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Dmitri Young Goes Yard

[UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.] -- The tarp is off, and it looks like this game will be resuming within a few minutes. Sun is shining.


Dmitri Young, in the top of the seventh inning, came up with two on and no outs. All told, in two earlier at bats, he'd seen three pitches and created two quick ground ball outs. This time, he was batting right-handed against Tigers reliever Nate Robertson. Young took a called strike.

The next pitched, Young swung.

It was one of those noises you immediately recognize. Pure, efficient, whipping.

The ball sailed deep, deep... several feet over the left field fence.

Young had a three-run homer. The Nats had a 5-1 lead. A true Natural moment.

About two minutes later, in the same half-inning, the sky absolutely exploded with rain. The game was halted at 2:52 p.m. Fans scurried toward the stadium overhang, and the groundscrew covered the field. We're now in a rain delay...

* I am told by veteran Detroit baseball writer John Lowe that Young's home run would have counted under any/all circumstances, rainout or not. Sorry for the earlier miscalculation.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 31, 2009; 3:01 PM ET
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I don't get it. It's the 7th inning, why wouldn't the homer stand?

Is it different in Spring Training?

Posted by: rushfari | March 31, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Must have been quite a bolt, that ground screw. Kept the electric appliances form frying.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 31, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Da Meat, Da Natural.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 31, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

If the game is in the top of an inning and it ends up being called, don't they go back to the previous full inning?
I guess that would make the final 2-1 Nats in six innings.
Even if it the HR isn't official, doesn't mean it didn't happen...

Posted by: TimDz | March 31, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

So a suspended game wouldn't be an option in ST?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Keep Stammen ready to replace Cabrera in the rotation-- I give this experiment until mid-May until the Nationals realize the O's gave up on him for a reason.

Posted by: arlingtontwb | March 31, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Did Kearns make contact today?

Posted by: RickFelt | March 31, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Yay, sunshine!

And, from the last thread: Jinx, NatsNut. Buy me a Coke.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Kearns has 2 K's and a lineout, Rick.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"So a suspended game wouldn't be an option in ST?"

Sure, they could suspend it. But they're not going to resume it and play until a conclusion. Why would they? The game doesn't count.

Also, note that several times already this ST they have just quit tied games after 10 innings. In other words, it doesn't matter who wins. If a game was totally rained out, they wouldn't reschedule it either.

Posted by: nunof1 | March 31, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

See Chico's update. ^

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Gonzalez flew out and we're on to the bottom of the 7th.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

And introducing, in this corner, weighing 325 pounds in the short Afro, your backup first baseman, part-time DH and full-time recovering alcoholic and diabetic, that well-known buffet-blaster and "Are you done with those Doritos?" introduction...
Da Meat Hook.

This guy is harder to get rid of than crabgrass.

Look at the bright side, folks. If this baseball thing doesn't work out, maybe we can enter him in the cruiserweight category.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | March 31, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I really think our center fielder is down on the farm. This guy Maxwell I think is the real deal - assuming he can stay healthy. I realize they are trying but it would be great if they could move Milledge and Kearns. Dukes, Dunn, Maxwell and Willingham - is not a bad outfield.

Posted by: mjames0 | March 31, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

another post from another fantasy site ... Bonnifacio wins a starting job:

Marlins optioned first baseman Gaby Sanchez and RHP Burke Badenhop to Triple-A New Orleans.

Sanchez looked like the favorite to start at first base early in camp, but hit just .194 in 36 at-bats while being limited by a knee injury. He figures to be in Florida to stay at some point this season, but in the meantime the Marlins appear set to go with Emilio Bonifacio at third base while sliding Jorge Cantu across the diamond to first base. That would greatly improve the defense, but Bonifacio will be among baseball's worst-hitting third basemen. Dallas McPherson would also be in the corner infield mix if he makes the team.

Posted by: natbiscuits | March 31, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Update for Rick, Kearns just made contact (HR after a 1B by Young).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

7-2 Nats! :)

Posted by: rachel216 | March 31, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Maxwell hurt himself sneezing? Or was that Escobar?

