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A Few Additional Pregame Morsels

A lone figure in black emerged from the Marlins' dugout as the Nationals were taking batting practice Tuesday afternoon: It was, of course, Nick Johnson, who was traded from Washington to Florida just four days earlier. A steady stream of ex-teammates stopped by to see him and comment on his new black-and-teal duds.

"Black -- it's slimming," Adam Dunn said.

Earlier, Johnson said it felt "weird" to return to Nationals Park and head to the visiting clubhouse. "It'll be good to see the guys," he said, "but when it's time to play ball, it's time to play ball -- and try to win."

Some Notes:

  • Austin Kearns underwent an MRI on his injured thumb, and the team did not expect to have the results until Wednesday.
  • RHP Jordan Zimmermann (elbow soreness) is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start Tuesday night for Class A Potomac, with a determination to be made later as to whether he will rejoin the Nationals' rotation immediately or make an additional rehab start.
  • OF Josh Willingham was honored on the field before the game for his two-grand-slam game in Milwaukee last week.
  • Courtesy of the Nats' PR department: The Nationals' bullpen is a combined 5-1 with a 3.23 ERA and a .224 opponents' batting average since the all-star break.
  • The Nationals will host a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Nationals Park Conference Center, rooms 3 and 4. Donors will receive a collectible T-shirt, two tickets to an upcoming game and an opportunity to win additional prizes. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 4, 2009; 6:54 PM ET
 
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Comments

Nick got his hit, drove in a run. That's enough now!

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Sunshine Bobby on Dukes' flyout: "How far will that one go?"

About 395 feet, into Cody Ross's glove.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 4, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I am dissapointed in the reception the fans gave Nick. There shouldn't have been anyone sitting.

Posted by: twinbrook | August 4, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

minutia, but i think carpenter was wrong when he said the play where nick was thrown out by nyjer morgan was a fielders choice. no way he could have thrown out the batter at first if he wanted to.

btw, rizzo should have the interim tag taken off if only for pulling off the milledge trade.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | August 4, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Comcast issue. I can receive MASN2 through my non-HD box but not through my HD box.

Posted by: MinorLeagueFanatic | August 4, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey Carpy, the US Mint is not in DC. It is in Philadelphia. It is Bureau of Engraving and Printing that is in DC.

Posted by: twinbrook | August 4, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Man, crickets tonight...

Posted by: twinbrook | August 4, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

The guy has still thrown only 68 pitches ... shutout coming up ...

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

75 pitches ...

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

He's shutting us down, only 2 hits. Game over. Complete game shutout for Josh Johnson. Oh well.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I got my regular nag from the ARC tonight and they never mentioned this!

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The Nationals will host a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Nationals Park Conference Center, rooms 3 and 4. Donors will receive a collectible T-shirt, two tickets to an upcoming game and an opportunity to win additional prizes. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Rachel, Rachel...

It's only 3 runs. A bloop, a bleeder, and a blast, and we're right back in this thing.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

ok, FOUR.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Villone SUCKSSSSSSS

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Just checking in, and I see Josh Johnson has retired 20 Nats in a row. Did I mention that I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY hate the Marlins?

Posted by: BGinVA | August 4, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the D-backs' Yusmeiro Petit (1-5 record and a 6.75 ERA) has a no-hitter going through seven against the Pirates.

Posted by: BGinVA | August 4, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Where is everybody? It's rally time! After I tune in via Gameday Audio, we have three consecutive hits by the bottom of the order. There may still be hope for tonight...

Posted by: BGinVA | August 4, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Belliard! Way to come through!!!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 4, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Ronnie! Sec3mysofa, you're right! Just believe!

Good job, BGinVA! You ruined it.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Belliard, a hero for a change. Got a bad pitch and didn't miss it. Well done. Now let's see some of that new and improved situational/clutch hitting stuff.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 4, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

sorry, I was distracted by the AXE commercial...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

We must tie it now. Runner on third, one out. just make contact.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

All right...anything hit out of the infield and we'll be all tied up!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 4, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Guzzie, get him home!

Posted by: HotNats | August 4, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Yessss!

