‘Moon over Nationals Park’
courtesy of ‘BrianMKA’
Streaks are hard things.
Streaks take you out of seeing the Big Picture, and they change your focus to the tiny reality of the streak. Streaks of either kind aren’t microcosms, they’re localized disruptions of the normal. As a good friend said Sunday, “Losing streaks are the result of talent, while winning streaks are the result of luck.”
The Nationals came into Sunday’s game riding as high as they’ve been all season, winners of eight straight and 10 of their last 13. They didn’t hardly look like the same team on the field on Sunday. Maybe they indulged a bit too much at Saturday night’s Dream Foundation Gala, but the Nats just couldn’t get it going. 3 errors, and some rough plate appearances were their undoing, and they dropped the game, and the streak, in a 7-3 loss in front of 35,439.
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Photos by Patrick Pho, special to We Love DC
Oh, for a real crosstown rivalry.
The Nationals came into the Battle of the Beltways (or whatever they’re calling it this year) on a tear, having won six straight, and having just swept the formerly hot Cardinals. Tonight, they put their best starter on the mound against a slumping Baltimore team, and the damnedest thing happened. The Orioles ganged up for a dozen hits off Marquis, but only plated four runs. They’d pick up another half dozen against the Nationals’ bullpen, but couldn’t strike again, while the Nationals picked up 8 runs on just 10 hits, striking for 7 runs on 6 hits in the fifth and sixth innings.
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courtesy of ‘dbking’
We’ve got a beautiful weekend, save some scattered t-storms, shaping up for us and we’ve got a “Battle of the Beltways” series kicking off Friday night between the visiting Baltimore Orioles and our hometown Nationals. You’ve got three opportunities to catch the match up this weekend, and it’s sure to be great time with the stadium pack with fans from both sides.
While neither team is at the top of their divisions, both come packed with longtime crowd favorites like Nick Markakis, B-Rob, Zimmer-sapien and Christian Guz-sapien, who are sure to make the game competitive and entertaining.
What I’m really looking forward to is Screech and the Bird strolling around the stadium and taunting each other Phillie Phanatic style. Obviously, sans taser. I’m assuming both birds will join the Presidents in the 4th inning race, where of course some antics will ensue between the two avians to prevent Teddy from winning. Alas poor Teddy, I wanted him to win.
courtesy of ‘Keith Allison’
We don’t cover a lot of Orioles “news’ because…well…we have our own team now, and the Orioles have been the laughing stock of professional sports for over a decade. But as a life-long fan of the birds, and what some could call DC’s AL team, I just had to write about Cal. Our beloved Cal. The Iron Man. The nicest guy ever. The guy my friends and I grew up idolizing. Could it be? Could it be true that Cal Jr. is coming to be our savior and turn around the obnoxiously bad Baltimore Orioles? Front office, club house, I don’t care. Just give me Cal.
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‘Battle of the Beltways’
courtesy of ‘brianmka’
The Nationals’ Screech? Or the Orioles’ The Bird?
Well, in the battle over D.C. TV ratings, our neighbors to the north have won. According to the Washington Business Journal, “D.C. is the only TV market in the country where a team from another city (the O’s) gets better ratings than the hometown team.” That’s sad.
What’s sadder still is that the two teams combined for 201 losses. :(
‘Baltimore – Cal Ripken’s Statue’
courtesy of ‘mathplourde’
For all of you baseball fans in the DC area that existed between the years of 1972 and 2005, please join me in hating on the following four people: Gary Parker, 19, of Baltimore; Matthew Rayner, 19, of Chase; Patrick Reynolds, 18, of Middle River; and Jason Stonebuner, 19, of Essex. These four young souls dared to mess with #8.
Early this morning these kids stole the four foot aluminum number 8 from Camden Yards, a statue remembering the all-around awesomeness that was (is) Cal Ripken, a true DC/Baltimore area sports hero, and stashed it in the back of their truck to try and get away with it. Luckily this ridiculous theft was caught on a security camera. Police found the suspect’s truck, including the giant #8, about two hours after it was stolen. The disrespect is appalling!
Ok, so the Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball and have been under .500 for a good 12 years or so now. But remember the good ol’ days. The days of the Ripken brothers, the days when #8 reigned supreme. Bad kids. Just be glad I didn’t catch you first. (Because I would have no idea what to do with you? Maybe I would yell at you. Get skurred.)