missed it. My son and I chatted about various things yesterday and he mentioned that Gary Williams, in an interview in a Maryland school publication had given a long, very good interview and that, in passing, he'd mentioned that he wished he'd been included in that PG Co Showtime thing since the Maryland campus is in PG Co.

I said, "Gary is from New Jersey. He played at Maryland. But I don't think that makes him 'PG County.' You don't get to have EVERYTHING!"

BTW, Gary said in that interview that one of his big "misses" in recruiting --exactly the kind of player he should have gotten, a future star who was only 85% developed and NEEDED to go to a school like Md was Victor Oladipo who couldn't shoot a lick coming out of HS and has become an NBA star and a fine streak-shooting scorer. Gary really lamented that one. Recruting wasn't his strong suit, as we all know, but some players were right in his sweet spot --and Oladipo was one. I'd never have noticed it if he hadn't mentioned it --which shows how candid Gary is, just another of the reasons I've always liked him, back to when I covered several of his games as head coach at American University.

Hey Boz, I've really enjoyed the recent chats in which you have provided insights into your craft. I would think a journalist would hate to get juicy off-the-record info that can't be used in an article. Have you ever received something off the record from a player, coach, or executive that was so fascinating, entertaining, or scandalous that you begged the source to let you use the info on the record, either immediately or after he/she moved on (to a different team, retired, etc.)? Is there a person(s) who spoke off the record more than others? I just have to think that, over a long career, you have accumulated a lot of off-the-record info that your readers would find riveting, if only you were able to share it. Thanks.

One of the main reasons to get information off-the-record --which is always a last resort, you never WANT to go off-the-record unless you have no alternative-- is so that you can use your knowledge to get ON-the-record information and quotes on the same subject from OTHER people.

Once you know something, you can't "un-know" it. If, as an extreme hypothetical example, a player told you off-the-record that he thought Player X had murdered his whole family and burried them in the back yard, then what would YOUR next step be? Metaphorically, you'd go dig up the backyard and find out, right? (OK, in my silly example, you call the police. But you get the point.)

People also give you information that is "not for attribution," or "on back-ground" or "anonymous source."

I hate "anonymous" like the plague and avoid it as much as possible.

One of the good things about being a columnists is that, once you have done all the reporting, you can find ways to get "the real situation" or "a general sense of things" into a column or chat on touchy subjects. Of course, you better KNOW that you are right. (Isn't that one of the reasons that you folks READ this chat?)

Over the years there are some "scandalous details" that never get into print --and never will-- because they are nobody's business. Athletes have a right to their privacy. I've known about DC athletes who were out partying late before big games. That's the team's problem --discipline them. Babe Ruth did it --he did alright!

Also, I am not --by nature-- nosy about topics that I know do not belong, and would not be allowed into the Washington Post. We're not a scandal rag out to destroy the reputations of famous people whose activities do not impact the public. For example, what on earth could be more banal, and routine, than someone cheating on their spouse? There is nothing of interest TO ME or to the reader in that. I suppose, without ever thinking about it, I run a "clean operation."

One result is that a lot of people are willing to talk to me, and trust me, with the result that YOU get a lot of information THROUGH me.

On the other hand, as I've mentioned here before, you'd be surprised how LITTLE I know that you do not know.

It is my job to get information that CAN get to the public --and as quickly as possible. And that is the only kind of information that interests me. It is NOT any part of my job to get dirty little trashy secrets that only I know --which is good, because that kind of stuff generally bores me. "Humans have frailties" is not a big novel insight. (So do you and I --that doesn't make it everybody's business.) 

Hello Boz. To me, one of the biggest unknown variables for the Redskins season is Offensive coordinator Scott Turner, as his experience as Offensive Coordinator is very thin. What is your take on how successful he is likely to be?

