Ryan Zimmerman was all smiles in the dugout in Miami Friday night.
And so, Ryan Zimmerman has returned from his 55-game absence with a bad hammy and is back in the Nationals lineup tonight in Miami. Zim will bat sixth tonight and play left field in place of Bryce Harper.
Zim: "I won't be 100% til next year, but I'm good enough to contribute." Expects to...
And so, with a win last night in Miami, and a come-from-behind win by the Dodgers over the Cubs, the Nationals maintained their slim lead over LA for best record in the NL and home field advantage for the playoffs. Enjoy the video above of Kevin Frandsen's postgame interview with MASN's Dan Kolko, in which he addresses an obvious question about the importance of home field...
So much to love about the front page of this morning's WaPo Express, featuring Jayson Werth as Indiana Jones, and the World Series trophy as the Idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Admittedly the "It's Theirs for the Taking" headline makes us just a little nervous...
(Image via Express online. H/T @angielynn10 via @JWerthsBeard)
Here's video of Matt Williams giving his beer-soaked, Robert-Frost-inspired victory speech last night in Atlanta: "We have promises to keep...and miles to go before we sleep"...
First in war, first in peace, and first in the NL East
More scenes from the Nats' NL East Clinch Party
Bryce Haprer in custom DC firefighter helmet during NL East Clinch...
Before the strobe lights, fog machine, and cans of beer, there was Adam LaRoche hugging his son Drake on the field moments after the Nats finished off the Braves to clinch the NL East.
And then, there were strobe lights, fog machines, cans of beer, and so on, in no particular order (All screencaps via MLB.TV/MASN video). Please leave your spikes by the door:
Just Bryce Harper in a fire fighter helmet given to him by the DC Fire Department during the Nats NL East Clinch Party. No big deal.
(Screencap via MLB.TV/MASN)
The Washington Nationals are your 2014 NL East Champs.
As a wise man once said: World Series or Bust.
Nothing sweeter than celebrating in Atlanta.
(So we used the same headline in 2012. So what?)
Thankfully, the Nats have a closer again.
"We’re excited. We’re close." (Wilson Ramos, via Washington Post, 9/16/2014)
Nationals 4, Braves 2: Stephen Strasburg throws seven shutout innings to exorcise some Atlanta demons. Nats reduce magic number to clinch NL East to two games after things got dicey with Rafael Soriano in the 9th.
Get it done tonight...
Apparently the Nats will be featured on an episode of "Mission October" on FS1 tonight at 7, in which Matt Williams is seen on one of his "camaraderie runs" with some of his coaches, in which Williams dons a white headband, and third base coach Bob Henley stops for ice cream.
Memo to Washington Nationals marketing staff - please distribute Matt Williams headbands...
And so, the Washington Nationals rookies dressed as ballerinas for their trip to Atlanta, where they have a pretty good chance of clinching the NL East.
Of course, nothing will ever beat the 2011 rookie class as Smurfs; or the 2012 rookie class as Olympic Gymnasts.
(Photo via @JLobaton21's Instagram account)
Wilson Ramos admires his 2-run homer in the seventh, which broke a 0-0 deadlock.
Nationals 3, Mets 0: Magic Number to clinch NL East drops to 4 with another win over Mets, another loss by the Barves.
Jordan Zimmermann wiggles out of lots of early trouble, earns 12th win of the season.
It'll be nice to have Wilson Ramos around in the playoffs. And here's video the...
...a few hours later the ball touched down in the second deck:
Nationals 10, Mets 3: 10 runs, 15 hits, and a little help (4 errors) from the LOLMets.
Ian Desmond joins SS 20/20 club for third time.
Magic number down to six games, Nats could potentially clinch NL East in Atlanta.
(Screencaps via MLB.com/MASN video)
Wasn't it Jayson Werth who said on Thursday, "We don't have time for bullsh*t"? Apparently Gio Gonzalez didn't get the memo.
And so, Gio Gonzalez wasn't happy when Matt Williams pulled him in the 7th inning: first, Gio slammed the ball into his manager's hand. Then the two continued to have an animated discussion in the dugout, which continued in the...
