Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Missing Spark
From The Inaugural 2005 Season of Our Washington Nationals through 2007, you could never doubt how hard Washington's Team played the game. No--Our Team was far from the best. But, hustle, desire and just plain gamesmanship was always evident. Even when Our Washington Nationals lost--I could rarely complain about their effort. They Had Spark!!
The Love Of The Game was always evident.
Camaraderie--lacking more and more from Version 4.0 of Our Washington Nationals. Don't get me wrong. I will always love Our Team, but when Nick Johnson, Chad Cordero, Ryan Zimmerman and Austin Kearns all are down at the same time--direction has been lost.
Over the past few games at The Metrodome in Minneapolis--Our Washington Nationals played some bad baseball. They were barely competitive. Understandably, they are shorthanded and are saddled with competing with many players still learning The Major League Game.
Everyone knows--Injuries are a part of the sport. They are unavoidable.
I am fine with that.
I can live with the youth.
I can live with the losses.
I can live with the errors.
And I can live with poor pitching and non--timely hitting.
What I can't live with is the feeling that SOME DO NOT CARE.
Watching this afternoon's game on TV against The Minnesota Twins--while at work editing our news story for this day--two moments shown on the tube really bothered me.
Already down by five runs--a certain player for Our Washington Nationals flies out. Not two minutes later, the picture shown on MASN depicts the same player relaxing and winking about something with another player--most likely not related to the game. Later, with the score 8-2 Twins, a dugout shot shows a couple of players chatting and laughing.
Those moments did not settle well with me.
Now--I don't know the entire circumstances of the situations. But with Our Team nearing another three game losing streak--I sure would not have minded seeing a little more concern from Our Ball Club's Players. Could they have shown more interest in the game? Those two images just sit in my mind. So much so, after chatting with a few of my friends about the incidents--each and everyone expressed the same apprehensions.
Our Collective Conclusions.
Someone Needs To Set A Fire Under Our Team.
No matter what the score. No matter what the situation. No matter how desperate things may be.
We only want to see Players for Our Washington Nationals That Care.
We want to see an Honest Effort From Them.
We want to see their Competitive Nature--Each and Every Game.
We want to see their Love Of The Game Depicted on The Field.
And we want to see Gamesmanship--Spirit.
That Spark Missing so far in 2008.
What we don't want to see is anyone giving up.
That's all we ask.
And that's not much from loyal fans to ask of Our Washington Nationals.
No--not much at all.
Today's InGame Photo--(AP) Hannah Foslien