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Give the Nats the Fish, and They’ll Lose For a Day

Dancing is contagious…but who started the epidemic? (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Final Score: Marlins 2, Nationals 1

Dame of the Game:

Gio Gonzalez: 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 9 K. Fresh off his All-Star appearance, Gio pitched like a star, though not all that great a star. More like a class-M  main sequence dwarf with a few ice planets orbiting it. Not about to go supernova or anything, but still.

Shame of the Game:

Michael Morse: 0-4, 3 K. Morse the pity that he did not play better in this game.


I had seafood for dinner Friday night. Then the Nationals beat the Marlins. I’m a very superstitious person, so naturally I had no choice but to have seafood for both lunch and dinner the next day in the hopes that it would work again.

It didn’t work again. My eating of two whole fish yesterday did not correspond to the Nats metaphorically eating The Fish. This is very distressing. Superstitions have never failed me before. What am I going to do now? Do I have to abandon the idea that my personal actions will affect the outcomes of baseball games, a principle on which basically every action I take is based? Continue reading

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The Franchise Suffers Low Ratings: MLB Network Stars Nationally Shown Up


Tattletale. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Final Score: Nationals 5, Marlins 1.

Dame of the Game:

Jordan Zimmermann: Win, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 6 K. Zimmermann pitched a game that even if his teammates gave him the zero run support he expected, he couldn’t lose. They realized this and let Jordan have this game. They combined to mercilessly destroy him however in the postgame tug-of-war match.

Shame of the Game:

Jose Reyes & Hanley Ramirez: Talking too much. Jose and Hanley spent a bit too much time chatting one another up, and were distracted while Bryce Harper stole third base. Serves Jose right for being such a gossip. You promised you wouldn’t tell Omar Infante that I had a crush on him!


Baseball is back. After 2 days of no activity, and 4 days of no real important baseball, the Nationals finally played a game again. It had felt like forever since we last saw this team on a baseball field, but in reality it was only a brief period of time. Well despite the direction the team was going in before the break, I’m excited to see people like John Patterson and Tony Armas Jr. continue to develop.

What do you mean it’s 2012? No, it’s 2006. Uh oh, I must have taken a bit too many sleeping pills to get past the 2006 All-Star Break…

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Twenty-Ninth Spring Training Game: Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlungfish


Mound meetings with Mark Buehrle are often a frustrating endeavor without a farting-sound translator present.

The days of losing are officially over.

The Washington Nationals won their 4th straight game over 3 days today, beating the Miami Marlins 3-2. While some other reporters might be unwilling to admit it at this moment, I think it’s safe to say that the Nationals have moved past losing baseball games.

Detwiler turned in another solid showing, and Henry Rodriguez continued his scoreless dominance. I’ll even give it to Actual Pile of Waste Ian Desmond, who hit a first pitch home run to set the tone of the game. All is right in Natstown right now, and I can’t see being unhappy at any point this season.

It’s a weird feeling to know your team won’t ever lose again. But there’s a first time for everything. I’m just glad that the first time in this case is happening to us.


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