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There's Stan Kasten, above, in a classic AP Photo from 2008 in a nearly finished Nationals Park.
"We'll get the attendance we deserve. ... If we give the fans a reason to support us, they will be here in droves." (Stan Kasten, via Nationals.com, 4/13/2009)
MLB.com's Bill Ladson caught up with the former President of the Nationals who was at Nationals Park Thursday night to watch his Dodgers face his former team, and says he's happy for the Nationals.
Anyway, here's Kasten, the master of StanSpeak, who was essentially at the wheel driving the party bus during the Philly fan invasion of Opening Day 2010 and frequently ran to the Washington Post's Thomas Boswell to complain about Ted Lerner's penny-pinching ways, praising everything about the way the Nats went about their business from the start:
"The turning point was Day 1, when [the Lerner family] was committed to a
program of scouting and player devel...
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Nationals 4, Dodgers 1: Oh, that's weird. There's Ryan Zimmerman in a "Playoffs 2012" cap, and a postseason Natitude t-shirt. First postseason berth by a Washington baseball team since 1933? Weird.
OK, go get the NL East pennant next. Now that'll really be weird.
Uncharted waters...time to put the Natinals to rest.
(Screencap of Zim via...
Washington Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa received good
news yesterday regarding his injured shoulder.
Rather than the labrum or rotator cuff tear Espinosa feared, an MRI
revealed that the second baseman is dealing with a bone bruise, meaning he
could return to the Nationals’ lineup as soon as today, reports Mark Zuckerman
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman planned to get a cortisone shot for his right shoulder before Washington's doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Manager Davey Johnson said offseason surgery to clean out Zimmerman's shoulder ''will definitely be seriously considered.'' General manager Mike Rizzo said that if Zimmerman does have...
People always talk about “where were you when...?” moments. Some are political, some are breaking news alerts, and some are sporting events. I have memories of many newsworthy events in my lifetime, and now you can add the Washington Nationals clinching their first playoff birth to the list. I was at Nationals Park, with 30,358 of my closest friends.
It hasn’t always...
Poor Tyler Clippard. It seems everyone wants Drew Storen to be the closer in Washington, Clip is merely a place filler who’s done so well in Storen’s absence (3.22 ERA, 32 SVs) that they didn’t have the heart to take it from him. But it seems even Clippard is ready for Storen to be closer. Nationals Manager Davey Johnson announced yesterday that Clippard and Drew Storen would...
The Washington Nationals brought postseason baseball back to the nation's capital for the first time since 1933, clinching a playoff spot Thursday night with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Nationals ensured at least an NL wild-card spot behind Ross Detwiler's six strong innings and Ryan Zimmerman's RBI double.
Washington's magic number to win the NL...
Here at LBS, we tend to be curious by nature. When it came to our attention that Angela Rypien had been bragging about attending two Nationals games, we had to find out if it was a coincidence that Gio Gonzalez happened to be the starting pitcher in both of those games. The Baltimore Charm quarterback and daughter of former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien was open on Twitter about...
Manager Davey Johnson said before Friday's opener against the Milwaukee Brewers that there was no closer
controversy. That could change following the Brewers' dramatic comeback in the ninth inning, scoring three runs off
struggling right-hander Tyler Clippard, and winning, 4-2. Clippard gave up three hits in the first four
batters faced, and the inning included a passed...
Nearing their first playoff berth since arriving in Washington, the Nationals scratched out a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opening game of a doubleheader Wednesday, supporting Jordan Zimmermann's six innings of one-run pitching with two RBI groundouts and a sac fly.
The win was the Nationals' 90th, the most for a Major League Baseball club in the nation...
The Washington Nationals ended a long drought for the nation's capital Thursday night by clinching a playoff spot, returning the District of Columbia to baseball's postseason for the first time in nearly 80 years. But back then, the only postseason was the World Series. There were no wild card teams and no playoffs. The Washington Senators - also known as the Nationals -...
"It's been really bad lately for me. Been trying
to pinpoint what exactly it is as far as making as many mistakes as I've
been making. I've been feeling good physically, which
makes it more frustrating from my perspective. Because when I feel
physically 100 percent I should be getting outs." (Tyler Clippard, via Washington Examiner, 9/22...
There’s no way around it, yesterday’s game was a mess, but besides somehow managing to win, the best highlight was probably Ryan Zimmerman tagging/punching Adrian Gonzalez in the balls/taint.
Not only did it provide amusement, but it inexplicably led to the Dodgers getting the extra run needed to win the game without going to extras.
See? Even Ryan Zimmermann regrets violating...