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Streak over! Nats win!

My goodness it wasn't without its moments. Wily Mo Pena returned, dropped a fly ball and went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. Chad Cordero returned, issued a two-out walk to Yunel Escobar, a two-out double to Chipper Jones, then an intentional walk to Mark Teixeira to load the bases.

But Jon Rauch came in, and while Brian McCann laid into his first pitch, Austin Kearns tracked it down in right-center.

Nationals 5, Braves 4. Enjoy the next 48 hours as fans of a team that at least hasn't lost 10 games in a row.

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 13, 2008; 4:43 PM ET
 
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So how did the dropped fly ball get scored a single and an error?

And IT'S A GIRL.

Thanks, Charlie.

Posted by: MIB | April 13, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure we'll get longer than 2 days on that one.
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Enjoy the next 48 hours as fans of a team that at least hasn't lost 10 games in a row.
By Barry Svrluga | April 13, 2008; 4:43 PM ET

Posted by: MIB ; ) | April 13, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I'll take it. I will unclench enough to smile sometime later this evening.

Whatever else happened today, we won. Good enough.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | April 13, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

And hey-

The Mets, Marlins and O's lost today. Phillies are tied in the 9th. Let them ease their way back toward us, and let the O's sink into the ooze.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | April 13, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Half Street...
You are right and the season is early. They will come back to us some and hopefully we can help by stringing a few wins together.
As for your comment about ooze, who really cares? We all know a comment like that is just chumming the water for trolls.

Posted by: TimDz | April 13, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

But "Chumming for Trolls" would be a good name for a blog.

Posted by: MIB | April 13, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I think we got what was expected from WMP. His first game this season, and he is a high strike out guy to begin with. Plus the adventures in the field are going to happen.
I am enjoying watching Lastings Milledge. Good game today, even with the running issues (one of which was just a great play by the Braves 1st baseman). He was actually safe at home, but even that gives you an idea of his speed.
More upside IMHO.

Posted by: TimDz | April 13, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Told y'all Wily Mo would right the ship. heh. What a nailbiter. See what happens when your pitchers don't give up 10 runs?

Seriously though...I know he has some moments but I am really happy we have Lastings Milledge on this team. I like how he plays and I like how he handles the press. We'll see how he does in NY.

Obviously it's going to take Wily Mo and Cordero a bunch of games to get back into things but I like the depth it gives them with people restored to their proper spots. GoNats!

Posted by: GoNats | April 13, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Only if we had the internet version of club to hit them with once they came up to the surface...
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But "Chumming for Trolls" would be a good name for a blog.

Posted by: MIB | April 13, 2008 5:02 PM

Posted by: TimDz | April 13, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Lord, for Blastings Thrilledge
His 4 for 4 got us off the ledge
And set the table for his team
To bask in victory's glorious gleam!

We thank thee Lord, for Aaron Boone.
With glove and bat in sweetest tune
He brings a win, and none too soon!
We thank thee, Lord, for Aaron Boone.

And let us every Ms. and Man,
Thank thee for Christian Guzman
Who got that hit off Tom Glavine,
And, driven in by Zimmerman
We thank thee Lord, for both these "man"s.

And give thanks for the pitching staff,
Redding, Rivera made us laugh
and Luis and Chief and Rausch the Dad
Turned in games to make us glad.

And last but not least Manny Acta.
MccCann's 0-8 was no lost factor
When he pulled the Chief for Rausch the Dad
And got a fly that made us glad!

And here's to all at NatsJournal.
From this win we see a kernel of
Many victories to be.
The Plan bears fruit for all to see.


With heartfelt apologies to Auden.

Posted by: flynnie | April 13, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Bad news on ice, though, Flyers win it 2-0. Hope we don't have to choose one or the other on any given day!

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 13, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Egads, where's that oxygen mask?

Even with WMP, they still shoulda had more runs in.

Thank goodness they won, though. Dunno who needed it more -- them or me! :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | April 13, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Big Daddy Rauch on the save and, more importantly, on the new addition to his family.

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 13, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Is today TV heaven, or what? Nats, Caps and Masters. 2 out of 3 ain't bad!

Posted by: flynnie | April 13, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Manny's presser was pure Manny and quite good. In answer to, "How is this win different than any other win?" "It's not. Why would it be?" Not too high, not too low, I would love to work for this guy!

Posted by: flynnie | April 13, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Most umps call Yunel Escobar out on strikes and go home. Chief, we missed you!

Posted by: flynnie | April 13, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Whew, CHC held on vs. Philly in the 10th, always love it when we're the only winner in the NL east!
(I know it's silly at this stage, but I still love it!)

