Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Its Raining Runs
The Loud Clapping of Thunder was heard overhead for the first time tonight. There was hope, after all. Maybe, just maybe-luck would be on our side. Because at that point, Our Washington Nationals were already down 9-0, the bases were again loaded and The Detroit Tigers Brandon Inge was at the plate. Oh yeah-there was also just One Out.
"Do you think we can get a Rain Out? Please!!" I stated. The very next pitch my prayers were answered. Only the thunder clap that followed was the sound of that Wood Bat Thumping The Baseball, AGAIN--this time off a Levale Speigner fastball driven by Inge to right center scoring everyone. At that point, I realized it had been raining all night long--in the fashion of RUNS scored by The Detroit Tigers.
Our Washington Nationals got routed this evening. A Downright Colossal Beating. One of those nights YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO WIN. When The Tigers had finished off the ample onslaught this muggy night at RFK Stadium, the final score was 15-1. By the 7th inning, the announced crowed of 22,227 had been reduced to Friends & Family Size. Not many were left watching.
Jason Simontacchi got ROCKED for 10 runs--10 Earned Runs in just three innings of work. Its hard to believe his ERA only rose to 6.31. And, only Billy Traber was unscored upon among the four Nationals relievers that followed Simontacchi. This game was so far out of hand--The African Queen and I spent the final four innings talking and visiting with friends. Why not, the baseball game had little interest.
Unfortunately, I can't call this massacre "Forgettable". Because, if you witnessed this debacle--you will remember it. How could you not? Rarely do baseball games get SO FAR out of hand. At RFK Stadium tonight--The Clouds Surely Opened Up--It WAS RAINING RUNS--almost all at the hands of The Detroit Tigers.
Those Guys Can Hit!
Game Notes & Highlights:
For the second consecutive night, Marcus Thames reached the Upper Deck, this time to Section 445--fourth row. Surprisingly, this Home Run was also hit off the same Nats Pitcher as last nights clout to Section 443--Winston Abreu. Marcus HAMMERED THAT PITCH TONIGHT--the baseball's flight MAJESTIC.
In the bottom of the first, Detroit Tigers Starter Chad Durbin threw an outside fastball to the left handed swinging Cristian Guzman that "The Guz" fouled off behind the Nationals Third Base Dugout. The baseball bounced on the walkway directly in front of Section 320, caromed over my head and landed in the row right behind. So, I reached over and picked it up. In all the baseball games I have attended over the many years--this is only the second baseball I have ever retrieved. The First coming in 2005, when Vinny Castilla fouled one directly into my hands while Sohna and I were sitting in the Upper Deck behind First Base during a game against The Atlanta Braves.
During the 5th inning--regular Nats320 Reader and Commenter Eddie Cunningham stopped by to visit. He cracked The African Queen up when he mentioned to her that "She Owes Me" for not allowing me to watch last Saturday's Game at Toronto on TV because I had promised her that Saturday was Her Day. It was very funny. Eddie & I chatted in the tunnel just to the left of Section 320 for some time.
Later, in the 7th, another Nats320 Reader HJMcK came by to introduce himself, meet Sohna and talk for the very first time. . Initially, we all began talking in the seats-then HJMcK and I moved down to the Tunnel to continue the conversation. All while My Best Friend!! Screech came by for some fun. So, I introduced Screech to him. I lost track of the game for an inning as HJMcK told me he is also a Native Washingtonian and loves the fact that Our Washington Nationals relocating here gives all of us a TRUE HOMETOWN TEAM. I couldn't agree with him more. We had a fine chat. Hopefully, he will come back and see us soon.
Of course Little Abby was in attendance tonight in Section 320 with her parents Becky & Mike in tow (as always). Sohna, Mike & I got into this very long conversation covering various topics--the most interesting was finding out how many friends and colleagues we both knew either from my growing up in Alexandria, Virginia. Or, Mike working with or alongside these same folks over the years. Quite stunning actually.
Finally--Sitting in Section 320 tonight were a few Potomac Nationals Players. Apparently, they had just returned from a long roadtrip and had today off. So, a few of them stopped by RFK Stadium to see their Parent Club. I didn't recognize all of the players, but I had met Justin Maxwell in Viera during Our Spring Training Trip this past February. Maxwell is a talented young outfielder with Speed, A Throwing Arm & Power. Pretty Nice Tools that any Major League Team would covet.
Spotting Maxwell walking up the stairs--I took the opportunity to go over and speak with him briefly. Pleased to find out--he remembered Our Chat. The Former University of Maryland Star told me he has a Staph Infection, but will be cleared to play soon. Out of nowhere, Justin was having a fabulous early season run at Low A Ball Hagerstown before being promoted to Potomac last week. "Its all about confidence," he told me. "I understand what is expected of me. Before, this season--I was struggling. I didn't know the pitchers and what they could do. It hurt me. (Yet, you were injured also--SBF) "Yes, injuries set me back. Its amazing how much better you can do when you are not thinking about being hurt. Just play ball." (Have you had the opportunity to speak with Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden? Has he told you what the team expects from you? "Yes, we have talked briefly. I think they want to see what I can do when I am healthy. Which, despite this minor setback (The Infection), I am doing well. I'm looking forward to getting back to playing at Potomac."
Only for a few minutes did we speak-but I enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with him.
Sohna and I send out our best to Robert Fick--who lost his mother this morning after a long illness.
PS--Do notice in the Scoreboard Picture at the top of the post--it reads that The Tigers are Batting in The Top of The 10th!! Knowing how much fun we have in Section 320 laughing at the consistent scoreboard mistakes for nearly three years now--I couldn't help but chuckle over this one. Can you imagine if an actual Major League Game went Extra Innings and one team scored 14 runs. That would be Fabulous to SEE!!
Also--speaking of Scoreboard mistakes--Our Washington Nationals were thanking Major Corporate Sponsors tonight for attending between innings on the Video Board in rightcenterfield. Every one of us in Section 320 cracked up when the electronic board read: EXXON MOBILE (Yes, that's right--EXXON MOBILE!!! With An "E" on the end) Let's only hope that EXXON MOBIL (No "E" on the end) does not want to be The New Stadium Naming Rights Sponsor. How can you miss something like that? EXXON MOBIL one of the largest cash cow organizations on the planet. Just flat out funny.
Tonight's InGame Photos--(AP) Nick Wass