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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Nationals
Fully healed from elbow surgery, Stephen Strasburg is focused on doing some little things that might propel the Nationals ace to the next level.
The Nationals signed a 4-year extension with the Syracuse Chiefs, locking up their Class AAA affiliate through 2018.
Former Nationals catcher Brian Schneider has joined the minor league coaching ranks, accepting the manager job for the Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads.
Jewett started as a major league coach for the Nationals, became their first base coach on July 1, 2011, and spent last season as their third base coach.
Members of the Nationals are Catholic, or Mormon, or from Protestant denominations. Some are indifferent, or apathetic. Some are Jews, or Jehovah's Witnesses, or those who have more scientific beliefs. But this year, perhaps more than in years past, religion has become a frequent topic inside the Nationals' clubhouse.
The Washington Nationals-Atlanta Braves game scheduled for Monday night has been postponed in the wake of the deadly shooting earlier in the day at the nearby Washington Navy Yard.
By the time all of the ballots were cast, all the specifically hashtagged tweets sent, all of the text messages received, Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond finished fourth in the Final Vote contest for a spot on the National League All-Star team.
Starting, Steve McCatty said, "always has been the Cadillac job in the big leagues. Everyone wants to do it. That's where most of the glory is and, if you can be a good starter, that's what you want." But you can't always get what you want. Someone has to pitch in relief.
The best time to ask a clubhouse attendant to grab a couple of Big Macs from the McDonald's up South Capitol Street from Nationals Park is not when the clubhouse chef is within earshot. "Are you crazy?" Sultani remembered telling the attendant. "Do not go get him that burger."