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Opening Day Semi-Live Blog

6:22 p.m. -- Wait - remember that game the Nats had found themselves in? It's back to blowout mode. More bad relief pitching, more fielding woes, more Florida home runs, even more curtain calls.

To start the bottom of the sixth -- which is still ongoing, and might continue past sundown -- Ryan Zimmerman threw low to first base after fielding a Brett Carroll grounder. E-5. Then, Emilio Bonifacio reached on a bunt single. (He's 4-for-4; a career best.) John Baker walked.

Acta pulled Wil Ledezma, and brought in Steven Shell to face Hanley Ramirez. No outs.

With the count full, Shell threw a fastball.

Ramirez deposited it into the left field deck -- a grand small, the first of his career.

The Marlins now lead 12-5.

Ramirez received a curtain call.

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6:09 p.m. -- You see now how quickly Adam Dunn can change a game's colors. He cost the Nats two runs earlier with his fielding. But since, he's driven in a run with a double, scored a run, and blasted a three-run homer.

That latest smash -- in the top of the sixth -- turned an 8-2 game into an 8-5 game. Dunn flattened the ball; he leaned into a 1-1 fastball from Nolasco and sent it about 35 rows beyond the left field stands. The ball maybe traveled 430, a stand-and-watch highlight.

Dunn is now 2-for-3 with four RBI.

Dunn has homered on Opening Day for the fourth time in five years.

---

For all the twisted moments you might have dreamed off, did you ever think you'd see Emilio Bonifacio, in his first game against his ex-mates, go 3-for-3 with... an inside-the-park-home-run... and a curtain call? We're only through four innings, but Bonifacio already has it. For the Nats, it's like cruel and unusual punishment.

The Nats had just scrapped back for two runs in the top of the fourth -- Adam Dunn walloped a double to the opposite field, the kind of blast that leaves the park if not for the heavy wind blowing in -- and Tavarez came on for the bottom.

With one aboard, Bonifacio roped a ball to center. It was over Lastings Milledge's head. And yes, he would have needed to make a fine, instinctive play to track it down. But the ball was catchable. Milledge had nothing but greenspace to track it down. He ran hard, moving back, and just missed. He dove, and landed on his chest.

At that point, Bonifacio turned on the jets, racing around second, around third, coming home. Washington relayed it home, but the throw got to Flores a half-beat too late. There was never even a tag. Bonifacio slid in, and rose with a fist pump. Dolphin Stadium -- I can't believe I'm writing this -- erupted.

The Marlins now lead, 8-2.

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5:11 p.m. -- Now it's getting real ugly. Not the words you want to hear in the third inning: "Julian Tavarez warming in the visitors' bullpen."

Let's trace back to what happened...

Emilio Bonifacio led off the inning with another single... and then, eventually, a steal of third. Acta drew the infield in, hoping to keep a 2-0 deficit from growing. Well, Hanley Ramirez popped a lob wedge double right over first base -- it actually bounced in the infield dirt -- and that brought Bonifacio home. Two of the next three Florida batters, Jorge Cantu and Jeremy Hermida, crushed home runs.

Florida leads 6-0.

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4:50 p.m. -- Through two, John Lannan has thrown 37 pitches, 20 strikes. He appeared to settled down in the latest inning, but definitely looked jittery, and uncharacteristically rushed, in the first. Ronnie Belliard's two-out error in the bottom of the second didn't necessarily cost the Nats runs, but it means that Lannan needed to face Nolasco to end the inning. It also means that Bonifacio leads off the third.

---

4:38 p.m. -- Nats go 1-2-3 again in the second. Nolasco has four Ks so far.

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4:36 p.m. -- What do we call this? Jim Bowden's revenge? In the bottom of the first, the Marlins jumped ahead to a 2-0 lead when Emilio Bonifacio slapped a single in right, stole second, and scored on an Adam Dunn misplay in left. It wasn't ruled an error, but an average left fielder makes the play. On a 3-1 pitch from Lannan, Florida's John Baker ripped a line drive to left. Dunn was caught flat-footed initially, and backtracked too late. The ball zipped over his head and bounded against the wall.

The next hitter, merely the dynamic Hanley Ramirez, decided to bunt -- yes, bunt. He moved Baker to third, though, and Florida's catcher scored one batter later, on a 6-3.

Nats went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first against Nolasco. Lastings Milledge, for the record, swung at the first pitch, and grounded to second.

---

4:05 -- Lineups announced.

4:10 -- Flyover.

4:13 -- We're trying to guess how many folks are in the ballpark here, but from the press box (located in a middle tier), you have no view of the upper deck. Let's just say that good seats are still available. The outfield seats, even in the lower deck, have just a scattering of fans. I'm guessing somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 are here right now.

4:16 -- Marlins take the field.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 6, 2009; 4:14 PM ET
 
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Comments

First pitch swinging!

Posted by: dclifer | April 6, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

4:18: first pitch
4:18: first pitch swinging, first out

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Guzzie strikes out

Posted by: FloresFan | April 6, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Guzzie strikes out

Posted by: FloresFan | April 6, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

is there a reason lastings is wearing #85 today?

Posted by: cookiemaster90 | April 6, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

is there a reason lastings is wearing #85 today?
___________

Because he's going to see a total of 85 pitches this year.

Posted by: dclifer | April 6, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Dunn took 44. Milledge took Ocho Cinco because he was born in 1985.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

No really, it's in honor of himself and the year in which he was born.

Posted by: dclifer | April 6, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

from previous thread....

First pitch swinging. Very first pitch swinging.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse


JayBeee, please pick up the white courtesy phone....

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 6, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 6, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

wow. alright then. Im not gonna try to understand the way lastings thinks.

