Nats winning record bid ends in penultimate game of 2011, Florida Marlins and Sun Life Stadium

Nationals vs. Marlins: Bryan Petersen hits walk-off homer to deny WashingtonThe Post
Ninth-inning loss costs Nats a chance for winning seasonThe Wash. Times
The Washington Nationals bid for a winning record in 2011 ended in the penultimate game of of the season. A ninth inning home run by the Florida Marlins Bryan Petersen off a Doug Slaten resulted in loss #81 for the Nats. A win tonight, in the final game of the Florida Marlins before they leave Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphin/Dolphins/Land Shark/Sun Life Stadium for a new ballpark in Miami, would leave Washington with a 80-81 record for the season. Third place is already clinched for the first time since 1945 for D.C. according to @MarkZuckerman when there were no divisions.

Today’s game is a 4:10 p.m. start with Stephen Strasburg on the mound for the Nats and South Florida native Chris Volstad for the Marlins. Don’t be shocked if ¡LIVAN! gets into the game — he was the hero of the 1997 Marlins that won the World Series over the Cleveland Indians.

Michael Morse may be done for the year (and what a year it wasThe Wash. Times) and Ryan Zimmerman might be too (nationals.com).

This is what the new Miami Marlins will wear on their cap next season:

The Miami Marlins are really going to wear this on their caps

Canadian Chris Creamer’s Remembering the Florida Marlins Identity, 1993-2011 is worth a read. By the way, according to Nationals Journal (The Post) we want the Toronto Blue Jays to win tonight and finish .500 so that the Nats are 16th overall:

If the Nationals finish in the top 15 overall, their first-round pick would not be protected if they sign a Type A free agent. In other words, the Nationals would lose their first round pick if they sign a top-tier free agent. But if the Nationals finished in the bottom 15, their first-round pick would be protected and they would lose only a second-round pick if they sign a Type A free agent.

I’m really going to miss the Nats.

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