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Feel free to be terrified whenever sitting behind home plate. Jerry Hairston fouled a pitch off Rafael Soriano in the top of the ninth inning that ripped through the netting behind home plate. The ball appeared to hit a woman in the hand and glance off her shoulder. It looks like the woman’s hand was in front of her face as it got hit, so the situation could have been a lot more serious. A fan who was sitting behind the woman tweeted that the ball “hit her in the shoulder. She cried a bit and got an ice pack from usher. Guy who found the ball gave it to her.” The fan also tweeted a picture of the net with a ball-sized hole ripped in it. Check out the GIF of the foul ball and the photo of the ripped net below.

Jayson Werth doesn't want to answer any doom and gloom questions

"You know what, I’m not even going to entertain doom and gloom questions. I’m just not." (Jayson Werth, via Washington Times, 7/21/2013) Fair enough. But would a question about, say, the NL East standings be considered doom and gloom? They'll be fine, says Davey Johnson. Werth agrees, apparently: "I think at any moment this team could take off. But...

"It sucks."

"It sucks." (Bryce Harper, via Washington Post, 7/19/2013) "That was frustrating." (Davey Johnson, via Nats Insider, 7/19/2013) "I don't know how he hit the ball." (Rafael Soriano on Andre Ethier's 9th inning HR, via, 7/19/2013) Dodgers 3, Nationals 2: Death, taxes, and no run support for Stephen Strasburg. Quick, someone...

Nationals fire hitting coach Eckstein

The slumping Washington Nationals have fired hitting coach Rick Eckstein, who paid the price for the team's offensive woes this season. Washington entered play Monday stuck in a three-game losing streak and a disappointing 48-50 record. The team is tied for 28th overall in runs and ranks 27th in batting average. Eckstein was hired as the Nationals' batting coach before...

Washington Nationals Fire Hitting Coach

With the Washington Nationals ranked one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the entire major league, the firing of hitting coach Rick Eckstein this afternoon was no surprise.  Although manager Davey Johnson was supposedly against the idea of firing Eckstein, the Nationals have hired minor league hitting instructor Rick Schu as the replacement. Showing some of the worst stats in all...

Rick Eckstein Falls on the Sword in Washington

On Saturday evening, I told everyone to stick a fork in the Washington Nationals. I knew that someone had to be held responsible for how disappointing the Nationals have been this season, but the Nationals don’t have the luxury of firing their manager Davey Johnson. He’s in his last season, he’s regarded as a legend in the game; he’s going out on his own terms. But someone...

Nationals fire hitting coach Rick Eckstein

Robb Carr/Getty Images The Washington Nationals will finish the season with a new hitting coach after the team fired Rick Eckstein on Monday. Eckstein was in his fifth season as the Nationals hitting coach and will be replaced by minor league hitting coordinator Rick Schu. The Nationals had scored 362 runs though their first 98 games this season ranking them 28th in baseball. With...

Dodgers edge Strasburg, Nationals

Andre Ethier homered off Rafael Soriano to lead off the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers resumed play after the All-Star break Friday night with a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals. Ethier pulled a 1-2 slider just over the wall in right-center, his sixth homer of the year and the second ninth-inning homer allowed by Soriano (1-2) in three appearances. Hanley Ramirez...

Are the Washington Nationals in on Matt Garza?

photo provided by While the Washington Nationals starting pitching has been one of the few bright spots on the team this season, there is rumor of an unknown “mystery team” jumping in and trying to snag Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza. According to Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, that team is the Washington Nationals. Apparently though, the Washington...

These 2013 Nationals Are Totally Mediocre In A Really Weird Way

The Nats came out of the All-Star break needing to win. Then the second half began with a loss on Friday, despite a quality Strasburg start. It continued with another loss Saturday, despite masterful stuff from Gio. The wheels fell off today as ZNN lasted two innings, and Jayson Werth was the only guy to get a hit. They’re lucky to be seven back of the Braves. This is the pattern...

Nats Incompetent Offense Fuels Another Loss, Team Below .500

On a hot, muggy, sellout crowd night at Nationals Park, the Nats offense was once again incompetent behind strong Nats pitching. Gio Gonzalez struck out a career high 11 Dodgers on 98 pitches in six innings, but the bats were completely impotent with runners on base. With the loss, the Nats moved to a game below. 500 on a day when they could've made up ground on both the Braves...

GIF: Yasiel Puig shows off canon arm against Washington Nationals

Tweet   The tales of legendary feats performed by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig aren’t stopping anytime soon. In the second inning of Friday’s game versus the Washington Nationals Puig put his rocket launcher of an arm on display yet again. Earlier this season we saw the 22-year old nail Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton [...]

Game 97 Preview: Pirates vs. Nationals

Pirates (57-39) at Nationals (48-50) 7:05 PM–Nationals Park, Washington Gameday TV: ROOT The Bucs are in the nation’s capital this week to take on the Nats, who may be baseball’s most disappointing team. Washington has great starting pitching and some good potential on offense, but so far the team that many pegged as the NL favorite has slumped to a record just under...

An opportunity in DC

As I mentioned yesterday, the Nationals are playing some really putrid baseball right now. They only scored five runs in a three-game set against the Dodgers in this weekend that just passed, and they're 2-8 since a four-game winning streak ended on July 8th. They're a good team that could turn things aroudn quickly, of course, but there's a chance for the Pirates to...
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