Wednesday, July 25, 2007
No Excuse!! NONE!!
When you have rallied back from behind, in the 9th inning to take the lead, have two outs against your opponent and their batter is down to his last strike--there is LITTLE EXCUSE FOR ERROR!! Jimmy Rollins was at the plate for Philadelphia, two outs, two strikes and he lofts a routine, but long fly to left centerfield. Ryan Church had the ball in his glove, but Ryan Langerhans interceded, getting in the way.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN WE WITNESS OUR PLAYERS NOT CALL THE BALL!! This has been a problem all season long!! Really, its not as difficult as it seems. Its certainly not as written off as "difficult" by some announcers. Am I ever tired of that cover story. Sometimes you have to place blame. Quite Frankly, THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT.
No Excuse that, with the GAME's FINAL OUT Right in front of them--My Main Man!! Ryan Church and Ryan Langerhans could not figure out who catches that fly ball. No Excuse that Church short hopped a throw to Felipe Lopez after dropping the ball. No excuse, that Rollins--seeing FLop lazily move toward Church's throw, and the comedy of errors playing out in front of him--ran hard around third--knowing this was his chance to score the tying run. Only to see FLop finally pick up the baseball and SHORTHOP a throw to Brian Schneider at the plate. No EXCUSE for that TERRIBLE THROW that should have thrown out Rollins at the plate--by a MILE!!! A toss that Schneider could not handle. A scored triple and error that tied this game, and eventually handed Our Washington Nationals an AWFUL 7-5 Loss in 14 innings. Yes, Ryan Howard beat us again with a two run shot off Chris Booker, his 13th career Home Run against Washington.
As happy as I was, expectantly, with a marvelous comeback by Washington in the top of the 9th--devastated I became when Our Washington Nationals just flat out blew it in the bottom of the 9th!! This loss had nothing to do with being out manned. It had nothing to do with being outgunned. This loss had EVERYTHING TO DO WITH NOT BEING COMPETENT--WITH THE GAME ON THE LINE!!
Just an unacceptable loss. How many times have we witnessed in Section 320, time and time again--our players not CALLING FOR THE BALL!! Its a basic concept and skill of the game. Every Single Person who has ever played this great game should understand that. I don't care if you are an outfielder or pitcher--you should be able to properly call the ball and catch it.
There is NO EXCUSE FOR WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
JUST AN AWFUL LOSS!! I don't care if we are a last place team or not. This one HURTS--BADLY!!!
And, to think--just moments earlier, I was about to post this:
This was remarkable! Down 4-2 entering the top of the 9th inning against The Philadelphia Phillies, even I did not expect a comeback. Yet, as Our Washington Nationals have proven, time and time again, this 2007 season--they may be outgunned, but definitely not outmanned. Really, who had Our Team to come from behind in the final inning to win? And, in such an unusual way?
Clutch hitting from Tony Batista. Now, how many of you, including me, were screaming at your television--"NOT TONY??!!" when Our Manager sent Batista to the plate to pinch hit? Didn't Number 77 Prove us wrong. And finally, Jesus Flores--Our Terrific Rule V Draftee--provided his finest hit in the clutch with the game on the line to put Our Washington Nationals in the lead.
All we needed now was "The Most Thrilling Closer In The Game" to finish it off. Chad Cordero, in the spirit of the rally, shutdown the home team tonight. Shutting up Citizens Bank Park and sending many of those Phillie Faithful home in an extremely disgruntled mood. Of course, this was really a 5-4 UNEXPECTED VICTORY--possibly one of the finest of this season. Now many times have Our Washington Nationals played just well enough to lose. This evening in South Philadelphia--Our Team showed some serious moxie.
That sounded pretty good, didn't it? As it turned out, that was all fantasy. Our Washington Nationals were dreaming. Unthinking in their effort during the fatal ninth, and distracted with the game on the line. I know, this is pretty harsh from me, But Our Washington Nationals Deserve it tonight. Possibly, the worst loss of 2007. There is NO EXCUSE FOR CHURCH AND LANGERHANS in the 9th. NONE!!
Just a TERRIBLE LOSS!!
A defeat that included Our Manager Manny Acta running out of position players. An unexpected thrashing that just has to hurt Manny where it counts this most--his gut. Do I ever feel sorry for Manny tonight.
Baseball is the most Exceptional Game. Tonight, The Great Game showed how wrenching an adventure any of its battles can be. For some time, I will not be able to forget this one. Honestly, I doubt if I will be able to sleep tonight.
Do you think Manny will?
Tonight's InGame Photos--(AP) Rusty Kennedy