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Game 107 // Third Inning, Washington D.C. // The Home Run Pentagon

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD: NATIONALS 9 (2) – 0 BREWERS

 

First of all, I have a conspiracy theory.

Nationals Park, you know those seats behind home plate, that you always see on TV?

They’re not what you think. Continue reading “Game 107 // Third Inning, Washington D.C. // The Home Run Pentagon”

Game 101 // First Inning, Philadelphia // Worst Birthday in Baseball History: The End of The Jeremy Guthrie Era

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST: PHILLIES 12 (0) – 0 NATIONALS

 

It’ll happen to them all someday. The knees creak, the vision dims. The fastball speed drops below 90, the run to first base slows down. The baseball death knell marks the end of a career.

But not like this. Not ever like this. On his birthday?

Baseball death on April 8th, 2017. Goodbye, Mr. Jeremy Guthrie. Continue reading “Game 101 // First Inning, Philadelphia // Worst Birthday in Baseball History: The End of The Jeremy Guthrie Era”

Kershaw Save Bullpen NLDS Clayton

Game 96 // Ninth Inning, Washington // A Salute, to Your 2016 L.A. Dodgers

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: DODGERS 4 – 3 NATIONALS

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers of the year 2016. Champions of the N.L. West. Surmounters of the fearful Giants, beaters of the odds, overcomers of the expectations, endurers over the injuries, prudent protectors of the blisters, demoters of the Puig, promoters of the Puig, winking smiling last-laughers over the doubters. Party-throwers for Sir Vin’s last major-league run. Victors, in this last great win, over the Washington Nationals. Continue reading “Game 96 // Ninth Inning, Washington // A Salute, to Your 2016 L.A. Dodgers”

Death Fernandez Boat Sketch Miami

Game 85 // Eighth Inning, Miami // Rest in Peace, Mr. Fernández

Credit to the great Bill Gallo, for inspiration


TOP OF THE EIGHTH: MARLINS 1 – 0 NATIONALS

 

Five days ago, the final game of a career cut short. Eight innings pitched. Zero runs. Zero walks. Twelve strikeouts.

An audience of 17,961—watching the very best baseball of the Miami Marlins. A home run from Giancarlo Stanton. A shut-out. A win over the first-place Nationals. A José Fernández start, a brilliant one at that.

“And José’s into the eighth,” they say as the inning begins, “and he fires a strike.” Continue reading “Game 85 // Eighth Inning, Miami // Rest in Peace, Mr. Fernández”

Francisco Lindor Walkoff Single July

Game 67 // Ninth Inning, Cleveland // The Summer of Wahoo

TOP OF THE NINTH: NATIONALS 6 (5) – 4 INDIANS

 

The Nationals had this one won. Then they had it more won. Up one run. Up to two runs, too. Then, they had it lost, and lost it they did. A National nightmare, prolonged and Papelbonned, a team asleep with the lead, awoken with the house on fire. Someone check on Dusty Baker, he’s had a rough go of it. He got rally-monkeyed in ’02, billy-goated in ’03, chaperoned a string of heartbreaks in Cincinnati, and now he’s back—to the great-team/tough-break blues, unsure of whether the hump will finally be surmounted, waiting for October to find out. Continue reading “Game 67 // Ninth Inning, Cleveland // The Summer of Wahoo”

Game 55 // Twelfth Inning, Washington // The Werth Speech

 // Sketch by Henry Gustavson

TOP OF THE TWELFTH: CUBS 4 (3) – 3 NATIONALS

 

The Cubs are tied with the Nationals in the 12th inning, I hear a nasally, lone “Let’s go Cubbiess…” from one of the crowd mics, and I’m instantly reminded of the old days, the dark days, the lean years—of my own voice pouring out weakly over the Wrigley stands, a few Continue reading “Game 55 // Twelfth Inning, Washington // The Werth Speech”

Game 29 // Seventh Inning, Chicago // Bryce: Meet Seagulls

TOP OF THE SEVENTH: CUBS 5 – (4) 5 NATIONALS

Dusty Baker is back to Wrigley, and I’m sprinting, huffing and puffing away from a pack of 2003 NLCS flashbacks—Mark Prior on the mound, Luis Castillo at the plate, Steve Bartman in the crowd. And the very same, toothpick-chewing Dusty Baker, manning the dugout. Continue reading “Game 29 // Seventh Inning, Chicago // Bryce: Meet Seagulls”

Game 25 // Ninth Inning, K.C. // The Moose Is Loose

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: ROYALS 7 (4) – 6 NATIONALS

 

It’s that Royals small-ball again. They did it to the Astros. Did it to the Blue Jays. Did it, for a trophy, to the Mets. Did it to the whole American League for two years running. And now, against the Nationals, they’re looking to do it again. Sending a message across the way in this potential World Series matchup, that when Kansas City is down, they’re not out; when they’ve got two strikes, there won’t be a third; when they’re in second place, they’ll come storming back out of it.

Watch out Washington. And watch out White Sox. The Royals, well, Continue reading “Game 25 // Ninth Inning, K.C. // The Moose Is Loose”

Game 10 // Third Inning, Washington D.C. // Bryce Harper Keeps it 100

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD: NATIONALS 4 0 – 1 BRAVES

 

I’ll just skip to the good stuff, no build-up:

Bryce Harper hit a grand slam today in the third inning, way way deep to the upper deck, for the lead, for the win, for the erasing of last year’s frustrations, for the opening salvo on the way toward a 7-1 team record, for the signaling to the NL East that this team is here for the title—no more collapses, no more underachieving, no more choking (literally). Continue reading “Game 10 // Third Inning, Washington D.C. // Bryce Harper Keeps it 100”