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Picture of the Day: Drew Storen under the microscope

Oct 13, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

As if giving up four runs and taking the loss in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Cardinals last night wasn’t bad enough, Nationals closer Drew Storen was faced with this after the game:

source: AP

Via Chase Hughes of, Storen summed it up pretty well in his post-game comments. “It’s part of the job. It’s the best job when you’re good at it and it’s the worst job when you fail.”

  1. mattcerrone - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Give the man credit for standing there answering questions.

    • alexo0 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Very true. The Yankees closer would have long run away by then.

  2. indaburg - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Great picture. Looks like something out of a film noire. From the expressions on the reporters’ faces, you’d think they were talking about the Benghazi attacks.

    • D.J. Short - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Very true.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      Just another reminder how screwed up our priorities are. Obsessing on young people playing a game, as though it mattered in the great scheme of things.

      Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

      • indaburg - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

        Yeah. It’s one of the reasons I watch baseball. It keeps my mind off things that matter much more in the grand scheme of things but that I can’t do anything about.

      • stex52 - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:18 PM

        What she said ^.

  3. libertynchurch - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    You nailed it indaburg! Pic is a work of art. Knowing the circumstances makes it even better.

    Thanks for the publish HBT..

  4. randygnyc - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    It’s the Cards-Giants, Yankees-Tigers. Everything else is yesterday’s news.

    • stex52 - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Don’t know why all the negatives, Randy. Pretty good point.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Man, this kid is like my age. I can’t even imagine what last night must have been like for him.

  6. triaxfusion - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Feel bad for the man. He really showed some character through this

  7. stlouis1baseball - Oct 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Drew Storen is a solid closer. When healthy…one of the best in MLB.
    Blown saves happen. I think he was fatigued. Probably should have walked Kozma (to load the bases) and pitched to the pinch hitter (Tony Cruz). But do you really want to load the bases with a guy on the hill who just walked two batters and was as taxed as Drew Storen was? Washington will be back.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      I think you answered your own question.

      IMHO, looking back on the inning, it comes down to this. The closer faced faced the bottom of the other team’s lineup, needing to get one out. He failed, Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma succeeded. Props to them.

  8. mybrunoblog - Oct 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    The facts hurt sometimes. Nats fans know this in their hearts. Losing this series had little to do with Strasburg or what Davey Johnson did or didn’t do. The Nats had a two run lead in the 9th inning at home with their closer on the hill. This is ALL on Drew Soren. He blew this game and the Nats chances of advancing. All on Soren.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      As usual, a simplistic narrative, trying to blame one player when there’s blame to go around. Storen didn’t give up the runs that turned a 6-run lead into a save situation.

    • marvinband9 - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      It ia Storen or were you watching a different game. I also guess you know more than the doctor re Tommy John surgery than spelling

  9. dcfan4life - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Kickers in football, Closers in baseball. The young men have the same problem a lot. The mental anguish of failure. Some are never the same. Closers like Mariano Rivera dont exist. I mean he lost 2 world series game 7s and is the best closer of all time. Not everyone can handle the immense pressure of such failure. As young as Storen is, as vital a position he plays on this team, he is the one im worried about the most mentally. Hope he can be a Rivera and shake it off.

  10. bangzoomgothefireworks - Oct 15, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Given the same circumstances in the future I still want Storen to be one to come in and close it. He showed a lot of character and will be better because of the experiience.

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