What concerns/interests me is that Dayne Haskins will have to learn a NEW offensive system next season. IOW, a lot of what he learned last year is now irrelevant. Yes, he learned about the speed of the NFL game and how to read defenses. That has value. But he'll start from "0" with a new sysetem. That would be a hurdle for a five-year vet. It'll be a bigger one for a player with only one full year of play in college and most of one year in the NFL. 

Also, the Skins, aside from the potential of Chase Young, the Skins had a poor off-season. They didn't get either of their prime targets --free agent Amari Cooper OR their own Trent Williams. Their draft helped their defense, but, from the superficial knowledge we have now, it looks like they subtracted value from their offense, losing their two best TEs who retired, one from age, the other from concussions.

Haskins biggest problem will not be Turner. It is more likely to be an acute lack of weapons and high-quality O-linemen.    

Mr. Boswell, Several years ago an NFL veteran said that he thought their Union should require that players take a year off after five or six years. He believe this rejuvenates their bodies, thereby lengthening their careers. How do you think the Covid 19 break in pro careers will affect ballplayers in general - though I admit a particular concern with the Nats. Especially Scherzer, Suzuki, Sanchez, Kendrick and Zim. Will this break help them or hurt them?

HOFer Jim Palmer always seemed to have one nagging arm issue or another. I asked him what he thought would help his arm.

"A year off," Palmer said, "then quit entirely."

Plenty of pitchers think that they would be rejeuvenated by a year (or injury-free half-year) off a lot more than they would be hurt by just a few more months added to their age. You constantly hear players say, "It's not the years, it's the MILEAGE."

So, short answer, I think the Nats will, in general, be helped --maybe quite a bit-- by eight months off without an MLB game. Usually, they NEVER get enough time off between season to let chronic injuries REALLY heal. 

After Ryan Zimmerman slashed .232/.288/.413 in '15-'16, almost everybody thought he was washed up. After he slashed .303/.358/.573 with 36 homers and 108 RBI in '17, I asked him how he had managed such a career rebirth. He said, "My right shoulder FINALLY healed. It took YEARS (after injuries and surgeries). It just takes TIME as well as rehab."

 The "next season" just kept coming too fast for him. Finally, his shoulder was strong again --for hitting. His throwing arm never came back --different motions.

The, of course, his heel injury drove him crazy in parts of '18 and '19. Supposedly, THAT is finally completely well, too, with the final adhersions tearing in the middle of last season. Aside from age, there is nothing wrong with Zimmerman now. But age usually just means More Injuries Coming Soon.

My general point: Whether they know it or not, the MILEAGE on Scherzer, Doolittle, Hudson, Strasburg, Kendrick, Suzuki, Sanchez and others has REALLY been building up in recent years. Most of them will probably be better --maybe even have somewhat longer careers-- because of this break. THEY would not say that. THEY want to play and think they are missing precious late-career games.

Some may just "get old." No player knows when that day will come --and sometimes it arrives fast. But most, I suspect, will benefit to some degree. I'm VERY happy for Scherzer, Strasburg, Corbin, Sanchez, Doolittle, Corbin and Harris --they ARE the pitching staff and, in one way or another --age, mileage or both, I think that they ALL will be helped (or not hurt) by this extra (approximately) three months off.    

What does the interest in Korean baseball, German soccer and Nascar indicate about the health of sports business in the U.S.?Will we quickly get back to normal, or will the pandemic cause a permanent shift if fan behavior, i.e. less attendance at live games and more watching from home?

You couldn't pay me to watch Korean baseball, German soccer or NASCAR. So, I have watch five minutes of Korean baseball, out of morbid curiosity, and nothing else.

BUT you should read our story on the partial re-opening of Italy over the weekend. Talk about a "tell." People went nuts --in massive numbers-- to crowd back into all the places that they hadn't been able to visit/enjoy. It was "pent up demand" in spades.

