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Top Performance Last Night: Gio Gonzalez Readies A Pitch In The 5th Inning Of His CG In Houston Baseball is known, and has been for a very long time, to be America’s pastime. It’s the sport of our country: a hot dog, cold beer, and peanuts on a Sunday afternoon at the park. It symbolizes freedom, unity, and everything American. That all changed when greed started to sneak its way in. Players stopped seeing the game as a sport, but as a business opportunity. Now this isn’t the case for everyone; just an observation. Everyone wants to be the best, and some players used unfair means to achieve it. Performance enhancing drugs (or PEDs) soon became the means by which players took their skills to the next level. When players got caught, they would be suspended from anywhere from a couple days to 100 games. When this Biogenesis scandal came to light, it seemed like it would change the world of baseball forever. Recently news broke out that some players had obtained PEDs known as human growth hormone from a clinic called the Biogenesis of America. And hence the Biogenesis scandal was born. A former employee from the clinic released records accusing several MLB players of receiving the PEDs from the clinic. The biggest name in this list was Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, third baseman for the New York Yankees. The only time you will hear Rodriquez mentioned is when the terms “biogenesis” or “suspension” are accompanying it. Rodriquez’s suspension was the largest, as he is a repeat offender of PED use. Rodriguez’s suspension is 211 games and is pending appeal. But to the Washington DC area, hearing that pitcher Gio Gonzalez’s name was also thrown around in this scandal was heartbreaking. The fans and organization as a whole could only wait for MLB’s investigation results to be announced. When the report came out, if you looked too quickly you almost missed it. It was hidden in the final paragraph, but it was good news for the Nationals; Gonzalez was cleared. “Major League Baseball’s investigation found no violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez or Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia.” Throughout the entire investigation, Gonzalez had maintained his innocence. What is sad about this current state of baseball is that we cannot believe anyone. Ryan Braun, left fielder and third baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers, has maintained his innocence through several PED accusations, and has been lying every time. Alex Rodriguez was the same way; we can’t believe anything these players are telling us. If you do not live in the DC metropolitan area, you would not have known about Gonzalez’s side of the story. The news was too busy focusing on the bigger names suspended: A-Rod, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Everth Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta. Gonzalez was tested by the league days after the story of the scandal broke. When the results came back negative, they were only picked up by the local media. I believe the league is sending the wrong message to younger players aspiring to play at the big leagues one day. Don’t focus all your attention to the rule-breakers, the cheaters. Stop giving them a spotlight they don’t deserve. Applaud those players like Gio Gonzalez who were not involved in this scandal. They are the role models for baseball players and fans everywhere. So it’s not surprising when Nats fans didn’t believe Gonzalez. This is just the era of baseball we are in. We can only hope one day that baseball will become PED free, and we can go back to enjoying the sport the way it is supposed to be.

Watch Stephen Strasburg get a Gatorade bath after his first career complete game

Up above: Vine (via @recordsANDradio) of Stephen Strasburg on the receiving end of a Gatorade bath during his postgame interview on MASN. (Clippard and Stammen with the bucket) First career complete game and an absolute gem for Stras: 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K, 99 pitches. Interestingly, a night after getting caught in Jayson Werth's Gatorade bath, Julie Alexandria appeared...

Jayson Werth makes 1000th career hit count

Up above, Jayson Werth takes a well-deserved curtain call after his 2-run HR and 1000th career hit gave the Nats the lead against the Phillies. Nationals 8, Phillies 5: Get on his back, boys. Jayson Werth appears to be hell-bent on pulling Nats back into the Wild Card picture all by himself (3-5, HR, 3 RBI tonight). Video of Werth's bomb here. There's still hope...

Werth, Gonzalez get in each other's faces

So Jayson Werth and Gio Gonzalez exchanged words in the dugout after the first inning Tuesday night. Above:  the GIF via "Giants Gamer Babe" and the world. Steve McCatty and Rick Schu broke it up. Among the theories: Werth was mad because Gio failed to cover first on a potential double play grounder by Buster Posey in the first; Gio was mad at Werth for his own defensive...

