Saturday, May 26, 2007
Having to take The African Queen to a Black Tie Affair tonight in Washington, DC, I had no opportunity to watch tonight's 8-6 loss to The St. Louis Cardinals. Tivo gave me the replay--but for the most part it was fairly forgettable. Some very poor starting pitching, an inability to have the big inning with the bases loaded by Our Washington Nationals and a mind boggling mental mistake in the 4th--an error that directly led to the game changing BIG INNING OF THIS GAME. Although, the 9th inning comeback by Washington before the rain began to come down in buckets was quite interesting. The momentum had changed. The Rain Killed the Rally.
So, I just have some comments about two moments during this ballgame.
In the bottom of the 4th with the bases loaded for The Cardinals, Scott Spezio hit a ONE HOPPER right at Dimitri Young. With every single runner believing Young had caught the ball--all Dimitri had to do was tag Albert Pujols standing directly in front of him ( Albert believing he had to get back to first base), then jog over to first to step on the bag and retire Spezio for a inning ending, rally killing, double play. Instead, Young made a terrible decision. No decision at all. Instead of following through and getting at least one out, Number 21 froze, bitched momentarily at First Base Umpire Tom Hallion, while all the St. Louis runners took off again. David Eckstein ran hard all the way home--and Young FINALLY threw the ball to Brian Schneider way too late. Dimitri Did Not attempt to tag Pujols. He DID NOT STEP ON FIRST. Not a single Cardinals Runner was retired. St. Louis went on the score 4 more runs---building a commanding 8-1 Lead. Just an awful choice by Dimitri Young. I understand he's not much of a fielder, but to totally freeze on a ball he surely knew HE DID NOT CATCH, just ludicrous!! The Result of this play basically decided the outcome early. Wow, Dimitri--I would love to ask you what you were thinking on that one?
When Jim Edmonds scorched an opposite field grounder RIGHT AT, AND PAST RYAN ZIMMERMAN this evening, it brought back memories of something I noticed about Ryan's game in 2006. Number 11 is, without a doubt, one of the finest fielders I have ever seen going to his left and right, charging in on the chopper or bunt-while throwing to first. And, the BEST I have EVER SEEN at chasing foul balls down the right field line. On all those plays, Ryan Zimmerman is a Gold Glover. But, what he continues to have problems with are smashes RIGHT AT HIM. Granted, they are scary shots, downright smokers giving Ryan split second reaction time. They don't call it the "HOT CORNER" for nothing. I am not here to criticize him-he's just too fine of a young player. If at all possible though, I would love to see him improve his play on balls hit DIRECTLY AT HIM. Earlier this week, another "AT-HIM" Ball ate him up. Edmonds' tonight the same, both hits resulting in run scoring plays. Just something I have noticed after watching Ryan Zimmerman so closely over the past year and one half at RFK STADIUM.
Tonight's InGame Photo--(AP) Tom Gannam