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Idle chatter from a silent stadium

Random notes, one for every person in the stands tonight at Dolphin Stadium.

* Here's what Manny Acta said about Elijah Dukes' apology: "I think it was good that he understood that it was, you know, it has no place in baseball and he understood that what he did was wrong and that he came out an apologized. We handled it internally, but it's good that he came out and apologized to the team and the fans. And as long as he understands that it's, you know, it wasn't the right thing to do and it's not going to be tolerated here, because we do need to send a message to the other kids coming up over here that it's not going to be acceptable. We all know that he's working on it, and it's just a good step that he acknowledged that it was wrong."

* Current Florida C Paul Lo Duca (I'll try for a separate post about him later) made a quick appearance in the Nats' clubhouse before today's game... just a little glad-handing -- oh, and some smack talk, too. Lo Duca was cut by the Nats on July 31, but that didn't prevent him from getting in on the team's NFL fantasy league. Lo Duca evidently had a strong Week One.

* Emilio Bonifacio isn't starting tonight, which is more and more the rule these days when the opposition starts a lefty. The Nats' switch-hitting second baseman is batting .286 from the left side but just .135 from the right.

* I can't believe I forgot to post this earlier...

Wednesday, as the team prepared to leave town, the visitors' clubhouse at Shea looked like... well, a Spencer's store the day before Halloween. Yup, it was Rookie Costume Day. All the rookies' clothes had been taken and replaced (thanks to a savvy group of veterans) with costumes, most of which showed far too much of the male upper thigh. But hey, it kept things loose and fun.

The roster of players and costumes went as follows:

Shairon Martis - Purple Telletubby

Mike Hinckley - Naughty Nun

Collin Balester - "Fecal Matter" on Fire (Interpret Literally)

Charlie Manning - Jackie Moon, from "Semi Pro"

Luke Montz - Gingerbread Man from Shrek

Marco Estrada - Giant Hand

Steven Shell - Barbie Doll in a Box

Emilio Bonifacio - Hot Dog

Alberto Gonzalez - Bull

Anderson Hernandez - Sexy Matador

Kory Casto - Beer Pong Table with Cups

Levale Speigner - Lt. Jim Dangle from "Reno 911"

John Lannan - Sexy Woman

Roger Bernadina - Barrel of Monkeys

Garrett Mock - Lifeguard

By Chico Harlan  |  September 12, 2008; 7:14 PM ET
 
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A two-run shot by LF Dee Brown in the first, followed by a two-run bomb by Boomer Whiting in the second, and the P-Nats are up 4-1 going into the top of the third.

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

And don't let the name fool you. Boomer Whiting has only hit four homers in 101 professional ABs (between Hagerstown and Potomac).

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Also, am I assume Balester's costume was chosen because he thinks he's hot $#!+?

And they really could've done better for a guy named Alberto Gonzalez.

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

OK, but Casto & Spegner aren't rookies with the Nats - why torture'em twice? Is Belly travelling with the team? This feels like his kind of prank, in cahoots w/DaMeat.

Posted by: BIM | September 12, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

John: Are you in town, or watching via MiLB.com feed?

Posted by: BIM | September 12, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Pelicans pull Cole Rohrbough after just 2 2/3 innings. P-Nats lead it 5-1 after an RBI 5-3 from RF Michael Burgess.

A dropped fly ball by Pelicans 2B Travis Jones, along with a passed ball, loomed large for Rohrbough, who would've been out of the inning otherwise. He leaves after giving up five runs, four earned.

C Jhonatan Solano leaves a man on third as Cory Gearrin closes out the inning. On to the top of the fourth.

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Listening on MiLB Gameday (free with registration at MiLB.com).

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Daniel Lyons makes a great play on a two-out shot up the middle from Jones. Scoreless fourth for Arnesen.

Lyons reaches on an error by the 3B Eric Campbell in the bottom of the fourth. He then steals second, then advances to third on a ground out. 1B Andrew Lefave brings him home with a two-out RBI double. 6-1 P-Nats.

Dee Brown walks, and 3B Stephen King singles up the middle, scoring Lefave and advancing Brown to third. 7-1 P-Nats.

Nothing but crooked numbers for the good guys. On to the fifth!

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

SoCH, your last post on the previous blog was the funniest thing I read today. thanks.

Posted by: SF Fan | September 12, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Dang: Hoping I could catch up w/one of the regulars on the blog (I'm about 15min. away from the stadium). Anyway, thnx for the updates - maybe our boys can salvage a couple of lower-level Championsips for the 2008 season.

Posted by: BIM | September 12, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Well, natsfan1a is there. Tell her I said hello, and have a great time!

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Brett Butts in to pitch for Myrtle Beach, going 1-2-3. Still 7-1 P-Nats. On to the sixth.

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

SoCH finally made me chuckle - SF, you're right, clearly a POTD. "Y'all dead, dawgs. I'll even cap anybody talks out 'gainst me on this here blog".

Posted by: BIM | September 12, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I gotta wonder why anyone ever throws a pitcher in the strikezone to this Marlins team. These guys hack like nobody's business.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | September 12, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I think Martis' control has imporved with his 9 strikeouts through 5 innings.

