Sunday lineups, Povich Media Center and Dmitri update
Just got back from the clubhouse, where I spoke with Dmitri Young. His status: "Stiff. Head hurts. Head hurts -- a lot." He said there's no timetable for his return, but doubts he'll be available today. Also checked in with Austin Kearns after the collision (referenced below), and he said he's fine. No problems. That guy is willing to toss his body around a bit, no?
Also attended the press conference in which the Lerners and the Nationals formally announced that the new press box at the new ballpark will be named after former Post sports writer (and legend) Shirley Povich. The Povich family was on hand, and they were quite honored. Dignitaries included Maury Povich, his wife Connie Chung, Ted Lerner and son Mark, Don Sutton, George Solomon, Mr. Povich's last sports editor at the Post, and Don Graham, chairman of the Post Co. (who, technically, makes the Journal possible). Stan Kasten showed up too but was clearly uncomfortable praising anything done by a member of the press.
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Seriously, nice gesture by the Lerners. I talked to Mr. Lerner for quite some time afterward. He's very pleased with how things are progressing.
Back to regularly scheduled post:
Did anyone catch what Felipe Lopez had to say yesterday? Interesting stuff.
Johnson -- 4
Renteria -- 6
C. Jones -- 5
Teixeira -- 3
McCann -- 2
Francoeur -- 9
A. Jones -- 8
B. Jones -- 7 (This would be Brandon Jones, who had his contract purchased from Richmond today and will be making his MLB debut, thus giving the Braves an A., B., and C. Jones.)
Hudson -- 1
Jimenez -- 4
Lopez -- 6
Zimmerman -- 5
Kearns -- 9
Church -- 8
Pena -- 7
Fick -- 3
Flores -- 2
Hill -- 1
The other highlight last night, other than those homers from D'Angelo Jimenez and Robert Fick (who had that in the pool?), was Austin Kearns's absolute plow-over of Braves catcher Corky Miller. Those two were minor league teammates in the Reds organization and get along really well. I waited in the clubhouse last night for Kearns -- who always soaks down in a tub afterward, and was taking a lot longer last night -- but had to race back up to the press box before he emerged. Anxious to talk to him about it.
One other thing: Stan Kasten told the season ticket holders who were here for an event prior to last night's games that next year the gates will open for batting practice. I asked him about this later on, and he said the tentative plan is for the gates from foul pole to foul pole to open about three hours before game time -- or 4 p.m. for a regular week-night game. The concourse in left-center field looks like it'll be huge with lots of roaming areas, so that could be cool.
Beautiful day. Enjoy the game.
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