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Leftfielder for the 2006 Washington Nationals, he had a 40-40 season before signing a big contract with the Chicago Cubs.

12-12-12: DC Sports

On the twelfth minute of the twelfth hour of the twelfth day, let us celebrate some of the number 12′s who have played for D.C. pro teams.

Peter Bondra
Peter Bondra, Washington Capitals 1991-2004


Alfonso Soriano, Washington Nationals 2006


Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins 2012

Okay, #11 was a little more impressive…

Soriano photo from misschatter on flickr

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Mr. Walk-Off comes 12 feet short; Nats fall to Cubs 5-4

Washington Nationals’ rally in ninth falls short in 5-4 loss to Chicago CubsThe Post
A chance for drama falls flatNats Insider
The table was set for another Ryan Zimmerman walk-off home run. He came to the plate with a runner on second, down by two in the bottom of the 9th. The Washington Nationals had come to life in the 9th, scoring three times on the Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol. The Nats had the most prolific walk-off hitter of the last five years at the plate with two outs. Zimmerman connected with a Marmol pitch and sent deep to the right field corner, the opposite field. It was not deep enough though and Kosuke Fukudome caught it on the run. Another 12 feet and it would have cleared the fence and Natstown would have erupted in celebration. It reminds me of a previous Nats vs. Cubs game in 2005, the first meeting between the two teams. Down 6-3, Jose Guillen came to the plate the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He hit a shot to just about the same spot in right, about 12 feet short of the RFK Stadium fence and the Nats lost. Had it gone over, I think we’d still be celebrating.

The Nats got in the hole courtesy of two bad John Lannan sliders that landed in the seats. Is there still a SINE SORIANO 1!!!!1! crowd? The could say “I told you so” after Alfonso Soriano, owner of the single finest individual season by a Nat (2006), hit a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning. He was on 1st aftera throwing error two innings later when Tyler Colvin put another slider over the wall.

Lannan’s opposite number, Carlos Zambrano was much more successful. Zambrano went 7 1/3 innings and struck out 8, allowing only one runner.

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Soriano, Cubs crush Nats

Chicago 7 WASHINGTON 2 (ESPN Boxscore)

The Cubs came to town and promptly kept the game from being competitive. Two runs in the first, one run in the second, two runs in the third and fourth innings. It was pretty ugly for the home team and starter Jason Simontacchi, who admitted that he “couldn’t execute pitches.”

The Nats bats were active, but ineffective. Thirteen runners were stranded, notably Nook Logan at third base in the first inning. He got there on a walk and a throwing error with no outs, but Ryan Zimmerman, who has now gone two weeks since driving in a run, couldn’t get him home.

Nationals Extend Run Of Offensive FutilityThe Post

Nats see what they’re missingThe Wash. Times

I don’t understand why Alfonso Soriano got booed last night. He came here, did what he was told (eventually) and had an amazing season. The club made no effort to give him a new contract, so he followed the money elsewhere. What’s the problem? If you want to boo anyone, boo Stan Kasten.

Both Thom(as)s, Boswell and Loverro have columns in The Post and The Wash. Times, respectively.

I miss Soriano, but I can understand why the Nats didn’t make a play for him. He is expensive and unlikely to come near the season he had last year. Signing him at 8 years for $136 million, like the Cubs did, would have been foolish.

In other news, Micah Bowie is on the DL for synovitis or inflammation of his left hip, retroactive to June 28. Tim Redding, called up from AAA Columbus, will make his first start (The Post) in the majors since 2005 tonight in Bowie’s place. It could be a cup of coffee for Redding because GM Jim Bowden indicated the call-up came because it is Redding’s turn to pitch.

Nationals co-owner Mark Lerner is lobbying Bud Selig for an All-Star game (The Wash. Times). It could be tough getting selected though, as four other NL teams recently opened new ballparks and have yet to play host to a game. Back during the dark times of fighting over the ballpark with MLB, I wish the D.C. Council had made a deal guaranteeing an All-Star game within five years of the ballpark opening; I think they had some leverage there.

Chad Cordero was just presented with his 2005 Rolaids Relief Man of the Year ring (The Wash. Times). In the same article, Bowden makes a comment that could easily be taken out of context, but I won’t do it.

Michael Burgess, picked 49th in the recent draft, has signed with the Nationals (Tampa Tribune).

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Nats 2006: What I learned

Like every other Nats blogger, I feel obligated to do a season wrap-up. Unlike every other Nats blogger, I waited two weeks to do it.

