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Bottom of the sixth

Things we've seen today:

* Eight Washington Senators taking the field with their Nationals counterparts before the game. Really, really nice hand from a really, really nice crowd for Frank Howard, who went with Ryan Zimmerman to third base. Dick Bosman threw a strike to Brian Schneider, and a nice pregame ceremony was complete. "Some of us guys that were here when it was over for the first time are back here," Bosman said, "and you got a bunch of new kids going into a new ballpark, and I think that's apropos and I think that's right."

* We got to see Joel Hanrahan throw 101 pitches in 4-2/3 innings. Ouch.

* We just saw Jesus Flores throw a ball into right field, trying to pick off Greg Dobbs at first base. Austin Kearns booted the ball in right, and Dobbs went to third. He scored the go-ahead run, which was unearned.

* Great to see everyone at the Nationals Journal tailgate this morning. Sorry I couldn't hang longer. Glad you guys did that, hope you had fun, and I'd love to see some photos.

* Teddy Roosevelt: Very clever idea to have him end up at the new ballpark -- lost, apparently. Hasn't shown his face at RFK today. The Nationals' bullpen lined up to try to stop the other presidents from winning. Also clever. Chants of "Ted-dy! Ted-dy! Ted-dy!" louder than for any Nats players this year.

Nats rallying. Will touch base later.

By Barry Svrluga  |  September 23, 2007; 2:02 PM ET
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I agree with JayB...(for once)....what is the deal with the game story from last nights game....did that guy even go the the "home team" locker room?

Posted by: The Philly Post is it? | September 23, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Ouch, I hope Flores is OK...only positive there is that the lead run scores

Posted by: Andrew Stebbins | September 23, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Apparently espn thinks that our new stadium only costs $61 million. That wouldve made the stadium process a little bit easier...

Posted by: natsinthevalley | September 23, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Wish I could've been at the tailgate with you guys. Hope you're having a good time at RFK. Make sure you say goodbye to her for me.

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 23, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

For the books...

Lasts at RFK:

Hit: Chase Utley
Home Run: Chase Utley (9/22)
RBI: Aaron Rowand
Run: Chase Utley
Stolen Base: D'Angelo Jimenez
Base on Balls: Ryan Howard (vs. Cordero)

Strikeout: Chad Cordero (vs. Werth)
Win: Luis Ayala
Loss: Antonio Alfonseca
Save: Chad Cordero

Error: Austin Kearns
Grounded into Double Play: Ryan Church

Nationals Final Record at RFK: 122-121

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 23, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

5-3 to end it, and 5-3 victory began it in 2005 ...

Posted by: Jim Reiter | September 23, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Great finish today, although Cardiac Cordero nearly struck again.

Coverage is lacking, I think you need to change your moniker to Coverage is downright embarassing, or Coverage is patently ridiculous. Not only is the Post not covering the story, they seem to be going out of their way to dis the Nats. I've been taking Barry's side vs. Stan, but I am now taking Stan vs. the Post overall. The past few days were entirely bogus (including today's salute to RFK, which boiled down to "now somebody else has the worst park in baseball" -- not a proper sendoff at all).

I missed the NJ tailgate, my party today included five girls under 6 and things became unwieldy. Hope everyone had fun!

Posted by: Bob L. Head | September 23, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Here's a photo of today's tailgate. Thanks again to all the folks who set it up, and Barry for not only showing up, but signing my copy of "National Pastime!"

Posted by: Juan-John | September 23, 2007 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Juan-John, for sharing the photo!

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 23, 2007 8:48 PM | Report abuse

It was great to meet everyone at the tailgate today - given it was just past 9:30 am, Hendo was the sole party, but great to meet him nonetheless. Also appreciation to 1a for tracking us down at our season ticket group tailgate across the lane.

Hendo, did you get to greet Kasten as he walked around?

Posted by: tomterp | September 23, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Can't we start calling a 100+ pitch outing in under 5 innings, a Tony Armas Jr. special?

Posted by: Sac-town | September 24, 2007 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Great tailgater people! It was a pleasure to meet and talk with every one. Thanks for coming Barry. Now lets have a 4-2 (at least) road trip!

Posted by: A Hardwick (Formerly Sec 417 Row 8 Seat 9) | September 24, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

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