The Potomac River is near flood stage as it boils through the rapids at Great Falls, a crescendo of roaring noise. Further downstream from that much photographed natural beauty, at Nationals Park, a wave of human noise has not even begun to crest as fans of the Washington Nationals cheer a team that has risen […]
Six years ago to the day, the Washington Nationals sat atop the National League East with a three game lead over the Braves. They would remain in first place in the summer of 2005 until July 26th. Since the end of July 2005, the Nationals have been lost in the wilderness, searching for team defense, […]
At his best Nyjer Morgan is a scrappy, prototypical lead off guy. Â Diminutive in size, he plays with grit and determination. He hurt himself sliding head-first into second base one too many times a season ago. But in 2010 he committed a multitude of sins, not the greatest of which was running into the Cardinal […]
Cuba and Puerto Rico are never as close as when Pudge and Livan Hernandez are Nationals battery mates. Â Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy said watching the two seasoned pros, “It’s like they are playing catch in the park.” Â They are two of the most senior players in the game and still two of the most fun […]
The Washington Nationals have a negative run differential of minus fourteen, yet a winning record at 12-10. Â When they have been bad they have been horrid, but give their bullpen a lead into the late innings and they have been extra-ordinary. Tyler Clippard and Matt Capps have done it by allowing a scant three runs–two […]
Five days in the Florida sun watching baseball without commuting on Metro, conference calls from hell, or stereo political rhetoric. Â How can the crowds be so small down here when the grass is so green?
The almost three feet of snow in front of the house is melting, but during the white out conditions last week the Nationals fought through it all to sign Chien-Ming Wang. Â Were the Nationals snow-blinded to the big risks of signing Wang? Â There is little chance they are getting the pitcher who won nineteen games […]
Hope, optimism and positive energy are in the air as baseball fans count down the days until Opening Day. It all starts with spring training, which means fans break out the Bermuda shorts and players break out the following clichÃ©: â€œIâ€™m in the best shape of my life.â€ Everyone in camp says that, with the […]