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Game 87: Cubs at Nats

Jul 5, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ross Detwiler makes his first big-league appearance of the season tonight.

It's been a while since Ross Detwiler first joined the Nationals organization (four years) and it's been a while since we last saw the left-hander pitching in the big leagues (Sept. 29, 2010). Tonight, the former first-round draft pick makes his return to Nationals Park, making what was billed as a spot start made necessary by Saturday's doubleheader against the Pirates.

If Davey Johnson has his way, though, this may be more than a one-time appearance. The Nationals manager suggested Detwiler could remain with the club, shifting to the bullpen and serving as the long reliever/emergency starter he's been seeking. It's also possible Detwiler could make another start before the All-Star break, because the Nats are thinking about shelving Jordan Zimmermann for a week or two in an attempt to stretch his season out before he hits his 160-inning limit.

First things first, though: Detwiler tonight faces the Cubs, who send a familiar face to the mound themselves. Ramon Ortiz, who nearly threw a no-hitter at RFK Stadium in 2006, is back in the big leagues and starts tonight for Chicago. He'll face a Nationals lineup still missing Michael Morse (who is available to pinch-hit).

One final reminder: First Lady Michelle Obama will be attending tonight's game as part of a promotion honoring military families. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early, because there will be extra security.

Updates to come…

CUBS at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 187
Weather: Partly cloudy, 88 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to CF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (43-43)
LF Roger Bernadina
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Laynce Nix

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  1. Nats1924 - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    lets go dubs!

  2. natsfan1a - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    GYFNG!

  3. Gonat - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    MarkZuckerman on Twitter…Davey says Detwiler could stay on roster after spot start tonight as long reliever/emergency starter. #Nats48 minutes ago ___________________________Now that is what SteveM has been saying since the end of Spring Training. I guess what Davey wants Davey gets! Still has to depend on how Detwiler does tonight.

  4. Gonat - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Just watching NL ERA leaders.1) Jurrjens 1.892) Hamels 2.413) Halladay 2.444) Hanson 2.525) Karstens 2.656) Zimmermann 2.827) Kuroda 2.908) Lee 2.92Jordan Zimmermann could have dropped his ERA from 2.65 yesterday if the defense rallied around him which could have put him next to Hansen. That is ACE territory even with his ERA rising to 2.82!!!

  5. JaneB - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Headed down now but still confused by why we neededan extra slot on the 40 man. But regardless… GYFNG!

  6. Anonymous - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    JaneB – where are you sitting tonight? I want to warn wavy fat kids….

  7. Mark'd - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Gonat, yes and yes. Generally the defense steps up for their ace and usually do for JZim. Unexplainable what happened yesterday. Normally it is a case of little run support for JZim.

  8. Andrew - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110704&content_id=21391284&vkey=news_pit&c_id=pitNice to see the Manager jawboning for an All Star snub. The Nats brass should let their voices be heard for Michael Morse as he deserves to be an All Star and Danny Espinosa most likely also. I would throw Jordan Zimmermann's name in there but that W/L record is the issue.

  9. Cwj - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    @Gonat- Yeah no doubt, JZimm is a genuine ace.Go Nats!Looking forward to seeing what Detwiler's got.

  10. Will - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    It will be interesting to see how Detwiler fares, but he by no means deserves to be pitching right now. That honor goes to Tom Milone with his incredible 101:5 K:BB ratio. His ERA has been very unlucky, given that batters rarely reach base against him. His FIP is 2.10, by far the best in the Int'l League.Speaking of dominance, the best pitcher in minor league baseball this season is LONG overdue for a promotion. Brad Peacock now leads just about every statistic there is- wins and strikeouts, 2nd best in opponents' average, and 3rd best in WHIP. And that's for all of minors league baseball Rookie through AAA. It's time to stop giving futureless guys like Arnesen and Martin starts, while Peacock pitches like a big fish in a little pond.

