RFK's Last Day
Just passed a bunch of players passing out T-shirts at one gate - Zimmerman, Schneider, Flores, etc. - and there'll be another shift as most of you get out here. I have to point out that one player that I know of declined to take a shift at the gates - infielder Felipe Lopez. Others did it.
It's a ridiculously nice day out here. Charlie Brotman in the press box to do some pregame ceremony stuff, and he's going over the pronunciations right now. Fans already milling around the home dugout, trying to get last bits of memorabilia from the old girl. It's worth pointing out, of course, that RFK will host DC United and other soccer events - including this year's MLS Cup. But this is a big day for baseball fans here.
I hope the Nationals Journal tailgate party is in full swing by now. What a day for it. I'm going to try to sneak out there if I can. A bit pressed for time with the noon-ish start.
Lineups: Dmitri Young still not playing, and unfortunately not healthy enough to get even a pinch-hit at-bat in front of the home crowd for the last time. He's disappointed about that, but said he didn't "want to end up in a neck brace" going into the offseason.
Late scratch: Wily Mo Pena, who took cuts in the batting cage, but his hand still hurts. He was replaced by Nook Logan. Justin Maxwell getting a start - and he'll get one against the Mets as well. That way, Acta can get a look at the kid while still making things even against the teams in the race.
Rollins - 6
Utley - 4
Burrell - 7
Howard - 3
Rowand - 8
Dobbs - 5
Werth - 9
Ruiz - 2
Cole Hamels - 1
Jimenez - 6
Belliard - 4
Zimmerman - 5
Kearns - 9
Batista - 3
Flores - 2
Maxwell - 7
Logan - 8
Hanrahan - 1
I'll give you a few updates during the pregame ceremony/early part of the game if I can. For those of you coming out - enjoy!
September 23, 2007; 10:48 AM ET
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