June 7, 2009 |
The team is terrible. The crowds are pitiful, especially for a new stadium. The public image of the franchise is about as bad as it can get. It's a place where money is hoarded and victories are not, if popular sentiment is any indication. The Washington Nationals are like many last-place teams that have come before them, regardless of the sport. And, like most of those teams, they own the coveted prize that comes with being bad, a transcendent reward that can rescue an organization or set it back even further for years to come.
April 27, 2012 |
Teenage phenom Bryce Harper will make his major league debut at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, and Dodgers utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. has some advice for fans attending the game: Get there in time to watch the Washington Nationals take batting practice. "He puts on a very good show," said Hairston, who was in the Nationals' spring training camp with Harper last year. Harper, a 19-year-old outfielder, has been called up by the Nationals from triple-A Syracuse to replace third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the roster.
May 28, 2013 |
We did not get the chance to say farewell, and thank you. Dr. Lewis Yocum wanted it that way. He lived his last days the way he lived all of them, with the sincere belief that the spotlight should be on the people he treated, not on the doctor who treated them. The baseball community recoiled in shock on Tuesday, when the Angels announced the passing of one of the giants of sports medicine. He had touched so many, and yet so few even knew he was sick. And then came the outpouring of love and gratitude, the portrait of a man with exceptional skill, uncommon dignity and a wicked good sense of humor.
August 16, 2009 |
When the Minnesota Twins selected left-hander Eddie Bane with the 11th pick in the 1973 draft, the contract negotiations lasted only slightly longer than it took Bane to say "yes." And three weeks after his last college game he was living his dream, pitching in the major leagues in front of a sellout crowd of nearly 46,000 at Metropolitan Stadium. It's been nearly three months since Stephen Strasburg, the top pick in the June draft, pitched his last game for San Diego State.
April 26, 2012 |
The Washington Nationals: a measuring stick? They are for now, at least. In the seven full seasons the Nationals have played since their move to Washington from Montreal, they have never reached the playoffs — or come close, for that matter. Their best showing in the National League East came last season when they finished third. Even then, they still lost more games than they won. But bolstered by a young rotation led by fireballer Stephen Strasburg , they head into their opening game of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Friday with the best record in the league and figure to test the West-leading Dodgers.
June 11, 2009 |
The adjective du jour is "extraordinary." Scott Boras uses a thesaurus better than anyone in baseball. He has advertised players as special, as premium, as iconic. For Stephen Strasburg, and for Boras' mission to get him paid as if he were a free agent rather than a draft pick, baseball's most powerful agent has chosen "extraordinary." As in: "The equation of how an extraordinary talent fits in really has little or nothing to do with the other aspects of the draft."
April 28, 2012 |
What started as a welcoming party for the current top prospect in baseball ended as a celebration of the top player in the game today. Bryce Harper, the 19-year-old outfielder, collected his first hit in his major league debut with the Washington Nationals on Saturday night. He drove in his first run on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly that ended a tie. But this game belonged to Matt Kemp, who drove a fastball by Tom Gorzelanny high over the center-field wall in the 10th inning, lifting the Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over the Nationals.
July 4, 2010 |
Fox must not be running baseball after all. Stephen Strasburg did not make the All-Star team. Not that the suits at Fox are wearing their sad faces. The All-Star game will look like most of the games shown on national television, with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox wherever you look. The Yankees got six players onto the All-Star team. So did the Red Sox. No other team got as many. The Angels, the host team, got one. The San Diego Padres, with the best record in the National League and the best pitching staff in the world, got one. They got their first baseman onto the team, but none of their pitchers.
May 29, 2009 |
UC Irvine, hosting an NCAA Division I baseball regional for the first time, erected temporary bleachers to accommodate an overflow crowd expected for today's games. They'll be needed, because some of the most intriguing story lines on the road to the College World Series will play out among the four teams competing at Anteater Ballpark. UC Irvine plays Fresno State at 8 p.m. in today's second game, a marquee matchup featuring this year's No.