Nats Pics from the Field

September 12, 2011

Saturday was blogger night, and I got to go down to the field during BP and take some pictures. I got some pretty good ones, here’s a whole bunch of pictures of your Washington Nats getting ready for the game. Click on any of them to see the full sized version:

Wilson Ramos getting his hacks in

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Lannan’s Late Surge and Seat Counting

September 28, 2010

Last night, John Lannan went 5 2/3 innings and gave up 4 ER. For a Nationals pitcher in 2010, that wasn’t half bad. Of course, we know it’s not a very good start, but are you ready for some good news? That was his second worst start since coming back from the minors. BP gave him a game score of 41, only better than his 8/24 start against the Cubs where he gave up 4 ER in 5 IP. Since he’s returned from exile, he has been quite good. Including last night’s unimpressive outing, he’s gone 68 1/3 IP, with a mind-blowing (for Lannan) 47 Ks to 14 BBs and a 3.42 ERA. And most importantly, the team has gone 7-4 in those starts.

His K/9 of 6.2 is the best 11 game stretch since the last 11 games of 2008. Back when he was the de facto #1. He didn’t do anything like that even in his great 2009, where he finished the year with a career best 3.88 ERA. But more impressive than seeing him strike some guys out, is seeing out few he has walked. Simply put, his K/BB of 3.35 in this span is his best 11 game stretch ever. With someone like Lannan, who induces ground balls and doesn’t strike out as many guys as other pitchers do, he must keep his walks down. When he does, he can be very successful. If he doesn’t, it’s easy for a few grounders to leak through with a couple of walks and suddenly it’s a 2 or 3 run inning. But when that ratio is 3.35, what happens is teams need 3 or 4 hits in an inning, without hitting into a double play, to get more than 1 run on the board, and that is difficult to do.

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Pictures from Blogger Day

August 26, 2009

Not much to say, Blogger Day II has been blogged about, and pictures have been put up by many others. But I’ve got some, too. Click on any image to view it full size.

Jim Riggleman was there answering questions like we were actually members of the media

Riggleman

As were Collin Ballester, Garrett Mock, and Josh Willingham

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Lighten Up Nats, Nobody is Here Anyway

July 24, 2009

I went to the Nats game yesterday. If I was writing for another blog, I might say that the rain delay was a weather FAIL. But I know that wasn’t the Nats fault. I do have a little complaint. I was lucky enough to get Diamond Club seats, the ones right behind home plate.

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Actually I was in the row behind the one behind home plate. You know, the seats that are always empty? Yeah, those gray ones. If you are in those seats, the gray section looks like the gold section. The game was attending by 25,359 fans officially, but way way fewer in actuality. Especially after the skies opened up and the first rain delay lasted an hour and 16 minutes, then the park was really empty. I went back to my gray seat and thought “wow, the section in front of me is about 10% full, I’ll move up there, I won’t be taking anyone’s seat.” WRONG! Security booked down to stop us.

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Where’s the Beer?

April 20, 2009

One thing I didn’t mention in my last post was why Sunday at Nats stadium was disappointing to me for a few reasons. Although I did witness Stan Kasten wandering around the stadium on more than one occasion (he’s a phone-holster-in-the-belt guy), I was there to watch baseball and try out some beers. There are still a few on the list that I haven’t tasted and I was really looking forward to the chance. Too bad I couldn’t find any. I started out at the Red Porch, where you had your choice of American big time brews, and then Peroni and Leinenkugel’s Home Run Ale (I know it was a Leiney, I THINK it was the HR Ale). That’s it. I really expected more at the Nationals Park hyped-up bar section. I went with the Leinenkugel and it was good, but I really wanted some of the weird stuff. The bartender there couldn’t be less helpful telling me where I might find it, although he was very nice about trying. We finished our beers from the empty CF standing room only section and watched Hanley Ramirez launch a few into the LF stands during BP, and wandered on. Read the rest of this entry »


BEER! At Nationals Park!

April 2, 2009

Obviously I’m excited !!!one!one!! I’m totally ripping off the DC Sports Bog here, as it just listed the selection of beers for Nats games, but this is probably the most exciting Nats news I’ve heard since the Dunn signing. Or the Martis/Zimmermann spring training performances at least. At first I was so excited that I was just going to basically reproduce what Dan wrote on the Bog. But you can click the link to see that. Instead, since I have become somewhat of a beer snob*, I’ll give you my thoughts, if you’re interested in exploring some in the wonderful world of beer.

Some of these I haven’t tried. For those, I will give you a description according to experts, but I intend to try them, and give you an update to the assessments throughout the year. I’ve italicized the ones I haven’t tasted. I figured – you may get out to the park only once a season, you want to make the right beer choice, hopefully this will help…

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