Wed, June 12, 7pm – 8pm
An insider's look at the Washington Nationals' breakout season and their unique strategy to piece together a contending team, this work shows how the team combined once-in-a-generation talent with an experienced manager and a roster of other talented young players to lead the team to the top of the National League East. Anchored by a pair of number one draft picks--the steady, serious Stephen Strasburg and the brash, bold Bryce Harper--the Nationals have been elevated to first place in the National League East.
"Beltway Boys" dives into Strasburg and Harper's preordained journey to the major leagues and the challenges they faced once they arrived, including Strasburg's recovery from Tommy John Surgery and Harper's misperceived persona. Also included are several never-before-told stories about the budding superstars, manager Davey Johnson, and general manager Mike Rizzo, making this the perfect reference for any baseball fan.
Elliott Smith is a freelance writer who previously served as the Seattle Mariners beat writer for the "Olympian" for six years. He has covered the Washington Nationals for several outlets, including the "Associated Press" and "MLB.com." He also covers Georgetown basketball for the "Washington Times" and the Washington Redskins for "Express." (MDGentleReader)