Posted by: HotNats | August 4, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Guzzie comes through!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 4, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

YAYYYYYYYYYY GUZZIEEEEEEE

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I was about to say, Guzman needs a multihit game here...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Guuuuuuuuuzzzzmannnnn! RBI to TIE! Who ARE these guys?

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, be honest. Did anybody see this happening? What a game...

Posted by: baltova1 | August 4, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

This is the NEW NATS! Never give up!

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

(Hmmm, it worked before)

C'mon, Willinghammer, get him home!

Posted by: HotNats | August 4, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

OK, it's Hammer Time.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

And baltova, nope, not a chance did I see this happening...

Posted by: HotNats | August 4, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Baltova, sir, at the risk of putting the Mickey on them, I'll defer until later.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Rally, rally, rally!! That's our new thing.

But let's not go to extra innings please. :)

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

No hammer this time. Ugh. Come on DUNN!

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Dunnkey, get him home!

Posted by: HotNats | August 4, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Just tuning in...heck of a come-back! Let's finish this!

btw - I don't like seeing NJohnson in a Marlins uniform...it just doesn't look right.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | August 4, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

sorry, I was distracted by the AXE commercial...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I second that motion

Posted by: jaumiusk | August 4, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

(and that is indeed a distracting Axe commercial Sec3... voof!)

Posted by: HotNats | August 4, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Weird to see Guzman slap one past Nick to tie the game!

Now, please! Don't let Dunn take a called strike three on this one! If we pull this out, it will be one of our sweetest wins this year!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | August 4, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Baltova, like Harry Flashman after he survived the charge of the light brigade, they checked my breath for alcoholo when I reported the Nats win after Clippard came in with 0 outs and the bases loaded in the 4th last night, and they are doing the same thing as I tell them about the tie, all in the bottom of the 8th.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

That ball is all DUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 4, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

DUNN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 4, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

DUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!

Posted by: HotNats | August 4, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

DUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

OH, MY!!!

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

OK, NOW may I refer you to my request that Chico write about how the Marlins own the Nats (responded to by a very possibly ersatz Harlan).

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

WOOOHOO!!!

What a team effort this inning!! Dunn with the exclamation mark!

Posted by: JennX_ | August 4, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Now they don't look like the worst last place team at all!!!

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE THIS NEW NATS TEAM! WOOOOO!! Down 4-0 looking dead, score 6. Last night down 3-0, score 8 runs unanswered. I could get used to this!!

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

oh boy, now the million dollar question is can the Nats finally hold a 9th inning lead against the Marlins?

Posted by: rxs85 | August 4, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Did Dukes just puke?

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

They just CANNED some FISH!

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I think MASN is looking for somebody to gush on camera about this game.

Posted by: jp2000 | August 4, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Great inning!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Great fishin' off the back of the boat this time of year.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Will we FINALLY beat the Marlins?!!! Come on MacDougal!!

Posted by: rachel216 | August 4, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

oooh yuck. not the kind of gushing I was hoping to see. Nice camera work, director-person!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

As could we all, Rachel! What an inning! JD - double bourbon and Maalox, please - HotNats - Sam Adams, just pour it in for a NattyDelight-bourbon and Maalox boilermaker. Now for the hard part.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

So what was the percent chance we would lose this one when it was 4-0?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Pretty lucky considering that Marlins walked none and the Nats walked FIVE! Worst game yet for JD but he escapes a loss.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Two games in a row that Dunn has gone yard opposite field. If he can continue to take a shot instead of laying off, he can hit an extra 10 or so homers a year...

Posted by: TimDz | August 4, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Mac on to hold a two-run lead. Ladies and gents, the bourbon and Maalox are on me!

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 4, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

So what was the percent chance we would lose this one when it was 4-0?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse
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ESPN's Gamecast said 88%.

Posted by: BGinVA | August 4, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

BIG first out there...

Posted by: TimDz | August 4, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Good-bye, Hanley R.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Had to be more than 95.4%,because it was a shutout until the 8th. And a strikeout of Hanley!!! If you don't strike him out, do what Martin did - hit him. You'll end up better off.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Here comes MacD--makin' us all nervous.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

"just pour it in for a NattyDelight-bourbon"

Drop the Sam Adams and make it a NattyPirat-Bourbon in honor of Captain Morgan.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Qwwwwick bring in Burnett!!!?

