Niles Paul Limited Jersey In finding their groove for the first time in two weeks, the Washington Nationals Authentic Lance Parrish Jersey have presented rookie New York Mets skipper Mickey Callaway with the first challenge of his managerial career.
The Nationals will look to continue testing Callaway and the Mets on Wednesday night, when Washington aims to complete a sweep of the three-game series at Citi Field.
The Nationals took advantage of the Mets’ struggles with runners on base to earn a 5-2 victory Tuesday night. Washington came back from a five-run eighth-inning deficit to beat New York 8-6 in the opener Monday night.
Martin Jones Limited Jersey The first losing streak of the season threatens to put deep in the rearview mirror the vibes of the Mets’ feel-good start. Callaway was the second manager in history to open his career with at least 11 wins in his first 12 games, a stretch in which New York earned six come-from-behind victories.
But the Mets could not overcome the Nationals despite numerous opportunities Tuesday, when New York stranded 11 baserunners, including two apiece in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
We had a few opportunities, Callaway said afterward. We were one swing away a few times and we just didn’t get it done.
You take away this play from football, you’re changing the fabric of the game, he said Tuesday after the second day of the Patriots’ voluntary offseason program. It really makes me ask the question, ‘Where do you go from here? What would happen next?’ I don’t know the answer to that. I look at a number of plays. I look at a goal-line stand. I look at a third-and-one. Think about the collisions that are happening there. Those [are] maybe deemed unsafe by some people.
So if you make a drastic change such as this, what’s next? What happens? The reality is this is football. This is a contact sport. This is a violent sport. All of us that are playing the game understand that there are inherent risks that come along with playing the game. If you’re not OK with those risks, I respect that, and maybe you should think about doing something else. But if we feel like we need to take away this play from the game to make the game safer, then where does that stop?
Kickoff returns are being closely scrutinized in both the professional and college ranks. On Friday, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a rule change that will result in a fair catch on a kickoff inside the 25-yard line being a touchback.