The Nationals just defeated the Phillies 11-6 at Citizen’s Bank Park in an exciting back and forth game. After the Nats squandered a 6-2 lead, they blew up in the 9th inning, getting five runs off of closer Tom Gordon. They must have hit three balls off the wall in the inning.
I heard on the telecast that this marks the first time since 2005 that the Nationals are above .500. They have tomorrow off before they try to go 3-0 in Philly. More on the game later. I’m now up 1-0 in the 3rd Annual Cheesesteak/Half-smoke Challenge.
Photos from Opening Night coming soon.
Don’t let the lack of logo (I’m nearly finished) fool you, the 3rd Annual Cheesesteak/Half-Smoke Challenge is on! Cliff and I are continuing our annual “mayors bet” on the Nationals vs. Phillies series this season. Since his Fleas won last year, the foodstuff he is defending gets top billing.
Right now, the series is tied 1-1. My 2006 victory was acquired in dramatic late-night fashion. It was a tasty cheesesteak.
We are trying to come up with a tie-breaker. Something like total runs or overall record will not do either.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ryan Zimmerman sent a telegram to the baseball world this evening: “I am Mr. Walkoff.” The fourth-year third baseman did with a ninth inning solo home run into the left field seats. His homer won the first game at Nationals Park for the home team. This may be even better than his Father’s Day 2006 home run to beat the Yankees or July 4, 2006 homer to beat Florida.
I think they cheated us out of hearing “Bustin’ Loose” though.
I will have more to say tomorrow, though possibly not until lunch. I’m tired and hoarse from yelling “Mr. Walkoff.”
UPDATE 6:27 p.a. Monday morning Video of the homer, courtesy of Awful Announcing.
MLB.com video added 09.10.2011