Monday, August 19, 2013

Game 124: Nats at Cubs

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
CHICAGO — Hello from the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, where it's an absolutely gorgeous August evening on the north side of Chicago. The Nationals open a four-game series with the Cubs tonight, a rare trip here with three straight night games and only one day game at the last major-league ballpark to install lights.

The Nationals have a new face on the roster in David DeJesus, acquired from the Cubs this afternoon in a waiver trade. The 33-year-old outfielder simply walked across the diamond before batting practice, met his new teammates and swapped his royal blue Cubs clothing for the Nats' navy blue. He'll be on the bench tonight but available to play if needed.

Jordan Zimmermann gets the start against a Chicago lineup that, at least on name recognition alone, doesn't really inspire a lot of fear. That, of course, means nothing, but it certainly looks like an advantageous matchup for Zimmermann. The Nationals lineup will have its work cut out for itself against Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija.

Updates to come...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CHICAGO CUBS
Where: Wrigley Field
Gametime: 8:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 186
Weather: Clear, 81 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to LF
NATIONALS (60-63)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
2B Anthony Rendon
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

CUBS (53-70)
CF Junior Lake
2B Darwin Barney
C Dioner Navarro
RF Nate Schierholtz
SS Starlin Castro
3B Donnie Murphy
LF Darnell McDonald
1B Cody Ransom
RHP Jeff Samardzija

UMPIRES
HP Laz Diaz
1B Bill Miller
2B Mike Winters (cc)
3B Tim Timmons

8:08 p.m. — And we're underway on a gorgeous, 77-degree night along the shore of Lake Michigan.

8:14 p.m. — Not much doing for the Nats in the top of the first. Bryce Harper sent a two-out, opposite-field single to left, but that was all Jeff Samardzija surrendered.

8:25 p.m. — Hmm, not exactly the start to this game Jordan Zimmermann had in mind. Four batters in, he trailed 3-0 after Junior Lake hit a shot off Ryan Zimmerman the turned into a double, Dioner Navarro drew a walk and then Nate Schierholtz launched a three-run homer into the right-field bleachers. Ugly way to get this one going for the Nats.

8:33 p.m. — Adam LaRoche led off the top of the second with a base hit to right, but he was quickly erased when Ian Desmond grounded into a 1-4-3 double play. Samardzija then struck out Wilson Ramos, so the Nats remain in a 3-0 hole heading to the bottom of the second.

9:00 p.m. — It's the Nate Schierholtz Show here tonight, folks. He just drove in his fourth run in three innings with a RBI hit to right in the bottom of the third. The Nats trail 4-0, with Zimmermann not looking sharp and the lineup not offering up much resistance for Samardzija.

9:10 p.m. — Now Donnie Murphy gets into the act. The journeyman infielder takes Zimmermann deep to right field to lead off the bottom of the fourth, making this a 5-0 game. I'll be honest: When I saw the Cubs lineup posted this afternoon, I thought Zimmermann was cruise. I was wrong. He's getting hit hard tonight.

9:18 p.m. — The Nationals lineup, meanwhile, has produced four singles off Samardzija in five innings. That's all. Only one man has reached scoring position. Still 5-0 halfway through this game.

9:32 p.m. — Hoo-boy, it's getting really ugly now. Zimmermann served up another three-run homer, this time to Dioner Navarro. It's now 8-0 after five innings, matching the most runs Zimmermann has ever surrendered. He's still throwing 94 mph, so I don't believe there's anything wrong with his arm. Could it be his neck acting up again? Maybe. Whatever the case, he's really in a funk right now.

9:41 p.m. — That'll do it for both Zimmermen(n). Jordan is yanked after five disastrous innings. Ryan has taken a seat, too, to rest in a blowout situation. Steve Lombardozzi now at third base, Fernando Abad on the mound.

9:53 p.m. — Mercy, Wilson ramos destroyed a pitch from Samardzija, sending the ball flying out of the ballpark and onto Waveland Avenue. Ramos admired it, too, standing at the plate for a second to watch before his slow trot around the bases. It's 8-1 Cubs at the stretch.

10:04 p.m. — It's Nate Schierholtz's world, folks. We're all just living in it. He just clubbed another homer, his second of the night. He's got six RBI. The Nats trail 10-1 after seven.