So, I think we already have our answer. We keep hearing, "Will people change their habits? Go to restaurants, etc., less?" I've been among those asking. Well, there may be some senior citizens who remain cautious until there is a treatment and a vaccine. But, in general, I think the U.S. and Italy (among others) have already shown that it's going to be STORM THE GATES everywhere and in everything!

Will these re-openings be too-much-too-fast? Well, we're sure as hell going to find out fast --in the next month. 

Then we will find-out-again in September-October, which is when the Influenze of 1918 came back --and killed MANY TIMES as many people as the original wave had killed.

Basically, this pandemic and the one in 1918 are mirror images of each other so far in terms of general timetable, at least in the U.S. We'll see if better medicine, better knowledge of how to "mediate" epidemics, or just the luck of whether Covid-19 has a weaker or stronger second wave than the 1918 Flu, will allow us to avoid the Fall Disaster in 1918. My operating assumption is that we'll get through it, mostly due to much better medicine, but little thanks to a federal government which has, ironically, "washed its hands" of the problem and handed it back to the states. All I can say is, "Go States!"   

Should have had two LPGA members as partners...did love the ball track showing the balls go left right left right...take two amateurs (granted, very talented athletes) and put them on an extremely difficult golf course in poor conditions...and the only woman is riding in a cart asking questions..

Sally had a fun column this morning on that golf match.

I tend to cringe at exhibition golf matches, so I didn't watch. My loss, apparently. (My wife and I did enjoy re-watching "Silver Linings Playbook" --hey, that's about the Eagles, right? Right?)

 

Hi Bos, you always write so fondly of Shirley Povich and it's really admirable how it seems he musthave taken you under his wing. Are there any Post writers, current or former, where you are like Shirley Povich to them?

Shirley was warm, easy to talk with, encouraging and sometimes complimented good stories while never criticizing --which everybody, including me, appreciated. Those are also not difficult qualities to imitate, and I've certainly tried.

However, Shirley was a much more sociable people-person than I am and he'd know your wife and children's names, etc. That's part of why he was so beloved. I'm probably not the beloved-able type. But I do think, in the last 10 years, I've spent a lot of time sitting next to young writers for hours at a time in press boxes. Back in Shirley's time there weren't nearly as many "young writers!" It took a bunch of years to work your way up to sitting next to Shirley. I'd probably been at the Post for seven years before that happened even once. And by then Shirley had retired in '72 and only wrote when the spirit moved him --which was always eloquently. So, back then, there probably wasn't as much opportunity to pass along ideas about writing, interviewing, story ideas, whatever. The people around him were usually "seasoned." In that sense, I've been in position for the last decade or more --shoulder to shoulder-- where if I DIDN'T offer some help to writers in their 20's (and I certainly try) I'd be a first-class jerk. So, the two situations are very different. But I guess one thing is the same: We both found it easy and agreeable to try to help, but without pushing. With what success, in my case, who knows?

There's really not much similarity between Povich and me, except (so far) longevity and the fact that we were both friends during our 28 years at the Post. Shirley was a genuinely modest man, very warm, an arm squeezer and likely to whisper something in your ear or ask about your young son. But he had a lot of presence, always wore a suit which, whether it was actually silk or not always looked like it was silk to me --because HE was wearing it. I'm liable to wear sneakers or topsiders --it's a BALLGAME. And I almost never wear a tie to anything --even nowadays when sportswriters dress better. (Maybe that's just smart because they want to look good because, lets face it, TV has more job security.) All writers have ego, but I've always had about as little "presence" as is humanly possible. If I have on a hat, relatives pass me on the street and don't even notice it's me. If you can't "approach" me, you can't approach anybody. I'm glad to say that quite a few have. One other difference: I don't think Shirley took his wife to clubs with young writers (half his age) and their wives to hear Dr. John the Night Tripper.   

Hiya, Tom -- Peter Richmond here...Wwhat do you think, are the actual chance of the Redskins finding a way in our lifetimes to get themselves a stadium back in the District?

Hi, Peter,

"Zero," I hope --for the District's sake.

