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2012 MLB All-Star Game

Jul 10, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats will be well-represented in tonight's Midsummer Classic at Kauffman Stadium.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Whether you believe the outcome of the All-Star Game should have any bearing on anything or not, if you're a Nationals fan here's a good reason to care who wins tonight's exhibition game at Kauffman Stadium: The team with home-field advantage has won 24 of the last 31 World Series and has won nine consecutive Game 7's, dating all the way back to 1982.

And yes, if you're a Nationals fan, you really have legitimate reason to worry about home-field advantage in this year's World Series.

The way things are set up, the Nationals' three All-Star representatives could significantly impact this game. Tony La Russa plans to use Gio Gonzalez in the second inning and Stephen Strasburg in the third inning, so they'll get to face the American League's stacked starting lineup. Bryce Harper, meanwhile, figures to enter sometime in the middle innings and perhaps get some key late at-bats if the game's outcome is still in doubt.

So buckle up and settle in for what's always a fun night of baseball. I'll have live updates and analysis throughout…

2012 MLB ALL-STAR GAME
NATIONAL LEAGUE vs. AMERICAN LEAGUE
Where: Kauffman Stadium
Gametime: 8:15 p.m. EDT
TV: Fox
Radio: WTEM (980 AM), WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), XM 176
Weather: Clear, 90 degrees, Wind 8 mph in from RF

NATIONAL LEAGUE
DH Carlos Gonzalez
CF Melky Cabrera
LF Ryan Braun
1B Joey Votto

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191 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. dabassguy1 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Come on boys, time to deliver on the big stage.

  2. natsfan1a - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

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  3. natsfan1a - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Go, GIO! Go, STRAS! Go, BRYCE! Go, NAT(ional Leaguer)S! Nice of LaRussa to put our guys in semi-early so that I can go to bed at a decent hour. ;-)

  4. Old Wino - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Hope Harper gets a shot to impact the game.

  5. Oldguy - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    A lot of weight has been placed on home field, etc. Maybe that's because we are a NL team. If past history shows anything, however, it is that first time world series teams don't do very well. Four have done it since 2000–Rangers, Rays, Astros, Rockies. Their collective W-L record is 2-16.

  6. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Thank god they are going early!Agree with 1A! GYFNLG!!!!

  7. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Bryce is all over MLB Network right now.

  8. JaneB - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Oldguy, the past is not prologue. That's all I'm saying. Thee guys are different in all kinds of ways. Cooking up some dogs and sauerkraut (first I've ever purchased except on a hot dog) now.GYFNLG!

  9. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Bryce is about to be interviewed by Harold Reynolds on MLB Network.

  10. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    ANd now GIO and Stras!

  11. Gonat - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    MicheleS, that was a great segment. Now got Stras and Gio with Sean Casey. P90X vs P45. LMAO

  12. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Showing some personality from Stras and Bryce. Totally ripping on Millar's hair and Casey's P45

  13. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Do like that Gio was giving Jordan some love

  14. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Just saw amanda with Gio!

  15. Gonat - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    There's Amanda Comack with Gio, Stras and Mrs. Lerner

  16. Gonat - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    MicheleS, I must be on tape delay

  17. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Okay after that interview, I like Michael Bourn

  18. Gonat - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Wow, Mets just took a hit. Dillon Gee to the DL with a blood clot in his shoulder. In other NL East news, Ben Sheets will start for the Braves on Sunday.

  19. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Tweets from the Beats!Mark Zuckerman‏@MarkZuckermanHad a rare chat with Ted Lerner on field during BP. Suffice to say, is thrilled with #Nats play so far, glad patience has paid offAdam Kilgore‏@AdamKilgoreWPTed and Annette Lerner watched BP from the field, posed for pictures with Strasburg, Gio. Owner and wife head over heels for Harper, team.Amanda Comak‏@acomak#nats owner Ted Lerner, his wife Annette, and their daughter Marla Tannenbaum on field during BP. All effusive w/praise for this #Nats team.Good.. Uncle Ted can open the wallet and sign all our guys.