  11. Gonat - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Will – You have to wonder if Tom Milone will be added to the 40 man roster.Also, it looks like there will be a couple more pitchers added to the NL roster. Would love to see JZim added to the All Star roster.

  12. pos anon - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    The "ace" language regarding Jordan Zimmermann has been growing. During ST there seemed to be a consensus that Livan earned the Opening Day assignment. I hear the same consensus developing for Zimmermann as the leader of the Nats' pitching staff next year. Doesn't minimize Strasburg's skills in the least. Just a recognition of performance on JZ's part this season. We have quite a staff in the works.

  13. MicheleS - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    JZim has earned next opening day start! Good to know we will have two aces to discuss next year with Stras coming back!

  14. Doc - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Memo to RizzoRE: Davy's request to have Detweiler in the big league BP.You heard it first on Nats Insider posts—since ST of 2011!Refer to SteveM for clarification on the matter.

  15. Anonymous8 - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Doc, if Rizzo gets SteveM Lorenzo Cain for RH outfielder I will fall off my chair.So much for Detwiler hinges on his start tonight. We all know his problems generally are the 4th inning on and this isn't a AAA team. Take that for what it is.

  16. MicheleS - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Wow.. good hitting by Zim and LOOK the other team is making the goof ball errors!

  17. Gonat - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Are you kidding me? The Baker dropped his pie!

  18. pos anon - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    If someone offered me a deal where Detwiler would be as good as Casey Cox but no better, I would sign on the dotted line tonight. Not great; not awful. Just a solid pitcher who could relieve and start as needed. I don't think he is going to be Zimmermann or Strasburg in his accomplishments.

  19. Unkyd - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Casey Cox!? My 4th grade PE teacher! While still in the midst of his good, but not great career…..

  20. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    I am so glad that Johnson has a more rational lineup. Desmond might at least get an intentional walk where his speed can come into play in the 8 hole. Werth batting 5th, where he has been a lot in his career, is much more logical than him hitting near the top. Nix has raked enough to get the extra AB's and he's as good as we've got at 4th right now, so why not. Ramos down lower too, good idea as the guy is nothing close to being a cleanup hitter. Anyway, is Rizzo gonna add some pieces (another LH bat, LH bull pen arm) to this club to give it more of a chance, or is he still playing his hand for a run at the 2015 NL East crown?dfh21

  21. Gonat - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Uh oh, lead off double in the 6th. Let's not push the luck!

  22. Gonat - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    Told you. Oh well. The Nats still have the lead. Decent performance by Detwiler.

  23. pos anon - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Thank you for your kindness, unkyd. (-; Detwiler's one-time-around MO remains in effect.

  24. MicheleS - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    On a positive notes…Desi is hitting it hard, but just at people… Good to see Morse pinch hit…

  25. Gonat - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Davey is learning. Coffey in-n-out in his inning of work. No more of that 2 inning stuff!

  26. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    Thinking Happy thoughts for Sean….

  27. gonatsgo - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Werth is back to looking bad today, Desi is hitting rockets – right at people, Zim and Espi looking pretty good. BUT — the three runs aren't going to get it done, boys, unless the bullpen is perfect tonight – and it hasn't exactly been perfect lately. GYFNG!! Seems like the lead off guys are getting on but we have the RISP-itis again.Where, oh , where are the "just in the nick of time" home runs tonight? Or is it just too early? Bang, zoom, please?

  28. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    Anyway, is Rizzo gonna add some pieces (another LH bat, LH bull pen arm) to this club to give it more of a chance, or is he still playing his hand for a run at the 2015 NL East crown?LH bullpen: Ross Detwiler (plus long relief/6th starter.LH bat: Stairs. Its why Johnson has been playing him a lot. If not Stairs watch for Michael Aubrey / LH power bat / PH. Although Nix has donepretty well at first base. Lombardozzi needs to play every day. Only guy left is Matt Antonelli who now appears to be alternating with Seth Bynum. Bynum has an outside chance he can play various positions in the infield and he hits for power. No longer a prospect, originally drafted by Montreal has never made it to the majors as yet.

