Monday, September 05, 2005

They're aliiiiiiiiiiive!

Greeting from the new apartment, the future home of Mr. and Mrs. Rocket1124. As I write, I’m sitting on the floor of a mostly furniture-less living room, watching a grainy picture of the Nats taking on the Marlins, thanks to cheap pair of old fashioned rabbit ears. So far, so good; it’s 1-0 Nats in the third.

Between trips between the old and new apartments, I managed to squeeze in a trip to RFK on Saturday night. It was an excruciatingly painful game that dragged on for about four hours. Chad Cordero blew a save, and it looked like we might blow one of the biggest games this year.

Not only was I happy that we won, but I was very encouraged at the pure exuberance shown by the Nats as Jose Guillen scored on Preston Wilson’s double. The team bolted out of the dugout to mob Guillen as he scored, then turned to mob Preston out near second base. Wilkerson led the way, and Preston greeted him with an emphatic high five.

I stood there in section 421 taking this all in, and I couldn’t help but smile. These were the Nats I had fallen in love with way back in April. This was the same spirit I saw when Guillen and Castilla slid into home plate safely right on top of each other, then hopped up into each other’s arms.

A loss in Saturday’s game would have been devastating. It would have killed any confidence they had left, and it would have put them five games back of the wild card.

Now, after Sunday’s big win, the Nats are two games back of the Phillies for the wild card. And form all accounts, the team is feeling good. We’re still breathing.


Anonymous todd said...

How about a Senor Nasty for !Livan! (8 shutout today) or Loaiza (11 Ks against Illy)? I think we might be getting back on track and it can be partially attributed to a couple of Bowden guys: Marlon Byrd and Preston Wilson, who are actually hitting!

4:24 PM  
Anonymous todd said...

i spoke too soon on Livan... 2 run homer in the 9th to Cabrera, but other than that, a very good performance... and Zimmerman got a hit.

4:27 PM  

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