  20. Steady Eddie - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Oldguy, past is not prediction. Or if you want to look at lessons from recent WS AND playoffs, it's that teams with better pitching win. Not only does a Gio-JZimm-EJax rotation on straight quality stack up against anyone else's — and there's our BP with Druuuu back — but they're all demonstrably rubber-armed, not likely to fade in October after a long season.Not counting chickens with 79 games left, just assessing what we could do based on what we see and have now. And of course, acknowledging that You Can't Predict Baseball.

  21. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Chipper will not ever be a motivational speaker

  22. Gonat - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    MicheleS, I thought it was good, not great by Chipper. His story of Bryce's BP line drive almost killing his kid was kind of a strange diversion on his message.

  23. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    George Brett.. good motivational speaker!

  24. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Gonat.. Chipper was meandering.. Brett was on point with message about winning game.

  25. Gonat - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Brett's message about beating the Yankees dropped a few jaws, going huh?

  26. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Mike Trout doesn't look very tall

  27. Gonat - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    MicheleS, Erin Andrews is tall with those heels. I bet Trout is 5'11"Talk about genuine, Trout was gushing like a fan talking about sitting next to Jeter during a meal. That was cool.

  28. Gonat - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    BTW, Trout is officially listed at 6'1"

  29. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    That's like saying Altuve is 5'7"Absolutely no way.

  30. JaneB - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    But now maybe we know why Chipper seems to have such a chip on his shoulder about The Kid. Pun possibly intended.

  31. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Nice to see the KC crowd give Chipper some love. How does Phillie have 3 allstars?Nice Rousing Cheer for our boys!

  32. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Our trio is looking good!A special All-Star GYFNG!!Enjoy the game, everybody.

  33. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Excited!!

  34. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    I have on my Gio Blue Shersey covered by my brand spanking new Byrce Alternate Blue/Stars & Stripes authentic jersey.I don't wan't to look at my credit card statement this month

  35. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    This is weird. As some of you know, I hate All-Star games, all sports. Just exhibitions in my mind. But for some reason, I just got goosebumps watching our trio getting introduced. Maybe it's the thrill of watching the kid soak it in. Maybe it's all the work Jesus did to rehabilitate himself to get here. Or maybe it's just Gio's infectious smile. But I am totally pleased, and weirdly so. Like so many things this season, as we're so fond of saying here, I didn't see that coming.

  36. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    This guy can't sing for [[[[squat]]]]. That was flat.

  37. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Welcome to fanboyland, Sunshine. The water is great, come on in.

  38. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Hey, Tim, ask Ichiro how hot it is in KC.

  39. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Tell me Trout and Harper aren't part of the new face of the MLB. Every intro, there they are!

  40. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Thanks, My Gorsehacken Sofa, don't mind if I do.

  41. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Just checked in and saw the lineups announced. Bryce seemed to get a pretty good welcome, Stras got less, but I swear there were a lot of gasps of pure awe mixed in. ;-) Loved the booing of Cano – next year you can bet the host team gets a rep in the HR Derby. Where did you see Chipper and Brett give their pep talks? I rewound the Fox-cast and couldn't find it.

  42. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Ehay2k.. MLB Network for the pep talks, You will no doubt see them on the web site within the next 24 hours

  43. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    And there goes the no-hitter!

  44. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    SWEET we already have the lead!

  45. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    TY MicheleS! Also, why is this a very fresh-smelling ASG?No damn Fish! (That's for you, Natslady.)

  46. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Look who is drinking the KoolaidBarry Svrluga‏@barrysvrlugaNationals a step closer to hosting Game 7.

