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Willingham on the Lugo dirt-kicking incident

If this happened in the Subway Series, it would have been on the back page of the tabloids. Because it happened in the Battle of the Beltways, it took a week before Josh Willingham even responded to the dirt-kicking he endured at the feet of Julio Lugo. Via The Goessling Game:

Willingham hadn't seen the tape, and clubhouse manager Mike Wallace played a side angle of it [Thursday] morning in the clubhouse. I hadn't seen this clearly, either, but Lugo definitely runs from his spot at short to swing his foot in Willingham's direction. The outfielder's reaction to the video? "What comment."

This doesn't end here, right?

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
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i saw it when it happened. great sportsmanship there from the Birds.

Posted by: destewar | May 27, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Allow me to translate:

"What comment." = "What the...alright, make sure the pitching staff sees this before we play the Os again."

Posted by: EdTheRed | May 27, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"What comment." = "What the...alright, make sure the pitching staff sees this before we play the Os again."

Hopefully B-Rob will be back by then and Lugo will be long gone by this series anyway.

Posted by: dugly2ugly | May 27, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

No matter how hard Dan tries, he's not going to be able to turn this into Clemens-Piazaa in the World Series ( :)

Posted by: blackjack65 | May 27, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

What a season from Willingham. Between him Zim and Dunn we have a great nucleus in the middle of the lineup. Add Morgan and co. And there might be more chances for opponents to kick dirt on the Nats as they round second in their home run trots.

Posted by: Dlewis10 | May 27, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Drill him...right between the numbers

Posted by: kahlua87 | May 27, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

There were games last year when things like that happened to Nyjer Morgan when he couldn't be stopped by the opponent. There were several unprofessional and nasty responses that was seemingly ignored by everybody.

Posted by: DMcCall2 | May 27, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I noticed it when it happened and it reminded me a bit of an incident during the 1995 UVA v. VPI football game (a game I've tried to block from my memory for 15 years) when a UVA assistant coach pretended like he was going to trip a VPI defensive player who was returning an interception. Of course the commentators all went ballistic about it and I think the coach was suspended for the bowl game. (Not that I think Lugo should be suspended, of course.)

Posted by: 1995hoo | May 27, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if thats even worth drilling him for. Maybe after the Nats are done moping up the O's we just give them a bag of dirt to throw in the O's dugout.

Posted by: alex35332 | May 28, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

This ridiculous. The guy was just kicking the dirt in disgust. Look how his head is down -- he wasn't even aiming. A whole bunch of stuff about nothing.

Don't we have anything better to get worked up about?

Posted by: bethesdaguy | May 28, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Maybe this will liven up this silly manufactured rivalry.
Probably not...

Posted by: flytact | May 28, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I think the DC Baltimore rivalry is legit, not passionate but legit, Baltimore will always have a inferiority complex

Posted by: alex35332 | May 28, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

"Baltimore will always have a inferiority complex"

Not to sidetrack the post, but as somebody who has lived in or near both cities most of my life, I think this statement is, for the most part, false. I'm sure there are some people in B-more that feel this way, but for the most part the angst that is interpreted this way is due more backlash to people from DC who FEEL that those from B-more SHOULD have an inferiority complex.

Most people from Baltimore are proud of it and like living there.

Just like any city, there are areas to avoid, but the good neighborhoods are great fun.

Posted by: dugly2ugly | May 28, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Lugo wants the Nats to plunk him. He can't get on base except for little bloops the opposite way.

Preferred retribution would be a rather hard slide when he's making a double play turn.

I wanted some retribution against Molina in the Giants series for throwing behind Bernadina after the man had been damaged by the wild pitcher. Molina seems to be desperate to throw out runners this year.

Posted by: souldrummer | May 28, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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