Posted by: nats del negro | April 13, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Great win. Badly needed. Now I'm desparately trying to get my head around a 100-loss season! What a horrible ballclub!

I feel for Lastings. Really starting to like him. While he was safe on the replays, he was in the '5-run homer' mode by going there.

Posted by: Dick | April 13, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Loved the verse, Flynnie. I count this as the first major contribution to the poetry collection for this season.

Posted by: Traveler | April 13, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness the nightmare has ended. Friday night was such a great night to be at the park and we played (or Chico pitched) well enough to win. That game slipped away like sand running through fingers. I was afraid that the same thing would happen today. Yo Nats! Let's win 9 in a row.

Posted by: 6th and D | April 13, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

it was cold cold cold at the game today. not quite as bad as opening night, but it was a day game. but it was a win, and i'm 2-0 this year in attending wins.

and one more thumbs up the the nats express. very well done.

jayb, i don't quite get your point. just because i disagree with *your* suggestions on what FAs the team should pick up (including the surprising late addition of jason kendall to your list) doesn't mean i'm creating a catch 22. it just means i don't think the FA crop had much to offer the nats this offseason, particularly when looking at the long-term picture. not only that, i don't think enough baseball has been played to judge most FA/trade additions anywhere (with the possible exception of santana). any middle of the road guys (like anyone signing a 1-2 yr deal) aren't impact guys, so you need to see half a season to know what they'll contribute. lohse and livo have looked good so far, but remember that ramon ortiz was 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA on 4/27 last year. he was 5-4 with a 5.45 ERA by october.

I love the way you have created your own Catch 22. Nothing can be done and nothing should have been done. Current status qou is as good as is can be and everything was done to as well as it could have been done thus creating the current status qou. It must be very simple to live in your world.

Posted by: JayB | April 13, 2008 11:41 AM

Posted by: 231 | April 13, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, my wish DIDN'T come true.....Cordero IS back. I'm telling you, he's going to cost us a lot of games this year, and he almost cost us this one. Why reward him with the "closer" title when he needs about a four run lead which doesn't even count as a save? Although by the time he's done, someone needs to save him!

But, I'm so happy the Nats won! GO NATIONALS!!!

Posted by: Gaithersburg Pete | April 13, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

That's the spirit, O's Exec. Now help yourself to some of our tasty Ben's chili!

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Way to go Nats. I'm a convert! Let's go on a winning streak!

Posted by: O's Exec | April 13, 2008 5:32 PM

Posted by: Nats Exec | April 13, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Just got back in to see the score. It's so funny to read the *instant* mood change in the comments.

We are a fickle, fickle bunch.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 13, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Cordero has yet to pitch a full inning or allow a run this year and people are already calling for his head.

Way to look on the bright side Pete.

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | April 13, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

NAME GP AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS
Ryan Church 11 43 8 14 1 0 1 18 8 3 8 0 0 .326 .383 .419 .802
B. Schneider 10 37 1 12 0 0 0 12 6 6 5 0 0 .324 .409 .324 .733
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Wow, these gauys are hitting .325. Must be something in the NY water.

Posted by: Ed | April 13, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I actually agree with Pete. Cordero is a heartbreaker. Good things none of the games really matter this year because the team is headed for 95 losses. But I'd trade the Chief as soon as he's healthy.

You can put together all the ex-Cincinnati Reds you want, and they still add up to MEDIOCRE. I think The Plan should include a new GM to replace our Clown.

Posted by: Vandy | April 13, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I actually agree with Pete. Cordero is a heartbreaker. Good thing none of the games really matter this year because the team is headed for 95 losses. But I'd trade the Chief as soon as he's healthy.

You can put together all the ex-Cincinnati Reds you want, and they still add up to MEDIOCRE. I think The Plan should include a new GM to replace our Clown.

Posted by: Vandy | April 13, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else get the feeling Acta managed this game differently? I think Jimbo's straight talk had an influence on him if for no other reason then to try to protect his players form the big bad wolf that is Jimbo. Acta did not leave Reeding in too long like he had been doing. He did not pitch King to long as he had been doing. He did not trust in Chad too long as he often does. He managed to win for a change rather than a early Spring Training game where each move was scripted before the start of the game....I like it!

Posted by: JayB | April 13, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Vandy, Pete - What happened to you in Nashville and Texas, respectively? Shed your bleak pasts and revel in the spring sunshine and blue skies of a win that the Chief helped secure. Look at the stats. He is one of the top 5 closers in baseball! If the ump was calling strikes, Chipper would have never got to the plate.

