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The Chicago National League Ballclub who plays at Wrigley Field which is a blessing and curse. Washington D.C. has a more recent World Series championship than them.

RIP Don Zimmer

Farewell to Don Zimmer, colorful baseball lifer. I first remember him from his days managing the Chicago Cubs (The Boys of Zimmer! (well, some of it) when I was a fan because they were on superstation WGN every afternoon. There was his long tenure as Joe Torre’s bench coach with the New York Yankees during their great run in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He even managed the team in 1999 when Torre was getting cancer treatments. He also managed the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox, being on the losing end of Bucky “Q@#%&-ing” Dent. Thankfully.

Zimmer finished his playing career with the Washington Senators after his second stop with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nats Enquirer’s post describes how Zimmer found out he was leaving L.A. for D.C. Zimmer had most of his on-field success with the Dodgers, being part of their first two championship teams in Brooklyn and L.A., respectively. He also played for the Cubs and the ’62 New York Mets. He was employed by the Tampa Bay Rays at the time of his death.

The two best obituaries I have seen thus far are from the NY Daily News: Don Zimmer dead at 83: Longtime Yankees bench coach, original Met and former Brooklyn Dodger was baseball lifer and Sports Illustrated Remembering the incredible baseball life of Don Zimmer.

It’s too bad the Nationals never had any sort of Old-Timer’s Day with a bunch of Senators — how would have been to have Zimmer there in a Senators uniform?

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Rizzo said “we still have a run left in us” and he was right. Nats lose 11-1

“We have on this ballclub that we still have a run left in us.”

- Mike Rizzo, Washington Nationals general manager

Nats GM Rizzo: ‘We still have a run left in us’ - nationals.com

Rizzo was correct, the run left in the Nats belonged to Wilson Ramos, who hit a homer onto Waveland Avenue. It was an impressive shot, but not so much that MLB gave it embeddable video treatment. Thankfully, there is vine:

The post was supposed to follow with video of the Chicago Cubs five home runs last night, but they weren’t embeddable either. Weird. Anyway, the final score was 11-1, the Northsiders biggest win of the year. All-Star Jordan Zimmerman gave up 8 runs. My reaction to this dreadful loss:

Jeff Samardzija, who has been a thorn in my side since 2006, pitched a complete game.

Earlier in the day, the Nats cut 29 year old prospect Roger Bernadina and acquired David DeJesus from the opposite dugout. They promptly put DeJesus on waivers which makes so much sense. #expectit

So, not a great way to come out of a 1-2 series with NL East leader, the Atlanta Braves. I’m not expecting playoffs, but beating up on teams like the Cubs would make the season watchable. It was so bad last night, I thought about putting on the Redskins preseason game.

Two more night games and then a day game on Thursday. Night baseball at Wrigley Field is and always will be wrong.

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Why do the Nats and Caps hate Mother’s Day?

Friday, it all started out well with the Washington Nationals taking game 1 of the weekend series over the Chicago Cubs 7-2 (mlb.com video) and the Washington Capitals taking game 5 over the New York Rangers, 2-1 (nhl.com video).

The good times would only last until Saturday’s fifth inning, when, after dominating, Stephen Strasburg came completely undone. A Ryan Zimmerman error was followed by a walk, then an Edwin Jackson (his revenge!) double, followed by a walk, followed by a single. Four runs were home and the game was effectively over. Zach Duke just threw gasoline on the fire and the Cubs won 8-2 (mlb.com video) .

Sunday also started out promising – Gio Gonzalez retired the first 15 batters. Zimmerman drove in an early run. After 7 innings, the Nats were beating the Cubs 1-0. Then Drew Storen replaced Gonzalez and gave up a run. Then in the ninth, Rafael Soriano couldn’t get it done and Kurt Suzuki made an error that led to the winning Cubs run. Cubs take the game and series 2-1.

The evening was no better, the Caps couldn’t get on the powerplay once, while the Rangers did 5 times. The Rags won 2-1 (nhl.com video), forcing Game 7, tonight at 8 p.m. (have fun beat writers!) in D.C. The Nats are out on the West Coast for the next week too, so no games before 10 p.m. We’ll have to console ourselves with this great Post feature on Bryce Harper’s swing. (By the way, Bryce, you can start hitting again.)

When it comes down to it, the Cubs and Rangers just love their moms more.

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Nats have more day games against Cubs in D.C. than Chicago

The Washington Nationals host the Chicago Cubs this weekend and will host more day games against them then when they visit Chicago. That happened two years ago — all three games were scheduled as night games, but Mother Nature saw the folly of that and rained a game out.

Times are tough on the North Side and tension between the team and neighborhood is high:

No joy in Wrigleyville as Cubs, neighbors clashUSA Today
Cubs ownership wants significant changes to Wrigley Field, including a giant video board and more advertising. The rooftops, once a quaint feature are now big business that is threatened by proposed modernization. Finding solutions to the challenges of making a century old neighborhood ballpark sufficiently competitive is going to be tough for both sides, but concessions are going to have to be made as mutually assured destruction is the consequence if they aren’t. Wrigleyville won’t be Wrigleyville without the Cubs and the Cubs won’t be the Cubs without Wrigley — they’d just be a hapless franchise that hasn’t won in our grandparents or great-grandparents lifetimes. I hope they work it out, because I have a soft spot for the Cubbies.

When I was a kid, I watched a lot of Chicago Cubs games on superstation WGN. Without our own local team, the Cubs were a pretty good proxy – they had so much going for them:

Day baseball!

Wrigley Field

Harry Carray, especially after the middle innings on the radio, when he came back “refreshed”

I never made it out to Wrigley Field and that’s a regret that I hope to correct someday. I refuse to do it at night though.

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