Nationals fan gets through automated phone menu, ends up talking to manager Dave Martinez

Jesse Dougherty wrote a fantastic story in the Washington Post that is either a testament to perseverance or encouragement to keep trying to get a human on the line when navigating a phone menu.

As the report explains, a woman wanted to find out if a May 26 game between the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals was being suspended due to rain. Michele Crowl called Nationals Park on behalf of her husband and son, who were at the ballgame waiting out a rain delay and wondering if they should hit the road for a long drive back to Delaware.

She couldn’t get ahold of anyone at the ticket office, compelling her to try a reply that would get her past the automated menu and in touch with an actual person.

From the Post:

“General management office,” Crowl requested, and she had no expectations until a man answered, more than a few hints of surprise in his voice.

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WISE Sports Radio football talk: Carl Nassib comes out, Tim Tebow kept out, Eli Manning appreciation

The big news in the NFL this week was Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib announcing he was gay on social media. How have the league and Nassib’s fellow players reacted to his coming out?

Other topics for our WISE Sports Radio football segment: Tim Tebow isn’t welcomed into the NFL tight end club just yet, Eli Manning’s new role with the New York Giants, and what opting out of the 2021 season due to COVID-19 concerns will cost players.

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WISE Sports Radio baseball talk: Gentlemen’s agreement, Fernando Tatis Jr., Shohei Ohtani

Two of baseball’s biggest sensations are Los Angeles Angels slugger/pitcher Shohei Ohtani and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. On WiSE Sports Radio, Pat Ryan, former NFL and college coach John Shoop, and I talked about what makes both players worth staying up late to watch.

And Major League Baseball’s biggest storyline right now is the initiative to check pitchers for sticky substances that greatly enhance their grip and ability to put spin on the ball for movement. Managers who previously looked the other way when pitchers were using sticky stuff are going to be blowing a whistle on the opposition.

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WISE Sports Radio football talk: Testing Tua, Le’Veon lashes out, Jimmy Kimmel’s bowl game

It’s mini-camp season in the NFL and most players look good — such as Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold. But Miami Dolphins signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa threw five interceptions in a rainy practice. Is that reason for concern?

For our WISE Sports Radio football segment, Pat Ryan, Mike Gore, and I also discuss Le’Veon Bell’s animus towards Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, Sam Darnold, the NFL’s new COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated players, and Jimmy Kimmel getting his name on a college football bowl game.

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