Posted by: Section506 | March 31, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

It was J-Max, 506. (knock wood)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Nats win! Nats win!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 31, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

The only player in Minor League Baseball to record at least 25 doubles, 25 home runs and 25 stolen bases in 2007? J-Max

Posted by: nova_g_man | March 31, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Right you are, 1a, of course. Escobar was the one who hurt his ankle coming out of the dugout.

Posted by: Section506 | March 31, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

A serious thought on the bash Milledge, defend Milledge topic: J Max may be the 2010 option. He needs to show he can stay healthy, but I believe Grissom has said he was the most natural CF in camp. He had a high K rate in '06 and '07, but showed signs of improvement last year in a short season (43 games).

I'm usually a Milledge defender, but I agree this is a make or break year for him. Maxwell is a year and half older than Milledge, and has not had more than a 1/3 of season above high A ball. Give him a good year at AA or AAA, and a bad year for Milledge, and you could see him push for the CF spot.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 31, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Must have been quite a bolt, that ground screw. Kept the electric appliances [from] frying.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 31, 2009 3:05 PM

i was thinking that a ground screw worked more like a corkscrew: drive it into the turf, lift up, the water runs off faster, reverse it out again, resume play. but your electrical analogy is more elegant...

Posted by: natty-bumppo | March 31, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Hello guys and gals!! A newbie poster here. Just a bit about myself: I'm a mid-50s veteran MLB watcher going back to the expansion Senators days of Frank Howard and Ted Williams. A lot of my friends call me an "old fogie" but I tend to think of myself as just old school, especially when it pertains to baseball and the way I think it should be played.

I've been reading a lot of posts over the last couple of years here and enjoy the give-and-take amongst most of you.

Alright, enough with the intro! I ran into this item today from Baseball America about Steven Strasburg which some of you might not have seen:

Talking about Strasburg the pitching prospect is almost becoming boring. I've spent the past six weeks talking to scouts and trying to find just one thing that might be wrong with him, and I can't find it. At this point the far more interesting discussion involves the money. He's obviously going to get some kind of record-shattering deal, but the $50 million dollars that's been floating around is just silly. Scott Boras does business in a particular way, and he certainly doesn't shoot out numbers in March; it's hard enough to get a number out of him in June. Most industry insiders are guessing at something in the neighborhood of $20 million, and unlike many Boras clients, Strasburg may have an incentive to sign quickly, because if Washington drops him right into the big-league rotation (and every scout thinks he'd be fine, if not very good there), that will get him to free agency much more quickly. That it might take $20 million might seem crazy, but six years of him simply meeting expectations at that price could be the bargain of the century.

I agree wholeheartedly with this assessment of our guy (he better be!!). Also today, in Jon Heyman's latest piece, is a lot of Nats stuff. I know Heyman's a Nats hater for the most part, but in this column he begrudgingly throws us a few bones. Here's the link:

Once again, glad to be a NJer and will post when I see things about our team that drive me NUTS! I have a feeling that will be quite frequently.

Posted by: OldSkoolDiehard | March 31, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Welcome oldskiool.

Don't save your posts only for those times when things drive you nuts. We have enough complaining already. Throw in a few comments when you see things you like too!

Posted by: natbiscuits | March 31, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I would expect this to be a make-or-break year for Maxwell too. He is getting too old to be a prospect and if he hasn't established himself by the end of the year the Nat's will be looking else where. Given Rizzo's love of youth/defense I think he would like to see a Milledge-Maxwell-Dukes outfield. Or maybe I just hope that will pan out.

Posted by: soundbloke | March 31, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 31, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

We all knew he was hungry.

Just maybe not so much for big league success as for chili dogs.

The guy can rake and no one can argue otherwsie -- if he can just get the pounds down to a reasonable level he will produce. A big IF if ever there was one. best of luck D!

Posted by: dfh2 | March 31, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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