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Posts featuring long-time Washington Post columnist and Nats fanboy Thomas Boswell.

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Jordan Zimmermann throws first DC no-hitter since 1931 in Nats final regular season game

Monday is the 10th anniversary of the announcement that baseball was returning to D.C. What happened on Sunday morning might be one of top three highlights of that decade — Jordan Zimmermann pitching a no-hitter for the Washington Nationals:

103 pitches, 10 strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 runner advanced to first on a wild-pitch strike three and then got promptly picked off. Here is the final out, a diving catch by defensive replacement, LF Steven Souza, Jr., as told by four different broadcasters:

That’s a really good call by Bob Carpenter. It was thrilling to watch.

Zimmermann recorded just the third 9-inning no-hitter in D.C. history. Other no hitters (as seen on Washington D.C. Baseball History Facebook group):

Walter Johnson – July 1, 1920 / 9 innings
Walter Johnson – August 25, 1924 / 7 innings, game was called due to rain.
Bobby Burke – August 8, 1931 / 9 innings
Jordan Zimmermann – September 28, 2014 / 9 innings

Ian Desmond hit a second inning homer and that was all Zimmermann needed for run support.

A great game deserves a great gamer:

Thomas Boswell finally saw a no-hitter:

The only two moments that compare to this — Ryan Zimmerman’s Nationals Park Opening Night Walkoff in 2008 and Jayson Werth’s Game 4 walkoff in 2012.

So far.

This was an exclamation point to a 96-win season with home field advantage in the NL playoffs. Zimmermann’s performance gives Nats fans a roaring crescendo to the regular season. The tension of the playoffs can wait for several days as it will surely happen, particularly when the opponent is determined by the NL Wild Card play-in game.

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On mentally preparing oneself for the 2013 Nats

Having followed and blogged about the Washington Nationals since before they took the field in 2005, the expectations of success are still kind of strange. There are glowing stories like this one from Sports on Earth: Smells Like Team Spirit. Then there are the wild predictions that the Nats could win 105 games (How the Nationals can make historyESPN and Can the Washington Nationals make history in 2013?Beyond the Box Score). I suppose the prediction aren’t wild — if everything comes together they could surely win 105 times before September 30. That’s asking a lot and winning 105 games does not mean much once the post-season starts other than getting in. We saw that last year, the 98 win Nats couldn’t get past the 88-win St. Louis Cardinals.

Last year, despite the heartbreaking ending, was wonderful because the 2012 exceeded expectations. Thought to be a year away, they won, kept winning, and then won some more. In his book True Believers, Joe Queenan noted that the best seasons are ones when a team wasn’t supposed to win — no expectations equals enjoying winning for its own sake without the burden. He’s a Philly fan, so he endured a few generations of not winning anything so in a sense, he is correct, Last year came close to that for a Nats fan.

I’ll admit I’m echoing what Thomas Boswell recently said in his column Washington Nationals, as one of MLB’s best are guaranteed . . . almost nothing. We are probably going to see the best D.C. baseball team since 1933 if not 1924.

I expect the Nats to be in a tough race with the Atlanta Braves this season with the Philadelphia Phillies being good enough to be a threat. The season will probably be tenser and with less wins. Don’t worry if they don’t win 98 again. Hope they win the division again and then 3 in the NLDS. This may be the norm for the next several years. Let’s hope so and have fun with it, it has been a long-time coming.

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Nats: Boswell thinks Davey Johnson is – THE MOST INTERESTING MANAGER IN THE WORLD

THOMAS BOSWELL: Davey Johnson: At 70, Nats manager enters one final glory yearThe Post
It came over a week late, but the most-highly regarded Post columnist (according to Mr. Irrelevant) sent Davey Johnson a big Valentine in the form of the column above. It is, as expected, overflowing with praise and has the trademark paragraph or two of concern after the jump, but the overall narrative is that Johnson is incredible and perfect — the fanboy columnist’s impossible dream.

If Bos were hipper, he’d have said something along the lines of Davey can speak Spanish…in Japanese like the Dos Equis ads.

I’m looking around for scheduled chat, but can’t find one. If he shows up, I’ll post it here. UPDATE: Looks like he’s going to do one:

Ask Boswell: Redskins, Nationals and Washington sportsThe Post
“Sports Columnist Tom Boswell will take your questions about the Redskins, the Nationals, the NFL and more. ”

35 days until Opening Day…

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Nats: Boswell chat at 11?