  29. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Sean Burnett scares me a little these days.

  30. Anonymous8 - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Didn't we all see Campana laying one down to the corners? You have to take his bunt away with nobody on in that lefty/lefty.Not good defensive strategy there.

  31. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    What a 3rd strike from Clip!

  32. yankish2 - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    Same ole same ole with Werth hitting in the 5 hole. Does this guy hit line drives in BP? This is the worst slump I can ever remember a hitter, with several years of success, having.

  33. MicheleS - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    Wow.. cubs burning through the pen again tonight…

  34. Unkyd - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    Kindness? Thank you, for the memory… He signed my cast, from my left wrist fracture…

  35. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    Okay.. who is with me on this.. Kidnap Jayson over the break (if not later tonight) drop him off on a tropical island (dude needs a vacation) and leave him there for a few days of relaxation (until after the ASG). Give him a drink that has an umbrella on it and let him get some sun and relaxation.

  36. gonatsgo - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    Once again, we force our 23yr old closer to be perfect. Thanks Jayson Werth and Matt Stairs, our highly respected veterans.

  37. Anonymous8 - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Did you see how far the Cubs 2nd baseman played up on Bernadina to take away the bunt? The good news is Bernadina almost smashed it by him.Stairs looked way overmatched. I still would have gone Bixler and let them walk him and then get Bernadina then Espinosa up. Not good strategy Davey. Bernadina good have suicide squeezed.

  38. Gonat - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    Well, Bernadina didn't smash it by him so the Cubs defensive alignment worked. Not sure I would call that good news.Very surprised Stairs stayed in to pinch hit but Davey believes his lefties have to hit lefties.

  39. MicheleS - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    I am sure I am not the first to say this butDrew Storen = Trevor Hoffman.

  40. Gonat - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Kardiac Kids do it again! Back over .500

  41. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    OMG!

  42. MicheleS - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:58 AM

    Sweet Dreams everyone! I need to go take some tums!

  43. Oldguy - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    I thought this might be a comfortable game. No such luck. All these one-run squeakers give me indigestion.

  44. gonatsgo - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:03 AM

    Who iced it in the ninth? — storen, ramos and espi — the rookies! Congrats to Ross D!But aren't we supposed to score our runs in the ninth? Tonight we get them in the first and then stop? You just never know with these guys1

  45. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    These guys are nerve-wracking, aren't they?

  46. pos anon - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    The Cubs' pitching staff may give our offense a jump start. I second the notion of Werth on an island to chill out. He will eventually come around (and someone else will ineviatbly go in the tank). With Johnson, our relievers won't lack for work. Stay loose, guys. A win is a win, of course, of course (even when it's the Cubs).

  47. MicheleS - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    Mark Z.. crowd was kind of quiet.. what was the attendance? Was there a large Chicago contingent?

  48. Gonat - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    Who thinks Stairs should have been called back with 1 out to bring in Bixler instead? That was a golden opportunity wasted.

  49. Cwj - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    44-43!!I love this team, they can win every game 3-2 for all I care. Winning is winning, but man oh man antacids are always needed :)I'll need to look it up, but I wonder if Storen leads the league in 1-run saves. He's definitely gotta be up there. Talk about becoming a closer the hard way, and I have no doubt he'll be a great one for years to come in DC. 3 or even 2 run save opportunities are very rare for this team.And Clippard? Wow, as Mark Z said he's worthy as an All-Star and then some.Go Nats!

  50. Cwj - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    MicheleS- The attendance was rather small: 19,181.I think the Cub fans stopped showing up after yesterday's performance by their team.

  51. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    I sure do enjoy Davey's post game interviews a lot more then the last guy's deadpan.

