During yesterday’s Washington Nationals broadcast, Dave Jageler was lamenting that the strike zone was going back and forth like an accordion. A discussion about accordions with Charlie Slowes ensued. I don’t think they know that in the 1960s, the Senators hired Merv Conn to play the accordion during games (I mentioned it a couple of years ago). A brief demonstration and explanation from Conn himself:
That was from local filmmaker Jeff Krulik‘s The Legend of Merv Conn which is available here:
Conn was more than just a musician at RFK Stadium, he was a beloved music instructor and performer, even though “The Beatles killed the accordion.” Here’s a 2007 profile from John Kelly before the documentary came out – A Legend With Oomph — and Oompah
Conn died in 2011, his obituary is here.
As for Krulik, he has made many films but is best remembered for Heavy Metal Parking Lot. We talked about that several years ago during the 25th anniversary of HMPL. While all his work is enjoyable, I suspect that Charlie and Dave would enjoy this award-winning documentary.
MEANWHILE IN THIRD PLACE
So, don’t look at the standings until Memorial Day?
Maybe it’s supposed to be the actual Memorial Day, rather than Memorial Day Observed.
Between injuries and Matt Williams over-managing and love of bunts and sacrifices, the Nats are struggling. Thankfully, Chicken Man on the case:
After Memorial Day loss, fans plan chicken sacrifice Tuesday at Nationals Park – Let Teddy Win
What took so long?
After a disappointing opening series with the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals bounced back to sweep the Miami Marlins.
Stephen Strasburg strikes out 12 and Ian Desmond hits and 8th inning grand slam in a 7-1 rout. Jayson Werth’s homer in the third was the difference.
Jordan Zimmermann has a terrible start, doesn’t complete 2 innings, but the Nats come back on Bryce Harper’s 3 run blast. Werth hits a grand slam in the 8th after Anthony Rendon gets walked in front of him. 10-7 win
Gio Gonzalez is sharp and the Nats shutout the Marlins, 5-0.
The Nats are 7-2 and go to Atlanta for a big series with the Braves.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Game 1 of the Washington Nationals split doubleheader was a disappointment as the Nats fell behind with Dan HaRen giving up two home runs — one to Giancarlo Stanton (with a man on) and another Christian Yelich. Ryan Zimmerman brought the Nats within one with a 2 run homer to centerfield, but the Nats would get no more, falling to the Miami Marlins 4-2 in game 1.
Prior to the game, Davey Johnson was honored for his career with the Nationals and in general. A montage played on the video board, players hugged him, ownership (minus Mark Lerner) shook hands and they gave him a trophy.
The video is now available and it has way too many Baltimore Orioles in it:
Didn’t one of those guys help run Davey out of Camden Yards?
Teddy won the President’s Race — Bully the Moose tackled Abe.
The night game worked out better for that Nats, though Johnson says that Stephen Strasburg was “awful.” Strasburg gave up 3 runs over six innings in his final home start. Tyler Clippard nearly vultured a win by allowing hte tying run in the 4th, but the Nats scored in the bottom of the ninth when a Wilson Ramos grounder to third was booted.
Yesterday afternoon’s attendance was a healthy 35,501.
Videos of the Johnson ceremony should be making their way to youtube over the next day or two, there were a lot of people with their phones out recording the HD screen.
Six more games remain in the regular season, all on the road. It starts tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals and nextg weekend with a season finale in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Six games to make up five for the second play-in game spot.
Washington Nationals Jordan Zimmerman struck out nine, allowed only one walk and two hits in a complete game shutout. He seems to like pitching on Friday nights at Nationals Park. That was win #19 for the NL leader. For the Nats, it was win #83, but they remain five games back of the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates for the play-in game.
The Nats offense produced 8 runs – 7 in the sixth when 11 men batted.
The Washington Nationals 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins was their 82nd of the 2013 season, clinching their second consecutive winning season.
Last D.C. consecutive winning seasons: 1930-1933 (won the AL pennant in 1933 under Joe Cronin)
Last D.C. manager before Davey Johnson to have consecutive winning seasons: Walter Johnson (1930-1932)
Last D.C. consecutive non-losing seasons: 1952-1953 (78-76 and 76-76) under Bucky Harris
On a down night, Denard Span’s hitting streak ended at 29 games, one short of Ryan Zimmerman’s modern record.