  47. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Gonat, yes, MLB is certainly embracing Harper but a marketing exec told me Madison Ave isn't as quick to replace Verlander, Mauer and Jeter in national advertising. Under Armour put up a congratulations picture of Bryce on his All Star selection and we're deluged with nasty and stupid comments.I think Bryces popularity is increasing but he is followed by plenty of haters.

  48. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Svrluga, uhhh, Game 1 and 2

  49. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    MicheleS, better editing of the speech by FOX

  50. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Ichiro and Pujols not in ASG for the first time in their MLB careers. Sad!

  51. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Come on Posey! Smack a 3 run HR

  52. NatsLady - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    ha ha on the Fish. Gotta go, maybe I will be able to hear some of the game on the radio. GO National League!

  53. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Faraz Shaikh said… Ichiro and Pujols not in ASG for the first time in their MLB careers. Sad! July 10, 2012 8:30 PM ___________________________Pujols wasn't in the All Star game last year.

  54. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    In the words of our fearless leader:SWEET FANCY MOSES! KUNG FU PANDA JUST DROVE IN 3!

  55. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Verlander looks tight, like he's excited.

  56. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    OH my! a bad throw from the Captain! THIS IS AWESOME!

  57. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Loving this! 5-0! Game 1 in DC is looking like more of a possibility. Give Mr. Lerner some more Kool-Aid!

  58. JaneB - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    How sweet is this! Because Ian can't be there, and because this game is giving US home field advantage, all runs by the NL tonight are being rewarded with honorary Ian Desmond cookies. I'm looking for very fat dogs by tomorrow. Very fat!

  59. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    why would you name your dog Maris?erased the negative post i was writing abt posey and sandoval.

  60. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Well done NAT(ional Leaguer)S.

  61. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    ehay, I think Verlander just did what he did early in his career. He went for Velo and sacrificed movement. He hit 101 on the radar.

  62. Joe Seamhead - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Prince just justified why we didn't sign him. Well, that was one of the reasons, and yes, Jeter made a bad throw, but your first baseman has got to catch that one.

  63. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Man.. I love our beats:Mark Zuckerman‏@MarkZuckerman5-0 NL in the 1st. Ted Lerner's calling the White House right now to see if Obama's available to throw the first pitch before Game 1.Adam Kilgore‏@AdamKilgoreWPThere could be Game 7 of the World Series and a presidential election within one week in D.C.

  64. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Okay.. KC fans need to get over the Cano hate.

  65. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    I can picture MicheleS with multiple computer screens with NI, Twitter, MLB Gameday, and a TV screen with the game video and XM audio.

  66. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    On Prince- if he can't catch it, why can't he block ANY throw with his body? Just saying. Prefer ALR because he can carry a team with his bat AND his glove.

  67. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Ghost.. No XM but everything else.. But the TV Screen is 55 inches in HD Glory!!

  68. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    MicheleS has a chip in her head – she gets everything streamed straight to the cortex baby!

  69. JaneB - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Ehay2k writs…..Prefer ALR because he can carry a team with his bat AND his glove.Which is why it's great we have ALR and not Prince. That play Furcal made was Ian like in it's dexterity.

  70. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP Such a sucker for this stuff. Chipper says Harper almost killed his kid with a line drive. http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=22978231______________________________Kilgore must have read my 7:31 post

  71. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Okay.. our boy's are coming into pitch. Show us your stuff guys! Let's shut the door NOW!

  72. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    JaneB, not to mention the extra $180 million we have because we chose to keep ALR and not sign Prince.

  73. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    MicheleS said… Okay.. our boy's are coming into pitch. Show us your stuff guys! Let's shut the door NOW! July 10, 2012 8:55 PM _____________________________When the Nats were 20 games out of 1st place at the All Star break, I had no interest in the All Star game.Now sitting in 1st Place, GO NATIONAL LEAGUE!

  74. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Looks like Cain to start the 2nd. Mr Perfect better deliver.