Posted by: BSG | September 12, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Nothing going right for the Beach Birds in the sixth. Arnesen with another scoreless inning. He's given up one run on four hits (one being a home run) with three strikeouts and a walk.

Lyons with a stand-up double, his second of the game, the ninth hit for the P-Nats. Lefave is intentionally walked after 2B Michael Martinez fails to get on again (0 for 4 on the night).

Dee Brown follows with his third RBI with a one-out single, scoring Lyons. Lefave to third, P-Nats up 8-1.

King strikes out, and Myrtle turns to righty Craig Kimbrel to strike but DH Aaron Seuss, who is now also 0 for 4.

In case you're keeping track, that's the same Craig Craig Kimbrel who let the P-Nats back into the game last night. I'll keep you posted.

Arnesen ready to take the mound for the top of the seventh...

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Imagine my surprise that when I turned my TV on, ESPN was showing the Nats-Marlins game??? It was the Sun Sports feed though, not MASN/My20's. Ha!

Posted by: BF | September 12, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow...out of the 10 games scheduled to have begun by now, six have been rained out, including the blO's...

Posted by: Mother Nature | September 12, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Arnesen gives up another solo HR to 1B Ernesto Mejia on a hanging breaking ball, his 72nd pitch of the night.

He goes full on Flowers, but strikes him out. Jones flies out, and SS Brandon Hicks walks. Pitching coach Randy Tomlin jogs out to chat with Arnesen, who then gives up a ground-rule double to RF Concepcion Rodriguez.

With left-handed DH Jason Heyward up and a runner in scoring position, manager Randy Knorr jogs out to the mound, and Arnesen's quality start is over.

6 2/3IP, 6H, 2ER, 4K, 1BB

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

That's 2BB and two runners in scoring position, pardon me.

Heyward out sharply to Lefave, 3U. Seventh inning stretch, 8-2 P-Nats.

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Martis's command looks better, but this homeplate ump is giving a silly huge strike zone. That, plus the Marlins' hackery, and I don't think we should read too much into this one. Jury's still way, way out on Martis if you ask me.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | September 12, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Nothing doing in the bottom of the seventh.

CF Gorkys Hernandez singles and steals, and Mejia singles, but Kyle Gunderson gets through the top of the eighth without giving up a run.

Three outs are now all that stand between the Potomac Nationals and the franchise's first Mills Cup since 1989.

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Kimbrel with another perfect inning, and George Washington University grad Josh Wilkie is on to close this one out.

Jones (0 for 3), Hicks (1 for 2, BB) and Rodriguez (1 for 3, 2B) due up.

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Wilkie strikes out Jones!

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Wilkie strikes out Hicks!

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Rodriguez grounds out!

Ladies and gentlemen of the Constituency, your Potomac Nationals have beaten the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 8-2, to win the Carolina League Championship, 3 games to 1!

Posted by: John in Mpls | September 12, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

That is awesome!!! Thanks for the play by play.

Posted by: masnstinks | September 12, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

WTG PNats! PNats today, Senators tomorrow. Ladies and gentlemen your 2009 Eastern League champion Harrisburg Senators.

:-) Seriously boys... Awesome with a capital A. Great season. Great hope for the future.

Posted by: MKevin | September 12, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Dukes throwing out PLod trying to stretch a single into a double.

That goes on my list of the season's top ten moments.

OK, maybe top 20. Still, pretty awesome.

And I just blew Lo Duca a kiss for Elijah.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | September 12, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Carpenter is a moron...! He just had everyone in DC thinking Guz had hit a homerun. He has got to go!

Posted by: fav61 | September 12, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Stupid Bob Carpenter...

Posted by: BSG | September 12, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

It hurts me to stick up for Carpenter, but I was listening to the radio while driving home from the awesome win in Woodbridge -- and Charlie made it sound like a dinger as well.

Posted by: Media Guide Momma | September 12, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Nice play-by-play by JiM! Sorry I didn't run into BIM or another other NJ denizens there. It was a great game and such fun to see the P-Nats in a big dog pile after the final out (the fans were all on their feet after the second out). After the players did their champagne-spraying thing on the field, there was some speechifying and the Mills Cup was presented to Art Silber (owner) and Randy Knorr (skipper). The press corps designated catcher Jhonathan Solano as MVP of the series. According to the box score, there were fewer fans than at yesterday's game (1314 today). Y'all missed one heck of a finish!

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 12, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

"any" other

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 12, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

BallParkGuys.com has a thread on the PNATS game including pictures.

http://www.ballparkguys.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=176284#Post176284

Posted by: Nats Fan | September 12, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Chico - there were some rumors that the Astros-Cubs series might be moved to Nationals Park on Sunday. Heard anything about that at all?

Posted by: Cub Fan Bud Man | September 12, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Has Shairon Martis (RHP Was)improved his prospect status this year with his increase in velocity or is his upside still a back-of-the rotation starter?

A: John Manuel: Just had a bad, bad report on him from a scout in Beijing; he's back of the rotation or a middle reliever type.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

CHICO: WHY NO MENTION OF THE P-NATS' CAROLINA LEAGUE *VICTORY* ANYWHERE?!?

