I go away for a family wedding (and sun, surf, food & drink, etc.) on the Grand Strand (more to come) and it gets a little exciting in Natstown. Or at least on Washington Nationals first western road trip of the season. I thought the timing of my spring break and that trip were ideal, but a few things happened:
Ryan Zimmerman to the DL, retroactive to April 21. That’s pretty much what I expected the moment I saw Mark De Rosa playing third from the left field stands at my friend Fritz’s bachelor party. Get well Zim! Brad Lidge went there too — sports hernia. That’s okay.
Checking Twitter on Friday, I saw Bryce Harper was getting called up for the second two games of the series at the Los Angeles Dodgers. That was kind of surprising, on the service time and baseball fronts. On the former, Harper is under club control through 2018 (@MarkZuckerman). On the latter, he was hitting .250 (MiLB.com) with exactly one more homer than I’ve hit this year. Yet, the situation and that bench that Davey Johnson was so proud of prompted Harper’s promotion. The 19 year old has held up his end so far.
Did I pull up the archived radio broadcasts of Harper’s first at-bat (and pregame) from both the Nats (Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler) and Dodgers (Vin Scully) feeds? I sure did.
He plays his first baseball game in D.C. tonight, but Harper has already played softball on the Washington Monument grounds (The Nats Enquirer). That’s awesome – like Willie Mays and stickball in Harlem. He’s growing on me.
He was also mooned in L.A. (Deadspin). Smart fans there in Chavez Ravine.
Harper has continued wearing stirrups as well, which I noticed back in the spring.
Meanwhile, the team is losing. After winning their first six series, they have 4 losses in a row, including a sweep against the Dodgers. Oof. Tonight the Nats host the Arizona Diamondbacks — I may have a guest prognosticator set up for that series later. It should be a beautiful night in Nationals Park tonight. Jordan Zimmermann is pitching.
I read this as Peter Angelos trolling the Nats (The Sun) again.