  75. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    ehay2k said… JaneB, not to mention the extra $180 million we have because we chose to keep ALR and not sign Prince. July 10, 2012 8:55 PM _______________________________Forgot about how Nats fans were ready to ship ALR away in a trade to get Prince.

  76. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Cain is back out for second? I thought GG or SS might take over.

  77. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Faraz, LaRussa is going for the Killshot. Wants all the pitchers ready and to shut the AL down

  78. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Gonat, thanks for correcting. Actually both Ichiro and Pujols missed it last season. Still sad!Cain locked in. Unbelievable how underrated this guy is!

  79. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    actually pujols missed his second season also. no idea how when he got 2nd most MVP votes in 2002.anyways, price retires votto.

  80. JaneB - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Go Gio go!

  81. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    And heeeeeeeeeeeere's GIO!!Go get em!

  82. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    I hope no one missed the part where FOX put Cain in AL.

  83. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Um, did McBuckCarver just say the Nats are in "first place in the NL East"? Because last time I checked, it was the entire NL!!!!!No Respect.

  84. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Post of the day candidate, All-Star division:ehay2k said… MicheleS has a chip in her head – she gets everything streamed straight to the cortex baby!There's fast, there's supersonic fast … then there's MicheleS fast!

  85. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    GO GIO!!!!

  86. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Faraz Shaikh said… Gonat, thanks for correcting. Actually both Ichiro and Pujols missed it last season. Still sad!Cain locked in. Unbelievable how underrated this guy is! July 10, 2012 9:00 PM ________________________Don't look at Ichiro's stats on a full stomach. His .288 OBP this year is just awful.

  87. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Napoli strikes out against GG

  88. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    I am so nervous for him…

  89. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Where has that been from Gio in the last 45 days?GREAT HOOK!!!

  90. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Gonat, I know Ichiro is not performing to his level (like last season) and does not deserve to be there but it is sad to see such a great hitter in decline.Grandersopn flies out to Braun.

  91. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    DO NOT GET HURT!

  92. JaneB - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    I am so so so in the tank for Gio.

  93. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Jeter grounds out to Uggla and GG's perfect frame is over. Brilliant!!!

  94. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    So it will likely be SS against Cano, Hamilton, and Bautista; three of the best hitters in AL. I think Bautista did homer off of SS in one game at Rogers in June.anyways, should be interesting.

  95. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Gio just faced 3 All Stars and pitched like he did early in the season. Efficient inning with great use of the hook!I think 11 pitches with 7 strikes!

  96. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    I am just gushing with pride!

  97. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Gonat, totally agree. That's what got us all to fall in love with Gio.

  98. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Nine pitches, three outs. Very efficient by Gio.

  99. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    This is JUST Great! Melky just CLOBBERED ONE! Stras gets an 8-0 lead!

  100. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    WOW NL is killing AL right now.

  101. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    This is awesome! 8-0

  102. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Is there a Mercy rule in the ASG?

  103. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:27 AM

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  104. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    You just KNOW that Bryce is dying to get a knock now, because it looks so easy tonight. :-)

  105. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    DO not nibble.. please get these boys out.

  106. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    oh yeah!!

  107. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    what is his pitch count?

  108. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    awesome!!!

  109. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    A little high and tight to Joey Bats

  110. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Stras got Squeezed there.

  111. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    that was a strikeout. come on!

  112. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    I never thought I would say this. I love Ryan Braun.

  113. JaneB - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    what, my daughter just asked about the mercy rule, too.Stras is showing them, too! Thank you Braun.Why did Stras say no one has talked to him about the innings limit? Is it like when you ask your kid how school was today, and they say, "I dunno," because the don't want to talk?

  114. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    thank you Braun! Anyways, SS had Joey Bats since the first pitch which was not as tight as he thought. I actually thought that might have come back in the strike zone.anyways, Bautista is playing very cautiously, field and at bat.Wanna see Harper next.