Posted by: cookiemaster90 | April 6, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Bonifacio with a single, SB already.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Sad,heartbroken me
No free streaming audio
Stares at screen and cries

Posted by: HaikuMan | April 6, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: HaikuMan | April 6, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Dunn with a misjudged ball already.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Nice play Dunn

Posted by: dclifer | April 6, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Dunn already misplayed a line drive...went right over his head....sigh

Posted by: FloresFan | April 6, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Where can I listen free on the internet?

Posted by: bhfitzpatrick | April 6, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow...it didn't take too long for Dunn to screw up defensively...

Sigh...now it's 2-0 Florida

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't think there is a free online source. Just pay $14.95 for the yearly MLB.com audio subscription. Well worth the price.

Posted by: JennX_ | April 6, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me it's just opening day jitters.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | April 6, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Yup. Gameday Audio, $14.95 (or free with a Twins Territory Team membership, only $19.95).

The one-time fee gets you live access to all the games, as well as an archive audio of past games (if you want to go back and listen to Charlie wonder what Nick Logan was thinking).

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Why don't the Marlins have opening day jitters??

Posted by: usmc53 | April 6, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

A: Catch 22

Q: What will Adam Dunn do if 100 fly balls are hit in his direction? The Big Donkey giveth and the Big Donkey taketh away.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 6, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Is it still early?

Posted by: BobLHead | April 6, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

My dumb work computer won't work with my GA subscription...

Keep those can't-tell-from-gameday updates coming

Though I was able to guess for myself the double was Dunn's fault. Heh.

Posted by: nattaboy | April 6, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Man, don't people know it's Opening Day? Why to they insist on calling me and expecting me to do work?

These posts are priceless, by the way.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

6 up, 6 down, 4 by way of strike out. Not looking good so far.

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Kearns out on 3 pitches. Ugh.

Posted by: trezmartin | April 6, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

@BobL

In the words of the great Yogi, it can get late early.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 6, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Oooh. And you all mocked me for my totally-unreasonable Emilio Bonafacio fandom. Well based on the massive sample size of this first inning he looks awesome. And we have Belliard.

Posted by: soundbloke | April 6, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Belliard looks awesome too

Posted by: nattaboy | April 6, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

No he doesn't. Not at all.

Posted by: soundbloke | April 6, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Woo Hoo!!! BASEBALL'S HERE!!
(sorry...i'm a little late)

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Is Lannan trying to be 'too fine', as I've heard in pitching lingo? On gameday everything is right on the edges and thusfar he's thrown a lot of balls. Might be his form of jitters

Posted by: nattaboy | April 6, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I blame you for that error, soundbloke.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Error Belliard. COME ON!!

Posted by: usmc53 | April 6, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Charlie and Dave on IHOP: classic banter. It's been a long winter. Baseball is back!

Posted by: mra5a | April 6, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Another solution: Get XM radio

Posted by: dclifer | April 6, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Hooboy good timing Belly. Thanks for backing me up.


(he's still awesome)

Posted by: nattaboy | April 6, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

clearly that error should be charged to nattaboy for mentioning that belliard was looking good.

Posted by: SFcapsfan | April 6, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I accept blame.

Posted by: soundbloke | April 6, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Okay, maybe Lannan is getting settled down; he had a nice 2nd inning. From here on, he throws shutout baseball until he's done after the 6th.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 6, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Think positive.

Lannan's getting it together.

Now the awesome bottom of the new order.

Posted by: nattydread1 | April 6, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Attaboy, Jesus!

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Ha, there goes the no hitter. Attaboy, Flores.

Posted by: Section220 | April 6, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

JESUS FLORES!!!

Posted by: usmc53 | April 6, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Superman!

Posted by: dclifer | April 6, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Bonifacio is coming back to haunt us. Nice catch on the bunt by Lannan...

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

JiM - apparently, I owe you a Coke.

Posted by: Section220 | April 6, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Goddamn Emilio!!!

I wanted him to be good. I hoped and prayed and dream. And he just wasn't. Suddenly he's a god damn all hitting, all steal air-born defending superstar!!!

Posted by: soundbloke | April 6, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Since I'm listening at work, we'll call that "synergy."

-----

JiM - apparently, I owe you a Coke.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

all right an inning with no strike outs...lets build off of that.

Posted by: SFcapsfan | April 6, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Well at least we got Milledge out of the way that inning, so our hitters can start things off in the 3rd.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 6, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

*(&*!!!!

Posted by: soundbloke | April 6, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

>all right an inning with no strike outs...lets build off of that.

Posted by: SFcapsfan | April 6, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

That's where I was heading as well, except mine was "all right, at least Lastings took three pitches in that at-bat ...."

Posted by: BobLHead | April 6, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Move over Hanley, Emilio Bonifacio is the new Nats killer.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I believed in you Emilio.

Posted by: soundbloke | April 6, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow. You pull the infield in to prevent a run, and Ramirez bloops one over Johnson. Partial credit for that double goes to Bonifacio.

Speed really does change the game.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

That's it, I'm breaking out my Emilio Bonifacio voodoo doll and sticking pins in the hamstrings.

Posted by: BobLHead | April 6, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

It does, but it has to get on base...

Posted by: smallsamplesize | April 6, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Ugh.

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Same old song...

Posted by: smallsamplesize | April 6, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"Can't anybody here play this game?"- Casey Stengel

Posted by: CBinDC | April 6, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Cantu with a two-run HR (on a 3-0 pitch).

Yeow.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

And Cantu homers. Ugg(la)!

Posted by: BobLHead | April 6, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

A more effective approach would be to dress it in a Nats uniform.

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That's it, I'm breaking out my Emilio Bonifacio voodoo doll and sticking pins in the hamstrings.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Think Bonifacio doesnt get jazzed up to play us? What was that earlier board convo about trading within your division?