10:10 p.m. — David DeJesus makes his Nats debut as a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth, getting a nice ovation from the Wrigley crowd. He tipped his helmet toward them, then popped out on the second pitch he saw. Welcome to D.C., David.

10:15 p.m. — Chicagoland native Ian Krol enters for the bottom of the eighth, and immediately serves up another homer to Donnie Murphy. That's Murphy's second of the night, just like Schierholtz, and the Cubs' fifth of the night. It's 11-1. Mercy. No, seriously, can they just institute the mercy rule here?

10:23 p.m. — Mercifully, this one is now over. The Nats lose 11-1 in a complete stinker of a ballgame. They fall to four games under .500. David DeJesus is wondering if he can sneak back over to the other clubhouse under the cover of night.

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Theophilus T. S. said...

Old Boston bumbersticker: "Jesus Saves! And Espo scores on the rebound!" Somebody needs to work with that idea a little.

MicheleS said...

I sooo wish I was there this week.. Maybe next year..

GYFNG!!!

baseballswami said...

Please, please don't waste the hotness of Tyler Moore's bat by sitting him for a week!!! Time to start playing the future team. They could hardly do worse.

pwilly said...

Gonna be an adventure with Diaz behind the plate.

baseballswami said...

Somebody please tape Bryce's mouth shut.

Nats 128 said...

The Reds and DBacks play each other which will mean if the Nats can sweep the Cubs they will pick up a lot of ground in the Wild Card.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

What he say that has upset you?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lets do our part.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Hope we dont give up to much for DeJesus

Kirbs said...

Well I must say...im going to watch the starters of the Redskins before I switch over. At this point it's no biggie to miss the first inning. On a side note, we will miss you Shark.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Even in our 59 win season i always watch baseball and wil flup during comnercials.

baseballswami said...

MNF-- nothing in particular, just jawing at the umps a bit. Actually no more than most players, but he has such a target on his back and so many people seem to think he is a hot headed punk. He really needs to keep his head down and be more above reproach than everyone else. It's unfortunate, but everything he does is scrutinized. Lax Diaz is a super sensitive, insecure type who would make an example of him.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That last strike Davey should have been in the umps face. A terrible call, so its hard to fault Harper when his manager was asleep at the wheel.

You are right Laz Diaz is a loon

SCNatsFan said...

Swami I don't know why Harper, and more importantly Johnson, didn't go after the 3b umpire after the bad check swing call at the end of the Braves game. Why not try to light a fire under the team by going off on an ump?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Just heard Pujols is out for the season.... Think the Nats will make the trade of LaRoche????

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I didnt think Rendon or Harp swung on those check swings...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Angels are further out than Nats Angels wont trade for him.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The umps werent interested in the game late.

They figured Nats had chances and blew it, so why give them more.

Faraz Shaikh said...

Good luck to Bernie wherever he goes!

DeJesus acquisition is curious. Is Rizzo already building next season's bench? Between Hairston and David, do Nationals have that fourth OF that can step up in case of injury?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Those 2 can platoon if they need to ply. Pinch hit against the correct pitchers.

pwilly said...

The Nats face lefty pitchers 2 of the next 3 games so hopefully T-Moore gets in the lineup, either for Span or LaRoche.

David Proctor said...

DeJesus and Gio seem to be getting along well: http://instagram.com/p/dNr0qYuxhu/

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Showed them on Nats extra

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Yesterday we got beat by tge Braves HV

Toniggt it looks lije Cubs JV. Where is Anthiny Rizzo?

Nats 128 said...

Anthony Rizzo is out sick

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Thanks Nats 128.

He is a solid player and I was surprised to see him not in the line up.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Okk laz dont screw around

baseballswami said...

Apparently yesterday's home plate ump is a Georgia native and regularly shows favoritism to the Barves. And I heard that from a non- Nats fan.

baseballswami said...

I am also very angry at Johnny and Ray because they virtually assured everyone that the Nats cannot possibly lose any of these 4 games. I hate it when they jinx it.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Rally roof top tonight.

Nats 128 said...

