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During a road trip to New York to take on the Mets, members of the first-place Washington Nationals bullpen showed off their literary skills, reading passages from the popular E.L. James novel "Fifty Shades of Grey." The stunt came about after Nats first baseman Michael Morse admitted his girlfriend had recently been reading the book, correcting a report that he had been perusing the title himself. In that spirit, the pitchers recited their lines for MLB's Fan Cave. The outcome was interesting, to say the least. Your browser does not support iframes.
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After Rick Ankiel was DFA'd last week, it was only a matter of time before his unconditional release. That happened today: the Nationals unconditionally released Rick Ankiel.
To commemorate the day, we present the "Ankiel House of Horror" video above. This might be the oddest Rick Ankiel-themed video in history -- goes from just odd to deeply disturbing around...
(Photo via SI.com/Vault)
And so the Washington Nationals left New York yesterday with the best record in the National league (needing just one more win to match their 2008 and 2009 win totals). In their wake, they left a reeling Mets team and billions of pixels comparing Davey Johnson's 2012 squad with Davey Johnson's 1984 squad, and the dual-phenom phenomenon of Harper...
"It's just...attack the strike zone, don't nibble, and make them put the ball in play...you want to go out and make your stuff really dirty." (Stephen Strasburg, via MASNSports.com postgame, 7/25/2012)
"He's tremendous. My gosh, almighty." (Terry Collins, via MASNSports.com, 7/25, 2012)
Nationals 5, Mets 2: Sweep! Nasty, filthy Strasburg...
Even better than Tyler Clippard attempting to play drums at the MLB Fan Cave? Tyler Clippard, Craig Stammen, Sean Burnett, and Ryan Mattheus reading 50 Shades of Grey:
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Bullpen pitchers are a different breed; shunted off to their own domain for the entirety of each baseball game, the bullpens always seem to house the wackiest and weirdest characters. Recently, plenty of electrons were spilled discussing the story that Washington Nationals player Michael Morse was reportedly reading Fifty Shades of Grey, in actuality it was his girlfriend, not the...
In case you need more proof that Henry Rodriguez has incriminating photos of Davey Johnson, here's Johnson talking about Henry after the latest #SMH-Rod mess on Wednesday in NY (2 batters faced; 2 BB; 11 pitches, 3 strikes):
"With Henry, it’s kind of hit or miss. Nobody hits him, but if he doesn’t get it over, it doesn’t matter. They’re still going to get...
Sometimes it feels as if I’m the only woman that hasn’t gotten swept in the hype that is “Fifty Shades of Grey.” If you are behind on your pop culture index of what books you should be reading, this is an erotic book series about a 22-year old college graduate named Ana that becomes involved [...]
Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 in seven dominant innings, Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa hit consecutive homers and the Washington Nationals completed a sweep of the free-falling New York Mets on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory.
Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer for a second straight day, and Espinosa doubled and scored on one of the Mets' two errors in the Nationals' fifth...
Stephen Strasburg is pretty tough on himself. He was visibly upset for allowing a ground-rule double to the Mets' Josh Thole in the fifth inning Wednesday. That kind of determination to be very good every game has defined the Washington Nationals' ace. His goal is not just to get outs. He demands more. Strasburg was brilliant in his 20th start, even if he thought he made...
On a night when rookies Starling Marte and Matt Harvey stole the show with amazing debut performances, Washington Nationals center fielder Roger Bernadina made the top web gem with a diving snag in the bottom of the ninth inning.
With one out and one on, Nyjer Morgan laced the 2-2 pitch to left center field in what appeared to be an extra base hit. Bernadina ran full speed from his...
When the season began, Washington Nationals fans had a set of expectations. Those expectations varied as much as the people who had them, but it is safe to say that most fans were happy at the idea of a record above .500 for the 2012 campaign before the season began. On July 26, after 97 games, that’s no longer the case. Nats fans expect more now. They expect to win something...
Look, I’m aware that the Nationals are a very good team with excellent pitching, but ONE GAME isn’t too much to ask is it?
Stephen Strausburg looked dominant today in the Nationals 5-2 win over the Mets, their second consecutive 5-2 victory over the Mets. In a nod to consistency, this is the third straight game against the Nationals that the Mets have scored two runs. At...
For their last full series of July, the Washington Nationals (58-39) will travel to Milwaukee, a city filled with the ghosts of their past failures, to face the Milwaukee Brewers (44-53). Success in this city has been elusive for the Nats, as the Brewers swept them the last two times they visited Miller Park, and the Nats haven't won a game there since July 28, 2009.
Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
Washington (58-39) «020100200570
N.Y. Mets (47-51)010000010242
W: S. Strasburg (11-4) L: J. Hefner (1-4)
S: T. Clippard (18)
HR: WAS - M. Morse (7),D. Espinosa (9),A. LaRoche (18) NYM - I. Davis (16)
Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 over seven solid innings to lead the Washington Nationals past the New York Mets...