Posted by: BigTrain | April 6, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeesh...Hermida!

Posted by: smallsamplesize | April 6, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Yikes! It just keeps getting worse...

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Dunn only catches balls if you hit them hard enough so he doesn't have time to move anywhere.

Posted by: dclifer | April 6, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

6-0

Just like that..

Posted by: FloresFan | April 6, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Hermida with a solo shot (on a 2-1 pitch). 6-0 Fish.

Tavarez is up in the bullpen.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

This team apparently sucks.

Posted by: edr04 | April 6, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

All part of The Plan...

Posted by: smallsamplesize | April 6, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

From Thursday's DMTP:

Pitching coach Randy St. Claire believes that Lannan can become one of the most accurate first-pitch strike-throwers in baseball this year. In 2007, Lannan threw exactly 50 percent of his first pitches for strikes. Last year, that number climbed to 57 percent. This year, St. Claire wants to see the number top 60. "He can eventually get up to 65 or 68 percent," St. Claire said, "which is right up there at the very top. His control is that good."

So far today, Lannan has thrown exactly five first-pitch strikes in sixteen ABs (31.25%).

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

FLOP has two jacks today.

Posted by: dclifer | April 6, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

It's times like this I miss flynnie's unbridled optimism. As the song goes "It's gotta get better 'cause it can't get worse."

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 6, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

And this is the ace of the staff???
Gonna be a long season. At least we have Strasburg to look forward to.

Posted by: kingtutts | April 6, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

at least the mlb tv package is showing the masn feed today. So, I don't have to listen to the fishgut feed on xm. Oh, where oh where has my boni gone? Traded for a fifth outfielder and tomorrows starter. Hopefully, that will pay off better than today has.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 6, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Guess that's why it DMTP...

Posted by: smallsamplesize | April 6, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Well...as usual...Lannon sucks! He is still horrible. A pitcher should be able to get out of the 3rd inning on Opening Day without giving up 5 runs!

Posted by: burnie4241 | April 6, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

or 6

Posted by: smallsamplesize | April 6, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Three innings in and this team looks just like last year... If Lannan is the "ace" it's going to be a longggg longgggg season.

Any takers on 95+ losses?

Posted by: randy_boyd | April 6, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Can we trade one of our spare outfielders like Willingham for a middle infielder who can defend? You know someone like that Bonafacio guy who plays for the Marlins.

Posted by: soundbloke | April 6, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Yay Dunn!

Posted by: smallsamplesize | April 6, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Go go go!

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"If Lannan is the "ace" it's going to be a longggg longgggg season."
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Lannan was the ace last season.

Posted by: dclifer | April 6, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

We're on the board now!

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Alright, on the board.

Posted by: Section220 | April 6, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

from Bill Ladson's blog...

"In other news, center fielder Lastings Milledge was fined an undisclosed amount of money for missing Acta's pep talk to the team on Sunday afternoon, according to three sources. Milledge, who participated in practice that day, was in the starting lineup in Monday's season opener against the Marlins."

Lastings ought to ask for a refund.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 6, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Lannan had a bad outing. Thats it. Its not the end of the world and he doesn't suck.

Posted by: FloresFan | April 6, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

LOL you guys wanna go revise your predictions on the other thread?

67 wins - no more.

Posted by: SavedByZero | April 6, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Elijah who?

Posted by: smallsamplesize | April 6, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Attaboy Kearnsie!

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Go Kearns!

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Way to go AK!

Posted by: BobLHead | April 6, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

seriously? 4 innings and you're changing your win prediction for the entire year? you're funny.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

That was a great at-bat by Kearns.

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

By the way, that was a great AB. Falls behind 0-2, then takes three straight balls to run the count full. Then he sits on a fastball and pulls it into left field for a double.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Shoot...Boni's due up next inning again...

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

It looked from Gameday like Kearns hit that double on the two strike fastball up & in that we all saw him whiff on so often last year. Maybe he learned.

Posted by: jonb5 | April 6, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

220, you can just give that coke to BG.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow - let's see how Lannan "responds." It's only the first game - he'll get better.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | April 6, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Jon, Charlie was pointing out that he's stepped back a bit, so those pitches he's taking inside are actually balls now, and those he used to watch for called strikes are now in his wheelhouse.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse


MLB Gamecast
Adds insult to injury
Nats hat on EB

Posted by: HaikuMan | April 6, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Tavarez's first pitch to the #8 hitter is smacked to deep right for a double. Great - now Nelasco sacrifcies and Boni's up...

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Couple early thoughts:

1. This is what it's going to be like all year with these young guys - Lannan, who's supposed to be our unflappable guy, comes up understandably jittery on opening day and is uncharacteristically wild. Every start from these young starters is going to be a roller-coaster ride.

2. At least this year the offense isn't so anemic that a 6-0 lead in the third looks insurmountable.

And a bonus - love that Tavarez's pic on the Gamecast has him wearing a Braves hat.

Posted by: Highway295Revisited | April 6, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

sheesh. it's not Nats vs. Marlins tonight it's Nats vs. Bonifacio.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's Lannan's family that's the jinx, like on his debut. Ban them from games.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me?

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

OMG...I can't watch this. :(

Posted by: danp3111 | April 6, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

are you freakin' kidding me? inside the park home run? oh my gawd.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh Emilio! Do you know what I put up with defending you on this post? Why? Why do you hurt me so???

Posted by: soundbloke | April 6, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

%#^*&@^!&

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

On the bright side, at least I won't have to stay at work late to hear the whole game.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

The return of the Bad News Bears.... inside the park home run...

Bonifacio... where have I heard that name???

Face it, the Gnats are every bit as bad as last year. Whether you call this game one of a new losing season, or a continuation of last year's debacle... the Gnats are every bit as terrible.