20 year old Bryce Harper hit his 20th home run of the season too:
That was all the scoring the Nats needed and all they got.
The Nats are 5 back of the play-in game.
Are you missing John Lannan yet? I am. It isn’t too early to hit the panic button the season, not by a long shot, by go ahead and press it for Dan Haren. He was tagged with 6 runs in 5 innings. GM Mike Rizzo’s $13 million free agent hasn’t looked good at all. In a tight division, losing every 5th game is going to cost the Nats dearly.
Meanwhile, up in Philly, Lannan has pitched 13 innings over 2 starts with an ERA under 3. Rizzo is looking pretty dumb a few weeks into the season. Haren is looking washed up.
Ryan Zimmerman has 4 errors that have led to 7 unearned runs this season. He says his shoulder feels fine. All mental? He needs to get that fixed and soon.
To be fair, 2/3 of the outfield had the flu last night. However, that didn’t cost them eight runs.
Washington Nationals fall, 8-2, to Miami Marlins – The Post
Big night at the
Orange Bowl Marlins Park where the Washington Redskins Nationals beat the Miami Dolphins Marlins 10-3.
Jordan Zimmermann went the distance, giving up 3 runs over 9 innings and only 103 pitches. It is the Nats first complete game of 2013 and his first complete game win.
Ryan Zimmerman had 4 RBI, including his first home run of the season. What took so long?
We’ll overlook all the runners thrown out on the bases.
140 CHARACTERS OR LESS
The Washington Nationals completed their sweep of the Miami Marlins by doing something they had not done all season — give up a run. Jordan Zimmermann scattered 8 hits over 6 innings, giving up a solo homer to Justin Ruggiano in the second. By then, Ryan Zimmerman had already knocked two runs in for the Nats (VIDEO). Bryce Harper got an elbow to the face (The Wash. Times) scoring the second run, but no there was no retaliation against catcher Rob Brantley. Yet.
The bullpen — Henry Rodriguez, Tyler Clippard and Craig Stammen all recorded holds, giving up no runs.
The game’s highlight though was Jayson Werth‘s 434 foot home run – I guess his wrist is feeling better (Nationals Journal, The Post).
The Nats did what they had to do — the swept the woeful Marlins. While the Marlins aren’t any good, those games count in the standings and the Nats have always had trouble with them. They real schedule starts tonight in Cincinnati. Like the Nats, the Reds won their division, but lost the NLDS last season. It is a big early test after a freebie.
A part of me is still expecting Jesus Colome to blow a lead tonight and ruin the whole season.
The curly W flag flies again
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Two games in the District today, back-to-back, separated by four stops on the Green Line.
Navy Yard Metro
4:05 p.m. Washington Nationals (2-0) vs. Miami Marlins (0-2)
Jordan Zimmerman vs. Wade LaBlanc
The Nats go for the sweep over the Marlins before a big series against the Reds in Cincinnati. That is going to be a real test. I hope the Nats take care of business tonight, especially since Wisconsin native Zimmermann is on the mound. I’m fearing the reverse lock.
I’ll be listening at work via MLB Audio (well worth the $20 annually) and my car radio (106.7 WJFK-FM/1500 WFED-AM). Telecast is on MASN2.
7:05 p.m. Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders
Braden Holtby vs. Evgeni Nabokov
I haven’t blogged much about the Caps this season, partly because I’m mad at Ted Leonsis for the lockout, partly because my blogging has been inconsistent overall. I’m still pulling for them, they just tend to lose when I watch them so I’ve been superstitious. Telecast is on CSN Washington.
Someday, I need to do a Nats/Caps doubleheader in person. Not sure how fun being a Green Line commuter today is going to be though.
Gio Gonzalez threw seven scoreless innings and homered to start the scoring for the Washington Nationals:
I had just “liked’ a tumblr post by Tom Bridge about his conversion to the light side of the force with regards to pitchers batting.
Gonzalez didn’t have his sharpest stuff, but facing the Miami Marlins he can get away with it. Asked how he felt about throwing this evening:
The second run came in the 7th with two-men on and Denard Span at the plate. Span grounded towards the second baseman, nearly hitting pinch runner Roger Bernadina who came to an aburpt stop and collided with the second baseman. A throw to first nearly got Span, but he was safe and the second run was in.
The third run was Bryce Harper scoring from second on Ryan Zimmerman single. Harper’s double was a few feet short of his third homer of the year on the right field wall.
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