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Game 1: Nats vs. Phillies

Apr 5, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Nationals Park will be sold out for today's opener against the Phillies.

It's a beautiful day for a ballgame. Good thing there's one on tap here at Nationals Park.

Neither Donovan McNabb nor Tiger Woods nor Mike Krzyzewski can spoil this scene: It's Opening Day, the greatest day of the year, and the President will be in attendance when the Nationals and Phillies take the field.

And for those wondering about Barack Obama's choice of outerwear, he'll throw out the ceremonial first pitch wearing a personalized, red Nationals jacket. Just saw it hanging in the clubhouse a few minutes ago.

As for the game itself, the Nats face a stiff challenge in new Phillies ace Roy Halladay, not to mention the two-time defending NL champion's potent lineup. But it's Opening Day. If ever there's a time for optimism, this is it. So enjoy today for everything it represents. I know I will.

Check back for updates and analysis throughout the game, and check the homepage for other news and notes…

PHILLIES AT NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.
TV: Ch. 50, MASN
Radio: WFED-1500 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy, 73 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to CF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS
CF Nyjer Morgan
RF Willie Harris
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    At the office, I suddenly feel a cold coming on..

  2. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    I heard McNabb offered to come in a join the rotation.

  3. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    73 degrees…wish I was there!

  4. Jeff Wang - Apr 5, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Did you check the spelling?(Natinals for the prez?)

  5. Pete - Apr 5, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Well now, that didn't take long for the wheels to fall off. If Lannan is the the best they have, the Nats are well and truly effed.

  6. Les in NC - Apr 5, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    It must still be spring training for field crew, as I see no curly W in the grass anywhere!-didn't want to throw off on the team so the field crew gets some criticism for lack of effort-

  7. Will - Apr 5, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    So much for respectability.

  8. Pete - Apr 5, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Gawd. Not looking forward to the "Lets Go Phillies" chants that will echo through the stands once the nats fans leave. Opening day FAIL.

  9. Sam - Apr 5, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    I miss Spring Training. At least those games don't mean anything. And we could always go back to the excuse, "It's just Spring Training. We'll be fine in the regular season."

  10. Spike94wl - Apr 5, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Ask Jason Bergmann if it can get any worse now!

  11. Pat Boyle - Apr 5, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    I think I smell a tough season ahead….

  12. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Well I see that Batista doesn't have to find an apartment in D.C. as he will be gone Sunday morning when Hernandez is signed to a MLB contract. Bergman must really like Syracuses' cold weather because he ain't long for D.C. either.Save room for Mock too.It won't be long before he is gone. Congtrats to J. English who did the job he was hired to do.

  13. peric - Apr 5, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Dibble wants to don the Teddy costume and win the race. He says its getting lame.

  14. peric - Apr 5, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    I'm not sure why Riggleman continues to insist on his Nats version of the philosophy, "Old Guys Rule", because they don't, certainly not today and not in the future. They wasted a roster spot on Batista, I'm afraid the same will be true with Livo. Then there's the whole deal with Guzman, albeit I suppose it might enhance his trade possibilities.Still, this does not seem to be the right direction. You're going to better off with guys like English and JD Martin now and over the long haul. Hopefully with Strasburg, Thompson, Olsen, Detwiler, Storen et al. I am not depending on Wang, last reports had him with a sore arm after pitching off the mound.

  15. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Lannen is a number 3 starter at best…surprising that our savior in RF Willie did Jack Squat today..NOT!

  16. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Given that we're not in spring training anymore and that the game was at least theoretically winnable when Lannan went out, why did we go with Batista and Bergman in middle relief? I'm frankly just confused that Riggleman would not do everything possible to win the psychologically important first game of the season.

  17. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    I have yet to find a quote from the clubhouse. I have to presume the reporters were kept out, because I know Mark always had lots of quotes. Perhaps they have a problem with the Rizzo quote ""We need a different mindset here. It's not good enough to 'want to win.' We have to expect to win," said GM Mike Rizzo, who's amassed eight players with World Series experience. "We have added some guys who're tougher. We don't want 'wanters.' "So let's wait for the first quote like "Well, we were playing against the NL East champs. Ray Halladay is Cy Young material." The less than obvious quotes will start happening very soon. Hope the Nats Insiders gang will keep a tally. Local reporters give Nats guys a bye on everythhing they say.

  18. Leslie - Apr 7, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    Looks to me, it will be again a tuff and long way to go for Nats this season. So lucky Nats goes only better and better and will not be worse any more. Cheers……….

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
WASHINGTON 78 59 -- 18
ATLANTA 72 67 7.0
MIAMI 67 70 11.0
NEW YORK 65 74 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 64 74 14.5
Through Tuesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Braves at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Braves at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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THU: 2:30 p.m.
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SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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