Posted by: randy_boyd | April 6, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Holy ... what the...


Sigh.

Posted by: JennX_ | April 6, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Boni is on fire! Ugh!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | April 6, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

@NatsNut

67 wins was my original prediction. I may be forced to revise that - Downward.

Posted by: SavedByZero | April 6, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Moose outside should have told you "The Park is Closed Today"

Posted by: CBinDC | April 6, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Holy s*it! This is supposed to be the vastly improved version? Why was Bonofocia traded and for who?

Posted by: MKadyman | April 6, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The Jim Bowden legacy continues -- trade an actual lead-off hitter away for a mediocre starter and a 4th OF (for now); and the CF who can't play the position becomes the de facto lead-off hitter and the victim of the inside the park HR by REAL lead-off hitter. As C. Slowes would say "UN-believe-ABLE!"

Posted by: smallsamplesize | April 6, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Um, Bob L, if you still have that Boni voodoo doll, I think you'll need something stronger than needles.

I would suggest taking the doll out and shooting it.

Posted by: Section220 | April 6, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke, right?

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | April 6, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Jim Bowden- The gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: SavedByZero | April 6, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Is there anything else on TV today? I don't like this "Emilio Bonifacio Show."

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I guess I picked a bad week to quit sniffing glue...

Posted by: HotNats | April 6, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

fair enough, savedbyzero.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Here's a link to a half dozen or so radio stations which carry the games. Free streaming. No need to pay MLB.

http://radiotime.com/affiliate/a_37928/station/Washington_Nationals_Radio_Stations.aspx

Posted by: alight2 | April 6, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The pain is made all the more exquisite by:

1. Being taken apart by the one major leaguer we traded in the off-season;

2. The fact that I took an hour of leave to be able to see this whole game, and

3. JayBeee's cackling.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | April 6, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

this is so painful.

Posted by: jasper12 | April 6, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Might as well start overworking the bullpen on Day 1 - no time like the present!

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Its just one game. We have got to remember it is just one game.

Posted by: CountDemoney | April 6, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Is there anything else on TV today? I don't like this "Emilio Bonifacio Show."

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

*************

I think Welcome Back Kotter is on channel 37.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse


It burns when I see
Wish for penicillin cure
For Bowdenism

Posted by: HaikuMan | April 6, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Shocker...
Milledge down on 3 pitches.

Posted by: HotNats | April 6, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

and Milledge strikes out on three pitches...

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Gotta give Nolasco respect:
77 piches, 54 strikes 23 balls.

Posted by: HotNats | April 6, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Manny needs to bench Milledge and put Dukes in CF.

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Its just one game. We have got to remember it is just one game----CountDemoney

I know I should say that myself.

Trouble is that was the line last year and it turned into 102 of THOSE kind of "just one games".

Posted by: CBinDC | April 6, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

This team is so toast...

Posted by: kingtutts | April 6, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

don't forget to check above ^^^^ for updates.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Just about the only thing worse than this team is the constant "buy-your-tickets-to-see-these-losers" in house commercials...

Still waiting to see if they have advertisements over the urinals...

Posted by: randy_boyd | April 6, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Bright side: 4 Nats are batting .500.

Posted by: nattydread1 | April 6, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Charlie: "But it's only the bottom of the fifth. And it's only game one."

Given how the first five innings have gone, this is actually a frightening concept.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Alight2, are those radio stations on your link going to stay that way streaming the games all year or is that only good for today? That would be a change for digital rights; stations were blocked for several years, or at least the stations that I used to listen to game streams in the early days (2000, 2001 etc.) got blocked later.

Posted by: jonb5 | April 6, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I just clicked on one of those "report abuse" tabs and complained about our treatment at the hands of the Marlins today. So we've got that going for us.

Posted by: BobLHead | April 6, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Now lets see.............. we trade a natural lead off hitter for who? If memory serves me correctly didn't Bonifacio tear it up here last year he and Gonzalez and we made the decesion to keep Gonzalez he of the pulled hammy, JIMBOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Jaybee you called it dude concerning Milledge.Well 161 more to go.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 6, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Take that, Boni!

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Aha! Bonifacio is human!

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Off Boni's glove! The voodoo doll is working!

Posted by: Section220 | April 6, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the chuckle, BobL, needed that.
Thanks also to Bonifacio for actually doing something wrong just now. C'mon Dunnkey!

Posted by: HotNats | April 6, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm not buying this only one game thing. Tomorrow we throw Olsen, who did not have a good spring.
And then Danny Cabrera.

Ouch!

Posted by: kingtutts | April 6, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

This is why we got Dunn... come one and send one out and make this a 3 run game.

Posted by: mastroj | April 6, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

DUNNKEY!!!!!

Posted by: HotNats | April 6, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Yeah!

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mastroj | April 6, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

DUNN!!!! JUST WHAT WE NEEDED!!!!

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Dunn!!!

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey, hey, it's not over!

Posted by: Section220 | April 6, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Man, "Florida" Dave actually called that. He pointed out that Dunn could make it a close game with a homer.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

My coworkers are laughing at my jig.

Posted by: HotNats | April 6, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Now it was worth the price of admission!

+1/2St.

Of course, when Carpenter said "See You Later," I wanted to see if it was a fair ball.

Posted by: kevincostello | April 6, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Allright, the big fly ruins Nolasco's day. Let's hope the pen can hold them while we chip away.

Posted by: BobLHead | April 6, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Anybody who has followed this team this Spring knows several simple facts:

First: The Nats made a rash trade in getting rid of Bonifacio -- bringing a has-been starting pitcher (and calling someone a has been at 25 isn't nice -- but, it's accurate) and a good hit/no field guy who has a bad back and can't crack the starting lineup. Emilio was tearing it up this Spring. Credit the Marlins for showing the patience and taking the chance that the Nats weren't willing to do.