Thomas Boswell, the long-time Post columnist and Washington Nationals fanboy (though he denies it) has been columnizing daily or close to it since he arrived in Viera, Fla. for Spring Training. Here is his preview video:

Boswell wrote one column that essentially said “The excellent baseball players on the Nats are mostly introverts and SO AM I” in addition to his usual stuff. Since he has a good team to write about, he doesn’t have to spend as much time finding ways to make player stats to rationalize his homerism. All fine and good, but those are edited columns and I want BOSWELL UNCHAINED to tell us what he really thinks of the current Nats. Apparently, he’s got a chat at 11 a.m. today. Sometimes those things get posted and nothing happens — that was going on throughout January, so don’t get your hopes up.

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Great Post beat-writers video on Nats since 2005


“The Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga, Chico Harlan, Adam Kilgore, James Wagner and columnist Thomas Boswell recall the journey of the Washington Nationals since the team moved from Montreal to winning its first division title in 77 years, and all the good and bad moments in between.”

This video is a great look at the Nats from 2005 on, even with Chico in there.

There is another video: Nationals players: ‘October baseball is…’

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Nats: Somebody check to see if Tom Boswell’s head is stuck in a Kool-Aid pitcher

THOMAS BOSWELL: Washington Nationals: It’s time to get excitedThe Post
Bos, being Bos.

The Washington Nationals have been really good and the baseball columnist can’t stop himself.

Tracee Hamilton gets linked for this quote:

And yes, back in the good old days Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson weren’t held to pitch counts and inning counts and set days between starts and all the other babying rules by which today’s pitchers live. We don’t live in the good old days, which is sad when we realize we’ll never get to see Johnson pitch, and happy when we get the flu.

Bring on the Mets! And the Braves!

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Day baseball! Nats-SF Giants rubber game at 3:45, a brief mention of Strasburg shtudown

Yay, we have day baseball today, after all those late nights. The Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants on TV – MASN2 or if you are outside of the Nats footprint, MLB TV has it. Sadly, my office has neither station, so MLB Gameday Audio is how I’ll listen to it initially. Stephen Strasburg vs. Tim Lincecum.

After a 14-2 win Monday night, the Nats fell 6-1 yesterday. Drew Storen had a bad outing out of the bullpen.

By design, I haven’t mentioned much about the Strasburg shutdown — I accepted it unemotionally last September when it happened to Jordan Zimmermann. Thomas Boswell has a big column about it (The Post) today that is actually worth reading. There is a little on GM Mike Rizzo who is making the decision (or taking responsibility for it) — he’s in charge and he’s taking the heat/glory. Whenever his tenure ends, he’ll probably have few friends I bet, but he will probably be respected if the team wins a pennant or two.

By the way, I wonder if Boswell talked to Strasburg’s dad about the anecdote mentioned in the article.

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Nats: Rain, split series, Harper, stinking Zimmerman, draft, trombones, Boswell column and chat

Rainout, Strasburg win, one-run loss. That was the Washington Nationals weekend series against the Atlanta Braves. Today is an off day. Tomorrow, the Nats, leaders in the NL East by .003 host the New York Mets for three games with first place likely in the balance. Just like we thought heading into the season. The Florida Marlins, make that Miami Marlins (still getting used to that) have been surging and are right there with the Mets .003 behind the Nats. The Mets finally had their first no hitter with Johan Santana pitching one (with some help from the umps) on Friday night. He might face the Nats on Thursday. By the way, don’t run on the field in Queens (NY Post)

A counterpoint to Tim McCarver’s silliness on Friday, Jon Saunders loves the way Bryce Harper plays:

“Let’s hope he always plays like he’s 19.”

Harper was NL Rookie of the Month for May. Gio Gonzalez was NL Pitcher of the Month (nationals.com press release), but couldn’t get through five yesterday in a loss. Only his second bad start of the season.

Steve Lombardozzi hit his first MLB homer yesterday, followed by Harper hitting another home. Rookies haven’t gone back to back to lead off a game since the 19th century or so.

The Nats are 30-22 right now. If they finish 8 games over .500 (losing every other game) they probably make the playoffs. That’s kind of weird to think of — mediocrity from here out probably means some sort of playoff bid. Even weirder — just win one more game a month than they lose and they are at about 92 wins. We are probably in for a whole new kind of frustration as baseball fans here in D.C. We’ll get over it. If the various pieces of the lineup start coming together, this team could be pretty good. Yes, we always say that, but this time it isn’t “if everybody plays great, the Nats could challenge for .500.” Now, its “if everyone plays great” they could challenge for 95 wins and the division.

THOMAS BOSWELL: Washington Nationals learn youthful mistakes are costlyThe Post

When you’re in first place, as the Nats still are, baseball changes. Gaps in ability shrink. You are your habits, perhaps even more than your talents.

