Category Archives: Nats/MLB 2008

Nats, Livan snap 6-game skid with 6-0 win in Atlanta

Livan Hernandez powers Washington Nationals past Atlanta Braves, 6-0The Post
The pride to performNats Insider
Last week I thought to myself that Liván Hernández had not hit a home run since returning to the Washington Nationals. During his first run with the Nats, he hit 3 over 1.5 seasons which is pretty good for a pitcher.

Last night ¡LIVAN! came through with the bat — a RBI double in the 2nd and a solo homer (nationals.com video) in the 4th. He pitched 8 scoreless innings too. Just a great outing, one that earned him his 10th win of the season. He is the first D.C. pitcher to reach that mark since 2008 (Tim Redding) and probably the only one to do it twice in the team’s six seasons. He was due for a win after some poor outings of late.

Adam Dunn
hit a monster homer as well — the Braves said it went 455 feet, but it went over a sign on the concourse that said 460.

Ian Desmond also homered in the 9th.

Maybe I’ll finish my Blogger Day post today…

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One year later: Ryan Zimmerman opens Nationals Park

It is hard to believe that a year ago tonight, Ryan Zimmerman hit a walf-off home run to start the 2008 season and inagurate Nationals Park.

Ryan Zimmerman is Mr. Walkoff

Opening Night thoughts

Opening Night photos

For a couple of days, everything seemed to have come together for the Nats.

That proved to be the highlight of the 2008 season for that Nationals, if not the first four seasons.

One week until the season begins, two weeks until the Home Opener. I can’t wait.

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Teixiera to the Yankees

So, Mark Teixiera is headed to my AL club (ESPN) and not my NL one. This makes sense for me since Teixiera would not make the Nationals champions in the short-term and not even in the long-term by himself. I was not crazy about a contract that big from the Nationals at this point in The Plan (if it still exists).

As a Yankee Teixiera can be an important part of the team without having to carry it. While he said no the Nats, he also spurned to his “hometown” Orioles. Hey, Peter Angelo$ you lose!

The Yankees better win it all this year.

Silver lining for D.C. fans — good relations (if that is possible) with uber agent Scott Boras. Will that mean a discount with the #1 pick, Steven Strasberg. Of course not, but at least they have an idea of how to deal with the agent.

Now, can we just move on?

NOTA BENE: I have been trying to get this to appear for hours, blogger and my have not been talking to each other for some reason.

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Oh boy, Daniel Cabrera signs with D.C.

Nats Bring In Ex-Oriole CabreraThe Post
Nationals, Cabrera agree to 1-year dealThe Wash. Times
I guess there are two ways to look at this signing:

1) DumpsterTM diver Jim Bowden got some trash that not even the Orioles could stand

2) Randy St. Claire gets to turn another bad pitcher into a mediocre one.

I am not sure which is right, but I want him to succeed because he’s wearing the right uniform now.

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NatsFest, winter caravan announced

The first annual NatsFest will be held on Sunday, January 25 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. There will be autographs, Q&A and probably some mascots. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for fans under 12. They probably ought to mention if the proceeds are going to the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation if that is the case and if not, why it is not free.

There is also the winter caravan which makes stops in Richmond, Annapolis and Martinsburg, W. Va. The caravan runs between Jan. 22 – 26.

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Teixeira given big offer from Nats

Nationals Offer Teixeira Long-Term DealThe Post
There you have it, the Nationals have offered Mark Teixeira a big contract. We will see how this plays out. I would be lying if I said the biggest reason I want Teixeira was not spite. Signing him would be a big middle-finger in the direction of Peter Angelo$, not too mention a big help to the lineup. Spite is not a great reason to spend $20 million a year though. If this drives up the price for Teixeira so that Angelo$ or the Red Sox has to pay more, that is okay too.

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