Second: Lastings Milledge is simply horrendous in centerfield. This is a position for graceful, acrobatic athletes, with exceptional coordination and natural baseball ability. Milledge has a fast swing, but he's no natural baseball player. The Nats got took in that trade -- just like they did in dealing away Bonifacio. Still, while he will never be a centerfielder, Milledge could develop into a good hitter. He might be a corner outfielder, some day.

Third: The Nats should have held on to Shawn Hill. That one is on Rizzo.

This should prove be a long year, with a lousy offense and a mediocre pitching staff.

Posted by: fischy | April 6, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks fischy-

I think we can remember what you said for at least a week.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | April 6, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

HR Dunn!!!! Very nice!!!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | April 6, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Boni's up again - let's get him out for once...

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

and Bonifacio 4 for 4

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | April 6, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

well, maybe not...

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Ledezma can throw first pitch strikes - unfortunately for him our infielders (and outfielders I guess) are having a horrendous day!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | April 6, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Man, I don't like where this is going.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

great - bases loaded and Ramirez is up.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | April 6, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Dump ACTA and the entire coaching staff NOW... Look what the Caps did when they got a real coach...They went from the laughing stock of the NHL to winning back to back division titles.

Dump ACTA and the entire coaching staff NOW...

Posted by: randy_boyd | April 6, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm feeling oogy...

Posted by: HotNats | April 6, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

They already dumped Acta's staff, Randy. Everyone but Acta and St. Claire was cut loose at the end of last season.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

that's all folks...

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Goldarn dangit all...

Posted by: HotNats | April 6, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Dave Jageler just jinxed it.

"Hanley Ramirez does not have a grand slam in his career."

Good call, Dave.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Looks like bourbon on a Monday, I guess.

Posted by: Section220 | April 6, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

whimper

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh no Steven Shell just didn't give up the Grand Salami.........

A shame Dunn gets you back into the game and then the wheels fall off.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | April 6, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

No... I mean dump ACTA... and St. CLAIR...

When the Caps dumped Hanlon the Caps turned it around... As long as Acta is at the helm the Gnats just don't have the experience needed to get beyond AA baseball...

This is embarrassing...

Posted by: randy_boyd | April 6, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Ouch

Posted by: PattyinSJ | April 6, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Line 'em up, 220

Posted by: HotNats | April 6, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

You figure somebody would have gotten plunked by now. 12 runs and they're not even out of the 6th. But Acta doesn't like that.

Posted by: Brue | April 6, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Lannan gives up six runs in three innings. The bullpen then proceeds to give up six runs in the following three innings.

Frying pan or fire?

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Spread it on. Let's needlessly blow through a few more bullpeners before this is said and done.

Posted by: RickFelt | April 6, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

In the words of Ron Darling, "Just because you stink, it's no reason to hit someone with a pitch."

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Exactly John...

And if I just heard dimwit dibble correctly, the Gnats' starters are often going to give up 6 or 7 runs and its up this stellar bull pen?

Yikes...

Posted by: randy_boyd | April 6, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Really!? Is this really happening?? Someone please tell me it's still spring training...

Posted by: wnorton81 | April 6, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

milledge caught a ball!!!!!

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

>in the words of Ron Darling, "Just because you stink, it's no reason to hit someone with a pitch."

You've obviously never pitched. They don't even try to back guys off the plate. They just dig in and tee off on the outside pitches. Disgraceful.

Posted by: Brue | April 6, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey there Rick, I think your name is missing a dot...

Posted by: HotNats | April 6, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

As poor as the pitching has been, consider how poor the defense has been.

Dunn gives up two by misreading a line drive. No error, but no help on defense.

Then, if Chico in his assertion that it was a catchable ball (Charlie and Dave have not hinted as much), Milledge gives up two more on the Bonifacio HR.

Then Zimm's error in the sixth costs the Nats another run.

That's five runs (!) in just six innings, or the difference between a close game and a laugher.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

>Milledge gives up two more on the Bonifacio HR.

That wasn't poor defense, it was poor pitching, because there's no way Bonifacio should hit a ball that far unless it's a mistake. Milledge was in the right place.

Posted by: Brue | April 6, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

*If Chico is right in his assertion...

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Shocker...
Milledge strikes out.

(I'm just gonna keep this phrase in my clipboard. Much easier to paste over and over...)

Posted by: HotNats | April 6, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

c'mon Brue, that's a stretch. it was poor defense. as chico said, a good center fielder woulda had that. not easily, but he woulda had it.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Foul ball!

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

True. I've never pitched. But I also wasn't the one who said that.

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You've obviously never pitched. They don't even try to back guys off the plate. They just dig in and tee off on the outside pitches. Disgraceful.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, didn't we see this movie about 102 times last year? Two good things tho. It didn't happen in our home opener (President Obama would've been home for an early dinner!). And we can still win the next 161. It's only one game. Forget about it and get ready for tomorrow.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | April 6, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

>c'mon Brue, that's a stretch. it was poor defense. as chico said, a good center fielder woulda had that. not easily, but he woulda had it.

Alright, I'll give you the crib notes. How often does Bonifacio hit one that far? He's had like less than 10 homers in his whole life. Ok, so, that being the case, and you may even creep closer because of his speed, because he's one of the fastest people ever to play, and your job is to cut the ball off at all costs. The last thing you worry about is having to go back on the ball. So Milledge did everything right. Just because he didn't catch up to it, isn't necessarily his fault. Sometimes you just don't get there.

I played CF my whole life. I'm sure that Chico's never put on a baseball uniform. He sees what he thinks he sees. I see what's there.

