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Here's video of Bryce Harper doing an interview with CNY Central News in Syracuse during Chiefs media day on Wednesday. (Asked what he knew about Syracuse prior to arriving, Harper acknowledged that he "always knew it was a big basketball town. Everyone knows about Syracuze".)
The Washington Post's Dave Sheinin was at Harper's AAA debut in Syracuze on Thursday, and noted a much smaller crowd than at Strasburg's Chiefs debut:
In 2010, when another Nationals phenom, pitcher Stephen Strasburg, made his Syracuse debut, a record crowd of 13,766 turned out at Alliance Bank Stadium to witness it. But on Thursday for Harper’s debut, and opening day for the Chiefs, the official attendance figure was 6,178, and by the end of the game there appeared to be less than a thousand hearty souls left in the stands. (via Dave Sheinin, Washington Post, 4/6/2012)
No record crowd on Thursday for Harpermania, but comparing Harper's AAA debut with Stephen Strasb...
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There's poor John Lannan being introduced to the crowd at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse before the AAA Chiefs home opener (in 1978 Chiefs throwback jersey) this afternoon, right around the same time his former teammates were being introduced at Wrigley. You can only wonder what was running through Lannan's head as he hopped up the dugout steps to take his place along...
Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 and stole a base in his Triple A debut for the Syracuse Chiefs on Thursday.
In his first at-bat, Harper, the top pick by the Washington Nationals in the 2010 draft, lined a double down the right-field line on a 2-2 pitch, easily beating the throw with a head-first slide into second. He advanced to third on a long fly out to right center but was stranded...
Former Washington Nationals Opening Day starter John Lannan had made headlines in the DC sports world lately, and today is no exception. John Lannan has requested a trade from GM Mike Rizzo, according to several baseball sources. This comes just hours after Lannan was demoted to Triple-A Syracuse to start the season in favor of former first-round pick Ross Detwiler.
Yesterday, we talked about the Washington Nationals impressive pitching staff. Today, we must tackle a subject that is far less sure and secure: the team’s offense. An already below average offense last year, the Nats will be missing several key players on Opening Day due to injury: Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel. Without them, let’s explore the position players actually...
(Bryce Harper takes the field during pregame introductions on Thursday in a vintage 1978 Chiefs uni. Screengrab via TV/TWC)
And so, Bryce Harper started his Triple-A stint with the Syracuse Chiefs with a 2-4 day at the plate, including a double and a stolen base. Apparently Harper (starting in CF) had "butterflies and whatnot" before the game. Quotes, via the Associated...
Stephen Strasburg dominated in his first opening-day start, yet wasn't able to come away with a win.
After Strasburg frustrated the Cubs for seven innings, Ian Desmond singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth Thursday to give the Washington Nationals a season-opening 2-1 win over Chicago.
Strasburg allowed one run and five hits, including an RBI single to Marlon Byrd in the...
Pretty nice AAA debut for Bryce Harper on Thursday:2-4 with a 2B and stolen base. Up above, video of Harper's double in his first AB as a member of the Syracuse Chiefs.
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After Stephen Strasburg dominated for seven innings, Ian Desmond singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth Thursday to give the Washington Nationals a season-opening 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Strasburg, starting his first opener, allowed one run and five hits, struck out five and walked one. He reached 98 mph when he struck out Starlin Castro in the sixth.
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Nationals starter John Lannan, who didn't make the team's Opening Day roster and was demoted to AAA Syracuse to start the year, has demanded a trade after not making the roster. One team that apparently has interest is the Chicago Cubs, but my major question about the Cubs interest in Lannan is "why?"
The Cubs have a solid, albeit unspectacular, rotation consisting...
Welcome back to another year of Obstructed View series previews! And I guess Cubs baseball too. The Washington Nationals have come a long way since their "Natinals" days. The team has made great strides and could be a playoff contender if it weren't stuck in the NL East. Even then I wouldn't be too surprised [...]
Losing Stephen Strasburg again would be not good.
Word is that the wind is blowing out briskly to left, so Sveum has loaded up on the righties to battle southpaw Gio Gonzalez in his NL debut.
The games threads this year, for as long as we do them anyway, are going to be abbreviated compared to the past. Stephen Strasburg gets the ball for the Nationals and Ryan Dempster gets his 2nd consecutive opening day start. Let's hope it goes better than the last one. Opening Day hasn't gone well for [...]
Stephen Strasburg could hardly wait for this one.