After the horror of last year, I kind of forgot that watching baseball can actually be fun. Though I did feel bad for the Nats, even while enjoying our win last night. Somewhere around their 5th fielding error, it got hard for me to look at their poor pitcher without tearing up. Then Soriano gave up some runs and I got over my sympathy pretty quick. Nice win, with all of my favorite components: Jones boys homered, Heap threw out a baserunner, Chuckie pitched like the bad ass mother he is, Frenchy walked, and Wicky came through for us after giving up his required base hit and walk in the ninth. (Literally every time? I think it’s close. At this point, I don’t even worry if we’re leading by only one — he’s got to give up that hit, it’s part of his approach. Psychological warfare. Or something.)
I did not have high expectations for Kelly coming into this season, but I have grown to love him pretty quickly. He looks great on second, and he’s already coming around as our leadoff hitter. I’m just so pleasantly surprised by everyone right now, I don’t know what to do with myself. The official site even came up with an article about how gosh darn happy-go-lucky the players have been so far this season. My only complaint about yesterday was the use of Soriano in the 8th. He has pitched in almost every game so far, and clearly needs a break. With a 5-0 lead, why not throw the Vulch in there instead? Oh well.
Apparently the Nationals’ manager called a closed-door team meeting after the game yesterday. I can only imagine the atmosphere in that clubhouse. We were pretty low last year, and it’s hard to enjoy our success in this series while witnessing that familiar despair. But it’s going to be a close race in our division, and we need all the wins we can get. So get out your brooms. Sorry, Nats.
Oh, and I have to give props to Deadspin, one of my favorite sites, for their extremely subtle integration of advertising on the site today. Nice.
I love last night’s game even though at first it seemed to drag on a little until our boys woke up behind the plate. Chuckie even got on base and it was funny that he was almost clueless on how he was supposed to bat. He just wanted in on all the fun, too. He looked like a giddy little kindergartener after he did get on base, which is not something you would expect to see from him.
I think it was a good game, everyone got at least one hit. But as Chipper said, we may be in first, but we’re not going to say we’re the team to beat. You gotta love and respect those guys even more for not rubbing it in that they’re on top.
I think tonight’s game shall be interesting with Smoltz on the mound. I figured it was Redman’s turn to pitch, but I’d much rather see Smoltzie than Redman any day of the week.
Oh, I’ve seen Chuckie act like a giddy kindergartener before. Observe!
Well yeah, I forgot about that, too. It’s just not something you see on the field very often from him.
Smoltz probably pushed Bobby to start so he could pick up an easy ‘W’. I don’t blame him.
Yeah, I was wondering about that. I really don’t blame him, after last year.