(Photo of TV/MASN by Nationals Enquirer staff. Roger Bernadina earned the rights to the Silver Elvis Wig with a monster performance.)
"Bernie bailed me out there."
(Jim Riggleman, on Bernadina's 5th inning bailout of Stammen, via Nats Insider, 5/12/2010)
"He ruined my day. This stinks, man. The way he played, he was the right guy at the right time. That balls falls in, it's over."
(Jeff Francoeur, via Nationals.com, 5/12/2010)
Nationals 6, Mets 4: Bern Baby, Bern! Roger Bernadina: 3-5, 2 HRs, 3 RBI. Game saving catch in the 5th, game winning HR in the 9th.
And a big tip of the cap to Stammen (2-2, 3 RBI, 5.0IP, 6H, 4 ER, 4BB, 2K)...and four shutout innings from a bunch of guys not named Bruney: Burnett, Walker, Clippard, and Capps.
Surprise! Jason Marquis will have surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. "They're" saying 2 months, but see you in 2011?
Big start for John Lannan tomorrow in Colorado. Keeping our fingers crossed that he doesn't join Marquis on the operating table.
There is no beef between Scott Olsen and Jim Riggleman after Tuesday night. So let it go, okay?
At what point will the cynics take a step back and admit the Nats are a pretty good ballclub? Not a great team, mind you, but a team that competes day in, day out. Everytime they win, I sense a lot of their cybercritics are disappointed, so many of them having predicted a 90+ loss season.
We want names! Just because someone expects the worst doesn't mean they're hoping for the worst, Phil. For example: Nationals Enquirer staff are guilty of predicting a 70-92 season. But we're thrilled by the winning. To prove the point: I just typed that last sentence wearing one of those big Nationals #1 foam fingers on my right hand.