Posted by: Brue | April 6, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Well the last time an inside the park home run was hit on opening day ------ 1968 by Yaz!!! AHHHH another day in Natstown

Posted by: CBinDC | April 6, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

"The pain is made all the more exquisite by:

1. Being taken apart by the one major leaguer we traded in the off-season;"

Remember how excited we all were by the Bonifacio on-base and speed show in that first series against the Reds after the trade deadline last year? I do.

Remember how soon after that he turned into Emilio K Bonifacio, his speed totally useless because he could never get on base? And remember how he stayed that way for the rest of the season? I do.

Would anybody be the least bit surprised if Marlins fans have the same kind of memories of Bonifacio's season come September? I wouldn't.

The words "small sample size" come to mind here.

And who was the last National to hit an inside the park HR? Fan favorite Austin Kearns.

Remember, there are 161 games left to play this season, and only 17 of them are against the effin' Marlins.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 6, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully we'll be lucky enough to have another rainout against the Fish and only have to face them 16 more times.

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Remember, there are 161 games left to play this season, and only 17 of them are against the effin' Marlins.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Qualls closed out the 9th for DBacks. Anyone know where Rauch was?

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | April 6, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

>True. I've never pitched.

Now we're getting somewhere.

Posted by: Brue | April 6, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Just got home and turned on the TV...

Ummm... Screech's Best Friend is in a MASN commercial?!

Posted by: JennX_ | April 6, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

How often does Bonifacio hit one that far? He's had like less than 10 homers in his whole life.
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Today's homer was his first. His first EVER.

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

"So Milledge did everything right. Just because he didn't catch up to it, isn't necessarily his fault. Sometimes you just don't get there."

Not to mention that the coaches position the outfielders before every play, depending on who's at bat. Milledge was playing Bonifacio where he was instructed to play him.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 6, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

On the bright side, Shell pitched decently after giving up the grand slam.

Posted by: BGinVA | April 6, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

yea. that's actually MY point. it was a catchable home run.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

>in the words of Ron Darling, "Just because you stink, it's no reason to hit someone with a pitch."

You've obviously never pitched. They don't even try to back guys off the plate. They just dig in and tee off on the outside pitches. Disgraceful.

Posted by: Brue | April 6, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

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So...because JiM has never pitched...Ron Darling's 382 games don't count...and Darling's comment is...irrelevant? Head hurts...must drink more bourbon to follow logic...

Posted by: Section220 | April 6, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

okay. so I give you the home run play. blame the pitcher for that one, milledge is blameless. anything else he's done right tonight?

but i'm just getting grouchy. we were so giddy with excitement mere hours ago. :(

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Yep Jenn, saw that a couple of days ago, almost fell off my couch. He's got a post about the filming of it a little while back...

Posted by: HotNats | April 6, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Milledge vs Dukes

In spring training, Dukes had a higher batting average, OBP and slugging percentage... more extra base hits... and more steals... admittedly in a limited number of at bats... but why did Milledge win a job and not Dukes if they were going by performance...

to make the decision even more questionable, in 2008, Dukes OBP was 56 points higher then Milledge... and slugging percentage was 76 points higher... if Dukes had performed at his 2008 level for the course of 523 at bats (Milledge's 2008 total), he would have stolen more bases then Milledge and out homered him by close to double... and had almost 20 more extra base hits then Milledge...

Is Dukes capable of playing centerfield?

Posted by: rumbly45 | April 6, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

"In other news, center fielder Lastings Milledge was fined an undisclosed amount of money for missing Acta's pep talk to the team on Sunday afternoon, according to three sources. Milledge, who participated in practice that day, was in the starting lineup in Monday's season opener against the Marlins."

WHY? This is not the first time.....Acta must be fired. He has no control over the team.....AGAIN!

Posted by: JayBeee | April 6, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Lannan shouldn't feel bad at all. Cliff Lee gave up 7 earned runs in 10 hits. Sabathia left after 4 1/2, no strikeouts and pitched a bases loaded walk.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

So Lannan, Tavarez and Ledezma all have ERAs of 18.00. That doesn't happen everyday. Only in NatsTown!

Oh, and I have pitched. In fact I even pitched in an all-star game once. When I was 12. I was actually a corner infielder that year but none of the all-star pitchers had it that day and we were getting killed. So the coach put me in. Told me to warm up by getting all of the wild pitches out of my system before facing a batter. So I threw a few into the screen. I think I gave up at least one more run-scoring hit before getting the last out or two, so nothing heroic to report. But maybe that's what the Nats' pitchers are doing today, getting all of the bad pitches out of the way.

Yeah, that's it I'm sure.

Posted by: BobLHead | April 6, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Listening on the radio since the 7th inning stretch. Couldn't watch anymore. But it is only one game.

On the bright side, I flipped over to MASN1 to watched the Spankees players be announced into the game earlier. They booed Teix pretty good.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 6, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

We keep touting how good Zimm is i swear i don't see it i mean i consider him a good third baseman nothing more he makes errors on routine plays he seems to be going through the motions in the field and at the plate maybe with a different club he realizes his potential but the kid hasn't impressed me since 2006, and i think management should have canned Acta at the end of last season too laid back and i don't think he has the team's respect.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 6, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Fire ACTA! Fire New Screech! Blow up the roster! Burn down Nats Park! To the barricades!!!

There, I feel better now. Did I leave anything out? :-D

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 6, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Jest if you like but the problems are not new and at some point Acta has to be held accountable for players who feel the rules do not apply to them because they feel the Manager favors them....which he does.

Posted by: JayBeee | April 6, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

It's entirely possible that this is a fluke loss and the Nats will go on to have a respectable season. But given the team's history, every blow-out feels like an affirmation of our worst fears. Wouldn't it be nice to be a fan of a team that loses once in a while and you don't think, "oh boy... here we go..."?