  52. Cwj - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:20 AM

    @Gonat- I agree, but with this bullpen they can afford a few wasted hitting opportunities it seems :) Joe Seamhead- Oh definitely. Riggleman was so solemn and depressed in his interviews.

  53. natsfan1a - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:29 AM

    Nice to get the win, along some cardio stimulation. Heh. The margin for the 'pen is razor-thin. I'm just glad that they're hanging in there for the most part.

  54. natsfan1a - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:34 AM

    I'm also glad they changed the scoring on that early throwing error. I was with FP and Bob, it was bogus to hang it on Nix. FP was funny, joking that maybe the official scorer had gotten a visit from Nix. "Did you know that I played football in high school?" Go get 'em, Spuds. We're behind you. Grrrr… :-)

  55. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    Michelle, I like him too, but that may be just a tad premature. The baseball gods do not like premature. Just sayin.

  56. N. Cognito - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:46 AM

    Can we PLEASE release the Wonder Hamster.

  57. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:49 AM

    Gosh, Espinosa is just blowing us all away everyday, but that game ending play was just super! And I am so happy for Ross getting the win.BTW, though the Nats haven't been involved this time,- there have been 14 ejections by the MLB umpires so far in July. Many of these quick thumbs by the blues are just BS. I, for one, don't pay the money, and go through the effort to get to the stadium, to see Judge Judy type entertainers. The commissioner needs to put an end to this tomfoolery.

  58. Cwj - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:56 AM

    Checked Storen's game log. He is 11/13 in 1-run save opportunities. 5/5 in 2-run save opps, and 5/6 in 3-run opps.

  59. masnstinks - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    Our rookies are developing nerves of steel. Ramos and Storen are out there at the most stressful time of the game and Danny is playing in a critical position. Jordan Zimmerman is also a model of composure, young, but not a rookie. I am thinking that this year is toughening them up for the future. Now if only we could get some of our veterans to focus… by the way, who taught Ankiel to hit while he was on the DL? Was he at some private clinic? Must be the facial hair? I don't care who makes contact at this point as long as someone does.It does seem to me that strikeouts are down and, while we are still putting up some serious zeros on the scoreboard, we are making more contact. Can somebody tell the new manager to stop mumbling? He is kind of all over the place in his spontaneous talks.

  60. Drew8 - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    1. Ross Detwiler, the man from St. Louis MO., did enough to Show Me.I really think Detwiler is good enough to deal Marquis at the deadline. Marquis' career ERA is 4.53. He'll be 33 in August. In 12 seasons he's had two seasons — two! — in which his ERA was below 4.00.Don't you think Detwiler can match or exceed that level of mediocrity? I do. Detwiler is 25. He's lefthanded. His career ERA is 4.67. Who do you think has the bigger upside?2. Riggleman should have done what Detwiler is doing. If you think they're underestimating you, then shaddap and prove it.3. Harper, starting in left field, went hitless tonight, but he threw out two runners at second base. "Some bully shot! (Watched "True Grit" over the weekend.)4. At Syracuse, Lombo was hitless, but Marrero hit his ninth homer.

  61. baseballswami - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    Joe Seamhead — I think the umpire situation has gotten way out of hand. Joe Torre really needs to address it — of course, if he is, no one can know about it anyway. Did you hear Chipper's remarks? I think the reason you are seeing such huge reactions is that the frustration has built up so much. Some of these guys are so quick on the trigger they don't even let a manager ask a question even if they aren't being abusive. I am really afraid that someone is going to snap and get charged with assault. Jon Rauch came pretty close yesterday. And he could put a big-time hurt on someone.

  62. Gonat - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:16 AM

    drew8, a 5 inning performance against a lousy Cubs team doesn't convince me. Show Me is doing it over many starts with consistency and getting quality starts of 6 or more innings.Detwiler certainly made a case for himself to stay in one capacity or another.