Posted by: flynnie | April 13, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow. First visit to the new park. (No, I'm not claiming credit for breaking the streak.) It is true that there were missed opportunities and it is true that WMP isn't quite back to form (okay, he was a disaster today) and it is true that I'm always nervous when Cordero has the ball. But it is also true that this is a better ballclub than they had on the field last year. And over the course of a long season, that is likely -- though not certain -- to translate into a better record. This streak was awful. But it was a handful of dumb plays, combined with a very healthy dose of bad luck. That stuff evens out over time. Go Nats.

Posted by: BELIEVER | April 13, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

With Wily Mo in the lineup we average 5 runs per game.

Nats 5 Braves 4


So If willy doesn't give up too many with his glove we should be alright.

Posted by: Nats4Tommy | April 13, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else get the feeling Acta managed this game differently? I think Jimbo's straight talk had an influence on him if for no other reason then to try to protect his players form the big bad wolf that is Jimbo. Acta did not leave Reeding in too long like he had been doing. He did not pitch King to long as he had been doing. He did not trust in Chad too long as he often does. He managed to win for a change rather than a early Spring Training game where each move was scripted before the start of the game....I like it!

Posted by: JayB | April 13, 2008 8:02 PM

I agree for once Jayb. It was fun seeing a manager who did not sit on his hands when the fires started burning around him.

Posted by: Dale | April 13, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

At long last I can read a Barry gamer again. I admit that I could bear to read a single article during the streak. Here's hoping that I can do a bunch of reading in the rest of the season.

Posted by: Nats Fan in KC | April 13, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

So, dk got me thinking earlier: Austin Kearns was 0 for 2 today and his average correspondingly dipped down to .238. But he also drew two walks. He now has 9 walks on the year, with only Nick Johnson coming close with 7.

He's clearly seeing the ball so much better this year, why isn't he hitting it any better? I'm well aware of the Hendo school of a walk is as good as a hit and the contrary thought process that hitting is better than walking. That's not my question. My question is if he is patient and can see the ball better (he only has 6 strike outs, by the way - and yes that's comparable to the rest, tied with Johnson and Zimmerman) why isn't he getting more hits?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 13, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Well, we tried hard to lose this one today but the Braves weren't havin' it. Practically had to force us to win a game.

It was a cold one today but the cheap seats were sold out. Yep, the $5 day-of walk-up tickets were no longer available at 1:15, twenty minutes before first pitch. One thing I like about the new park is being able to judge the amount of walk-ups by looking up to sections 401 & 402. All the other sections were populated up to the top, too.

Of course, there's those three sections in right field that are always empty, and sections 141 and 143 have people in the first two rows and that's about it.

LoDuca's a bum.

Posted by: i hate walks | April 13, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

My question is if he is patient and can see the ball better (he only has 6 strike outs, by the way - and yes that's comparable to the rest, tied with Johnson and Zimmerman) why isn't he getting more hits?
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Sample size is too small. He's had more than his fair share of hard line drives right at folks. If three of those fall in, he's hitting .300 today (13 for 42, instead of 10/42). Kearns has been much more disciplined and patient at the plate. Things will come together for him this year. (Then again, I've always been the optimist...)

Posted by: BELIEVER | April 13, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Kearns is laying off those eye high fastballs he usually swings at. He doesn't like swinging at the letter high variety. There's your answer.

Posted by: Ed | April 13, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

1 in a row IS a streak...do I hear 2?

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | April 13, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Note to Coaching Staff: Have Willy Mo and Lastings take about 30-50 fungo's a day between them to improve their fielding,keep Jimbo away from the players at all cost I don't know what you can do about LoDuca he is not tradeable get Justin Maxwell up here as soon as possible see if you can package Kearns and a pitcher maybe for a class aa starter you can develop, time to regroup and try to turn it around and finally to the Lerners GET RID OF JIMBO AND STAN before they ruin this franchise!!!!!!.

Posted by: DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM | April 13, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Very happy. Dog is very happy and not hiding. Caps winning would have made things better, but I'll take when I can get. One more win I can return to my normal moniker.

Posted by: non-PatheticNats | April 13, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

hey... DARGREGMAG@AOL.COM...

BREATHE!

that was one long run-on sentence... ;)

Posted by: 231 | April 13, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

It was pretty rantastic, I have to say.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 13, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

That is high praise coming from the master, Sect. 506. ;)

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 13, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

"My question is if he is patient and can see the ball better (he only has 6 strike outs, by the way - and yes that's comparable to the rest, tied with Johnson and Zimmerman) why isn't he getting more hits?"