This glistening afternoon before 38,046 shouldn’t have produced a loss. Steve Lombardozzi and Harper became the first rookies to hit back-to-back home runs to lead off a game in the modern major league era, since 1900, according to Elias Sports Bureau. And on consecutive pitches, too. Fully formed teams don’t get shut out for nine innings after such a start. But mature is what the Nats want to become, not what they are.

“The ingredients are there,” said Johnson. “We’re not a unit yet.”

It is going to be quite a race this season — the healthiest team may be the division winner.

Oh looks, hundreds of trombone on the warning track (DC Sports Bog, The Post) with thunder and lightning nearby!

Ryan Zimmerman “stinks” right now – Nationals Journal, The Post

Oh heh, the MLB Draft is today (Nats Insider). The Nats draft 16th. Drafts are not as much fun these days, the trade off being that baseball is more fun.

Boswell is chatting right now

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The full-fledged Nats – Phillies rivalry is here

By my calculations, 2,591 days (7 years, 1 month, 4 days) after I said the Washington Nationals primary rival would be the Philadelphia Phillies, there is no argument from either side that there is a rivalry. PROPHETIC! Cole Hamels sealed it when he threw at Bryce Harper, who exacted revenge by stealing home.

Hamels got suspended for 5 games which is like suspending a position player for batting practice. Dan Daly says Hamels flunked out of “old school” baseball (The Wash. Times), noting how long it took other 19 year old phenoms to get hit – 340 plate appearances for Ken Griffey, Jr. and FIVE YEARS for Mickey Mantle.

I think Hamels flunked when he said “old-school, prestigious way of baseball going.”

By the way, Kevin at Macho Row thinks Hamels got off easy. I think he got suspended for admitting throwing at Harper, if he had kept his mouth shut, MLB wouldn’t have had to issue the token suspension.

Nats GM Mike Rizzo went off on Hamels, calling him “fake tough,” which is entertaining, if not smart.

Shane Victorino blew a kiss to some Nats fans (DC Sports Bog, The Post) who were heckling him which is exactly what some expected Bryce Harper to do, except that…Harper has been on the high road (CSN Washington).

Thomas Boswell mentioned in his chat that the Phillies “may have just bought themselves years of Bryce Harper hell.” Speaking of Boswell, does anybody buy this (emphasis added)?

People ask me, “Who do you root for?” It always seems to disappoint them when I say, “Nobody. I don’t root for teams. I never have. But I do root for the people I really respect. And I root for them after they change teams.”

Didn’t think so…

Jayson Werth emailed DC media and said he is going to “see to it personally those people never walk down Broad Street in celebration again (Nationals Journal, The Post).” Short of using explosives or causing food poisoning, I don’t think that any one baseball player can do that, but it sounded good.

Then there is this Deadspin story: The Story Of The 40 Phillies Fans Who Took A Bus To Nationals Park (And The 38 Who Returned)

I wonder if Phillies fans will decide to invade Camden Yards in June now…

I’m eager to see how this rivalry develops — it isn’t just about the Cheesesteak/Half-Smoke Challenge anymore.
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Nationals, Phillies rivalry intensifies after Cole Hamels drills Bryce Harper with pitchThe Post

Nats-Phils rivalry now a two-way street - CSN Washington

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Nats: 5 days in, spring training is still fun

Pitchers and catchers reported 5 days ago and the Washington Nationals have a full camp and I am not bored with the coverage yet.

The “story” right now seems to be Ryan Zimmerman’s contract situation. Thomas Boswell wrote a rather desperate column urging the Lerner family to pony up with a new contract for Zimmerman (The Post) by the end of the week. Official work outs start Saturday and Zimmerman doesn’t want to deal with contract negotiations after that point. Zimmerman still has 2 seasons left on his current contract, which by the was agreed to on Opening Day 2009, if I recall correctly. Try to not let this bother you…

Oh and Bos, trolling the media (DC Sports Bog, The Post) doesn’t do you much good, just ask Ted Leonsis!

Bryce Harper is using “you know” almost as much as Stephen Strasburg does. Clearly, he’s ready for the show…

Davey Johnson is saying there is more talent on the Nats right now than there was when he took over the New York Mets in 1984. Two years later, they won 108 games and the World Series. They later won the NL East in 1988. However, that was it for those teams and I thought they underachieved. I want some reporters down there to ask Johnson why they didn’t win more. I think I know the answer:

Why the Mets only won one world series in the 1980s

I want to find out what Johnson says is the reason, what he learned from that experience and what he’s telling this team about it.

Time to claim my cheesesteak for the Nats winning last year’s season series with the Phillies…

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