If LaRoche took that approach yesterday like Bryce just did with 2 strikes the Nats probably win the game.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The third base ump Marvin Hudson is the atlanta native. He was home plate Saturday.

Unknown said...

I think Nats are trying too hard to to hit the ball hard. Look at Harper just guiding one to left, and it wasn't his 100% bat speed.

baseballswami said...

Ok, now that Tyler Moire is here-- play him!!!!!!!!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

You are probably mad at me I said the same thing. 39 straight wuns

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

ALR rarely takes tgat approach.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That is what Tony Gwynn said I mentioned yesterday.

David Proctor said...

That's not the start we needed.

Nats 128 said...

Zimmerman boots the 1st ball of the game! Bravo!

baseballswami said...

Well that really sucked.

baseballswami said...

I am blaming this on Johnny and Ray.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Did they give Lake a double?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am blaming fielder for not fielding

baseballswami said...

FP pretty much just guaranteed we lose this game.

David Proctor said...

Where in the world did those curveballs miss?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Laz is already playing games.

baseballswami said...

No, it's not the players at all- it's the commentators jinxing it ;). Oh, Jordan, please get a grip.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

They didnt

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The cb announcers are jinxing the cubs too.

Said they should sweep.

Nats 128 said...

FP making up the excuse that Ryan was playing in for the bunt. No thats where he always plays. Tries to play matador with the ball and whiffs on it.

David Proctor said...

Well then...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Unh unh unh...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

What is the deal that are starters are not prepared to play. That is not the comentators fault. That is just poor pitching

Nats 128 said...

Thats what happens when your fielders dont make the plays. Man on 2nd to start the game and even the lousy Cubs make them pay.

baseballswami said...

Seriously - at this point would anything shock you?? Like that three run bomb given up by Jordan????? With only one out????????? Really??????? Ok- breathe, just breathe. We can score four, Jordan can get some outs now. Oh, Jordan. Are you Gio now??? What is it with the first inning and our pitchers?????? Ok, need to stop now.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He plays close to often.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That is 1 of tge 3 rns.

Nats 128 said...

"Double off the glove of Zimmmerman" yep, sounds eerily familiar this year.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We hit him hard in May when we could no one.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That is an E 5, who they kidding?

baseballswami said...

I know it's only a Monday night, but this is going to require alcohol.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Left side wide open.

David Proctor said...

I don't think there's alcohol hard enough, Swami.

baseballswami said...

3 runs for us is a giant abyss.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Gio stunk the first inning yesterdat, then pitched fine.

JZim obviusky had no memory as he decided to stink up the first inning too.

McCatty what is going on in preparation time?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Ian really slumping and not helping presently

baseballswami said...

And now FP and Bob with the big build up on Desi vs alphabet pitcher-- result, double play.

SCNatsFan said...

I seem to remember one guy we walked a long time ago that didn't score

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Was it in June?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Why the hell didnt he pitch like that in the first.

baseballswami said...

Really? We walked a batter that didn't score???? But that inning was more like it. Walk, error, home run- sheesh. Now- hits, hits, hits!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

What is it with our Big 3 and the first inning...

Nats 128 said...

MNF, he did pitch like that in the 1st and his 3rd baseman booted the ball. His hole approach changed with the man on 3rd.

baseballswami said...

It's early. It's the Cubs. Come on now.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

It prepwork in the bullpen.

They come in not ready.

Not sure how to fix it, but I am not a professional they are sovthey need to fix.

David Proctor said...

Apparently the Phillies are interested in signing Roger Bernadina.

baseballswami said...

Phils have interest in Bernadina. You know if he ends up there he hurts us.

baseballswami said...

David- I am your echo yet again.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

With 1 out you need to k the guy. A fast ball right in the middle rarely k's a guy.

A sac fly is one run a neatball poirly pitched in 3.

Ge didnt putch well at all 4 pitch walk.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Harper now RISP time

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Another 0 RISP

hiramhover said...

What is it with Span and this "yes I'm running" - "no I'm not" routine?

Did no harm this time, but he's doing the team no favors.

David Proctor said...

Why is it when one of our pitchers throws a meatball pitch it ALWAYS gets hit out of the ballpark, but when their guy throws a meatball, we foul it back.

