(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
"I have never been on those bases before during the game."
(Danys Baez, via Baltimore Sun, 5/23/2009)
"One of those things that happens in the game."
(Manny Acta, via Washington Times, 5/23/2009)
Orioles 4, Nationals 2: Well, we haven't seen that before! Round 1 of The Battle of the Beltwayzzzzz 2009 is for the Birds.
It all went to hell in the twelfth for Kip Wells, starting with Danys Baez.
Solid start for Jordan Zimmermann. And ignoring Wells' 12th for a moment, some encouraging signs from the 'pen: three scoreless from Ron Villone, Jason Bergmann, and Joe Beimel.
The thought of trading Nick Johnson for a reliever makes OMG angry! Relax, Harper; Peter Gammons says a proposed Nick Johnson-for-Manny Delcarmen deal with the Red Sox has been "tabled" (via ESPN dot com):
The Nats have few chips to move. Nick Johnson and Austin Kearns should get action, although there has been little thus far. Boston wants to wait on David Ortiz and tabled a proposal of Johnson for Manny Delcarmen.
ESPN dot com's Tim Kurkjian hints that Randy St. Claire could get the axe if the bullpen antics keep up:
St. Claire may not survive the indescribably bad work by the bullpen, but there is no immediate relief help in the minor league system.
Finally, from a Canada dot com article on these "sensitive times" for Canadian Baseball fans, a hint that the Expos are slowly fading from memory, and it starts with the kids, eh (via Canada dot com):
At a Little League game the other night, a few of the dads, one of them wearing a Washington Nationals cap, were reminiscing about the Montreal Expos, the franchise that became the Nats. Amid the conversation, a nine-year-old boy, all wide-eyed innocence, admitted he hadn't heard of the Expos.