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Monday, April 01, 2013

Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals - April 1, 2013

Placido Polanco batted 4th today for the Marlins.

This isn’t an April Fools Day post.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:39 PM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Spectral Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4401276)
I noticed before the game that the odds were Nationals -250. I don't think it bodes well for a team if they're more than 2:1 underdogs on opening day. Then again, having Nolasco as an ace says the same thing in less words.
   2. The District Attorney Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:59 PM (#4401300)
Is Nolasco the next Glendon Rusch, a case where DIPS just doesn't work for little apparent reason?

Career xFIP: 3.78, FIP: 3.83, ERA: 4.49
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 01, 2013 at 04:13 PM (#4401328)
Regular season attendance record to go with the Nationals victory. Might average ~35,000 per game this year.
   4. McCoy Posted: April 01, 2013 at 04:16 PM (#4401336)
Fun game and I've now attended two highest attendanted games in Nationals' history.
   5. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: April 01, 2013 at 04:58 PM (#4401425)
It drizzled a little a couple of times; otherwise, this Opening Day in DC was the best one yet. Harper even got a standing-O after flying out to left in his third plate appearance. The first seven innings ZOMMED by. (Unfortunately, Davey didn't let Stras out for the eighth, never mind that his pitch count was really, really low.) Still, I don't think the game lasted more than 2:15.
   6. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: April 01, 2013 at 05:06 PM (#4401441)
2:10. The Yanks/Red Sox drug on interminably for 3:37, of course. Which is why no one can honestly say they watch those games.
   7. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: April 01, 2013 at 05:18 PM (#4401450)
Thanks, Sam. Had Clippard not pitched the eighth, I swear it might not have gone more than two hours.
   8. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: April 01, 2013 at 06:12 PM (#4401503)
THE FOLLOWING IS A TRUE STORY.

RMc, after a full day of being teh awesome, comes home and notices that WSH beat MIA, 2-0.

He says, "What, did Strasberg throw a shutout and Harper hit two home runs?"

He checks. Oh. My. G-d.

Give these guys the Cy Young, MVP and WS trophy now. Don't wait. Now.
   9. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: April 01, 2013 at 06:17 PM (#4401514)
Give these guys the Cy Young, MVP and WS trophy now. Don't wait. Now.


So you're already tired of the 2013 season and just want it to end?
   10. Dan Evensen Posted: April 01, 2013 at 06:24 PM (#4401522)
Might average ~35,000 per game this year.

We're going to be back in the DC area this July and August, and I'm hoping to take the family to a game. Looks like it's time to order tickets.

EDIT: Speaking of which, it's been a while since I've been to a game. What do regular attenders at Nationals Park recommend? First base or third base side? Lower bown or up higher? We're hoping to attend a Saturday afternoon game.
   11. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: April 01, 2013 at 07:15 PM (#4401564)
We're going to be back in the DC area this July and August, and I'm hoping to take the family to a game. Looks like it's time to order tickets.

EDIT: Speaking of which, it's been a while since I've been to a game. What do regular attenders at Nationals Park recommend? First base or third base side? Lower bown or up higher? We're hoping to attend a Saturday afternoon game.

Go for the third base side, Dan, as you'll get to be in the shade by the middle innings. Also, you will have a better view of the big scoreboard.

And let's meet up at some point.
   12. Greg K Posted: April 01, 2013 at 07:28 PM (#4401574)
Harper was also involved in the once chance the Marlins had to score. Stanton fake tagged from 3B on a mid-shallow fly to Harper, who made a nice throw.

And then for some reason the runner on 1B wandered off the bag and got caught in a rundown to end the inning.
   13. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: April 01, 2013 at 07:41 PM (#4401586)
Might average ~35,000 per game this year.

We're going to be back in the DC area this July and August, and I'm hoping to take the family to a game. Looks like it's time to order tickets.