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Bartenender...make mine a double.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | August 4, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Good GOD...Just once can we get a simple 1-2-3 inning to end the game? Is that asking too much...

Where's the Maalox JD?

Posted by: TimDz | August 4, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

It wouldn't be a complete Marlins-Nats game without the bullpen scaring us to death...

Posted by: BGinVA | August 4, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

OK, man, do you want this job or don't you?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

S-T-O-R-E-N.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, Mac, feed him and DP pill.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 4, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

but not this time..

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Yes!!!!!!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 4, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

BREATHE'S OUT....

Posted by: TimDz | August 4, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

ISN'T THIS FUN???!!!!

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

HUUUUUUUUUGE win!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | August 4, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

He did! 6-4-3 DP. Everybody drink up. The bourbon and Maalox are on the house!

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 4, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

YYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!

Damn, THAT FELT GREAT!!!!

Whoo-hoo!!!!

Posted by: HotNats | August 4, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

HELLZ yeah!!

*Happy dance!!*

Posted by: JennX_ | August 4, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

The only thing I can say is..."Had 'em all the way."

Now bring on the AXE commercial....

Posted by: baltova1 | August 4, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Phewwwwww.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

You know, JD, one of these days we're going to hold you to that drink...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, we fried the fish!!!!

Posted by: alm1000 | August 4, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Schweeet!!!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | August 4, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

How many games to 30 under .500?

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

The Pirates broadcast team was saying that the remarkable thing about the Nats was how they never give up. You gotta have heart!

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Idiot

Posted by: alm1000 | August 4, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

My arms are exhausted from waving them dang pom poms. Bizarro world. git r dunn. Make that koolaid a large please.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 4, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

@Sec3: We'll meet somewhere, someday. I'll be the guy wearing the Sam Snead hat with a bottle of Booker's and a jug of Maalox. Be a pleasure...

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 4, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

JD: Duffy's, across from the 9:30?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

You'll probably have to bring the Maalox, I don't think Andy stocks that.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

"This Nationals team does not have the dismal attitude, the dreary clubhouse atmosphere, the palpable cloud of depression that follows a breathtakingly awful team. An upbeat club, even if it lacks talent, can only be so bad. Knowing that you can't be a good team doesn't curse you. Hating your situation, rather than working realistically to improve, is what blights a season."
Tom Boswell, Washington Post Sports, April 20, 2007

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

4 2/3 innings of relief work with one run allowed. Having a bullpen makes a difference.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 4, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Its true they haven't given up ... 7 games to 30 under ... I think they can make it ... starting with 2 wins against FLA and then the Diamondrags.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Well. I think I take the day off work tomorrow, and go to the game...

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, Baltova. Bergie, if you're reading this late: nice work, dude.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

"4 2/3 innings of relief work with one run allowed. Having a bullpen makes a difference."

This time the bullpen was better than the starter. 2 homeruns, a single and four walks in 4.1 innings is NOT good.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

The Riggleman rebound warriors strike again. Late inning heroics are becoming a new thing around here. An attitude adjustment has been made.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 4, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we need a new slogan? How about: "JIMMY! IT's AWN!!"

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

We should get a cook-out going: Bourbon, some Sam Adams, and a whole mess'load of grills for all the Marlins we just caught (do they taste good, or are they a little (sorry about this) gamey?)

Posted by: HotNats | August 4, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Man, that could work. Southwest would be all OVER that, with an actual professional marketing effort.
(ooh, was that negative? my bad.)

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Yes Flynnie...this is fun. I love the way these guys fight! They've been doing it all year and I freakin' LOVE it!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | August 4, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

how many do we have to win and the Mets have to lose, now? Get us out of the cellar!

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

"JIMMY! IT's AWN!!"
OK, this year is pretty much shot, but you gotta lay the groundwork early, and commercial taglines have always been fair game.

"Jimmy-it's on!" could be like a Nats fan handshake. And it doesn't have to make sense.

Ask anyone in the Air Force, "Are you a turtle?" if you don't think it could work.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

BOOOYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Posted by: trezmartin | August 4, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

LOVE Riggs defending Belly!

