(AP Photo/Evan Vucci. Vegas oddsmakers would tell you Dmitri Young had a better chance of delivering a big hit for the Nats than Austin Kearns this afternoon.)
"In that situation, you're just trying to get the guy in, and hopefully get a win. I was just trying to get a pitch to hit and not miss it."
(Austin Kearns, via Washington Post, 7/25/2009)
Worth the wait?
Nats 3, Padres 2: 3+ years later, and Austin Kearns finally comes through when it counts. Lannan deserved W #8, but Mike MacDougal wanted to see Joe Beimel pick up W #1.
Nats 13, Padres 1: Deluge! It's an after-hours party in NatsTown following a 3+ hour rain delay! We'll never forget J.D. Martin's walk against Luis Perdomo with 2 outs in the 2nd to get the rout rolling.
Farewell, Dmitri Young. Seems oddly fitting that on the same day Jim Bowden's biggest bust in D.C. finally earned a little bit of his money, his second worst decision in D.C. finally, mercifully, broke down for good with a torn quad. Godspeed, Da Meathook.
MLB dot com's Bill Ladson reports that Manny Acta dropped by Nationals Park on Sunday, but Manny wouldn't divulge the reason for his visit. Anonymous sources with no knowledge of the situation tell the Nationals Enquirer that Manny returned to apply for the open Managerial position in the Nats' mail room.
Non-Waiver Trade Deadline, Friday. Nick Johnson to SF, right, but what about Willingham?