50,000 Words

Normally I post between 30 and 50 photos from games and photos are worth 1,000 words, right? Well, I was at last night’s game, but I didn’t photograph it. So I guess I have to make up for that with the equivalent words. You think you’re groaning? So am I. So I’ll keep this short anyway.

I did, however, photograph National Anthem singer Elliott Yamin. I forgot about that and haven’t offloaded the card yet. Anyone care? One of our new season-ticket neighbors exclaimed, “I got to pee next to him!” in the men’s restroom. That’s as close to his fame as we came. The Nat Pack gave away his CDs to our entire section. At least that’s what I thought I heard them say after they handed CDs to a group of people a few rows in front of us. We didn’t get a CD. Speaking of the National Anthem – I finally figured out why Majestic left the “O” off the front of the replacement jerseys for Dunn and Zimmerman. Huge hint to get rid of the Orioles fans shouting “O” during the pre-game tribute to our country by eliminating an O they had control over.

“All of us at Majestic Athletic want to apologize to both the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball for accidentally omitting the ‘O’ in two Nationals jerseys last week,” company President Jim Pisani said. “We take 100 percent responsibility for this event and we regret any embarrassment.”

Uh huh. I get your plan and fully endorse it.

So yeah, back to the game. I love a rainy night! Except when my babysitter has to get up for school the next morning. It all worked out – Mr. Chatter and I took in the rain delay together this time and chatted with our new season-ticket neighbors. The babysitter let us stay til the final out was recorded (with runners on 2nd and 3rd no less and a one run lead… again! Eek! I mean EEK!). Not wearing the same thick hoodie under my rain gear as the night before, I shivered until I remembered halfway through the game that I was wearing a thin hoodie and tied that sucker around my head. For some reason this seemed to attract video cameras. Multiple times! The camera operators never said wave, smile, cheer, or anything – just perched a few seats in front of us and trained that puppy at us. I wondered should I ignore them? Smile and wave at them? What do I do?! I opted for ignore them and hope I didn’t look as awful as I thought I must with a taut-stringed hood around my face. Then again it’s just a baseball game, not a beauty pageant, right? I finally saw myself on the scoreboard… as I was sitting down and my head ducked out of the picture. Haha, I’m not very good at this being on camera thing!

Nick Johnson is bringing sexy back! Seriously, that was his batting music and for some reason brought about a giggle fit. If I remember, he’s one who does not pick his own batting music and I can just imagine someone laughing picking that line out for his stroll to the plate. Very creative — and entertaining!

The Braves thought they would capitalize on some of the Nats weaknesses, it seemed. The night before, I had commented that they were going to start running on our outfielders who seemed slow to retrieve/relay balls in — almost as if they expected a runner to stop at first if the hit would normally be a single and take their time getting the ball back to the infield. Sure enough, in the 8th Jordan Schafer hit a double and was thrown out overrunning 2nd after getting a little over-aggressive. In the 7th, a wild pitch to Chipper Jones caused pinch hitter Prado to take off for 3rd from 2nd where he was promptly thrown out. So the Nats capitalized on their own mistakes that I thought would be their undoing. Whatever works!

And of course, Hanrahan came in and saved the game in heart stopping fashion, allowing a walk and double to the first two batters. But he ultimately got the job done without allowing that runner on third to cross the plate and tie the game and that’s what counts. And a curly Double Whew! is in the books. Nats win 4-3 over the Braves, sealing their first series win of the season. Is it too much to hope for a sweep tonight? (grin)