Two out of three ain’t bad

Here is the lineup (courtesy of Nationals Journal) that the Nationals used yesterday in beating the hated, cowardly, subsidized Orioles:

Bernadina – 8
Guzman – 2
Dukes – 9
Boone – 3
Casto – 5
Pena – 7
Harris – 4
Nieves – 2
Bergmann – 1

That is pretty far from a murderous row isn’t it? Yet, despite such an uninspiring lineup, the Nats found a way to win. Ronnie Belliard (Video — someone get this on youtube or Redlasso!) hit a two-run shot in the 12th to walkoff with the win this series and tie the season series. I’m pretty sure the Nats lead the all-time series too, despite the fact that they have to subsidize the Orioles because Peter Angelo$ is a coward.

Oh to have been there.

Belliard’s Blast Lifts Nats in 12thThe Post

Thom Loverro: Bragging rights don’t leave D.C.The Wash. Times

Oh and this is now your head (my apologies) so you might as well watch it:

As heard on Northeast Pennsylvania’s WKRZ three times a day

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Nats win, tie up Battle of the Beltways

Nationals Double Up on Visiting OriolesThe Post
Nationals finding a high noteThe Wash. Times
Nationals turn to Casto, Harris for offenseThe Free Lance-Star
Cabrera misses againThe Sun
Kory Casto beats Peter Angelo$. Sweet! Now, go win the next two.

Please trade FLop (The Post) to the Baltimore (The Wash. Times) — Angelo$ deserves players like Felipe Lopez.

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Why we Fight: Baltimore Orioles

Starting tomorrow night, the Nats face off against the hated Orioles owned by the villainous Peter Angelo$, the guy who voted against the team being here, was undeservingly given 90% of the Nationals TV rights by MLB and then kept the Nats off of TV for almost two years. Rather than rehash all the reasons that he and his franchise should be hated by every Washingtonian and probably all Baltimoreans too, I’ll just point you to my newest blogger label — Peter Angelos is a coward. Why should Washingtonians be punished because he is afraid of competition from a city over an hour away or from teams in his division?

Family obligations and a birthday party for a friend will send me to Pennsylvania this weekend, so for the first time I won’t be going to a D.C. series between our home town team and the Angelo$ scum. Boo lustily for me in my absence. I will make up for it next season.

Oh and don’t forget, it is Nationals Conversion Day on Sunday:

The first 10,000 fans that bring in any old MLB merchandise – hats, t-shirts, anything – can trade it in for a brand-new Nats Curly W cap courtesy of ExxonMobil.

They could not have picked a better opponent to do it against.

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Nats chats for 0.6.25.2008

Washington NationalsThe Post
“Washington Post Nationals beat writer Chico Harlan will be online Wednesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. ET to take your questions and comments about the Washington Nationals.”

Nationals Chat 06-25The Wash. Times
“Nationals beat writer Mark Zuckerman answers all of your Nationals questions this Wednesday at 1 p.m.”

Suggested topics:

The Nats training and medical staffs

Is Paul Lo Duca the worst Nat ever?

Is Barry Svrluga patting himself on the back for moving to a different beat?

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Ultimate Sports Roadtrip visits Nationals Park

Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell of The Ultimate Sports Roadtrip, attended last weekend’s games at Nationals Park. These two guys from Buffalo have been to every venue in each of the traditionally four big North American sports leagues (and then some). Back in 2005, I (unknowingly) talked to one of them during batting practice of a Nats vs. Cubs game at RFK.

Aside from the Nats Express buses to RFK, they seemed to enjoy the new park. No mention of half-smokes though, I hope they got to sample some. I will link to their official review when it comes up, in the meantime, here is what they blogged about the trip:

DC Road Trip Day 3
Nats “Express”? HARDLY!
DC Road Trip Day 2 – Hello Nationals Park!
DC Road Trip – Sightseeing around Washington

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