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Davey’s first squeeze? Maybe not

Jul 7, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

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Davey Johnson couldn't remember calling for a suicide squeeze before last night.

Not to spend too much time rehashing the key moment of last night's 5-4 win over the Cubs — Wilson Ramos' suicide squeeze that scored Michael Morse two pitches after Ramos missed the initial sign — but this is just too much fun.

After the game, Davey Johnson swore he had never called for a squeeze in his managerial career.

"That was a first," he said. "That was the first time I've ever squeezed in the big leagues. The way we've been going, I figured it might be a good time."

So there you had it. Guess there's a first time for everything. Johnson, at age 68, in his 2,048th game as a major-league manager, finally decided to put on the squeeze.

Except, he admittedly wasn't 100 percent sure of that fact.

"Somebody would have to check the records," he said. "But I thinkRead more ยป

  1. UNTERP.NAT - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Good detective work, Mark!

  2. Mark'd - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    He meant first time he called the suicide squeeze with a tie game in late innings.

  3. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Eh, half the time I can't remember what I had for breakfast. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Is there a limit to the number of times one can vote for Morse for the ASG? I thought it was 25 times. Well, I've been on the site voting for the past 10 minutes straight and I know I've hit the "Vote Again" button at least 250+ times (and still going strong). Am I doing something wrong or is there now a no-limit to the voting? Oh, and I have been typing the correct number verifications in properly

  5. JaneB - Jul 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Great job Mark! Are you going to the AllStars game for us?

  6. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    There's apparently no limit to voting for the final player. So vote early and very often for the Beast!

  7. JaneB - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Anon at 11:65, I stopped at 25, though I did it with four addresses. Gonna get on now and add some more! Thanks!!!!PS… The letters I was to type to post this comment: squeezer. Hilarious.

  8. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Anon(s) and JaneB, I've not run up against an online vote limit, and have also used multiple addies. We have 'til 4 PM EST so go for it! :-)I believe Mark did mention at one point that he would be at the ASG.

  9. Mark Zuckerman - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Yes, I'll be covering the All-Star Game and the other festivities surrounding it. I fly out to Phoenix Saturday evening and will be on site at Chase Field Sunday afternoon for the Futures Game (featuring Bryce Harper and Brad Peacock). Interviews and Home Run Derby on Monday. BBWAA session with Bud Selig and the actual Midsummer Classic on Tuesday.

  10. Dave - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    So maybe this was the second squeeze Davey called for. Probably the first one in 23 years. That's also cool.I think the rules for ASG voting are different for the open voting (that you do for a 2-3 of months) than they are for the "short list" that we're voting on now.Vote, vote, and keep voting!GYFNG! Vote Morse!

  11. ehay2k - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Sorry, but that does not sound like a suicide squeeze. For one, the bases were loaded, so all runners had to start advancing on any ground ball.A safety squeeze would be a lot more likely, and perhaps the batter even called the bunt on his own.I bet DJ will remember when asked, although it was 23 years ago!

  12. Dave - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    "For a couple of months."I need to get up from my computer and walk around some.

  13. Drew8 - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Davey's first squeeze was Mary.His second squeeze is Susan.

  14. Doc - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    So far I've voted early and often for MM and his ASG selection about 300X. If Morse gets in, he should consider a career in Chicago politics after he retires.

  15. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    On the contrary, ehay–the force at home means it couldn't be a safety squeeze. The runner at third has no option to hold, he has to get there.

  16. Calm in Cali - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Not sure if this was mentioned, but the guys on MLB Tonight came up with a date pretty quickly on the last time a Davey Johnson managed team executed a suicide squeeze.I don't remember the exact date or number of games managed between occurrences per their research though. I'm pretty sure they said 800-something games which would have put it during his Reds tenure (around 1994).

  17. Calm in Cali - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    But it does look like B-R proves the MLB Network guys wrong.

  18. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Drew8 said… Davey's first squeeze was Mary. His second squeeze is Susan. *******But his first suicide squeeze was a mobster's wife in Jersey, according to my highly placed (ok, just high) sources. Most people's first suicide squeeze is their only one.

  19. MicheleS - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    JaneB.. Not sure if you heard but on 980 just a few minutes ago, Danny was on.. He is great! And he was pumping up Werth. I am sure they will have it on the podcast. And for those of you on twitter (like MarkZ), Danny is on twitter now. So link him up on the twitter feed!