  • It is not hard to crash a major press conference. The Lerner announcement was the second I had been too in as many years.
  • Alfonso Soriano was better than I expected and much more entertaining. He had a great individual season and will fleece somebody, possibly Peter Angelo$, in the offseason. He will be like a new car, diminishing returns as soon as the contract is signed. Of course, if the free agent compensation picks are taken away, Soriano’s season will do nothing to help the Nats in long-term. If you look at the standings, it did nothing in the short term.
  • Brad Wilkerson is not as good as I thought. I hope he found a new bank though.
  • Ramon Ortiz is terrified of comebackers and going into the ninth with a no-hitter.
  • Ryan Zimmerman is better than advertised.
  • The briskets, while tasty, are not quite as good as Stan Kasten said they were.
  • Tom Paciorek’s Ray Romano impression horrifies most people.
  • Blogging about a team on the way to a 71-91 season takes its toll on even the most prolific blogger.
  • The Natmosphere is not as “pasty” as I had been led to believe.
  • MissChatter throws (and crashes) the best parties.
  • Nationals Farm Authority may get linked from nationals.com at some time.
  • Fans loved Frank Robinson a lot more than I expected.
  • There is a general manager who is so dumb that Jim Bowden could sneak one past him.
  • Bowden gets beat-up by his girlfriend and might have a drinking problem.
  • Jose Guillen is less bright than I thought — he refused a good contract offer in spring training even though he was hurt. Now, he’ll have to fight for a roster spot with someone in the spring for the league minimum.
  • Fred Malek likes grilled puppy
  • Austin Kearns shops at Harris Teeter in Pentagon City.
  • The much-vaunted soft-serve (still unavailable in a batting helmet) was actually ice-milk at the begining of the season. Did it switch to real ice cream?
  • Biking to RFK was much easier than I expected, though I am still a little skeptical of leaving it in the parking lot.
  • Marc Fisher was right when he said Marion Barry would jump on the bandwagon eventually.

    Things I already knew

  • The ballpark would remain controversal.
  • The Nats would stink
  • Robinson was dead man walking
  • Bowden is a “preening schmo”
  • Everything I ever said about Peter Angelo$ is true
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  • One D.C. team won last night

    For Nats, Similar Themes Give Different ResultThe Post
    The Nats kept hitting, but their pitching was still bad. For a change, the good hitting was slightly better than their bad pitching. Jose Vidro had 4 RBIs. Final score, 7-6 in Arizona. The game was actually broadcast on Arlington Comcast too, since MASN debuted last night. It figures it would be a game out west for the debut.

    More from The Wash. Times: Nationals snap losing streak

    BoxscoreESPN


    Soriano stealing into record bookThe Wash. Times
    LF Alfonso Soriano may be on the verge of a 40-40 season, but he is most proud of his defense (The Post).

    Phil Wood: Nats’ defense has been offensiveThe Wash. Examiner
    More on the horrible fielding this year.

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    Nats win wild one; trade hero immediately afterwards

    After Celebration at Home, Anderson Is Sent PackingThe Post
    Marlon Anderson scored the winning run in the 10th on a wild pitch. By the time he had gotten home, GM Jim Bowden had traded him to the Dodgers.

  • The win ties the Nats-Fleas season series at 8-8 with one more series, in D.C., to go this season. The magic number for cheesesteak is 2.
  • The win is the birthday present for Frank Robinson probably wanted above all other things.
  • The announced attendance last night was 22,221 — coundn’t one more person have bought a ticket?

    More from The Wash. Times: Nats deal two players

    BoxscoreESPN


    Soriano boosts homers at RFKThe Wash. Times
    LF Alfonso Soriano proves that home runs can be hit at RFK (are you listening Jose Guillen?)

    Anderson, Ward Are Traded for Two Minor LeaguersThe Post
    More about those trades:
    Anderson, who scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the 10th inning in the Nationals’ 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, was dealt for right-hander Jhonny Nuñez. The 20-year-old was pitching for the Dodgers’ rookie ball affiliate in Vero Beach, Fla., where he was 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in 10 appearances, seven of them starts.

    (Daryl) Ward also was traded for right-hander, Luis Atilano, who was 6-7 with a 4.50 ERA for the Braves’ Class A affiliate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Atilano, however, underwent ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow on Aug. 10, and the move is clearly one in which the Nationals must hope the 21-year-old — a South Atlantic League all-star last season — recovers and is healthy in a year or two.

    The Ward trade strikes me strictly as a salary dump, while the Anderson one shows some potential. I expect Nationals Farm Authority to have some analysis later today.>

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