According to sources with no direct or indirect knowledge of the situation, Nationals scouts were so impressed by the performance of the Radio City Rockettes throwing out the first pitch on Monday night at Dolphin Stadium (and so disheartened by back-to-back stinkers by Mike Bacsik and Joel Hanrahan), that the team has extended invitations to spring training to the Rockettes. "Like they say, you can never have too much pitching," a reportedly beaming Jim Bowden may or may not have told an unnamed source. "And, come on, everyone knows that 2008 is gearing up to look very similar to 2007, give or take a few wins. We'll make a half-hearted run at Andruw Jones in the offseason. But on Opening Day in the new stadium our outfield will look just like what we throw out there tonight. In terms of pitching, it's all about stockpiling arms and trotting out whoever happens to be healthy." Stan Kasten unavailable for comment.
Kim struck out trying to bunt in the fifth. Frustrated, he unleashed an expletive that could clearly be heard on the telecast from the near-silent stadium. The Marlins broadcasters apologized on the air.
Uh oh...is Zimmerman turning into Chuck Knoblauch over at third (another throwing error last night)? Manny says it's not mental:"When it's a mental [problem], guys just struggle with every throw and have to take time off and get some type of psychological program and stuff...That's not the case, because he made some throws to first base today."
Hanrahan vs. Smoltz tonight? Sounds like a classic reverse lock if you ask me. Prediction time -- NAAAts put a tomahawk into the Braves' slim playoff hopes with a 3 game sweep, effectively making their move for a miracle run for third place in the NL East. Bet the house on it.
Welcome to the big leagues, Jonathan AllabadejoeAblebleegao Albaladejo: struck out the side in the 4th, 19 pitches, 14 strikes in 1 2/3 innings. (Close but no cigar for Justin Maxwell in his first big league at bat in the 4th)
Nick the Thick is heading to Fat Camp, promises to show up in shape next spring. Via Washington Post: "My wife's a great cook and everything, but she likes to make some cakes, too...I can't be having the cookies in the jar, or I'll eat 'em."