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One in a row!

Actually, you could make that two of three! Or four of 20!

Nats finally beat the Mets, 10-5. Jon Rauch a bit sloppier than need be in the ninth, what with Marlon Anderson's solo homer to lead it off. But they match a season-high with 13 hits and score in double figures for the first time since the second game of the season.

Felipe Lopez: 2 for 4 with 6 RBI.

The bottom four spots in teh order score nine of the 10 runs. Lopez, Guzman, Zimmerman, Pena, Boone and Nieves have two hits apiece.

Talk to you tomorrow about the Cubs.

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 24, 2008; 10:19 PM ET
 
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Comments

Night Barry!

Posted by: N@sfan | April 24, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Is it a coincidence that the Nats start pulling the ball instead of trying to force it the other way no matter what...and they get tons of hits and score tons of runs?

I think not.

Posted by: MrMadison | April 24, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

The critical rally was started with Pena hitting to right field.

Posted by: kgwcoach | April 24, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

but most of the hits were made by hitters taking the ball where it is pitched,and not trying to force it into right field.

hitting the opposite way is a good thing, but you shouldn't try to FORCE it, and that's exactly what the Nats have been trying to do all season.

they stop doing trying to FORCE it, they get hits. they score runs.

you hit the ball the opposite way when they pitch you outside. but they've been busting them inside all year. when they bust you inside you pull it. they hadn't been doing that. they did it tonight, and look at the result.

Posted by: MrMadison | April 24, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

incidentally, Acta confirmed that yes, Milledge was benched for being late.

Posted by: MrMadison | April 24, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

A great at bat by Milledge, drawing the walk on a 3-2 pitch, helped make it possible for Felipe (formerly known as flop) to come up grand. hallelujia (spelling---who cares). I prefer the 2 out of 3 way of looking at it. : < ))

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | April 24, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game tonight.

Great weather.

Plenty of parking on the north side of 295, just a 10-15 minute walk.

That Lopez homer was a shot. It went about a mile up in the air.

A few boos for Church after he reached base the 3rd time.

I don't know how they are against everyone else, but that Mets pen is a disaster every time they play us.

I enjoyed leading a little "let's choke Mets" counter-chants in the $10 section.

I almost got a view of the Capitol, but again it was obscured by the smoke from the Clean Air Act exempt coal plant.

I think the key takeaway from this though has to be... they should still fire Bowden.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | April 24, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Funny takeaway, Steven! :)

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 24, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Nats a-buzzin' now!
Offense shakes off slump, shows life.
Let's say 2 of 3!

Posted by: HaikuMan | April 24, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

What a nice surprise to come home to this!! All the insta-love for Felipe is hilarious.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 24, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

lets get another win tommorow!

Posted by: cabraman | April 24, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Just watched the grand slam replay. It was two outs and full count too!! Awesome.

How come the highlights on mlb.com are all always just hitting?? They're more exciting in games than on replay. It's the jazzy fielding that makes good highlight video.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 24, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I hoope they keep it going. I go tomorrow night.

I knew Flow would show some overwrought previous poster what a "glorified utility infielder" can do. LETS GO NATS!

Posted by: Sec 204 Row K Seat 11 | April 24, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget the great hit and run with Lopez going that avoided a rally killing double play and also that awesome stop Lopez had. It was a good night to be at the ballpark. More anecdotes to follow.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 24, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Uhh, Barry, just a wee little ooopsie in your gamer:

"And, naturally, Church followed with a hard single to right that put the Nationals up 3-0. Three runs allowed by Hill, all on two-out base hits. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth with no chance to record his first win of the year."

You don't miss Churchie THAT much, do ya? :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | April 25, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Damn that early gamer!

I wish nobody ever saw that thing.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | April 25, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

What is that, one glitch out of a whole lotta stories? I wouldn't worry about your batting average when it comes to writing. :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | April 25, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Sitting behind obnoxious New Yorkers yet again. Here are JUST A FEW snippets of their conversation:

Top of the 1st: "JO-SE, JOSEJOSEJOSE, JO-SE, JO-SE!"

Bottom of the 1st: [in little league chatter voice] "hecanthithecanthithecanthithecanthit"

Top of the 2nd: "You think they would have these stupid signs up at Yankee stadium on the face there? No, they don't [AB] care. They gots 27 championships, they don't care about that."

Bottom of the 2nd: "hecanthithecanthithecanthithecanthit"
"Perez is so nasty, these guys are amateurs."