  20. Tim - Jul 7, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Zuckerman P.I.——————-Back to baseball… I sure hope it's not Davey's last squeeze attempt. We're a team built on speed and athleticism. Small ball is good. Repeat after me: small ball is good.(although I'd love to see Werth hit a 3-run jack, or even a double in the gap)

  21. Steve M. - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Text your Beast Morse vote to 89269Type in N4Easiest way to do it! I have a text message ticker on my phone and working on 500 today.Michael Morse deserves it. I am so sick of the Nats like Ryan Zimmerman not making it last year.

  22. Chris in VA - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    On a side note, I've always been ok with people booing at sporting events. But after being at last night's game I've done a complete 180 (or as George Costanza calls it, a 360).I thought booing Werth was classless and beneath us as fans. I get it. He makes a ton of money. He's not performing. His defense even seems shaky. Still wrong to boo as a home fan.I gave him a standing ovation after his sac fly moved Morse up to 3rd. It's little things like that that can start a turnaround. Go Nats!

  23. NatStat - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    @ TimI'd love for JWerth to get any kind of hit with guys in scoring position! I still think that he'll come out of whatever he is doing wrong. Probably start with forgetting the analysis, and picking out a pitch to drive.

  24. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Collin Balester was supposed to be reporting to Syracuse today, they said when he was DFAd. With Detwiler staying awhile, is Balester in AAA indefinitely, now?

  25. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Ah, I was all ready to post about the texting option, but SteveM beat me to it. Where are all those obnoxious robo callers when you need them? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    In other news, my productivity is taking a real nose dive this afternoon. Luckily, my boss is also a big Nats fan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. A DC Wonk - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Chris in VA wrote, about booing one's own home fans: But after being at last night's game I've done a complete 180Good on you, Chris. I so often hear people defend booing along the lines of: "it's my right". My response to that is: well, yeah, everyone has a "right" to be a complete a@@hole, but that doesn't mean it's "right" to do it.With that said, I don't mind booing someone who's cheating, or dogging it. But I really dislike booing someone who's obviously trying. It's not his fault somebody offered him $126M.

  28. Steve M. - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Chris in VA said… On a side note, I've always been ok with people booing at sporting events. But after being at last night's game I've done a complete 180 (or as George Costanza calls it, a 360).I thought booing Werth was classless and beneath us as fans. I get it. He makes a ton of money. He's not performing. His defense even seems shaky. Still wrong to boo as a home fan.I gave him a standing ovation after his sac fly moved Morse up to 3rd. It's little things like that that can start a turnaround. Go Nats! July 7, 2011 1:01 PM I don't think I would ever boo a "home" player but Nyjer almost got me to that point.I travel to a lot of road games and I think it was 3 years ago that Jimmy Rollins called Phillies Fans "frontrunners". He was right of course and every time he got up or touched the ball, there was a huge chorus of boos. I remember seeing Werth as a Phillie shaking his head feeling bad for his teammate. In the game I was at JRoll had an error. It was like 40,000 idiots all booing as loud as they could. Heck, I was cheering!We don't ever want to be like Phillies fans. I hope Nats fans get the reputation of being like Cardinals fans. Knowledgeable, courteous, and true homers!The other thing I HATE about our local fans is at Caps games where they scream during the Star Spangled Banner "RED" during Rockets Red Glare and some idiots yell "Oh" as if they are at a Baltimore game. I have written to Leonsis to appeal for patriotic respect as I think the team needs to address this stuff which they never seem to do.

  29. Section 222 - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Great stuff Mark. My only question is are you Woodward or Bernstein. #Squeezegate is clearly worth a Pulitizer Prize.

  30. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Voted for Morse more than 100 times. Sheesh where all these Victorino people coming from?

  31. Section 222 - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    And while I'm at it, as always, "it's not the crime, it's the coverup."

  32. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    They are coming from Philadelphia where people don't have anything else to do.

  33. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Why'd they even put Victorino on the ballot, anyway? There are already a boat-load of Phoollies going to the ASG.(And, speaking of the Phoolies, I'm with Chris and SteveM.)

  34. JamesFan - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Werth and many of our hitters look as uptight at the plate as Eckstein who is so intense that he looks like he might explode. Werth is simply not ready to receive the pitch. He isn't focused until the pitch is half way to the plate as he fidgets and fiddles. Every part of his body is moving and there is no rhythm to his approach to the pitch.