  63. Cwj - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:17 AM

    Drew8- I couldn't agree more about Detwiler. Well said.Not just based on this 1 start of course, but like you said it's his upside and age that I think makes Marquis tradeable* (*I like to invent new spellings :)Not to mention Peacock and any other young gun in the minors.

  64. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:22 AM

    Drew, did you watch the sixth inning? Specifically, the first third of it?

  65. Cwj - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:24 AM

    Swami- It's interesting, back in the early 1900s players and umpires would occasionally have a fist fight :)Ty Cobb was known to challenge umpires (and other players) to fisticuffs after games.Didn't Babe Ruth actually punch an ump during a game once?The umps do indeed seem pretty bad lately. You rarely hear of a "great umpire" these days from broadcasters, players, managers, writers, fans etc.

  66. Mark'd - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:30 AM

    Don't fall into instant gratification with Detwiler as he will break your heart. This is a guy that struggled most of May and was decent in June. I am hoping and cautiously optimistic.

  67. Ernie - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:31 AM

    @MicheleS (Re: crowd energy)I was at the game tonight. Up where I sit (300 level around home plate) the crowd was pretty into it up until the end of the 7th. At that point two things happened: 1. Werth grounded out to end the potential rally. 2. The stadium was filled with the most mellow (Stevie Wonder?) music I have ever heard while Clippard warmed up. The two things on top of each other drained all of the energy out of the place. I know the "true" baseball fans here never like to talk about atmospherics at the stadium, but the music choices this year have not done much to pump things up. Tonight was the least energetic crowd at the end of a (winning) game that I've experienced in the 21 games I've attended this season. There have been much worse games in the past, of course, but the place was just dead after that last Werth at-bat.

  68. Cwj - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:40 AM

    Ernie- All of that plus 4th of July hangovers no doubt :)

  69. Drew8 - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:46 AM

    Sure, I saw the sixth inning, as well as the preceding five innings. He gave up four hits and no walks. Of course folks who say one start isn't sufficient make a fair point. I'd love to see Detwiler demonstrate consistency. Counting tonight he's only had 20 career starts. I think it's time to let the man pitch. Isn't this the year to find out whether you've got a starter or a tradeable commodity?As for the "many starts with consistency" argument, Baseball Reference.com says the most comparable pitchers to Marquis are Mark Gardner, Rick Helling and Gil Meche — better known as three buckets of lukewarm spit, seasoned with run support.Isn't that a low bar? Shouldn't we see whether Ross Detwiler can exceed it?

  70. Navy Nats Fan - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    What was most depressing to me tonight was that between innings they unveiled a new (at least for me) scoreboard game of "which one of three bases is the ball hidden under." I really thought we were beyond that animated scoreboard crap. Although considering we have the pizza toss and sausage catch, I guess it was inevitable.Concur on the Stevie Wonder "You are the Sunshine of my Life" song selection. Shoot me now. I could also do without Tom Jones and the lip-synching usher. And why is Neil Diamond such a stadium favorite?Imagine how grumpy I would be if we had lost.Harumph.

  71. Navy Nats Fan - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:55 AM

    Oh, and JaneB, I forgot to ask if you had to yell at any kids tonight. I was ready to yell along with you, but no one seemed to even think of starting the wave. I think the word is out.

  72. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    Werth will overcome his struggles. Have faith. However, he may need the all-star break and a road trip to do it. But let's cheer him loud and hearty to see if we can help. Don't let the boo birds speak for us. Whatsanattau

  73. Dave - Jul 6, 2011 at 4:08 AM

    Well, I went and wore my #7 Wilkerson T-shirt, thinking I was special. I saw no fewer than three other Wilky T-shirts on my way out–one worn by a kid who had to have been in diapers when Wilkerson was a Nat.There were a few Cub fans in 300-land, but they didn't seem to be very vocal. One rather annoying guy right in front of me sprang to his feet every time the Cubs offense did anything. Fortunately, that was only about three times.One above .500 is good. It would be nice to get two above, and then–be still my heart–three above this week.