Top of the 3rd: "Yes, look at that! That's game."

Bottom of the 3rd: "hecanthithecanthithecanthithecanthit"
"Yeah, bring that ERA down below two. Look at this guy, he's only batting .100, he sucks."
"Where's Milledge?"

Top of the 4th:
[as a Nats fan boos his cheering] "Scoreboard, baby! Scoreboard" [me] "Dude, it's 2-0 in the top of the 4th." "Look at the standings, baby, last as usual. Who's first place?" "How long were you first place last year?" "How long have you been first place. Ne-ver!"

Bottom of the 4th: "hecanthithecanthithecanthithecanthit"
"Perez is going to the All-Star game"

Top of the 5th:
"Wooooooooooooh!"

Bottom of the 5th: "hecanthithecanthithecanthithecanthit"
"Hey, L-Millz, maybe you need another rap album."

Top of the 6th:
"Oh, now the hurt's coming."

Bottom of the 6th:


Top of the 7th:
"Jose Reyes [AB] sucks. What a waste."

Bottom of the 7th:
"Second year of a six year contract, who's [AB] dumb[ab] idea was that?"
"Oh, Sosa's in, might as well [AB] gift-wrap the [AB] game for them."
"That guy Perez sucks, Heilman sucks, Sosa sucks, put in Feliciano."

Top of the 8th:
"Jose Reyes is the worst [AB] player on this team."

Bottom of the 8th:
"I won like no [AB] money in this game"
"hecanthithecanthithecanthithecanthit" (I guess for old times sake?)

Top of the 9th:
I moved. Forgive me, swanni.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 25, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and by the way, note to Jim Bowden:

I traded Guzman to the Mets fans for Jose Reyes straight-up. They made called me a dumb[o] and said I was welcome to him. Please make the appropriate arrangements.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 25, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

While saying that Boswell's column was "utter nonsense" Swanni had this to offer:

Will Felipe Lopez hit the way he did for Cincy? Of course not (He's now playing in a ballpark with normal-size dimensions.)

Yes! Yeeeeeessss! He did it! In front of me! I donated my voice to El Jugador, El Guerrero! What an exultant moment! This game pays you back! And, in honor of Felipe, I move that anyone saying DROP FLOP or even calling this graceful athlete fLop be required to wear a dunce cap with a Mets logo.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Used to be that they also had pitching highlights, but after Lannan's excellent start in New York this year I was surprised not to find any highlights of that on the site.

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How come the highlights on mlb.com are all always just hitting?? They're more exciting in games than on replay. It's the jazzy fielding that makes good highlight video.

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 25, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Hilarious recap, 506!

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Sitting behind obnoxious New Yorkers yet again. Here are JUST A FEW snippets of their conversation: ....

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 25, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

This last was me, the Voiceless Flynnie, who required $15 of Miller Lite to soothe the pipes after Felipe's Grand Slam. I was there for Dmitry's Grand Slam last July 4th. On both occasions, why didn't we get a curtain call? Anyhow, thank you, Felipe, and thank you Manny for playing him! And, is this a beautiful game or what?

Posted by: flynnie | April 25, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

I was thrown in with some Met's fans at L'Enfant, great people, who had some good tips for an excursion. They take a ferry from Monmouth near Sandy Hook in Jersey that gets you to Shea for $58, tickets included, and cocktails cheap. Thanks to Sieg Heilman,(that's what he's calling himself after last night) if you read this and post here with your new handle. Seig's son was with him in his Nats Jersey, a tall guy who said that being the only Nats Fan at Shea is fine.

Posted by: flynnie | April 25, 2008 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Love the Cement plant. It makes it look like the games are being played in Mordor, and gives tv viewers a surprising throwback to the days of open blast furnaces. Who knew that Our Nations Capitol could so resemble Bessemer, Alabama?

Posted by: flynnie | April 25, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

you guys crack me up. of all the nights to miss...


Posted by: i hate walks | April 25, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

And I love love LOVE the New Park! I love the paintings of the greats of the game. It is a Smithsonian and National Gallery of Baseball. The paintings of The Greats are really Amazin' (why that adjective today? Of course you won't see this anywhere else, we are the Capitol, we take the broad view. Honus Wagner is there, near Ty Cobb, whose front teeth he knocked out with a tag out at 2d after Cobb tried to slice his face up with his spikes. And Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, players who gave us such pleasure. The art work is first rate. On Swanni's advice, road the Metro, and everyone should come up out of the subway, see the Welcome to Nationals Stadium sign, and turn left to just have a breathtaking view of Our Beautiful Ballpark, where the sightlines are second to none. Barry, I tried to send you a double Gray Goose martini, but it was turned away at the press box as being inappropriate for the monastic atmosphere there.