SCNatsFan said...

Yeah David but it is a "good cut"

David Proctor said...

Are you kidding me right now

baseballswami said...

Ok, so what the heck is going on with JZ???? He was our most solid pitcher. Totally a hard ass . Now he gets shelled. By the Cubs. I do not understand this at all. What is going on?????

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Nasty pitch... But they are eating Jordan... And we can't do nothing...

Steady Eddie said...

JZimm is definitely making his market value more affordable as his season nosedives.

baseballswami said...

Well Eddie, that is certainly one way to put a spin on this.

baseballswami said...

Yeah, let's all just swing for the walls and hit pop flies. That always works.

David Proctor said...

Sigh. This is depressing.

David Proctor said...

Wow.

Joe Seamhead said...

Well, that one wasn't anybody but JZ's fault.

baseballswami said...

Oh, my. Just when I think we have hit rock bottom.

phil dunton said...

Nats getting whipped by a Double A team tonight. There's absolutely no limit to the humiliation this season.

David Proctor said...

Charlie and Dave were saying during the pregame show that JZimm hates playing at Wrigley Field. I see why.

SCNatsFan said...

JZ will finish the year on the DL. Not hoping for that, really not, but just see that coming.

Almazar80 said...

The guys sure are showing a lot of fire and fight. With Rizzo making his move for the playoffs, it's only a matter of time before these Nats close in on the Reds and beat all their foes on their way to their first championship.

baseballswami said...

But I still blame all the commentators for angering the baseball gods with their attitudes. You see, it's just much easier for me to live with that. JZ pitching badly is not something I can choke down.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Uhm... I'm trying to hope we win this game...

Joe Seamhead said...

Interesting. FP says all of the Nats coaches say that Bryce did go yesterday on the check swing.

David Proctor said...

Even the pitcher is hitting the ball hard.

baseballswami said...

But then again- does it matter if they score five or one or ten? We have a big goose egg yet again. Their number could be anything .

baseballswami said...

Fifth inning- one pitch, one out.

mick said...

I understand team let down..fatigue...but JZim no excuse at all!!! this damn team has no consistency...half ass at best

baseballswami said...

8 pitches. Ouch.

mick said...
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Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Because dont idebrify location well enough.

mick said...

watching skins game at same time nice to see at least 1 dc team winning

Dan Strong said...

To those shocked by this performance... Welcome to the 2013 Washington Nationals season.

mick said...

wondering if 98 wins was a huge anomalie

David Proctor said...

JZimm is fooling nobody

mick said...

to add.... welcome back to losing baseball....

I really have doubts about Rizzo and the future...too many soft over rated guys

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Swami, I explained exactly what happened to JZ last week. However not one person either thought I was right or cared as no one elaborated.

SCNatsFan said...

Dan I'm not surprised anymore. Not even angry anymore. I'm going to just try to enjoy the games because I love baseball more then I love the Nats.

baseballswami said...

According to FP, this is a hangover from the 15 inning game. Did Jordan pitch in that game? Or is that another excuse for our hitters?

baseballswami said...

MNF-- ?????

mick said...

swami

exactly!!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

FP excuse making.

We will come back

baseballswami said...

Ty-ler Moore. Ty-ler Moore. Ty-ler Moore. Ty-ler Moore.

mick said...

JZ has ZERO excuses

Faraz Shaikh said...

alright who is pitching tomorrow?

mick said...

haren on tues


no matter what he does...i respect him now

David Proctor said...

Yikes.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Wow... Jordan... Just wow....

This is all on Jordan... They have been rocking him like no one's business.... Terrible...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Here is the simpke explanation.

Do you remember the movie Freaky Friday?

Well Dan Haren and Jordan Zimmermann had a Dreaky Friday incounter during the All Star Break. Dan Haren is now pitching great and Jordan Zimmermann is givibg away money and homers.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Some want to blame Ray others RZim.

Seem like JZim lacks interest tonight

mick said...

but again...Nats now have scored 1 run in last 14 innings

that is pathetic and why this team is a BUST!!!

Joe Seamhead said...

