Nats’ Robinson Bids a Fond Farewell – The Post
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the Nats ended their season much as they began it — losing to the Mets. They also lost the home opener to the Mets, with Ramon Oritz on the hill that time too. This time, he gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings before giving way to the bullpen. The final was 6-2, Mets.
The game of course was secondary to the Frank Robinson sendoff. Charlie Slowes led a ceremony before the game honoring Robinson. A video montage showed some of his great moments as a player and as a manager. My favorite was the shot of him arguing with Mike Scoisa from last season. The p.a. also blasted “Simply the Best” which struck me as an odd choice because if he was the best, why wasn’t he retained? Robinson then spoke for about 10 minutes before everybody began hugging each other.
Following a Chad Cordero (second at-bat of the season, I think) strikeout to end the game, “Sweet Caroline” was blasted over the p.a. which struck me as odd. That song HAS to go next year.
More from The Wash. Times: Respect comes full circle as Robinson says goodbye
Boxscore – ESPN
Fans Applaud Soriano, Who Then Thanks His Manager – The Post
I would be shocked if Alfonso Soriano comes back next year. My read of Stan Kasten is that he has no interest in spending $10+ million on someone how did not elevate the team above last place.
More from The Wash. Times: Soriano’s future still murky