Posted by: flynnie | April 25, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

I *thought* that the posting read like you, flynnie. I wasn't there last night (watching on tv) but also wondered about a curtain call. I *was* there for Dmitri's salami, as well as Wilkerson's in 2005 (the day of Patterson's complete game shutout). I was also there for Johnny Damon's granny against us in 2006 - that was not a high point for me, but the Nats comeback that day was!

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 25, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Also ran into some Wizards fans from the "White Out at the Phone Booth." They told me the Wizards had one by 38, I told them of the Nats triumph with Felipe's grand slam, and we both asked the other for some of that stuff we'd been drinkin'.

Posted by: flynnie | April 25, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Damn that early gamer!

I wish nobody ever saw that thing.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | April 25, 2008 12:20 AM

The martini I sent to Barry got through! Both of them did!

Posted by: flynnie | April 25, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

1A - I sense a causal connection between our presence at the park and Grand Slams. Stan, we are available for the rest of the season should you want to fill 4 Diamond Club seats. We will be in them, too, just shining good fortune and clutchiness on Our Beloved Nats!

Posted by: flynnie | April 25, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Almost forgot my report on the rally squirrel, crane, etc. front. As my husband was heading into the garage this a.m., he discovered a young possum cuddled up next to his lawn mowing shoes - the critter must have entered the garage when 1c was mowing the lawn during last night's game. Possum relocation efforts, which I am happy to report required neither a sunflower seed bucket nor a board, were successful (the creature's propensity for playing dead being most helpful in that regard - a very convincing performance, I might add). At any rate, rally possum, anyone? :)

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 25, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

I like it, flynnie. Stan, make it happen! ;)

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 25, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

And for those contemplating a Nats excursion in May or August at Shea:

Thanks to Sieg Heilman, and your NatsFan son, wherever you are.

http://www.seastreak.com/SeaStreak/SpecialEventCruises/EventFlyers/NY+Mets+game.htm

Posted by: flynnie | April 25, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Woke up this morning, pinched myself, read the paper and yep, it's true...a 10-5 blowout over the Mets...ahhhh, life is good.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | April 25, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to Flynnie and 506 for bringing the inside view from TerraNatsa! Well done.

A great morning in the Nation's Capital, and a great start to a most promising weekend. When you stick with a team through the tough times, the good times are that much better.

See y'all on Sunday. And maybe even tonight if things break the right way in the course of the day.

Rally Possum? Works for me. A stealth mascot for a stealth team.

LateStings, get your head on straight. Count me concerned.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 25, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Reminds me Bobble, i CRACKED UP over your rally sandhill crane. doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. (still laughing) But rally possum....not bad, 1a.

506, loved your instructions to JimBo to finish up the details of your trade. Hilarious!!!

Posted by: NatsNut | April 25, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Oh 1A, the Rally Possum is so apt! I once grabbed a possum, a big one, by the tail as it made its evening rounds on top of a wooden fence during a pool party. I expected it to play possum and wanted to see it first-hand. (Perhaps I would become knows as the David Attenborough of possums!) But the creature instead tried to bite my hand off, and, thinking back, I deserved it. Just like the Mets deserved it last night!

Posted by: flynnie | April 25, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

The Rally Possum! Something uniquely ours. A lock for the NATionary.

Posted by: MKevin | April 25, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Quotation of the Gamer goes to Mr. Milledge, though I'm not ready to start hating yet:

"It was something I couldn't control," he said. "I take full responsibility."

Hahahahahahahahahaha

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 25, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I think 506 (BM) answered his own query from earlier this week about becoming GM. Nice move 506. I guess Mike Rizzo just going to have to wait his turn!

Posted by: lowcountry | April 25, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Not sure if it had been posted yet because I haven't read all the way up, and I can't believe I didn't make the connection sooner than I did....but....didn't L-Millz work on the production of Soulja Boy's album. Well, ole Soulja was in town for the Wiz game last night - that's where Lastings was, hanging out with his musical colleague.