I have friends in DC, and I've been there several times since 2005. I've always wanted to see a Nats game; now, I feel like the window has just slammed shut.
   14. valuearbitrageur Posted: April 01, 2013 at 07:47 PM (#4401589)
You could have bet on Harper to lead the league in Home Runs at 42-1 before the season. This is despite hitting 22 HR in 139 games last year as a 19 year old.

A-Rod hit 5 HR in 49 games as a 19 year old, then 36 HR in a 149 games at age 20.

I have a friend who put at least $1,000 down on Harper this year. Sadly, I did not think of doing so.
   15. Bote Man Posted: April 01, 2013 at 08:39 PM (#4401619)
We're going to be back in the DC area this July and August, and I'm hoping to take the family to a game. Looks like it's time to order tickets.

All Nationals games are sold out this entire season. It's a hotter ticket than the Yankees (used to be).
   16. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 09:04 PM (#4401653)
All Nationals games are sold out this entire season. It's a hotter ticket than the Yankees (used to be).
For a moment I was like, "whoa."

Then I remembered, sarcasm.
   17. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 01, 2013 at 09:05 PM (#4401657)
Go for the third base side, Dan, as you'll get to be in the shade by the middle innings.

In addition to the shade, which can be quite welcome in summer-time DC, you avoid the late afternoon, early evening sun in your line of vision, which is a minor annoyance on the 1st base side, although a baseball cap or visor eliminates most of the problem.
   18. Bote Man Posted: April 01, 2013 at 09:34 PM (#4401680)
Then I remembered, sarcasm.

Look at the calendar. Plus, from the looks of things today we might look back on this in October and think I was prescient.
   19. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 09:52 PM (#4401694)
Look at the calendar. Plus, from the looks of things today we might look back on this in October and think I was prescient.
I for one won't be satisfied until the Nats dethrone the Redskins as the #1 sports team in this town.

It's gonna take awhile, to be honest.
   20. McCoy Posted: April 01, 2013 at 10:12 PM (#4401706)
Considering that Wednesday's game is still available I doubt we'll look back on these statements.
   21. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: April 01, 2013 at 10:49 PM (#4401718)
I for one won't be satisfied until the Nats dethrone the Redskins as the #1 sports team in this town.

It's gonna take awhile, to be honest.


particularly if the skins are gonna be good again.
   22. jmurph Posted: April 02, 2013 at 09:03 AM (#4401827)
PSA: you can buy absurdly cheap tickets to most upcoming Nats games on Stubhub. $6 in the 100 and 200 levels for some games next week against the White Sox.
   23. Publius Publicola Posted: April 02, 2013 at 09:17 AM (#4401837)
Ha. I have NATs season tickets, right behind the third base dugout. Gonna be a great summer.
   24. McCoy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 09:55 AM (#4401866)
My buddy has season tickets in section 135 right in front of the silly Nats' fan who dresses up in sequin suits and wears funny wigs and such. At first glance they look like awesome seats but once the game starts you realize that the first base coach blocks your view homeplate.

The group he is in has some sort of weird setup for ticket allocations. The higher your seniority the more regular season games you get allotted and yet everyone pays the same amount of money. There are 10 of them and yet my buddy only gets tickets to 5 games while the most senior person gets 20 games. Really odd and I don't really see why anyone would join that pool especially when you can get your tickets on stubhub a lot cheaper.
   25. McCoy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 10:04 AM (#4401873)
PSA: you can buy absurdly cheap tickets to most upcoming Nats games on Stubhub. $6 in the 100 and 200 levels for some games next week against the White Sox.

Just picked up 3 tickets in row D of sec 110 for 10 dollars a piece for Wednesday's game against the Sox. Should be great weather. I love baseball before school gets out.
   26. Publius Publicola Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:08 PM (#4402174)
particularly if the skins are gonna be good again.


Over Mike Shanahan's dead body.
   27. Publius Publicola Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:09 PM (#4402177)
Just picked up 3 tickets in row D of sec 110 for 10 dollars a piece for Wednesday's game against the Sox.


Ha. My seats are in section 113.

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