Ask Richmond --the city-- how that link-arms-with-Dan thing worked out for them.

 

HOW much did those rings COST? Each one has 170 round diamonds, 55 rubies, and 32 sapphires. And every single person in the Nats organization got one, according to Rizzo?! Wow, they're going to be even slower at wrapping my hot dog and fries with that ring on a finger. Okay, they're beautiful, but will the team have any money left to sign its draftees?

Nice question.

See you fine folks next Monday at 11 a.m.

Until then, keep an eye out for a revisit to the 1925 World Series --coming soon. If anything, it's even more fascinating than the 1924 World Series.

 

 

Boz, Writing to you from Brooklyn, where things are not nearly as bad as they were, but it's very clear that "normal" life is years away. It's breaking my heart to see the re-openings around the country in the places with the *most* cases, and that apparently they are going to have to learn the hard truth of this disease through awful experience. Given that, I just can't get excited for baseball - or any other sports, absent things like golf where extreme social distancing is built into the nature of the thing - to come back this year. I hope to watch the Nats get their World Series rings... in April 2021.

I understand your fears/concerns. I just hope it doesn't work out that way. Over the next 3 or 4 Monday chats, we're going to have a ton more information on that --with implications vastly more important than the '20 season.

How do you see baseball without fans affecting your enjoyment of the game, both in person and on TV?

On TV, 1%. Just having games to watch would be so much better that it would "mitigate" any other factor.

From the press box, if they let us cover games, it'll be truly weird. I'll still enjoy it because I know how hard pros always try. But it will be a sad non-atmosphere.

Tom: I caught-up with Last Dance over the long weekend and have now finished. I loved the Bulls and Jordan but something about MJ was off-setting. Not the eyes being yellow or bloodshot, but just the flat demeanor. There seems to be no real joy there. There is pride and respect on what he did, but he seems, to use a word my Father used to use, unsettled? Your thoughts? By the way, loved the mea culpa article and the Big Train article. You remain the best. Thanks, Paul from Arlington

Thanks.

Edward Bennett Williams, great lawyer and former owner of the Orioles, as well as President of the Skins at one time, said that he believed in "competition living." He gave speachs about it. Life WAS competing.

EBW also said he couldn' comprehend how Earl Weaver could retire (the first time) at age 53. He just couldn't fathom it. Earl said, "I want to watch the sun go down in summer, but not behind the leftfield fence."

When discussing this Earl Problem with Ed, I restrained myself from saying, "Is it possible that while you are very educated, brilliantly quick witted and profound about law and politics, that Earl is DEEPER than you are?"

If I had to compile a list of the 10 Wisest Things that I ever heard either Earl or EBW say, and I talked to both of them countless times, the score would be: Earl 10, EBW 0. 

Is that a competition that EBW lost --without knowing it?

To answer your question: This is EXACTLY how The Last Dance made me feel about Jordan. He doesn't know what he doesn't know --it's NOT all about winning.

In fact, I bet that 95% of the people who have left the most positive effect on humanity --scientists, musicians, artists, philosophers, inventors, philanthropists, teachers, religious leaders (and many more) seldom cited "I won, I won and then I won some more" as their primary motivation, source of lifelong satisfaction or prod to joy.

 

Love your recent writing, Tom - you're doing amazing work! The story about the 1924 Series was fantastic, but you dropped a little bomb in there that you failed to follow-up on. In Game 7, the Commissioner offered to call-off the game after five innings with the Senators in the lead and the Senators turned him down?? What?!?! I've never heard that before and couldn't find anything about it on the internet. Can you tell us more about that story please? Thanks again!

That happened in the '25 Wold Series. And, yes, you WILL read about it.

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Thomas Boswell
A Washington Post columnist since 1984, Thomas Boswell is known for the many books he has written on baseball, including "How Life Imitates the World Series" and "Why Time Begins on Opening Day."
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