"After that 11-0 game, I think that could be rock bottom there. We don’t have any time for hitting bottom any more. That’s it. If we’re going to hit rock bottom, that was the time and we have to go from there."
"After how that first game went, that was a huge win. That’s baseball. Unfortunately, it’s a roller coaster ride, and we’ve been down it more than we’ve been up this year...But we’ve just got to keep going. Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us. We’ve got to go out there every day and try to win." (Ryan Zimmerman, via Washington Times, 7/27/2013)
Mr. Walk-off strikes again. Video of Ryan Zimmerman's 9th career walk-off home run last night to salvage an otherwise miserable Friday for the Nats. Note that Zimmerman's home run was caught by a fan in a Ryan Zimmerman shirt.
And if Storen's father wasn't happy with the Nationals bringing Drew in for mop-up duty during the first game of Friday's doubleheader despite battling the flu, the latest news isn't going to go over well (understandably):
102 degree temperature, sicker than a dog...Let's make him wear it!
"I think there's a lot of things that led to this that could've been
prevented. You know,
you basically send a guy a message this offseason, for having one bad
game, that he's not the guy for the job. He's only human. I mean, it's
going to get to anybody." (Tyler Clippard, via Nats Insider, 7/26/2013)
The press release from the Nationals was surprisingly short:
NATIONALS OPTION RHP DREW STOREN TO SYRACUSE
today’s doubleheader, the Washington Nationals optioned right-handed
pitcher Drew Storen to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League.
Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General
Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Storen, 25, went 3-2 with two saves, 14 holds and a 5.95 ERA in 47 games this season with Washington.
"My hand is sore from signing 100 Japanese bubblegum cards. And followed it up with 75 bobbleheads. It’s hard to sign a
bobblehead, let me met tell ya. They wanted me to sign on the hat. I
said there’s no chance. The head’s going to be wiggling around. I ain’t
going to be doing that. So I signed it on the back." (Davey Johnson, via Nationals Journal, 7/26/2013)
"It was pretty cool. I’m just happy we won the ballgame, I’m serious. I could care less about whether it went over the fence or if it was a double off the wall…I’m just very happy that we won the ballgame." (Bryce Harper, via Washington Times, 7/25/2013)
Up above, Bryce Harper's postgame interview with MASN's Julie Alexandria after his walk-off home run on Thursday afternoon, in which Ian Desmond pelted him with sunflower seeds. No Gatorade bath:
And so, Bryce Harper made the first walkoff home run of his Major League career count on Thursday afternoon, effectively killing a six game losing streak and erasing a nightmare 9th inning for the Nats.
All is forgiven, Nats. You may proceed with the winning streak now.