Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Since July Turned To August
Quite the remarkable turn of emotions over the past seven days watching Our Washington Nationals.
Since July Turned To August
Washington jettisoned some serious excess baggage in FLop, Paul LoDuca & Johnny Estrada, relieving themselves, and their fans, of under performing veterans.
And added two fresh faces (Emilio Bonafacio & Alberto Gonzalez), then recalled Elijah Dukes from The Disabled List. All three of whom have provided Spark, Energy and Excitement to Our Team.
Played some outstanding defense--much of it due to Our New Number's 6 & 12. But, in playing so well early, Bonifacio's & Gonzalez's hard work has rubbed off on others.
Because as a team they have committed just ONE ERROR--and fielded so well, Last Night's Opponent, The Colorado Rockies resembled on the diamond, Our Washington Nationals play of earlier this year. Key Error after Error by The Rockies--forcing themselves into mistakes, not making the game come to them.
Washington actually has stroked 16 base hits with runners in scoring position since August 1st. In fact, have pretty much knocked the cover off the ball the past four games. What a turnaround.
Only five such knocks in their previous 9 losses ending on July 31st.
Came from behind TWICE to win separate games. The Reds on Saturday Night 10-6 and last night at Coors Field in Denver 9-4.
For the most part--pitched some mighty fine baseball. Tim Redding struggled mightily out of the gate last night, knew it, but had the veteran gumption to pull himself back together, stay in game, watch his teammates fight back and be rewarded The Victory, his 8th of 2008.
Come to trust some fresh faces in the bullpen, Steven Shell, Charlie Manning and Joel Hanrahan.
And found Our Manager Manny Acta able to manipulate his OWN lineup with hot hitters and fielders, not bound by a player's contract, forcing his hand in the Batting Order.
At a time most teams would have just played out the string, not cared, totally given up, Our Washington Nationals are now competing with enthusiasm, passion--THE WANTING OF WEARING A NATIONALS UNIFORM. This Current 25 Man Roster is playing like THEY WANT TO REPRESENT THE NATION'S CAPITAL. What a fresh breath of air to witness Our Team Excited to be on the field of play--throughout each of the past four games. Honestly, the contrast is stark.
No, this hot streak is not going to last forever and Our Washington Nationals have a long way to go to right a listing ship, but Since July Turned To August, Our Washington Nationals have won 4 Straight--their longest winning streak of the season.
No one would have predicted that just seven days ago.
No one would have expected the uplifting feeling now surrounding Our Team.
No one could imagine all that negativism building around Our Washington Nationals being push behind--hopefully for a long, long time.
Yeah, they are still 28 games below .500, still dead last in The National League East, but you can't say Major League Baseball in Washington, DC has not been fun Since July Turned To August.
No, you can't. The 2008 Season, as difficult has it's been, might have some saving grace after all. Our 2009 Version of Our Washington Nationals, Our Future, may well have finally found some real core players. That's worth cheering for.
How about that Bonifacio?! Wow!! He is EXCITING.
Quite Remarkable Actually--The Feeling This Morning--How Vastly Different from the previous Four Months of This Season. All Since July Turned To August.
Last Night's InGame Photo--(AP) David Zalubowski
PS--But I still wish Our General Manager Jim Bowden would no longer allow Our Team to play shorthanded. Until Ryan Zimmerman pinch hit last night, Our Washington Nationals were again playing three men short. "The Guz", "Z" and Dukes all down. Cristian Guzman should have been put on the DL--TWO WEEKS AGO. Again, a medical non-move that just makes no sense. What will happen now with Alberto Gonzalez's "Contustion" of his rear end?
Like The African Queen always says: "Day-To-Day has been the bain of my existence this season." More like--A Pain In The Butt would be more fitting--today.