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Scott Olsen on his near no-hitter


I came to Nats Park on Thursday just to talk about Silver Elvis stuff, but then, since Scott Olsen was flirting with a no-hitter and all, I figured I'd better stay.

Thus, I nabbed a little moving picture of his post-game thoughts. He was fairly blase about the whole thing, and he correctly pointed out that he finished with a two-hit no-decision, hardly an earth-shattering evening. But for seven-and-a-third no-hit inning -- the first seven-and-a-third innings I had spent at Nats Park this spring -- it felt kind of cool. So, Scott, your thoughts on being in the zone?

"It's fun," he said. "It's better than being out of the zone."

And on closing in on history?

"I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't thinking about it," he said. "I was thinking about it early. I thought about it in the fourth and fifth innings. It's one of those things that's hard, real hard to do."

And on coming up short?

"I don't know," he said. "I mean, take it for what it is. It was a good game."

And on his teammates ignoring him in the dugout?

"Not the first time they've ignored me and it won't be the last," he said. "Whatever."

If you were watching the game, maybe you noticed that the Braves asked for some mound repairs in the bottom of the seventh, which seemed fishy. But Olsen had no complaints there, either.

"I was glad they did, because the mound was not good, not good all day," he said. "It just wasn't very good. That didn't bother me. I was happy that they finally brought someone out there to fix it."

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2010; 11:13 PM ET
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Comments

What a wonderful outing by a most talented young lefthander. He wont win all the time but soon all baseball fans will know how valuable an asset he is to a team that has made such a startling turnaround and will be a first place threat all summer.

Posted by: fire-fred | May 7, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Dan, you catch the video of DeAngelo Hall predicting the Redskins season again? It was on the jumbotron. Prediction- 11-12 wins! ha

Posted by: Skinssss21 | May 7, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

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