From the Clubhouse
1) This morning, Dmitri Young's son Owen predicted his dad would double in his first at-bat. He didn't, but he doubled in his second and third at-bats. I mistakenly thought he had a single and a double, which I told to Owen, but Owen corrected me, and I was later forced to apologize. "It's ok," Owen said. Nice kid. Then he asked a clubhouse attendant to fetch him some Gatorade. I have now blogged more about Dmitri Young's children than any professional athlete today.
2) Sway the Irishman, the grand champion of DC101's Water Wars, was at this game. For the record.
3) Since the home clubhouse was a pretty grim place, I figured this would be an appropriate time to ask Don Sutton why his daughter is so into Gilbert Arenas, as he's said many times. His daughter, Jackie, is 10. And it turns out she likes lots of NBA players. She's met LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Steve Nash. She likes all of them, too. "She doesn't pick slouches," Don Sutton pointed out.
Anyhow, Sutton is close friends with Howie Levine, Gilbert's coach at Grant High in Van Nuys, since Levine and Sutton's wife were ushers at Dodger Stadium together. Levine is something of a godfather to Jackie, and so she grew up hearing about Gilbert Arenas, which is why she already had a jersey and already was using Gilbert on her NBA video games even before Sutton came to D.C., promising her that she'd get to meet Gilbert. Also, she led her basketball team in rebounding last season. And she's a left-handed second baseman. Tell me where you can find more information about Don Sutton's daughter than right here. I dare you.
As for his performance today, "easy," Sutton said. "I've never done a losing game. At the end of every game, someone wins."
Wish I could say the same thing about blogs.
4) In important t-shirt news, Jerome Williams had a Spike Lee "The Best on Mars" Air Jordan t-shirt, which went well with his Air Jordan hoodie and Air Jordan Air Jordans. John Patterson, who was sort of grim-faced for some reason, had a shirt promoting Operation Second Chance, a group that aims to help wounded veterans.
5) In flying Teddy news, Jason Bergmann said you could hear the Giant Flying Teddy howling during the pre-game rehearsals. "Like a Tower of Terror thing," Bergmann said. "You're jumping off a stadium. It's scary, man."
6) In moving-on news, Nats players said they would move on.
"It's one game, we're playing 161 more, if we lose this way in January no one's going to say much," was Shawn Hill's argument.
"Just regroup and come back out tomorrow, 161 games left," was Ryan Church's argument.
I'm sure some other players made similar arguments, featuring the numeral 161.
Of course, when the first media person approached Church and asked about the result, his answer was as follows: "It kind of sucks."
7) And now I have to sit here and wait 45 more minutes so I can go live on Comcast SportsyNet and talk about how I spent Opening Day hanging out with visiting British rugby refs.
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