Please forgive me for the shouting. I'm trying to get either Chico's or HIS EDITOR'S attention.

There's a link to a story about a Nats minor leaguer having sex with a 15-year-old, but NOTHING about the P-Nats' beating Myrtle Beach to win the Carolina League title for the first time in 20-plus years?!?

Don't get me wrong -- John in Minneapolis' stuff was AWESOME, but seriously, Chico, NO follow-up to your post from earlier in the day???

Posted by: Juan-John | September 13, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

I'd be more worried if it were a Cuban or Venezuelan scout, personally, but since you brought it up, what do the North Koreans think of him?

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Has Shairon Martis (RHP Was)improved his prospect status this year with his increase in velocity or is his upside still a back-of-the rotation starter?

A: John Manuel: Just had a bad, bad report on him from a scout in Beijing; he's back of the rotation or a middle reliever type.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 1:10 AM

Posted by: Sec. 3, Cold War | September 13, 2008 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Here?? Where did you see that? Apparently, the Cubs suggested Milwaukee, but Houston isn't going for it.
AP story http://tinyurl.com/4gmgqd
Brewers blog http://tinyurl.com/5x53kx

and

"Cubs/Astros Friday And Saturday Games Postponed Due To Ike
POSTED: 2:35 pm PDT September 11, 2008
Houston, TX -- (Sports Network) - Friday and Saturday's matchups between NL playoff contenders has been postponed with no definitive makeup date set in stone.
Copyright 2008 Courtesy of The Sports Network."

... as opposed to a tentative makeup date set in stone. You never want that.

Posted by: ce | September 13, 2008 6:44 AM | Report abuse

that was @ CFBM


Hey, Chico - there were some rumors that the Astros-Cubs series might be moved to Nationals Park on Sunday. Heard anything about that at all?

Posted by: Cub Fan Bud Man | September 12, 2008 11:27 PM

Posted by: ce | September 13, 2008 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Now that's some real reporting, there ...


09/12/2008 10:56 PM ET
P-Nats claim Carolina League title
Potomac dominant in 8-2 clinching win over Myrtle Beach
By Anthony Oppermann / Potomac Nationals

The 2008 season will go down as a historical campaign as the Nationals finished a win shy of the '82 Dukes for most in a single season with 79. The club became the first team in the franchise's history to win both half titles and the first full-season Washington Nationals affiliate ever to qualify for the postseason since baseball returned to the District in 2005. The P-Nats join the DSL Nationals 1 as the only two Washington affiliates to win a league title this season.
http://tinyurl.com/4ky9o7

Posted by: Elwood | September 13, 2008 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Again, if Acta how says it is so "important to send a message to the young guys coming up" that Dukes type behaviors are "unacceptable", why did he let it go one for inning after inning?

Why is it so hard for Chico to ask a simple and obvious question?

Posted by: JayB | September 13, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

*now says*

Re Acta, on the plus side, new team (post Lopez, Lo Duca, Rauch, Ayala) is still playing for him......On the negative side, he has no control over Dukes and seems to be saying, whatever, that is not in my job description, while still understanding the long term damage his approach will have on the team.......Acta approach here is lose for him and the Nats and for Dukes and any other young players taking lessons from his lack of clear decisive actions with Dukes......not good sign for a leader.

Posted by: JayB | September 13, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Again, if Acta how says it is so "important to send a message to the young guys coming up" that Dukes type behaviors are "unacceptable", why did he let it go one for inning after inning?

Why is it so hard for Chico to ask a simple and obvious question?


Posted by: JayB | September 13, 2008 7:00 AM

As I recall, the next inning after the homerun Dukes gets a inside pitch, stares at pitcher and then rips a double. (That was a good reason to let it go on.)
The next at bat Dukes is hit with a pitch not meant to hit him. He looks down at the dirt and goes to first. (Appropriate reaction, no problem there.) The last at bat he makes an out and responds with a gesture. (Time for the manager to gather himself and Dukes in a quiet corner.) So, JayB, I think Manny handled it right. We differ on the severity of the reaction appropriate for Manny and the timing. Did in the end Dukes learn from his mistake? I think so, but time will tell. Will a duplicate behavior be tolerated by Manny? No.

Posted by: Dale | September 13, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Ballpark Guys link, Natsfan (nice moniker, BTW). Great pics! In case anyone was wondering, Solano was not overcome with emotion but rather seemed to have taken a direct champagne hit to his eyes (I think he was on his way to get them rinsed out). Leatherman didn't quite make it to our end of the seats (I was hiding behind my husband, anyway ;-)).

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 13, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I should explain for those who didn't see the pics that Leatherman was spraying fans in the front rows with champagne.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 13, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

check me out

Posted by: new post | September 13, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know if there are pictures of the Nats Rookies in their costumes on the web anywhere. It would be a humorous viewing to say the least.

Posted by: NATS703 | September 13, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Who is Manny kidding - he already tolerated what Dukes did in NY otherwise he would have benched him after he blew Mets dugout kisses. When did Dukes apologize to us fans? I missed that.

Posted by: cadeck | September 15, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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