Saturday, July 05, 2008
The pall over the latest injury to Our Washington Nationals could be felt all the way from the Ohio River to the Potomac River tonight. Elijah Dukes going down hard, with an injury to his right knee chasing down a fly ball by Jay Bruce in left field at The Great American Ballpark in the bottom of the seventh. This anxious moment brought total silence.
Quiet In Our House. Quiet from Charlie & Dave on the radio. And even quiet from Our General Manager Jim Bowden, on hand, standing with this incredulous look on his face. Every one of us wondering--How much worse could it possibly get? Are the 2008 Version of Our Washington Nationals cursed?
The Baseball Gods not looking favorably on the team that calls The Nation's Capital it's home this year.
This one was cruel. While chasing down a fly ball over his head, Our Number 34 turned twice on the stroked ball. Twirling backwards, Dukes starting limping on his right knee, before he even caught the baseball. Did he ever go down hard. In pain, Elijah looked mighty hurt--Seriously. Eventually, he was carted off the field, walking gingerly to the ambulance cart.
Honestly, I couldn't believe it. The entire play seemed so innocent, nothing overly stressful for a good athlete.
You have to feel for him. Over the past month, Elijah Dukes has arguably been our most exciting and best player. After a slow start, Our Number 34 has been developing the many athletic talents he truly possesses for the game. How sad that he is also now down--adding to the ever growing injury list. A right patella (knee cap) injury strain the latest update. No word on how serious. MRI to come.
It's just sad. Very, very sad. Sohna and I only wish the best for Elijah Dukes' full recovery.
For once, I am actually lost for words.
And the sting took the fire out of tonight's game. The Cincinnati Reds coming back to defeat Our Washington Nationals 3-2 on a walkoff single to left by Former Montreal Expos Farmhand Brandon Phillips.