Monday, June 7, 2010

A Whole Mess of #1 Picks

Tonight, the Washington Nationals have the #1 overall pick in the MLB Amateur Draft for the second consecutive year. Last year, they drafted super-prospect Stephen Strasburg, and this year a similarly hyped prospect, Bryce Harper, will likely go number one.

But that's just the beginning of the story when it comes to local #1 picks. The Wizards also have the #1 overall pick in this year's draft, and will likely be drafting Kentucky's John Wall. And the Capitals are led by a #1 overall pick themselves, Alexander Ovechkin. I have to think this is a rare situation in sports, to find four recent #1 overall picks playing in the same city.

And it's exciting. For all the hubbub surrounding the Redskins, I'm more excited about the Capitals than I've been about the 'Skins in a while. I've liked how Ted Leonsis runs his team, and I look forward to him putting his mark on the Wizards. Word around town is that they're looking at changing the uniforms (thank heavens), and specifically re-incorporating red to match the Capitals. I think the whole town should embrace the red, white, and blue color scheme, but people around here are irrationally attached to the burgundy and gold. I'm not sure why...it's not like they've given us anything to cheer about in fifteen years.

Anyways, get excited kids. Strasburg debuts tomorrow, and we'll have two #1 picks in town by the end of the month. And if you absolutely must focus on the Redskins, Donovan McNabb was a pretty high pick as well.

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