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the whole "Jimmy, it's ON" is predicated on them keeping Riggleman, I suppose. Still.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Age and treachery, Flynnie. Age and treachery.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

maybe there is something to this nick johnson reverse curse thing.

Posted by: surly_w | August 4, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@Sec3: I can't get out tonight. But Duffy's it is...some night for sure. I'll bring the 'lox...

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 4, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of clutch hitting, if Belliard has a BA of .198 but is over .250 as a pinch-hitter (8 for 29), then is that a clutch hitter?

Because when you are up as a pinch hitter, seems like that is almost by definition a clutch situation. You stats guys, can you look up BA vs. pinch hit BA?

Bases loaded by the Cards against the Mets in the 10th.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Good point, NLady. That would be one example, and why he gets so much respect for a guy currently hitting .200.

And laughing here at Willie Harris's honesty in the postgame.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

You've got to defend your home field,you can't have other ballclubs comming in and sweeping you or winning the series you gotta send a message, hopefully this is the first step, most of you know i've been lobbying for Tim Foli for next year but slowly but surely Riggs is winning me over.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 4, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Let's just try to get to 30 games under .500 before worrying about the Mets. One step at a time.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Pujols just hit a grand slam. Cards 12-7 over the Mets right now.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

What did our Willie say, I missed it.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Naw, ya gotta do long-range dreaming.
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Let's just try to get to 30 games under .500 before worrying about the Mets. One step at a time.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 10:29 PM

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Debbi Taylor: What did you think of Dunn's home run?

Willie: I didn't see it. I was in the bathroom.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Nats_Lady - Is Vin Scully calling the Dodgers game on HiDef? All I'm getting is the Brew Crew, and asw much as I like the Dairystaters, I need Vin!

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

That's a great answer, true or not. She asks the STUPIDEST questions.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

flynnie, I will check and get back to you.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Just switched to that game. Sounds like him.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I need to shoot down the rumors of an ersatz harlan. I am both chicoharlan and Chico Harlan, depending on what computer I'm using. Go ahead, test me. Ask me my middle name. Ask me about my pet. Ask me what street I grew up on.

Patrick.
Lucy.
Driftwood.

Sheinin is covering tonight, so maybe that's the difference. I'll be back for tomorrow's affair.

Posted by: chicoharlan | August 4, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Pedroia GIDP with bases loaded, top of the 11th, 2-2 tie at Tampa.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, then, it's official. I've got the first round.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Chico, we owe you drinks and dinner for having to cover this season! Thanks for checking in, Dude!

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Flynnie, maybe you can get him on GameDay Audio. This is from the Dodgers website:

Scully's voice is often dubbed the "soundtrack to summer" in Los Angeles, where generations of fans have grown up listening to him call Dodger games. In 2009, he will continue to call all Dodger home games and the club's road games against NL West and AL West opponents. While Scully handles all nine innings of the team's television broadcasts, the first three innings of each of his games is simulcast on radio.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Gregory
Grrtie
Gladys Ave (Chicago)

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

No wonder there isn't any sort of "gamer" yet?

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Chico, you grew up in Chicago? So did I, where is Gladys Ave? (Southsider here).

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Better check the "ghost radar" on my iPhone just to ensure that wasn't a "ghost" Chico.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh, sorry, that was sec3. I KNEW there was a reason I liked that guy.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

That's not Chico its sec3 and his sofa.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, NatsLady! Chico, what kind of pet was Lucy? Pittsburgh is too far north to have a dog named as a person. You know the joke - How do you know you're in the South? People name their dogs Joe and their daughters Hunter.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

NMI
Princess Grey and Lady Silver
Blackstone (Chicago)

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

"Blackbeard" or "Thatch"
Salty
Bristol

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

You know, if we were playing the porn star name game (pet name/street name), we'd get some interesting entries here...

I mean Princess Grey Blackstone? Excellent!

Posted by: HotNats | August 4, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Nats_Lady, it's near McCormi... err, USAir Arena. In those days it was Little Italy.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Lol, Salty Bristol's a great one too...

Posted by: HotNats | August 4, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

HNats: I like that. Could change my name--be a lot better than changing it to Ochocinco.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

wait a minute, you're middle name is NMI?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

They changed the name of McCormack Place????

