Tuesday, June 10, 2008
If Chad Cordero makes a mistakes--he fesses up. So does Ryan Zimmerman, Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns and Ronnie Belliard. Not one of these five players for Our Washington Nationals makes excuses for a bad effort. That honesty is something Washington is missing right now.
You can blame all Our Woes On Management; On Personnel; On Fate--if you so desire. But, how many of you were claiming Our Washington Nationals had a potentially potent lineup BEFORE the 2008 Season Began? And a very strong bench? Many, if I recall. Right now, injuries and bad starts have curtailed forward movement. This team is struggling. Some of which is beyond any one's control.
When your bench players become starters--your team is in trouble.
Wily Mo Pena and FLop aside (because they simply are not producing)--The Growing Disabled List has hurt Our Everyday Lineup. "Z", NJ, "Bluegrass" and "The Ballplayer" give their all every single time out on the field. And, "The Most Thrilling Closer In The Game" is a stand up guy. If the "Chief Cardiologist" fails in any ball game--Chad Cordero posts up at his locker and takes the heat--and responsibility. Fault--many on Our Current Roster are unwilling to meet.
A good attitude is a necessity for an athlete.
No one can tell me that missing FIVE KEY PLAYERS has not hurt Our Lineup. No one can tell me "They weren't playing well beforehand because they are BAD BALLPLAYERS." That's a bunch of crap. Each and everyone of those five players are professional. And as badly as Austin Kearns began 2008--he is nowhere near an under .200 hitter. A terrible start which also has affected his STELLAR defensive capabilities.
Sometimes players go in a rut. And sometimes, cumulatively, things don't go a team's way.
But, as far as I am concerned--these five players LOVE THE GAME and compete every single night--whether or not they are always successful. Eight Players on The Disabled List curtails ANY PROGRESS. Especially when those guys are willing to take the pressure. Numbers 32, 11, 24, 25 & 10 take responsibility. They are veterans and each and everyone one of them--understands what it takes to be A PROFESSIONAL.
Our Washington Nationals miss that. Much of which--has hurt our capabilities through the first 67 games of 2008. Don't discount that fact--no matter how much you want to place blame on someone. Anyone--for that matter.
Questioning is fine. Debating is fine. Not looking at the overall picture is selling the situation short. Few can win with half your everyday lineup injured.
"The Ballplayer" was the difference in tonight's affair at PNC Park against The Pittsburgh Pirates. You can give Elijah Dukes Credit for his two out double in the top of the ninth. You can give Lastings Milledge Credit for his game winning Two Run Homer--moments later. That was SWEET!!--even for me. But, you can't discount The Professionalism of Ronnie Belliard tonight. Our Number 10 was the spark plug--energy missing over the past few weeks with Our Washington Nationals being shorthanded.
He led by example.
Professionalism needed in Manny's lineup with Cordero, Zimmerman, Johnson & Kearns still missing.
Our Washington Nationals are a far better team than shown so far this season. A turnaround possible, if all their expected regulars return to every day duty.
Just look at what Ronnie Belliard provided at PNC Park this evening in a 7-6 Thriller over The Pittsburgh Pirates. He was The Game Changer.
We miss all of them.
Tonight's InGame Photo--(AP) Gene J. Puskar
PS--Take a look at this link of Manny getting hot at Elijah Dukes after Milledge's Home Run. Good Stuff. Really sends home the message written in my post above. What I don't know is if Milledge also got dressed down--for showing off. Boy--would I ever wish to ask Manny about that.