As Wee Willie Keeler said, you gotta hit 'em where they ain't. Kearns ain't hitting enough of 'em where they ain't.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 13, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Kearns hit lots of liners last year and he still hit .250.

He's got to stop swinging for the fences every at bat and start hitting for average.

Posted by: Ed | April 13, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

To be succesful we need Zim and Kearns to gave good bounce-back years. So far (and the sample soxe is of course too small for anything definitive) that isn't happeneing. Kearns doen't seem to have confidence in his swing and is very deffensive at the plate, the up side for him at least is he's still drawing walks. Zim looks really bad out there, not seeing balls well low in the zone and so far not able to pull anything. How many times has he lined out weakly to right field?

Hopefully having WMP batting behind him will give Kearns more pitches to hit, part of his troubles has to be seeing so much junk (since the 6-8 hitters this year have been almost worthless), Zim hopefully will work through his issues and get his form back, but I think he would be better hitting 5th right now with Johnson at 3 and Pena batting clean-up, switching Milledge and Guzman would also increase run production IMO and give NJ, WMP et al more to work with.

Speaking of Guz and Milledge, dod they both get their first walks of the season back-to-back in the 2nd?

Lets Go Nats, goin' for Two on Tuesday!

Posted by: estuartj | April 13, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I for one don't like how Manny Acta is managing at all! there is such a thing as putting guys in position to suceed. Willy mo was hurt for a while and obviously isn't 100%, why is he not batting near the bottom of the lineup. Cordero's first game back from injury was today and Acta threw him into the fire and burned his psyche... I don't like how he keeps batting Zim 3rd even with his low Batting average. I think Manny Acta needs to do a better job shanking things up and putting guys in position to succeed without being so worried about their egos, batting 4th or 5th or being THE CLOSER...

Posted by: Frank Robinson | April 13, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

milledge has three walks already, so today's walk wasn't his first. he had a very good day at the plate today.

Posted by: 231 | April 13, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Kearns's hands are not strong. He is not attacking the ball--as someone else said, his at-bats are very defensive. Watch his hands when he hits--they make a circle when he swings, and he is taking too long of a swing. His mechanics get in the way of him being aggressive, and he looks lost up at the plate as a result.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | April 13, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Interesting read from the Mets website about the upcoming match-up between Church/Schneider vs the Nats.

http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080413&content_id=2525588&vkey=news_nym&fext=.jsp&c_id=nym

Posted by: natsinthevalley | April 13, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

The box score said there were 29,000 fans in attendance Sunday but, come on, there weren't 29,000 people in the entire neighborhood around the ballpark. Show up, people -- you're making us look bad!

Posted by: Philip Conlen | April 14, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

anyone else love manny for throwing 3 lefties in a row at ryan church...cold blooded...i love it

but seriously, i hope we win 10-4 and ryan hits 4 solo HRs

Posted by: love | April 14, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

i agree with CIL, but its not just kearns, none of our hitters are attacking. 1-6 in the lineup are good enough hitters that after maybe 1 AB, they should DESTROY the first fastball they see. im sick of watching nats batters take fastballs down the middle on the first pitch in the late innings.

of course FLOP and PLOD watch everything in the late innings...

DROP FLOP AND PLOD!!!!!!!!

Posted by: love | April 14, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

good post natsfaninthevalley...you are like a brother to me

Posted by: love | April 14, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

This from NFA:

"RHP Shawn Hill's second rehab start was not what the Nationals were hoping as Hill surrendered six runs (five earned) on nine hits over six innings of work as the Clippers dropped a 6-5 decision to the Charlotte Knights (box/gamer). Hill's outing started out positively with three perfect innings. The fourth inning was his undoing as he surrendered five of his runs on six hits in his second time around the Knights lineup. He gave up another run on a single and double in his final inning of work."

Sounds like he's ready to join the rotation, he'll fit right in!

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 14, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I say drop Lenny Harris.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 14, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

NatsNut, when'd you become a hater? Hitting has been far from the only problem. The heavy hit in Philly put everyone into a malaise, let's wait until a couple of wins have gone by before evaluating. Nothing worse than firing someone when its not his fault. The bats certainly came alive at the end of 07.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 14, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

506:
Dude. I'm totally talking out of my, um, ear.

I don't really have an opinion on Lenny Harris. I was just reading stuff and threw it out there because I didn't have anything else to say.

Most of what I say falls under this category. But thanks for paying attention.