Stephen Strasburg throws first career complete game

It has not been a great season for the Washington Nationals or ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg. However, on Sunday, against the Philadelphia Phillies, Strasburg and the Nationals looked like the best team in baseball. Strasburg turned in one of the most dominant performances of his young career going the distance in his 68th start for his first complete game. He needed just 99 pitches...

Nats win on Strasburg's 1st career complete game

Stephen Strasburg struggled during pregame warmups and tweaked his groin in the second inning. Yet after nine innings, he was still on the mound for the first time in the majors. Strasburg pitched a four-hitter and struck out 10 in the first complete game of his career, Jayson Werth had his second straight three-hit game and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep...

Mudcats shut out 2-0 by Scwartz and Nationals

The Potomac Nationals shut out the Carolina Mudcats with a 2-0 win at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium Monday night. Left fielder Bryson Myles’ hitting streak was snapped with an 0-4 showing. His 23-game streak was a franchise record. Blake Schwartz (10-4) earned the win for the Nationals. He pitched seven innings with four hits and one strikeout. Nick Pasquale (4-7) took the loss...

Gio Gonzalez and Jayson Werth have verbal confrontation in Nationals dugout (GIF)

A tense moment occured in the Washington Nationals dugout in the first inning of Tuesday night's game a verbal confrontation broke out between pitcher Gio Gonzalez and outfielder Jayson Werth. Werth said something to Gonzalez as Werth walked by him on the way to the locker room. Gonzalez clearly didn't like it and tried to chase down Werth, but was held back by a...

Nats' Strasburg shuts down Phillies

Stephen Strasburg pitched a four-hitter and struck out 10 in the first complete game of his career, Jayson Werth had his second straight three-hit game and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep with a 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night. Strasburg (6-9) dominated the reeling Phillies for his first win since July 7 against San Diego. The Nationals...

Giants-Nationals Preview

Gio Gonzalez and Madison Bumgarner pitched to a virtual stalemate the first time they opposed each other this year. With the San Francisco Giants continuing to struggle offensively, more pressure could be on Bumgarner the second time around. The two left-handers match up again as the Giants visit the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Both pitchers were impressive in Washington...

Pirates sign Shoppach

The Pirates have agreed to terms with catcher Kelly Shoppach (SHAW-pick) on a minor league deal. Shoppach has been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Strasburg Throws First Complete Game In Shutout Of Phillies

If you blinked, you probably missed the slightest of smiles that flickered across Stephen Strasburg’s face as he stepped off the mound after the Washington Nationals’ (57-60) 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies (52-65). Strasburg had just closed the book on the first complete-game shutout of his career, and true to form, he hardly showed any emotion as 32 thousand...

Kelly Shoppach

KELLY SHOPPACH CATCHER Born: April 29, 1980 Height: 6’0″ Weight: 220 Bats: Right Throws: Right Drafted: 2nd Round, 61st Overall, 2001 (Red Sox) How Acquired: Minor league free agent College: Baylor University Agent: LSW Baseball WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES The Red Sox selected Shoppach with their first draft pick in 2001, having lost the first rounder...

Gameday: Phillies (52-63) at Nationals (55-60)

Philadelphia Phillies (52-63) vs Washington Nationals (55-60)  Cliff Lee (10-5, 3.13) vs. Taylor Jordan (1-3, 3.76) Time: 7:05, Nationals Park TV: CSN, MLBN Weather: 81, chance of storms Media: Twitter and Facebook Prior to the start of the 2013 season, the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies were predicted by many to compete in the National League East; however...

Gameday: Phillies (52-64) at Nationals (56-60)

Philadelphia Phillies (52-64) vs Washington Nationals (56-60) Kyle Kendrick (10-8, 4.36) vs Stephen Strasburg (5-9, 3.01) Time: 5:05, Nationals Park TV: PHL 17 Weather: 85, chance of storms Media: Twitter and Facebook Kyle Kendrick began the season red hot.  It was like he transformed into a completely different pitcher, but he has now returned to his old ways.  Kendrick...
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