Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Same Old Story, Same Old Song And Dance

Nationals 2, Athletics 1

We did it again!

It's like someone wrote a script for the Nationals this year. Starting pitcher gives you a quality start, although it may not be exactly pretty. Tony Armas: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB. Someone steps up on offense. Nick Johnson: 2-3, 6th inning two-run homer. The bullpen provides good relief. 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB.

I'm just in awe at this team. All the clich├ęs more than apply to the Washington squad. And you already read my glowing tribute to our skipper, Frank Robinson. I won't try to come up with something new. I'll let my awe speak for itself.

I do want to give props to the RFK faithful. I was watching on the internet, but it seemed that the crowd came alive at all the right moments in the last few innings. When "Chief" Cordero got two strikes on a hitter in the ninth, the crowd came to its feet, practially willing Cordero to strike out the hitter. He only whiffed one guy in the ninth, but no matter. Chief stepped it up for his 16th save of the year, tying him for second place in the National League.

And we're slowly getting expanded coverage in the local and national markets. WTEM-980 spent almost the entire evening on the Nationals Monday night. That was good to hear, since they normally only give about 10 minutes to the Nats, while spending the rest of the evening talking about the smell of Joe Gibbs' flatulence.

ESPN's Baseball Tonight spent several minutes on the Nats. Gammons gave us credit for the best bullpen in the league; Reynolds marvelled at Nick Johnson's performance, while John Kruk gave the squad a ton of credit for their positive attitude and never-say-die mantra.

The Nats have won five straight and are 7-1 on the current homestand. Prior to this homestand -- and after the 2-9 roadtrip from hell -- Chris Needham hoped for a 8-5 homestand. Hell, let's go for a 10-3, maybe even a 11-2 homestand.

All I know is this: I'm not taking off my blue road fitted "W" hat for a long time.


Anonymous da kine said...

Speaking of the crowd, during the Nats' offensive comeback during the final game against the Braves last week, the entire crowd went apeshit and started pogoing up and down. It was like a dang metal concert. I thought it was awesome and started bouncing up and down at home, in synch with those at RFK. Was this spontaneous or is this an RFK thing that I've never seen on TV before? I've been to tons of games for every sport (sans soccer) and never seen anything like it.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

da kine ... The rhythmic bouncing is as spontaneous as a late inning rally. There is no prompting from the scoreboard to jump up and down (though there is a "GET LOUDER" prompt) I believe the fans are starting to "get it" and realize what they can do by jumping in unison.

8:11 AM  
Anonymous MikeMidd said...

The bouncing is a holdover from the Redskins' tenure at RFK (or so I've heard), where it was a regular occurrance evidently. It's awesome to watch (and to feel, if you are in the third base side lower level seats), I only wish that more of the crowd did it, and that it happened more often. It just sorta happens, there are a couple songs they play to try to get the crowd into it, but it generally happens all on its own. Rumor has it that the new stadium might be designed with seats that bounce somehow, which would be incredible, a unique Washington feature.

9:43 AM  
Blogger El Gran Color Naranja said...

I'm questionable on the bouncing. It strikes me as a grey, in-between area, not as cool as straight loud standing-up cheering but not as obnoxious as the "Is there a baseball game going on?" Wave.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous todd said...

I don't know how anyone could be the least bit dubious about the bounce. It's completely unique, which is something that many ballparks wish to achieve but can't. Keep it for the new stadium.

12:08 PM  

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