So, according to some here we are supposed to replace a guy that still leads the team in home runs, walks, and is second in RBI's with a mediocre fielding guy that has hit .164 in the majors this year? Sorry, I don't equate a couple of decent months in AAA as being a hot hitter that has earned a starting position when his ML OPS isn't even close to .500
Yeah, if we had started Moore tonight we'd surely be winning.

BigCat said...

What are the stats for JZim. Pre allstar game vs post? Bet it ain't pretty. Why not shut him down to, the season is over as far as post season. Bring Karns up. Or Cole

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The Angels are a bust this is just disppointing.

mick said...

MNF


lol this whole season is freaky....

mick said...

MNF

and the irony is Nats may want Mike Scocia as manager...that would be a typical stupid rizzo move

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am among those who said tgat, though ALR is way below career average and needs to get back to pkaying.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

If the Yanks dont resign Girardi take him.

David Proctor said...

Scoscia is a good manager. He's a guy who would benefit from a change of scenery, I think. I don't necessarily want him, but I wouldn't be upset if we got him.

Secret wasian man said...

OMG please end this season. when do we play the Braves?

mick said...

MNF

Girardi would be GREAT

David...Scosia I think would be a disaster...2 years in a row angels have stunk with the talent they have had

David Proctor said...

James O'Hara ‏@nextyeardc 49s
After his July 11 start JZim reported neck issues.
Before: 19 GS, 132.1 IP, 2.58 ERA, .967 WHIP
After: 5 GS, 25.2 IP, 5.26 ERA, 1.71 WHIP.

mick said...

this season has flown by, thankfully, it can not end soon enough

David Proctor said...

Their talent is overstated. Getting Josh Hamilton was an awful move. He's not that good. Pujols has aged very poorly. Their starting pitching is atrocious and has doomed them. Scoscia would be wayyyy down the list of reasons the Angels haven't been good.

Secret wasian man said...

J zimm hates Rigley. Stras hates Atlanta. where did we get these cry babys from? what a bunch of pansies. getting smashed by the Mighty Cubs.

mick said...

David


good points on hamilton...pujols, i have no idea what happen to him...I did not think he would be playing this poorly

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I said it before... I think Jordan's neck is really bothering him.... He hasn't looked nearly the same...

They should have left Jordan in... Save the BP... This game is lost...

Gotta be jet-lag... *snickers*

mick said...

SWM

like I have said, public address system at Nats Park should play the old Mr Softy Ice cream music

Joe Seamhead said...

MNF, ALR is having a crap season, but I still don't see where Tyler Moore would be an improvement. AAA stats don't mean squat. I think that he should get an occasional start against LHP's and show that he can consistently hit ML pitching. I still see him as being an equivalent of a RH'ed Lucas Duda.

paul brandt said...

Jeff Samardzija looks like the the Capt. Morgan guy

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He is losing with great hitters. What makes you think he can win with weaker hitters.

Secret wasian man said...

I cant even look at Davey anymore. He is just so pathetic. At least the Skins look good.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We see eye to eye on that one.

mick said...

paul lol

SWM i hear you my friend and agree

baseballswami said...

Alright- we need to score a run. I don't think we have actually scored in many innings. What inning did we score in on Sunday? How could I forget that run? Ok- we are due to score another one.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am tired of hearing this neck issue. If it is injured go on the DL. If not quit talking about it.

Joe Seamhead said...

Crappy game, very poor showing this season, but unlike mick, I never get tired of watching baseball, even these guys. You know what sucks even more for me? The off season.

mick said...

poor davey, he reminds me of an old dog the vet is about to put down

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

As soon as it is over, I am ready for spring training.

Secret wasian man said...

75 wins this year. No More.

David Proctor said...

Injured JZimm is still better than Nate Karns. We don't have the depth to just put him on the DL, especially now that Jordan has been shutdown.

mick said...

Joe

i always watch and will, i am just saying this season needs to end soon

MrsB loves the Nats said...

MnF - if Haren can go on the DL with a phantom injury... Why didnt JZimm go on there for his real injury...

You can be tired of hearing about it but the fact is, it is bothering him... He hasn't looked crisp since it kept him out of the AS game...

Secret wasian man said...

MICK LOL OLD YELLER

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

More than any station, i hate losing.

Obviously tgese guys don't hate losing as much as most of us.

baseballswami said...