  74. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2011 at 4:18 AM

    I looked around the stadium when the PATHETIC Andy Kim's "Rock Me Gently" came on the PA system in the 8th inning. This is an ennervating, worthless, bubblegum trinket. People hate Andy Kim, an empty one-hit wonder. Everyone in the stadium sat in their seats, still, wondering why this idiotic song was being played. Some wondered why "Chewy Chewy," an equally worthless song, by the 1910 Fruitgum Company, wasn't played instead. Others wished that "Ice Ice Baby" had been played. Or maybe something by Milli Vanilli.I just wonder who the idiots are who pick the music that kills the mood at Nats Park.

  75. Section 222 - Jul 6, 2011 at 4:26 AM

    I was there as well. It was a nice win with a simply outstanding final play by Espinosa. That guy is truly clutch in the field. Detwiler was sharp, for awhile. I was impressed by Nix at 1B too, particularly when he had to feed the pitcher covering first. That's not easy and he handled those plays perfectly. Very disappointing to see the two ex-Phillies fail once again in key situations. I fear that having won one game last week, Stairs will be around to torment us for a very long time.Finally, a program note. If you're going to game on Friday night vs. the Rockies, make sure to get there in time for the National Anthem if you can. I'll be singing it with a barbershop quartet once again. We've received pretty good reviews in the past.

  76. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2011 at 4:28 AM

    Don't mean to make this political, but I think the reason we had one of the smallest crowds of the season, on a beautiful summer night in July, against the team that has drawn many of the biggest crowds in the history of the Nationals, is because Ms. Obama was there.People are just very tired of being tricked and conned. They stayed away as a statement of their sickness with the con that has been played upon them, at the national level.

  77. Manassas Nats Fan - Jul 6, 2011 at 5:12 AM

    The ejection number is up to 16 as someone on the Tiger bench and Leyland got the heave ho after ESPN announced the 14 number. Not sure what they were all riled up about, as Verlander got the guy out on the play they were arguing about. Then again Hoe West was the ump, so who knows.

  78. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2011 at 5:12 AM

    I don't usually lower this blog to whackanons, but 12:28, 3 words: Tuesday.

  79. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2011 at 5:27 AM

    Agree with Sec3, My Sofa.The illegal war with Libya drew extra fans by the thousands to see Mrs. Obama. People love unconstitutional wars, gigantic debts, and 9% unemployment.You nailed it Sec3 My Sofa!

  80. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    You forgot the other two words, troll.

  81. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2011 at 5:31 AM

    I win!!

  82. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    You are too slow!

  83. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    Back to baseball!

  84. m20832 - Jul 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Thank you Sec3, My Sofa! Winning, even one run games, is AWESOME!!!! Let's keep it going!GYFNG!!!

  85. N. Cognito - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Anonymous said… "Don't mean to make this political, but I think the reason we had one of the smallest crowds of the season, on a beautiful summer night in July, against the team that has drawn many of the biggest crowds in the history of the Nationals, is because Ms. Obama was there.People are just very tired of being tricked and conned. They stayed away as a statement of their sickness with the con that has been played upon them, at the national level."Don't mean to make this personal, but you are a BLITHERING IDIOT!

  86. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    I wonder if The First Lady gets such a warm welcome if she is not in DC, which is very liberal. Say she is in South Carolina??

  87. Dave - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Did somebody just post some kind of noise that sounded like political commentary?I can't tell if it's that or a smashed mosquito on my screen.

  88. RPrecupjr - Jul 6, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Section 222 said…"Finally, a program note. If you're going to game on Friday night vs. the Rockies, make sure to get there in time for the National Anthem if you can. I'll be singing it with a barbershop quartet once again."You're not in KC for International? I wish I were…was in Philly last year. What chapter are you with? I haven't done much bbs since I moved back to the area, keep thinking about starting up again, used to sing with Masters of Harmony when I was in California. Break a leg Friday night!!

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