The Nats and Bryce Harper were down to their last strike on Easter Sunday. Nats relievers had blown a fine pitching performance by Gio Gonzalez and turned a 3-2 lead into a 4-3 deficit.
With two men on and two out in the bottom of the 9th and a 3-2 count on Harper, the Nat’s prospects for salvaging the “rubber game” of three with the Phils looked dim. But, Phils’ reliever Joaquin Benoit grooved a fast ball and Harper teed off, sending a towering blast 421 feet over the fence in the deepest part of center field at Nats Park. It was his second homer of the day (4th of the year) and his sixth career “walk off.” Take a look at the above link.
Also, congrats to the Washington Wizards for getting their playoff run off to a good start with a 114-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks behind a personal playoff high of 32 points from star guard John Wall. 🏀
Not as good a result for the Washington Caps on Saturday night in their Stanley Cup quest. The Caps dropped a tough one in overtime to the underdog Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3. The teams move to Toronto for the next game on Monday night with the series tied 1-1.🏒
Patrick Ewing on being named the new head basketball coach of the Georgetown Hoyas. Ewing is one of Georgetown’s all-time greats who led them to an NCAA Championship in 1984 and went on to an NBA Hall of Fame career with the New York Knicks. Good luck Patrick! Go Hoyas! 🏀 (Full disclosure: I am an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law.)
The North Carolina Tar Heels and the South Carolina Gamecocks on winning the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball Championships, respectively.🏀
The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs for great seasons and making their respective NCAA Basketball National Championship Games. Also congrats to Mississippi State for a thrilling win over the previously undefeated and defending champion UCONN Huskies in the National Semifinals.🏀
The UCONN Huskies women’s basketball program and their coach Geno Auriemma for their amazing, record-setting 111 game winning streak, ended by Mississippi State.🏀
Tony Romo for having the smarts to retire from the NFL and move to the broadcasting booth with his mind and body still largely intact. The now-former Dallas Cowboy’s star quarterback will be absolutely dynamite in the booth. And, he probably won’t be “sacked” as many times.🏈
The Washington Nats for a stirring opening day 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. Go Nats!⚾️