Joe- if Tyler Moore is our future first baseman, he needs to play more. He cannot possibly do worse. And his AAA numbers have translated to the majors. I hate to see any player get here hot and then rust. Why not see what he can do at this point? What can it hurt? Not like the guys out there are tearing it up.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

DP - you can slide T Roark in his spot if you DL JZimm.... And bring Karns back....

David Proctor said...

A run?

baseballswami said...

Thank you Willy Ray!!!!!!!!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The buffalo is starting the comeback.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Ramos seriously show boating right there...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I can see that

baseballswami said...

I cannot wait for call ups. Let the younguns give it a shot.

mick said...

SWM

Old davey
come back davey
Best doggone dog in the east


ha ha

Secret wasian man said...

BTW IAN DESMOND???? WTF?????

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Is Davey awake? Its almost 10 here in tge east.

Faraz Shaikh said...

sign that guy to a big league deal.

BigCat said...

Reminds me of when Hondo went over the roof on lolich

mick said...

may as well have fun...
SW

who plays Travis and shoots the old dog?

lol

actually, i cried like baby when i saw that movie...

mick said...

Bigcat


lolol I remember that!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

If your injured go on tge DL and get it fixed.

If you going not go on the DL dont bother mentioning

I have no oroblem if someone is injured there is a solution, tge DL

Joe Seamhead said...

I've never felt that he plays with a decent glove, swami, so therefor I am not convinced that he is our future first baseman.I honestly hope that I'm as wrong about him as I've been on a zillion other things, but we'll see. How have his minor league numbers translated to the majors? I really don't know what you base that on.

David Proctor said...

Jordan has never used his neck as an excuse. But the numbers are pretty clear.

BigCat said...

Reminds me of when Hondo went over the roof on lolich

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Jordan, like Haren, just owns it, 1 way or the other... This has been 1 weird season....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Remember that was the 10th homer of the week, it was when only 25-30 games a year on TV.

that one was a Saturday on channel 9

karlkolchak said...

mick - Last week, Jack Clark revealed the rumors that have swirled for years that Pujols wass also a roid head who just hasn't been caught, and it has long been speculated that he, like a certain Smiley and other DR players, lied about his age. If it's true and the Angels actually have a 37-year old who will now be crashing in performance quickly while being unable to juice, that could be the worst contract in MLB history. Good summation of the suspicions surrounding Pujols here:

http://paullebowitz.com/blog/?p=9119

mick said...
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mick said...

meant 1971

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Travis was the name of the bad guy in the book Shiloh (anither dog)

mick said...

Bigcat


remember Reggie Jackson's shot in tiger stadium 1971 All star game?

if the ball does not hit the top pole, it could have been a 600 foot homer at least

BigCat said...

Yep. I was a kid watching. Hangin curve. 1968 I believe. McLain won 31 that year. Tigers won it all. Beat Gibson in game 7 when Flood butchered a ball in CF

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Zim never has, Davey has. He's the manager take care of it.

mick said...

Big cat
McCain 31-6 that year only won 1 game in wS

Lolich won all 3 he pitched


gibson KO 17 in game one...man 45 years ago, remember it like last week

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I answered thus already.

mick said...

those were some great teams in 68


David Proctor said...

Nate Schierholtz must have borrowed what Sammy Sosa was using.

baseballswami said...

Joe- did you see him playing first this weekend??? Picking it, stretching? He is so much better there than you are giving him credit for. But , even if you are right, shouldn't they play him there to see if he can cut it? What better opportunity will they have? Then they can plan on him or trade him depending on what they see. And we could use the offense. Why bring him up here scalding , hit really well and then waste it. He was very impressive at first- but ALR has years of experience on him. Time for them to let him play more. ALR will maybe play better with more rest. He looks like crap warmed over.

BigCat said...

Mick. Yes I remember Jackson's bomb. Off dock Ellis Longest one I ever saw

mick said...

Bigcat

that was very cool

karlkolchak said...

This game reminds me of that Cubs-Nats series last September when the balls were just flying out of the park for the winning team--only the tables have been turned.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Didnt Jim Northrup have 5 grand slams that year.

mick said...

MNF


yes indeed he did!

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