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Sec3: Yeah, that was my mother's idea.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Prince Fielder is batting. Now THERE is a great baseball name, ya gotta admit.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Nats_Lady, are you Peekaboo and Juan Way Street's sister?

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, he's got the pedigree.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Flynnie: not that I know of, but I do have a brother and a sister, and who knows what screen names they are using.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Duckies on Milton Ave ... where many a Nat wannabe may cry in their beer after being optioned to AAA.

Posted by: periculum | August 4, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I know this one will not go over well with this crowd, but could Nick have been the problem all along?

At least with the "Marlins curse" it's now plausible (in my mind) that simply Nick Johnson cannot be on the winning team in a Marlins v. Nats game.

Great win tonight- this is a lot more fun than what I'm used to.

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | August 4, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I was wrong about Ellsbury's GIDP - top of the 10th. Now the Sawx-Rays are tied, bottom of the 11th, Rays at bat. An old fashioned barn-burner!

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 4, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

cheese: Well, the result was what we all hoped for. Nick got a hit and an RBI and Nats won the game.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I was having a Me Moment. The United Center, not McCormick Place, replaced the Chicago Stadium, not U.S. Air Arena, which is/was nowhere near Chicago, obviously.
Don't mind me, I just jump between alternate universes sometimes. Another reason I'm not a journalist.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Still, it's nice to know actual newspapers have run even worse corrections.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Sec3: I'm totally lost by stadium/arena name changes.

But since I went to prom at McCormack Place, I'm glad it's still there.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Real quick point here, folks, then back to prom memories: what's made these last couple-few games different is not that the Nats scored late runs, but that they scored late *unanswered* runs, as Rachel put it. It's maybe been a while, I'll grant you, but way back early in the year, we saw plenty of second-half rallies frittered away by the gaspen.

Now, I really have to go; I'm trying to get tickets the hit show "Ronnie Belliard: I Am Ronnie Belliard," starring Ronnie Belliard as Ronnie Belliard. It's at Woolly Mammoth, through the 16th. Pleez I can haz orkestra seetz?

Posted by: Scooter_ | August 4, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

"4 2/3 innings of relief work with one run allowed. Having a bullpen makes a difference."

Having starting pitching would make an even bigger difference. We're now enjoying the Riggleman effect, which is great especially compared to what we lived through earlier this season, but Riggleman can't go out and start.

Posted by: JohnRDC | August 4, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Vin just raised an interesting issue. They are letting an interpreter in the dugout for Hiroki Kuroda, who only knows a couple phrases of English. Next question: Will they let the interpreter go to the mound with the pitching coach?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 4, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

OK, POTUS can play 48+ Ponce now!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 4, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Our team won. I mean, we WON! HOORAYYYYYYY! And I'm still in shock and am soooooooo excited. By the way, I missed the first inning. Did Nick get a warm greeting? And they said it couldn't be DUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!

Posted by: susandea | August 4, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Susan, Nick got a very good greeting. The crowd was still filing in, but about half of the people in the place gave him a standing O.

And I'd just like to say I called the Adam Dunn shot pre-AB. I also tried calling the pitch, but was two pitches early. But I called the homer! Even the usher heard me!

Posted by: Hokienautic | August 4, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

already newposted, but just to clean this up:

It's a FC by rule when the batter hits into a force out. "Fielder's choice" doesn't require the fielder to have actually had another play.
"FIELDER'S CHOICE is the act of a fielder who handles a fair grounder and, instead of throwing to first base to put out the batter-runner, throws to another base in an attempt to put out a preceding runner. The term is also used by scorers (a) to account for the advance of the batter-runner who takes one or more extra bases when the fielder who handles his safe hit attempts to put out a preceding runner; (b) to account for the advance of a runner (other than by stolen base or error) while a fielder is attempting to put out another runner; and (c) to account for the advance of a runner made solely because of the defensive team’s indifference (undefended steal)."

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minutia, but i think carpenter was wrong when he said the play where nick was thrown out by nyjer morgan was a fielders choice. no way he could have thrown out the batter at first if he wanted to.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | August 4, 2009 7:43 PM

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