Posted by: Corey | April 25, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Here's yet another reason to hate the Mets--http://homerderby.com/archives/2144

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | April 25, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

good eye, corey but different soulja boys.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 25, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Steven on Capitol Hill - after the DC Circuit quoted my world view, I'm sure that there has been a "physical change" at that plant, and if it has had any downtime, it's increased emissions. So, it's should have LAER. Should be an easy case to make.

Oh, and since this is a Nats blog - Bring up Schroder! Give him a shot at closing!

Posted by: Humpty Dumpty | April 25, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Okay, I loved the big win with some clutch hitting last night, so don't think this takes away from that:

I was struck by the overall poor managing of the Mets. The insightful Mets fans I referred to earlier posited thoughtfully, "We ain't the [AB] Nationals, we leave our starters in the [AB] game, baby. We ain't bush-league."

But Randolph left Perez in when it was painfully obvious he was done and he got slaughtered. And then he did the same thing with Heilman when the man gave up two earned runs (including that grand slam) and walked one without getting a single out.

Then, in a four-run ball game against the worst team (now tied worst) in baseball, trots out Sosa, the man who has a career 4.46 ERA over 40 innings against the Nationals (Nats numbers against him .321/.369/.503) who proceeds to cough up three runs on three hits with only one walk, making us look as efficient as the Red Sox.

And as soon as Randolph went to the pen, the Mets just deflated like it 17 games until the playoffs. E6, what should have been an E3 (I LOVE Nieves, but he should have had a 3U next to his name not an H, 2RBI) and the at bats of folks not named Church became comical. This team has no faith in its manager and no mental toughness and will not take first in the division this year because of it.

Say what you will about the state of the Nats, this losing streak is going to forge a granite-like mental toughness or weed out the weak.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 25, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/rays/article472065.ece

I guess whatever is best for the team. But Bowden didn't have to keep us in the dark. Saying he was going to FL because the warm weather was better for his injury was quite a stretch.

Posted by: * | April 25, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I was going to "Just Say 'No'" to the possum, but on second thought, it may be too ironic for the DC area. San Francisco, it would be funny. Here, too many people don't get it.

But I like the idea. The possum just lays there -- it's a perfect Anti-Monkey. The crowd screams "WAKE UUUUUUUUUUUUP!" as the possum continues to snooze.

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At any rate, rally possum, anyone? :)
Posted by: natsfan1a | April 25, 2008 7:44 AM

Posted by: CE | April 25, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I GOT IT -- when/if the rally picks up, the possum morphs into Rally Squirrel!

Posted by: CE again | April 25, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

... using the Cheech & Chong clip for "Wake Up" of course.
"Claaass ... Claaaa-aass ... "

Posted by: MIB | April 25, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Barry, I know you're frustrated with how things were going the other day, but the stories of the last couple days, including Dave's Schneider/Santana story don't have to be taken out entirely! They're missing from the Post's website entirely.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 25, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

506, found it by searching the site for "Sheinin" and "Santana" - perhaps it's a matter of the links from the Nats page not being up to date?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artcle/2008/04/22/AR2008042202467.html

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 25, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The Rally Possum can't morph into the Rally Squirrel because said rodent is currently the LOOGY for the St. Louis Cardinals. Besides, the Rally Possum is far too busy talking politics and checking his Blackberry to get overly excited about anything.

Posted by: MKevin | April 25, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, ma'am! I was searching "Santana" and got no hits at all, which I thought was suspicious.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 25, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I guess a lot of folks got not hits on Santana, eh?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 25, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

You're welcome, 506.

ce, I grew up in the SFO Bay Area but I'm not picking up on the SFO-possum connection?

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 25, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Rim shot! :)

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I guess a lot of folks got not hits on Santana, eh?

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 25, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Right, the Rally Possum typically spends the first 5-6 innings managing his portfolio on the CNN political market. He cannot normally be expected to stir before the seventh.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 25, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Milledge declined to address the reason for his tardiness. "It was something I couldn't control," he said. "I take full responsibility."

---Does that sound like taking full responsibility?

Posted by: * | April 25, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

So quiet around here after a win. I keep refreshing hoping to see a SoCH "Fire Bowden" post to get things stirred up.

Posted by: MKevin | April 25, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"They're missing from the Post's website entirely."

There's a reason some of us still prefer to read the print edition. If you can't find an article the day after, it's because YOU misplaced it or threw it out, not because the Post moved it.