On the same night Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the face by a pitch in Milwaukee, Bartolo Colon was busy in New York plunking Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth after giving up home runs. Video of Werth's HBP and Colon's ejection above -- for a moment it looked like Werth considered charging the mound, but thought better of it:
"I know the situation as good as anybody...
Above, amazing video of the Navy Parachute Team (The Leap Frogs) jumping out of a plane and landing at Nationals Park yesterday to commemorate Heroes Day. Pretty incredible stuff. Video is from the Leap Frogs on YouTube. (H/T @ItsLuisF)
Today is Heroes Day at #Nats Park. Be sure to get to today's 4:05 p.m. game early to see the @NavyLeapFrogs land in Center Field!
The smart money was on Stephen Strasburg completing the sweep against the Braves...
"I thought he was pretty good. I thought he pitched pretty well." (Stephen Strasburg, via Nationals.com, 9/10/2014)
Braves 6, Nationals 2: Oh well. The good news is, Drew Storen got a day off, and Rafael Soriano got in some work and didn't do any damage.
(Screen cap via...
Drew Storen closed out the Braves with 7 pitches last night.
Nationals 6, Braves 4: Script flipped. So much for the Braves owning the Nationals, and so much for that closer by committee concept: Adam LaRoche keeps on hitting, and Drew Storen nails down save in 9th with 7 pitches. NL East lead expands to 9 games, magic number drops to 10.
Here's to hoping Ian Desmond'...
A few hours before the Washington Nationals began taking batting practice off of Ervin Santana (7 hits, 5-0 game entering the third inning), Ryan Zimmerman took batting practice on field with his mates for the first time since blowing out his hammy.
"Running is the biggest thing. I don’t want to downplay hitting and throwing, because it’s my back leg, and a lot of that...
There are antics, and then there are bullpen antics. Like, Drew Storen giving Tyler Clippard bunny ears on TV in the bullpen Monday night. Nothing else to see here.
Clippard didn't look so pleased when Matt Williams pulled him in the 8th with 2 on and 2 out, choosing to have Matt Thornton face Freddie Freeman:
Clippard on not facing Freeman: “The eighth inning is...
Thank you, MASN, for sharing this magical moment in the history of Doug Fister puns.
Nationals 2, Braves 1: Ho hum, just another Doug Fister start, this one a brilliant 7 inning, 2 hit, shutout performance. And just another breeze in the 9th for Drew Storen, who finally got his job back.
#RespectTheAce: Good on Matt Williams for sticking with his Ace with two outs and two...
And so, Gio Gonzalez sported a Notorious B.I.G. t-shirt during his postgame interview on MASN on Sunday after picking up his 8th win of the season (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 K, 105 pitches-67 strikes), much to the delight of Johnny Holliday.
Watch video of Gio's postgame interview here:
(Screencap via MASNSports.com video)
Video: Gio Gonzalez's home...
Drew Storen strikes out Ryan Howard to close out Sunday's win.
Enough of this closer by committee talk: this is Drew Storen's job now.
Nationals 3, Phillies 2: Adam LaRoche hits a pair of home runs, Scott Hairson does something, and Drew Storen is closer again. All is right with the world.
And here's video of Storen talking after his first save in who knows how...
"We need to address it; it's not an easy decision. We want to be able to close those games out. Sori understands that. He's been around the block." (Matt Williams, via Nationals.com, 9/5/2014)
Phillies 9, Nationals 8: Rafael Soriano blows three run lead in 9th, Nats lose in 11.
This just in: Rafael Soriano is a problem.
(Screencap via MLB.TV/MASN video)
We'd be remiss if we didn't post video of Scott Boras completing the Ice Bucket Challenge before Tuesday's game in LA with the help of some of his Nats clients. Indeed, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Danny Espinosa, Anthony Rendon, and Rafael Soriano all dumped buckets of ice water on over the head of the man who has a penchant to spending Ted Lerner's money.
Well, this is happening at Dodger Stadium #dodgers pic.twitter.com/fbWJkc8uX5
— Greg Merideth (@gregofla) September 3, 2014
Nationals 8, Dodgers 5: Go ahead, just try and sum up this 14 inning baseball game in some other way than saying it was a baseball game in which lots of weird baseball stuff happened. DC Sports Bog gave it a pretty good go though.
Maybe the best...