Via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Davey Johnson explains the aftermath of the double-switch:
"I told [bench coach] Randy [Knorr], ‘Tell the kid, I have one player left and I’m double switching with him,’ so he doesn’t kill himself down there,” Johnson said. “He didn’t get to him right away. [Harper] was destroying helmets in the runway. So I said, ‘Randy, will you get to him? Please get to him.’ But I really had no choice. I didn’t care if it was Babe Ruth. I had one player left and I have to have as many batters to stay in the game as possible." (Davey Johnson via Nationals Journal, 8/26/2012)
Hey! Thats the rail/plexiglass Adam LaRoche's deep fly ball bounced off of in the 7th! Both LaRoche & Werth assumed a home run. Not so fast, according to CBP ground rules. No good, says Davey Johnson:
"You take nothing for granted. This is a game you never take anything for granted. My two veteran players took it for granted that ball was out. And I asked LaRoche, I said 'Rochie, what were you thinking?' He says 'Well, I was going for three.' I said 'Well, you weren't going very fast.' But you know, that's kind of a mental mistake, because you can always review it. You never put yourself in a position with the ball still on the field, and two veteran players messed that up...You just can't do that...that's a losing attitude." (Davey Johnson, via MASN, 8/26/2012)
Phillies 4, Nationals 1: Nats get bells rung, swept out of Philly. Four losses in a row, but don't go reaching for the panic button (yet) (gulp!)
"I don't think any of us are just going to roll over and give them games. We want to make a little bit of a statement. We still want to play. We still want to compete. We're just not going to give anything away." (Roy Halladay, via Philly.com, 8/25/2012)
Up above: a source with no knowledge of the situation has floated a copy of the eye test Mike Rizzo might use to make the final call on when to shut down Stephen Strasburg this season. Go ahead: take the test with each eye covered and see how you fare.
"There is no magic number. It will be the eye test. Davey (Johnson) won't decide and ownership won't decide. It will be the general manager, and that's me." (Mike Rizzo, via ESPN.com, 7/20/2012)
While you're sitting around worrying about Shutdown Day (or not worrying about Shutdown Day, and enjoying a night off), it looks like two out of three Aces signed that spectacular Three Aces piece this week. Above, Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg make it official. Just Gio to go. Apparently Zimm bought 6, Stras bought 3.
For more information about how to get your hands on one of these beauties, shoot an email to:[email protected].