Quick poll: How many games do you think they would they have to win before you'd stop feeling the dread of an awful season?

Posted by: JennX_ | April 6, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

>okay. so I give you the home run play. blame the pitcher for that one, milledge is blameless. anything else he's done right tonight?

Yeah, well, all of this Milledge bile is only part of the problem. The pitching is shaky from the get-go. Too many 'if so-and-so does this' speculation to start the year. Lannan's a soft tosser that by his own admission gave up too many walks last year. That may have been part of his success. He may be in deep trouble if he comes in with too many strikes this year. He just doesn't throw hard enough to throw a lot of strikes. Today is an example of what can happen to him. He gave up a couple of homers. Olsen doesn't throw as hard as he used to, and he's going to have to stay out of the strike zone too or else he's in for a long year too. Cabrera can't throw strikes. It just goes on and on.

Posted by: Brue | April 6, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Where is Father Flynniegan when we most need him?

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 6, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Well I suppose the good news is that nobody died.

Aside from that.. it's going to be a lonngggg lonnnnggggg lonnnggggggggg year...

Posted by: randy_boyd | April 6, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

some other ERAs around the league.

brandon webb: 13.5
cc sabathia: 12.46
cliff lee: 12.6

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

They will let you hit like Ruth and run like Mays when you visit ....

NATSTOWN

NATSTOWN

Posted by: CBinDC | April 6, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I am livid that in the year 2009, residents of Loudoun who have Comcast/(Adelphia) services still cannot watch their team that plays 15 minutes away in DC. Most of the fans in Nats stands come from Virginia and alot are from Loudoun. The cherry on top is that MLB.com blacks out the games due to our geographical location. If it were up to me, this house would be on Verizon Fios right now. RIDICULOUS. GO NATS. I guess I'll see a game or two this year.

Posted by: EK3000 | April 6, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

And there goes the chances of the Nationals having a winning record at any point this year.

Posted by: skins1110 | April 6, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

@skins1110

There are those of us who remember the '62 Senators winning their first two games of the season and then dropping 13 straight. It could be worse.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 6, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinkin tradin Boni was a baaaaad move. I'm so good at hindsignt.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 6, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Milledge and Zimmerman will get into the game tomorrow.

You can't have two of you top four going 0-8 and expect to win.

Posted by: Vze2sr66 | April 6, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

More bad alumni news: FLop homered twice for D-Backs. Yes, twice.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | April 6, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse


The first loss of over 100. What crappy owners this team has. Losers, just like the 'skins and the Bullets.


Posted by: mortified469 | April 6, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"yea. that's actually MY point. it was a catchable home run.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 6:46 PM "

Just saw the replay on the inside-the-park HR. Yeah, it was catchable. For Willie Mays.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 6, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

"In spring training, Dukes had a higher batting average, OBP and slugging percentage... more extra base hits... and more steals... admittedly in a limited number of at bats... but why did Milledge win a job and not Dukes if they were going by performance..."

Because Dukes was competing against Kearns, not Milledge. If anyone was competing against Milledge for the CF job, it was Bernadina. Maybe. Maybe you don't like that, but that's the way it was.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 6, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

"You figure somebody would have gotten plunked by now. 12 runs and they're not even out of the 6th. But Acta doesn't like that."

I was at the game. Milledge was playing 2nd base on the Inside the parker. The Marlins do the cha cha in their dugout and basically were teasing the Nats. Until the Nats pitchers throw inside this will continue to happen. The cuts these guys were taking was unreal. They have done this for 2 years. Acta better start doing it or he won't have a staff. Zimmerman needs to stop babying the ball, its your 3rd year time to grow up. Once again the team seems undisciplined. Fielding and basic fundamentals are a direct reflection on coaching. Its concentration. Gonna be a long year.............again. These guys will then moan about fan support and we (the fans) will then be criticized for not supporting the team. All the while knowing if they win we (the fans) would show in droves.

Posted by: JDB1 | April 6, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

"There, I feel better now. Did I leave anything out? :-D"

Yes. If you're going to go to all that trouble, at least make sure that Clint gets caught in the crossfire.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 6, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

" am livid that in the year 2009, residents of Loudoun who have Comcast/(Adelphia) services still cannot watch their team that plays 15 minutes away in DC. Most of the fans in Nats stands come from Virginia and alot are from Loudoun. The cherry on top is that MLB.com blacks out the games due to our geographical location. If it were up to me, this house would be on Verizon Fios right now. RIDICULOUS. GO NATS. I guess I'll see a game or two this year."

WTF.

Posted by: JDB1 | April 6, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Need new remote - mute button is worn out - Dibble and Debbi too much, too much...

Posted by: Bill-CH | April 6, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"With the count full, Shell threw a fastball.

Ramirez deposited it into the left field deck -- a grand small, the first of his career."

Actually it was a hanging breaking ball

Posted by: JDB1 | April 6, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 3, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Who is being referred to in the following passage?

“(He) has put the work in. He was really hungry. He wanted it. There were days when you had to shut him down. You thought he lived on the back field early in the spring. You hit him two buckets of balls and he would want more… 'The way he worked at it is very impressive. It shows what kind of character he has.''We had a night game this spring when guys would show up about [1 p.m], and he was here in the morning working out in the weight room. That's shows you what kind of guy he is. 'He is receptive. He asks a ton of questions all the time about everything. From a standpoint of a guy who wanted to work hard and learn he is off the charts. I'm a big fan. The thing I like about him is he wants to learn and get better. He is in the weight room early, doing footwork drills. I can't say a bad word about him.''


It's Boni boy!!! Makeup, character.


My guess is that Boni attends pep talks.


