On the surface, it would appear the Nats won Game 4 thanks to amazing pitching and home runs from LaRoche and Werth. But the real reason? Mark DeRosa’s pregame speech, which would get anyone fired up to do their job, including an exhausted blogger who has nothing interesting to add to this other than to point out how awesome it is:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
According to Amanda Comak, DeRosa often reads this excerpt from a Teddy Roosevelt(!) speech to himself before big moments, but on this occasion he read it over a boom box with a microphone to the whole team.
Let’s hope he has some more inspiratonal quotes lined up for tonight.
(Werth Photoshop taken with love from Twitter; we’re not sure who made it. There are many, many more.)