;)

Posted by: NatsNut | April 14, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Philip, MLB reports tickets sold, not turnstiles (actual attendance), for many years now.
This was a bit of a minor issue in NJ last year, as some thought Barry's reference to "reported attendance" was a sly dig at the front office. (I was not among those, ftr.)


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The box score said there were 29,000 fans in attendance Sunday but, come on, there weren't 29,000 people in the entire neighborhood around the ballpark. Show up, people -- you're making us look bad!

Posted by: Philip Conlen | April 14, 2008 1:54 AM

Posted by: CE again | April 14, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

sounds like my aerobics routine, before and after ...

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DROP FLOP AND PLOD!
Posted by: love | April 14, 2008 2:04 AM

Posted by: MIB | April 14, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Wow, post of the day came early today... That was the funniest thing I've read in a while, MIB.

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sounds like my aerobics routine, before and after ...

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DROP FLOP AND PLOD!
Posted by: love | April 14, 2008 2:04 AM

Posted by: MIB | April 14, 2008 9:37 AM

Posted by: faNATic | April 14, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

IHW, while I generally dislike the knee-jerk proclamations that Kearns is the worst player in DC history or that Lopez is made out of excrement, I love the way you ended your attendance summary with this delightfully hateful non-sequitur. You should end all of your posts this way.

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LoDuca's a bum.

Posted by: John in Mpls | April 14, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

LOL! Great point JiM. That WAS funny, ihw.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 14, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Agreed, faNATic

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 14, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

It looks like the next day we'll need a fifth starter is April 19, which could be Shawn Hill with one day of extra rest. If it is Hill, then who goes down? Schroder? And if it's not Hill, who is it? We could bring back Bergy of course, but that would mean he couldn't pitch for Columbus between now and then, so that may not make sense. My guess is we'll see Mike O'Connor.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 14, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

4 and 9....though lousy, it's still better than the 07 start. The glass is half full. It'll be interesting to see how Schneiderman and Churchy fare against the Nats, for lack of a better description, pitching staff. Startin all those lefties in a row has really paid off so far hasn't it (sic). Display your car flags proudly though. Things are bound to change...aren't they?

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | April 14, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

after two games, i think i have decided what my least favorite part of the new park is: mobile vendors (and fans) in the sight lines.

really depends on where you're sitting, but if you're near an aisle, beer guys can be a severe annoyance to the views.

in RFK, there were more places a vendor could be that wasn't in your view. we sat in the 500s, 1st or 2nd row, and vendors and fans could wander by and not block your view very much. at the new park... not so much. they're in the aisles and it's nearly impossible for them to even duck out of the way. it was especially bad on sold-out opening night, where we were constantly asking people to move so we could see the game. at least a few of the younger vendors would duck, but some of those guys probably couldn't squat all that well (at least the ones where we were, they weren't exactly in the best of shape).

he11, on opening night, i even had one guy who wanted me to stand up to let him into our row right as they were throwing the first pitch of the game! i wanted to kick that guy in the teeth. told him to sit down on the step and wait.

oh, and the seats in the mezzanine level, at least, felt a bit tight. i'm not that big of a guy. granted, it could have been all the layers of clothing, since i seem to only go to games when it's in the low 50s so far this year, but i felt kinda cramped.

Posted by: 231 | April 14, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Knee You Pauste

Posted by: Anonymous | April 14, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Sorry 231 and the rest of you for not using punctuation, Sister Ann Gabriel at Holy Name(Wash.D.C.) would rapp my knuckles.I am a little passionate about the Nats and baseball in general I'll try not to be so critical so early in the season.

Posted by: dargregmag@aol.com | April 14, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Flynnie: " Look at the stats. He is one of the top 5 closers in baseball! "

I guess you don't count the AL. He have a hrad time cracking the top half. I'd think most would take any of the following over Chad: Joe Nathan, JJ Putz, Jonathan Papelbon, Bobbie Jenks, Mariano Rivera, Huston Street, Fransisco Rodriguez, BJ Ryan or Jamie Accardo.

I'll give you Borowski, but after that, is there any regular closer in the AL who is clearly worse than Chad? Sherrill, Soria, Percival, Wilson? Chad is Todd Jones, at best. He is not even as good as the best AL set up guys (Okajima, Betancourt / Perez, Chamberlain).

I'll not go through the NL because I can't name every closer there. But Wagner, Isringhausen, F. Cordero probably deserve discussion.

I really do not want to start the Chad debate again. But let's drop the "top 5" stuff and just say if he adjusts to the park and his velocity recovers, he can do what this team needs and is not the weakest link. I think there are bigger needs than lengthening and strengthening the bullpen.

Posted by: PTBNL | April 14, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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