Posted by: nova_g_man | April 6, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Ouch! That one hurt. Pitching is only half the problem--the other half is fielding. There were about five botched plays in the field for the Nats. No young pitching staff will have a chance if the team continues to field like this.

Posted by: driley | April 6, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see the Nats have picked up right where the left off last season.

Posted by: Os_Exec | April 6, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

nunof: yea, I'll take that one about the homer being (not) catchable. I didn't even see it, I was only listening and totally made it up. I was getting ornery. :)

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

"My guess is that Boni attends pep talks."

Maybe he should have struck out a little less often during his two-month stint in DC. Then he might still be here. Those weren't spring training stats, either, so they count. Right?

Posted by: nunof1 | April 6, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Man. There goes our best shot at being over .500 at least once this season.

Posted by: Section506 | April 6, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Lets be honest folks, if you didn;t see this coming well then shame on you! Last week was telling of what was to come, not one of the 4 starters had a good turn. They all gave up a ton of runs in the first 3 or 4 innings, now its for real and unless something clicks real soon they could easily come home 0-6. Has anybody looked at who they are facing over the next 5? This ain't gonna be a picnic thru the end of April.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | April 6, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

ESPN reports that when Lastings Mendoza was born, the doctor slapped his mother.

In other news, Lastings Mendoza ignites the Nats’ offense in 2009! 4 for 42, 1 BB, 10K, 2R .095, since the announcement of him as the choice for leadoff. He earned it! Sorry Willingham ya bum ya! Dukes, you dead dawg! And as for you, Boni, you little twerp, you’ll never touch BoboOlsen! Course BoBo is in the mix for league-leading HR against after narrowly missing the honor last year! A good start against his old team, the Fish, in his quest? That ‘fastball’ will look like a fatball to those boys. Think Shell was Shellacked? Watch Bobo.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 6, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm slow to get to blog reading tonight, and haven't read every message so you may have covered it, but ...

At risk of impersonating JayBee, how in the world could Milledge miss the team meeting and still start? Seems to me that the punishment for not doing what he's supposed to do should mean something, and that the players who are ready to play should play.

Posted by: dcbatgirl | April 6, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

There are those of us who remember the '62 Senators winning their first two games of the season and then dropping 13 straight. It could be worse.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 6, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

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'62? Shoot, that was practically last year's start, winning the first game and losing the next 9.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Looks like MASN ratings aren't going anywhere again this year for the Nats. Comcast digital menu had today's 3pm time slot for MASN2 listed as "US Senate", on opening day no less. Not to mention the usual Angelos, I mean MASN, Orioles bias with no HD on opening day. How many years until the Nats get a bigger piece of the MASN pie?

Posted by: richyr | April 6, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

If by "somewhere," you mean the point where I tell you you're being an ass, then yes, we're getting somewhere.

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Now we're getting somewhere.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Worst case scenario. Bad defense is a killer.

Brue, thanks for the perspective on Milledge's positioning on the HR - I'll take your word for it. But falling down as the ball bounded to the wall was one ugly sight.

161 more to go. Gotta have hope.

Geezer

Posted by: utec | April 6, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Worst case scenario. Bad defense is a killer.

Brue, thanks for the perspective on Milledge's positioning on the HR - I'll take your word for it. But falling down as the ball bounded to the wall was one ugly sight.

161 more to go. Gotta have hope.

Geezer

Posted by: utec | April 6, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Manny Acta's going to be on a short leash this year and I don't know how many times i have to say this; bring in F.Robby and F.Howard two old school major leaguers who can help this team in every aspect if Rizzo wants to succeed then he needs to wake up and smell the coffee and bring them in they can offer insight Lord knows this team can use it.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 6, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

One game doesn't a season make but the discouraging thing is the Nats don't seem to be getting any better. They still make the same mistakes as they did a year ago and more.

Ask yourself this: Compare this squad to the one that arrived in 2005. In almost every area they are WORSE than that squad by a longshot. That team won 81 games - unfortunately the high-water mark for the Nats. It's been downhill since, particularly in the last two years.

It's early, but if things continue there must be radical changes not only on the field, but in the dugout and in the front office.

Posted by: SavedByZero | April 6, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm worried. Very...

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | April 6, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

and the post uses the AP story. Pretty cheap

Posted by: JDB1 | April 6, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

This team was put together based on who had options, who was just signed, who needed to be on the 40 man roster. When you just lost 102 games you have to put your best players on the field based on what you just saw for six weeks. The Nats just don't have room for error if they want to improve their record over last year.

Posted by: tomfoc31 | April 6, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

@JDB1

What are you talking about? I watched part of the game cable in Loudoun county today. Is that quote from 2009?

That inside the park home run was catchable, but it would make sense to have the filed drawn in a bit in that situation. He dove and didn't seem to miss it by much. Dang that's one fast Marlin. Who'd we get for him, again?

Baseball is back! baseball is back! I heard Charlie and Dave! Spring is here!

I have been emotionally prepared for this by being raised in a Cubs fan household.

You guys are mostly nuts.

Posted by: ihatewalks | April 6, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

ON cable, even.

Posted by: ihatewalks | April 6, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

why did Milledge win a job and not Dukes if they were going by performance...

Is Dukes capable of playing centerfield?

Posted by: rumbly45 | April 6, 2009 6:52 PM |
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Dukes played some center last year. There were rumblings that Nts' coaches thought he was the better centerfielder.

Why does Milledge have the job, not Dukes? Because the Nats traded two guys who are starting for the Mets, just to get him. They're giving him a year to prove, even to Milledge himself, that he shouldn't be a centerfielder. That way, he begs them to put him in a corner position, rather than the other way around.

Posted by: fischy | April 6, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

D'oh - Clint! I knew I forgot something.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 7, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

JDB1 - the Post-generated content is up now.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 7, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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