Posted by: Ray King's Gut Feeling | April 25, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

"So quiet around here after a win. I keep refreshing hoping to see a SoCH "Fire Bowden" post to get things stirred up."

Posted by: MKevin | April 25, 2008 11:02 AM


___________________________________________


FIRE BOWDEN!

THE DC TAXPAYERS GAVE THE LERNER'S A $611 MILLION GIFT! AND WE HAVE CRUMBLING SCHOOLS!

How's that? Better?

Posted by: (Fake) Steven of Capitol Hill | April 25, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

[quote]"Milledge declined to address the reason for his tardiness. "It was something I couldn't control," he said. "I take full responsibility."

---Does that sound like taking full responsibility?[/quote]

Yes it does. He's basically making no excuse for breaking Manny's "be on time, no excuses" rule. He doesn't need to reveal to the world (or even to Manny) why he was late, he just has to take the full responsibility for being late, not make an excuse for it, and take his punishment. He did that. I think he and Manny both handled the incident very professionally.

There are lots of things one can't control that might slow one down in trying to get somewhere on time, particularly if one is constantly trying to cut it as close as possible. Flat tire, traffic, all kinds of things. Hopefully Milledge has now learned the lesson to plan to arrive early, so if something unexpected happens he'll still be on time. There are lots of kids (and adults too) who never figure that one out.

Posted by: Zimmerman = Ripken (Bill, that is) | April 25, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Close... except I was finished reading in under 60 minutes :-)

I kid cause I love SoCH. I'm really a closet fan.

Posted by: MKevin | April 25, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Wash. Times says Milledge has been late quite often. That's not a one-time traffic back-up issue.

Posted by: swanni | April 25, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know what Manny's other two unbreakable rules are? Just curious.

Posted by: Capitol Hill | April 25, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

hey ladies as you know i was at the wiz game last night, and what a game it was, so i missed all the excitement from the nats, however i just read that mr milledge, who you know im inthe tank for, was benched for showing up late.

now i dont have a big problem with that although he is 2nd on the team in batting, runs and hits and first in doubles.
so maybe instead of trying to make a public example of lastings, they might think about bending over one austin i stink kearns who is guilty of impersonating a baseball player. btw what did i stink kearns do last night since i missed it?
go wiz.

Posted by: dk | April 25, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"Wash. Times says Milledge has been late quite often. That's not a one-time traffic back-up issue."

Wash. Post has said that some of Milledge's teammates would like to see him arrive at the ballpark earlier than he does. But that doesn't equate to him being late. The truth probably lies somewhere in between what the Wash. Post and Wash. Times say, as it usually does. Manny spoke in his press conference last night about having three ironclad rules that apply to everyone, Zimmerman (which is what he said, although the Post changed it to superstar) down to the 25th man. But he never enumerated those rules or gave any details on them. Could be that the rule says you have to be on the field by a certain time, not in the clubhouse by a certain time. Could be that the rule says you get a warning the first time. We don't know exactly what Manny's rules are, and I doubt that the Post or the Times do either. Milledge broke the rule, Manny enforced the rule, Milledge took his punishment like a professional. That's the way it should be, and all anyone outside the team really needs to know about it. You have to respect a team where players are not going behind the manager's and their teammates' backs to vent to the press about issues like this, but instead are keeping their mouths shut. The Dmitri haircut thing was another good example of this.

Posted by: innaws | April 25, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I think what he's referring to regarding Milledge is that "it's not my fault" and then "it's all my fault" - as his two statements can be paraphrased - is a hilarious contradiction.

I appreciate those folks that can find the cloud-lining in the silver. I'm okay with Willie Harris going 0 for 3 with 3 runs, which, by the way, is a hilarious line.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 25, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

new post ya'll

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Given past benching episodes, I would think that not hustling is another of them.

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Does anyone know what Manny's other two unbreakable rules are? Just curious.

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 25, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

NF1a, you're obviously too young to remember the Giants mascot Crazy Crab. (whoops. That's craB, with a b.) Early-mid 1970s IIRC.
The idea was like Screech, only ironic -- you're SUPPOSED to boo him, cuz he's a cheezy smurfy mascot.
Now that I think of it, that never did go over very well. So nevermind.

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ce, I grew up in the SFO Bay Area but I'm not picking up on the SFO-possum connection?

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 25, 2008 10:49 AM

Posted by: CE | April 25, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

ce, thanks for the explanation. Not too young but I'd not made the connection.

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 25, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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