I finally found the Sports Illustrated cover story on Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper by Tom Verducci. Here it is:
“O.K., BRYCE HARPER, AS A ROOKIE YOU PUT UP THE BEST SEASON BY A TEENAGER IN HISTORY. GUESS WHAT? IT’S TIME FOR YOU—AND THE REST OF LAST YEAR’S SMASHING ROOKIE CLASS—TO DO IT AGAIN. NOW ABOUT THAT SOPHOMORE JINX …”
Sophomore jinx? More like SI cover jinx.
Speaking of the cover, D.C. Sports Bog interviewed the photographer who took the Harper cover photo at the Lincoln Memorial. In short — it was really cold and Harper didn’t complain.
This we didn’t need.
Bryce Harper has become the second Washington Nationals Sports Illustrated cover boy; Stephen Strasburg was the first. When that happened, DC Sports Bog noted that DC sports coverboys haven’t always been bad omens.
UPDATE: Ghosts of DC notes that Harper is only the third D.C. baseball player on the cover, joining Strasburgh and Roy Sievers, a 1958 coverboy. Ted Williams was also on the cover as manager in 1969..
Also, Harper shouldn’t he be wearing the home whites. Why couldn’t he have gone with stirrups too? Need to wear solid black shoes too.
Of course, I’ll probably get a copy
41 days until opening day…
We all know about the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. Less well-known is the USA Weekend cover jinx. Looking at last week’s edition, it is pretty clear why Stephen Strasburg gave up 6 runs in less than 5 innings in last night’s loss to the Florida Marlins:
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SI Strasburg cover jinx is real & Chicago gets its revenge
Oh no, Stephen Strasburg is on the SI cover
Stephen Strasburg dominates before President Obama, but Nationals lose to White Sox in 11 innings – The Post
Zuckerman: Strasburg’s Brilliance Wasted CSN Washington
Last night, the Washington Nationals lost a game that Stephen Strasburg pitched for the first time. With President Barrack Obama and his Chicago White Sox cap in attendance, the Nats fell in 11 innings to the Southsiders, 2-1. Sure enough this non-win for Strasburg and loss for the Nats came the day after this week’s Sports Illustrated with Strasburg as coverboy arrived in my mailbox. His appearance bumped the newly crowned Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks off the cover everywhere but Chicagoland. So, the win was a measure of revenge for the Windy City in addition to a total validation of SI Cover Jinx theory — a 1 run Strasburg loss is really that terrible.
Strasburg was brilliant again, striking out 10 over 7 innings and 85 pitches. With that kind of efficiency, I agree with SI’s Jeff Pearlman that the Nats ought not think too much about changing Strasburg. He has 32 Ks in his first 3 starts, an all-time record.
In his post-game remarks, Strasburg was disappointed for not covering first base well enough on Juan Pierre’s bunt to lead off the game. A bloop double and a groundout would score Pierre, the only run Strasburg would give up. Stasburg than dominated for the rest of the game, but the limp Nats offense could not capitalize. It was not until the bottom of the 7th inning that the Nats could get something going. 3B Ryan Zimmerman singled and 1B Adam Dunn doubled him home a deep drive to left center that was about 15 feet short of a homer. LF Josh Willingham grounded out to end the Nats scoring.
The game reached the 11th inning tied at 1, but rookie reliever Drew Storen could not get the job done. Mark Kostay singled and moved over to third with two consecutive sacrifices. Zimmerman successfully fielded a hot shot by Alex Rios that was scored an infield hit. His throw was too high, bouncing off Adam Dunn’s outstretched glove. Had Dunn gotten it, it would have ended the White Sox inning, instead it allowed the winning run to score. A tough way to loss a game. They come back at 4:10 p.m. today on FOX.
Mr. Irrelevant notes that this Sports Illustrated cover to features Stephen Strasburg. This is the first time time the Washington Nationals have gotten the front cover treatment and I’ve begun to panic — the Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx is NOT what we need right now. DC Sports Bog notes the recent history of D.C. sportsmen on SI‘s cover is not a good one. Haven’t D.C. fans suffered enough? Why can’t the cover be something like this:
On a lighter note:
Rookie Strasburg Begins Hazing Nationals Veterans – The Onion
Also, if any season ticket holders could get me 2 tickets for Friday night’s game without the extra fees, I’d be much obliged.