Bryce Harper is too good to be true; Nats split with Rockies; people are watching/listening

Bryce Harper loves Washington, and says he wants to play his entire career in the cityThe Post
Bryce Harper has decided as a 19 year old that he wants to stay in the D.C. area forever as a member of the Washington Nationals. He’s living in Pentagon City and I never wanted to move out of Pentagon City either, so I see his point. Still, a really feel-good article that you should invest absolutely zero in because a 19 year old’s worldview is very different than a 25 year old on the cusp of a $200-300 million contract. He is saying all the right things rigth now though as evidenced by him suggesting the Colorado brewery selling Clown Question Bro beer donate some profits in honor of a fallen police officer.

He’s too good to be true.

Also, get that man some more Pop Tarts. Maybe an endorsement deal with them too. Is that balcony grill usage legal?

The Nats series in Denver was strange (Stephen Strasburg losing?!, three games of 10 or more runs, rally napkin and coming back from being down 7-0 to lose by one in extras). Given the history with the Colorado Rockies, a split is okay with me. Oh and Tyler Clippard feeding baby ducks in the bullpen.

Peter Angelos is probably really upset because Washingtonians are watching the Nats in record numbers and at a greater rate the Capitals or Wizards. Hopefully, this news has reached the committee that is going to give Bud Selig a recommendation on how much MASN has to pay the Nats for TV rights over the next five years. Angelos, who should not have had the Nats TV rights to begin with, has to be scared that the panel reviewing the Nats request for TV rights compensation will see this new information. It is a mortal lock that the dream of Angelos/Orioles no longer having the Nats TV rights will come true though.

The Nats radio ratings are also solid with 5% of area radios tuned in to hear Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler call the action. All the more impressive — high ratings without pancake banter. Also, more merchandise is being sold at Nationals Park. Note: The previous four links all go to DC Sports Bog which is mostly Nats these days.

1924 Senators throwbacks and more for the July 5 game against the San Francisco Giants.

Ryan Zimmerman is hitting again, thanks to a cortisone shot. Hopefully, he isn’t doing permanent damage though.

A big series with the second place Braves in Atlanta tonight. The Nats have a 3.5 game lead on them and the Mets, along with the best winning percentage in the NL.

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Nats lose Orioles series and move on to Colorado

The Washington Nationals losing a series is always disappointing, but double so when it is to the corrupt Baltimore Orioles for oft stated reasons like “evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.” The Baltimore fanboys in D.C. sports media are surely thrilled. Still, the Nats had a strong stretch through the seemingly most difficult part of the schedule (CSN Washington) and a solid 10-8 record in interleague play. They have a

Pitching continues to be a strong spot, perhaps historically strong (THOMAS BOSWELL, The Post), but a lot of that is coming from the #1 and #2 starters Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. Strasburg shuts down in September, so that’s a problem. Jordan Zimmermann continues to not get run support and I think that is taking its toll. Maybe we’re just spoiled as Nats fans which seems odd because we suffered through a lot of bad starting pitching for years. Hey, John Lannan may be back for some doubleheaders too (The Nats Blog)!

Ryan Zimmerman got a cortisone shot because he’s got bone on bone in his shoulder
(Federal Baseball). Ouch. I’d have sent him to the DL, the long-term risk of injury/aging of the shoulder should be the guide here. He hasn’t been hitting at all, so putting somebody else in there isn’t going to hurt and may help in the short term. I understand why he’s still out there though and don’t envy having to make that decision.

The Nats get the top of the rotation for the Colorado Rockies series in Denver. That will be interesting, seeing how they pitch in the thin air, but perhaps more importantly, how do they hit. Will they try too hard?

The next three games are unusual 8:40 p.m. starts followed by a 3:10 p.m. start on Thursday. Then, they go from the highest elevation in the majors to the second highest elevation for a weekend series with the Atlanta Braves.

Boswell chatted for 2 hours (25 responses) today.

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Nats take Rays series as Robin Ficker heckles Joe Maddon

I will admit that heading into the Washington Nationals vs. Tampa Bay Rays series I couldn’t find any “extra excitement” like I do for Northeast Corridor rivals. It is safe to say that this
series was way more fun than we could have anticipated after Joel Peralta’s pine tar ejection. Still, heading into last night, the series was split and the Nats really needed a win. Gio Gonzalez did not have his best stuff, but gutted out a win until the Nats bats could overwhelm estuary pitching.
Danny Espinosa had a big night (CSN Washington) and made the Rays pay for walking Adam LaRoche(MLB video) to get to him, doubling off of Peralta. Well done.

Ian Desmond also had an excellent evening
, including a great play up the middle.

Wow. Robin Ficker heckled Joe Maddon (DC Sports Bog), who responded with a ball smeared with pine tar and “Stick up for those you care about” written on it. Everybody wins! I’ll say it, Maddon saved a little face there. He had taken the task of taking attention off of the player who got caught a bit far. See you in October!

Joe Theismann was there too, talking to Bryce Harper.

Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight and radio? Good to see the increasing support amongst the D.C. pros though. Of course, Sonny Jurgensen had Natitude before most of us were born.

Harper applied for a trademark to “That’s a clown question, bro.” Probably a week late, but might as well.

Tweeter was down yesterday. If Davey Johnson was on it, I’d tweet at him the following Peter Angelos and MASN tags because this was a disappointing revelation (CSN Balmer), but it probably endeared him to half of the D.C. sports media who have the same feelings.

Would it have killed the Rays to wear a traditional gray jersey at least once?

Big series tonight up on the wrong end of the B/W Parkway — you know how I feel.

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