Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Except for one short stint earlier this summer, FLop has performed poorly in 2007. Really, I am not sure why. But, at times--he looks disinterested. That's just my view from afar, although I have never seen a baseball player go day after day showing less emotion. Never does Felipe Lopez seem to smile. All making me wonder whether he enjoys playing THIS GREAT GAME.
Last night--a crucial error on a grounder up the middle by Los Angeles speedster Juan Pierre. Lopez's miscue could have been a rally killing double play in that decisive seventh inning. An effort that would have made Reliever Chris Schroder more of a HERO in his first real attempt to prove he belongs in a pressure situation. Instead, with Ray King now in, the bouncing baseball glanced off Felipe's heel of his glove for an error. Loading the bases, King, unable to put out the fire. A Game Saving Situation that turned sour on a simple Sacrifice Fly given up to the very next Dodger Hitter--Andre Ethier. Los Angeles scoring the go ahead and eventual 4th winning run of this affair.
A 4-3 defeat saddled on Chris Schroder that just has me wondering about FLop. Yeah, he had two hits last night--but he also made a key fielding error the evening before, in another close 5-4 loss at Dodger Stadium. Never have I been able to understand Felipe. Rarely is Lopez available for interviews with the media. Does anyone really know anything about him? Its OK to be quiet and private. Really, I can understand that part of being a public figure. Its just that FLop looks lost.
Earlier this summer, when Our Number 2 began to play well for a stretch, I remember reading a report that Felipe was getting over some personal problems. A possible excuse for his early poor play. Fine. Yet, nothing more has been written about those incidents since. So--where is FLop's head now?
I don't know--but Felipe Lopez is nowhere near The All-Star Player he was selected as just two seasons ago. Yeah--"The Guz" being hurt, resulting in the moving of Felipe back to shortstop has also hurt his progress. But, that still doesn't make up for the almost apathetic approach to the game seen most every day playing for Our Washington Nationals.
Felipe--whatever it is--get through it. You are a far more talented player than shown in 2007. Your Mental Lapses are killing Your Game and Our Team's--as well.
PS--Its been a very busy Television News Week for me while Our Washington Nationals have been in Los Angeles. Really, I have not had any time to watch most of the past two games. But, I am paying attention.
PSS--Although I did watch the first two innings last night before heading to sleep and got a kick out of the always late arriving Dodger Crowd. When that game got underway, it looked like a Nats/Marlins Match up--whether the game was being played in RFK or South Florida--you can choose. Eventually--49,698 was the announced crowd. And, I am sure most of them left in the 7th inning also. Gotta Love LA!!
Of course--in 2005 when Nats Fans showed up in DROVES at RFK, Our Crowd never really settled in before the 4th inning either. Still today--many leave after the 7th inning also--even with a tie or close game at hand. We have talked about this, at length, in Section 320. Its understandable on a work night or school night. But, on a Friday or Saturday Night--Where EXACTLY are all you supposed fans going? Just Curious.
Tonight's InGame Photo--(AP) Chris Carlson