The Jedi mind tricks might be working? (Pic: Kelyn Soong)
Forbidden Love is a Cubs DNA series where our staff waxes poetic about a player on a team other than the Cubs. Maybe even one you think they should hate. In this installment, Staci offers her admiration for Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle.
Sean Doolittle has a career 3.02 ERA and has been, at times, one of the most dominant relievers in baseball. In 2018 with the Nationals, he posted 25 saves and a 1.60 ERA in just 45 innings before dealing with some injury issues in the second half of the season. He only gave up 3 home runs and struck out 12 batters per nine innings. He was pretty unhittable, and it was pretty annoying for opposing teams.
Doo himself, however, is an unquestioned treasure. Are you one of those people who watches Star Wars marathons and has a light saber in your closet for those times you wanna pretend to battle Darth Vader in a duel to the death? Oh hey, so is Doo! His current Twitter handle is Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle! We love Doo around the DNA because he pretty much is us... we're all a bunch of Jedi wannabes and we'd love to have a big light saber party with Sean. Wait... maybe that didn't sound quite right.
I mean, if you're up for it Doo...
He even carried it around after the Nationals won the World Series and did all of his interviews holding it, which was pretty epic!
Our Pronk has a special love for Doo because they're both huge Deadheads; i.e., big fans of The Grateful Dead.
See? It's like they're the same person!
Doo is also very involved in charitible organizations, and was one of the first players to step up during the COVID-19 pandemic to help those in need of food during this tough time:
Oh, and see his wife up there, Eireann Dolan? She ALSO kicks large amounts of butt. If outspoken women aren't your thing, then her placement in this post with Doo is probably perfect for you because unlike certain other baseball sig. others (*ahem* Kate Upton), she is out there speaking her mind on all sorts of actual important topics. Her latest is this diatribe on the need to pay minor league players during the COVID-19 shutdown, and there's a lot of good food for thought if you take time to read the entire thread.
Neither one of the Doolittle-Dolans are of the "stick to sports" variety, in fact, and whatever your feelings are about that, I like it just fine. After all, my day job isn't exactly apolitical and I think people should care about what's happening in their government, regardless of their political alignment.
Besides, who else baseball could rock a beard and glasses combo like this? Only Doo, my friends. Only Doo.
Beard, glasses AND a mad flossing game!