  35. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM


  36. MicheleS - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Victorino is from Hawaii.. and they vote like crazy for him.. He may not be able to play anyway.. sprained thumb. I voted a couple of hundred time's I wanted to see MM Hack some Gorse at the ASG!1A: Feel ya on the productivity.. Luckily for me, I am working from home today. Although.. boss is a big fan, so I would have no worries either!

  37. CBinDC - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    I voted 300 times online and 300 in text how much more should I do ?

  38. Janner33 - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    @Anon: 1.31pm For the most part, Phillies fans are known to live at home even while in their 30s and 40s, so my guess is the votes are coming from their "pad" in their parents' basement.

  39. CBinDC - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    On Werth how about we show we are not Filthy fans and cheer him the next time he goes to bat. Now that would get notice.

  40. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    I can bust out my Werth Jersey (I bought it when he signed) and go out in the outfield and cheer him this weekend! We should all do that

  41. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    "Voted for Morse more than 100 times. Sheesh where all these Victorino people coming from?"Nationals attendance approx 1.8 million. Phillies attendance close to 4 million at home, God knows how many on the road. Do the math. Phillies fans may be baboons, but they do know how to use laptops and smartphones.

  42. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    @CBinDC: Definitely vote as many times as is possible! Morse deserves that spot.

  43. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    CBinDC…do as many more as you can! Spent my lunch voting for MM and will squeeze in more this afternoon. He deserves to be there.As for the comments on booing Werth, I'm with you guys. Somehow I don't think that being booed by his home fans is going to get him out of his slump. Let's be better than that as fans!Mark – looking forward to your coverage of the Futures and All-Stars. Keep up the great work!

  44. carolync - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Seriously, does anyone know what happens if Victorino wins and can't play because of his sprained thumb? I have voted for Morse hundreds of times. I sit at the computer until my eyes won't focus on those goofy numbers and then I go back later.Is there anything we can do to further Danny's chances for ROY? It looks like he is one of the top two candidates along with a Braves closer.Go, Nats!

  45. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Espi vs Braves closer for ROY.. the team can hit some bombs off the Braves closer next week when we go to Atlanta!!!

  46. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    If Espy can raise that BA above .260 and the OBP and continue the home run and extra base hits barrage he's a shoo-in. No other platoon bat/switch hitter like him in the mix. And his fielding is gold glove caliber.

  47. SonnyG10 - Jul 7, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    I'm glad to see a lot of posters here showing support for Jayson Werth. I have been so angry with our fans booing Jayson at Nationals Park. Its one thing if a player is dogging it, or is so aloof and self centered he doesn't care about his team, but this is not the case with Jayson. He is trying hard (most probably too hard) to do well and his performance is really eating into him, as you can tell just by looking at him. He needs our support. I'm going to the game tonight and will do my part cheering for him. Go Jayson!!! GYFNG!!!!!

  48. SonnyG10 - Jul 7, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Last hour. I'm punching in as many N4's as I can. Go Morse!!!

  49. CBinDC - Jul 7, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    If I could go tonight (have to work) I would try to start a LET"S GO WERTH cheer …. time to put the snark and bile away ….leave that for Phoolydelphia … not here in the DMV

  50. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Michele and Carolyn, I think that's what they call "taking one for the team." ๐Ÿ˜‰ Heading back to the voting booth now… (and I was wondering that about Victorino's sprain, too).

  51. Gonat - Jul 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Jose Reyes may be headed to the DL and Troy Tulowitzki has a leg injury. Wouldn't it be nice if Danny Espinosa was added as another middle infielder to the All Star roster!I hope Davey Johnson has called Bruce Bochy to remind him that Michael Morse has played LF this year as it is quite possible Ryan Braun won't play in the All Star game.Morse is in the Top 5 of all players in power numbers and Danny Espinosa is the 3rd rated 2nd baseman in the NL.I believe both are snubs and I realize there will always be snubs when you play on a losing team but guess what? This team isn't a loser right now!Another side-effect of Riggleman's departure is he would have been an All Star game coach and hopefully would have pushed for Morse and Espy.Back to punch in more N4s on my cell!!!!!!!

  52. Section 222 - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    If you haven't seen them, check out JibJab's videos on the last ASG roster spot contenders: busily texted votes for Morse during a wait at the doctor's office (the best way I have spent such waiting time in history). Unfortunately, in my haste, I voted several times for Shane Victorino. Couldn't they have made someone else N5?

  53. Anonymous - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    It's been hours and no one has mentioned that Dan Steinberg had already researched the squeeze issue?

  54. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Yeah, the videos were nice.



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