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Storen, Clippard try to move on

Jan 27, 2013, 12:23 AM EDT

When the Washington Nationals agreed to terms with one of the top prizes of the MLB offseason, signing closer Rafael Soriano to a two-year deal, it caught nearly everyone in the baseball world by surprise. It wasn’t rumored, the team already had a guy who saved 43 games in 2011 and another who saved 32 in 2012, it seemed to come out of nowhere.

Imagine being Drew Storen.

The young reliever the Nats picked 10th overall in 2009 to be the closer of the future all of a sudden had his job threatened, or perhaps even taken away, and how did he find out? By Twitter.

Storen saw the news online and immediately called his good friend and roommate, Tyler Clippard, who happens to be the other closer the team already had in the fold.

“I just saw it on Twitter and I called him and I said, ‘have you seen this?’ We were like, ‘what?’”

The conversation was short and speculative as neither player really had a lot of information about the signing, they knew as much as anyone else. But through talking it out, both Storen and Clippard found a way it can be good for the team and eventually positive for them individually as well.

“It kind of caught me of guard, but there is no doubt that he is going to make the team better, you can’t argue with that,” Storen said.
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  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    What an absolutely class act these two fellows are.

  2. SonnyG10 - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    I second that sunshine…

  3. natsfan1a - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    We also Druu'd him. You're welcome. :-)When introduced to the fans for a question-and-answer session, Storen received a standing ovation and an extended applause.

  4. Section 222 - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Storen said that any save he blows hurts, that Game 5 was no different than taking a loss in April or any month of the season.Did he really say that? Funny, I think for most fans and the other players that Game 5 loss hurt more than any other in the history of the franchise.

  5. Scooter - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Yes, isn't it intriguing how different people can have different perspectives on the same event?(Also intriguing how some people lie through their teeth.)

  6. peric - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Rizzo likes to have lots of insurance. Having it has paid off for him.

  7. Faraz Shaikh - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    I want a beard like Jayson's.

  8. SCNatsFan - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    I said it before, if Clip and Storen can handle this mentally then this bullpen will be amazing.

  9. baseballswami - Jan 27, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Baseball players who are in the relieving business don't ever seem to be lacking in confidence.If they couldn't handle it then they probably would not have even gotten this far. And Faraz — a beard likc Jayson's and not Danny's???

  10. JaneB - Jan 27, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    I love them. I totally love them.

  11. baseballswami - Jan 27, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    Just how many times today do you think Drew was asked about the end of the season? Lots and lots of smart, classy guys on this team. Rizzo knows how to pick them on and off the field.

  12. Steady Eddie - Jan 27, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    And what their extremely mature comments don't say explicitly but make clear they are thinking, is that they will both learn from Soriano how to be a seasoned and cold-blooded reliever.

  13. Corky - Jan 27, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    A hat tip to the wonderful Nats fans who showed Drew how we feel about him today. I was there, participated in the Standing Ovation, and it was one of my favorite moments as a sports fan. We are not Philadelphia; we are D.C. And D.C. folks support and love their players, full stop.

  14. Corky - Jan 27, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    A hat tip to the wonderful Nats fans who showed Drew how we feel about him today. I was there, participated in the Standing Ovation, and it was one of my favorite moments as a sports fan. We are not Philadelphia; we are D.C. And D.C. folks support and love their players, full stop.

  15. Faraz Shaikh - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Tough one Swami:Jayson vs Danny

  16. LoveDaNats - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Druuuu is so young, yet his attitude (Natitude?) is so mature. He does have the closer mentality. He will be all the better this year because of his experiences last year. And good move on the trip to London. I'll bet neither guy was recognized once.

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