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May 16, 2012: Nationals vs Pirates

May 21, 2012

We’ll start off this post with an apology: there are posts to be posted, and we haven’t posted them.  Life gets in the way.  In this case, I have been the one who should have been posting, and I’m currently out of town (and yet, writing this), but the hope is that being out of town may also give you some interesting stuff to read.  Curious?  Look for a post later in the week that will explain things.  For now, we’ll go back 5 days to the Nats’ first game against the Pirates on Wednesday.  As a note – I was at the game with my brother and due to a decision to keep score – all photos are taken by him (using my camera).

And there’s nothing like watching the offense work together when things are going well.  We got to witness Bryce Harper hustle out his first MLB triple, and then watch as Ryan Zimmerman sacrificed to bring him home and give the Nats the early lead (spoiler alert: they never lost it).  It’s good to see the Face of the Franchise working with the Young Gun to make big things happen.

We got to see home runs.  LOTS of home runs.  There was Ian Desmond leading off the third with a solo shot.  And then in the sixth, we got to watch Adam LaRoche and Xavier Nady hit back-to-back bombs.

Later in the game, with the bases loaded, LaRoche would hit a 3-RBI double to earn his 1000th major league hit.  Great stuff.

And while the Pirates kept up and were within 1 run for most of the game, everyone on the team played their part to close things out for a curly-W.

On a personal note – the fact that it was Military Appreciation night was special for me.  In addition to my brother, my younger sister joined us for the game.  She’s been in the Navy for 5 years now, and loved being able to come see her hometown Nats for free (and having an excuse to wear the camo Nats cap)!  Spending a perfect night for baseball with my siblings is about as nice a thing as anyone could ask for.

Full photo set from this game can be found here.
And thanks to my bro for playing Jimmy Olsen to my Lois Lane.  🙂

May 5, 2012: Nationals vs Phillies (Natitude Weekend)

May 9, 2012

This past weekend was about Natitude.  What is Natitude?  Well, let’s do a photo essay as a demonstration of what it is based on who has it.  Before the game started, warming up in right field, Jayson Werth was confronted with a crowd of Phillies fans who had bought tickets near him with the sole intent of taunting him during the game.  What was his response?  A tip of the cap.  That’s Natitude.  Follow that up with a three-run bomb in the bottom of the fifth.  Extra Natitude.  🙂

Who else?  Let’s go with the player of the player of the game – Gio Gonzalez.  Not only did he pitch seven solid innings, he had a double in the fifth and scored on Jayson Werth’s home run.  The best part is seeing Gio smile at his offensive success.  Good stuff.

Natitude also means an offensive bonanza.  Not only did we get the Werth homer, but we got one from Desmond…

And another from Chad Tracy.  The long ball executed multiple times against a hated division rival is SERIOUS Natitude.  So much so that it meant that it got the Nats a 7-1 win.  Well done!

And it wasn’t just the players.  This game was on Cinco de Mayo.  In Section 135, this fan in the custom sombrero (a party-store spray-paint job) showed some serious Natitude in leading the crowd with their cheers.

Full face paint means you’re full of Natitude.

And even the kids have the spirit.  And just because the official Natitude Weekend is over, that doesn’t mean we can’t keep packing the park as fans and showing our support for this team.  We’ll see you back at the park next week!

Full album here.

April 19, 2012: Nationals vs. Astros

April 22, 2012

What’s worse than losing a game 11-4 in an UGLY way?  Losing a blog post because WordPress is having issues.  That’s right – this is attempt number two after having written everything and put in pictures and EVERYTHING.  So we’ll make this a quick version of that more extensive post that has been lost to the black hole of the internet.

So Edwin Jackson started out well – he had a strikeout to start the game.  But then he allowed 6 runs on base, and 5 of those runners scored.  Ouch.  Luckily, after that he pitched another 4 innings of 1-2-3 out baseball to make things less painful for the Nats fans in attendance.

Helping EJax out was the offense.  Adam LaRoche had some great base running in the second inning (assisted by a wild pitch, and a big hit by Wilson Ramos), and then Ryan Zimmerman came through in a big way in the third with his first HR of the season.  This brought the score to Astros 5, Nationals 4, and it seemed like a comeback was in the works!

Unfortunately, this is when things got confusing.  At the top of the 6th, before his spot in the hitting rotation had even come up, Jackson was taken out of the game in favor of Tom Gorzelanny.  This proved to be a big mistake, because Gorzelanny allowed 5 runs in the 6th inning, and another in the 7th, bringing the score to 11-4 Astros (the score which would prove to be the final).  Does anyone out there have any idea what happened?

It was National High Five Day at the park, which was pretty cool, because I’m a fan of high-fives.  Not so cool was the complaining by a guy sitting behind me.  He went on for about 15 minutes about how there are no real Nationals fans because no one is actually from the Washington area, and that it was pathetic that the stadium was empty.  Two things: there are plenty of people who are Washington-area natives (myself included), and if you consider that there was a Caps playoff game that night (a weeknight), and some people may be holding off on attending games until they figure out if this Nats team is for real.

So – you’re all Nats fans – what do you think?  Is this complainer right?  How many Washington DC-area natives do you know that are fans of the local baseball team?  Do you think attendance will pick up later in the season?

Full album here.