"It tells you about players' character. It tells you about their soul, and certainly helps their chances for next year. When you show heart, character and soul the last month of the year, it goes a long way -- especially with a team in last place, like ours." (Jim Bowden, via Washington Post, 8/28/2006)
Another soulless start, more shoddy defense: Braves batter Traber, Nats, 13-6.
Nats finish trip from hell 2-7. It all adds up to sucky pitching: Starters (Armas, Astacio, Bergmann, Ortiz, Traber) combine for 31.1 innings, 61 hits, 25 walks, and 39 earned runs (11.28 ERA) on the trip.
Two more steals for Soriano -- Six to go to join 40-40 Club. I wonder what effect that'll have on his asking price in the offseason?
(Photo by Gregory Smith/AP)