  115. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Weak oppo flyout induced by Stras. Nice outing by our boys. Can we get a little taste of Hitterishness?

  116. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Ump got fooled like the batter on that Strike 3 pitch to Jose Bautista. Ridiculous

  117. JaneB - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Not what…ehay. Autocorrect. Sheesh!

  118. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    BRYCE!!!

  119. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Nats on display tonight people! Ump didn't help Stras and the idiots in the booth are asleep talking about Tweeting instead of watching the game. Never showed their Pitch Track. Sheesh

  120. JaneB - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Bryce! We're using up all our guys!

  121. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Lucky Bryce. He gets to face Jered Weaver.

  122. dabassguy1 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Bryce,Those are ugly shoes.J

  123. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    BB for BRYCE! That is so great!

  124. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    And Tags and goes to 2nd! Got to Love BRYCE!

  125. JaneB - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Everybody, welcome to Bryce Haroer! That's what he does for a living!

  126. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Or, a walk and a tag up to go to second. Even better!

  127. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Nice steal but he would have been out, had they tried. anyways good show so far by Nats and NL.

  128. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Sigh, only nineteen.

  129. Fear and Ignorance - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Prince sure would have looked nice in a Nats uniform. That guy can just plain hit!!! ALR is a decent player and all, but hardly in the same category as the Prince. Too bad V-Mart got hurt or he would be in this game in a Nationals uniform.

  130. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    OK, I can go to bed now…

  131. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Well, got pegged there, but that's okay. it's run until you are tagged out as FP would say

  132. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Yup. F&I when Prince booted that throw from Jeter, we were all so sad that ALR was on our team. NOT!

  133. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    F&I, Price is a fine hitter, but not at his asking price. ALR is a much better value. Plus, he is very even keeled, which is much better for our youngsters to emulate.

  134. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    dabassguy1 said… Bryce,Those are ugly shoes.J July 10, 2012 9:38 PM ______________________________Did you see the whole cleat? Its a high-top with red on the top…

  135. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    *Prince is a fine hitter….

  136. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Hmmm..- Harper in left, will Bryce's arm come into play?

  137. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    That was really BAD!

  138. JaneB - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Ummmmmmm. THAT'S too bad.

  139. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Read lips. WHAT THE *(&K

  140. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    ehay2k said… Hmmm..- Harper in left, will Bryce's arm come into play? July 10, 2012 9:48 PM _________________________________His eyes did.

  141. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Twilight in KC people. Take it easy on Harper.'

  142. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Umm Apparantly Bryce is mic'd up. Can't wait to hear the BLEEEPS on that play

  143. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Wait MicheleS, they even bleep the live streams to your chip?

  144. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    MicheleS, you won't hear it. The only words they can play is WHAT THE

  145. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Ehay2K.. yup.. Bleeps came through loud and clear on the chip. If Kershaw walks this guy I will not be happy

  146. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    PHEW!!! he caught it!

  147. JaneB - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    I'm glad for the second chance! Phew.

  148. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Mean announcers:"Fly ball to left.- does he see it?"

  149. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    I think that was a gimmy from Kinsler.

  150. Gonat - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    MicheleS, LOL, I was thinking the same thing.

  151. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Bryce on deck again? good times ahead

  152. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Yes, Michele. That definitely looked intentional.

  153. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    If Dickey gives up a run, then i think there is a NYM conspiracy.

  154. Steady Eddie - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    And Chipper was laughing about it all the way down the first base line.

  155. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Great to see AL being shutdown. They can claim to be better based on interleague but NL pitching is clearly more than capable of taking care of AL bats. I think NL will be superior as long as they are more pitching oriented.

  156. Steady Eddie - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Nah, no conspiracy tonight. Pretty impressive K of Trumbo and GIDP for Miggy.

  157. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    I fear Harper will still be 0-fer in All Star games after tonight.

  158. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    hey, 2 for 3 is excellent for Nats.

  159. JaneB - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Why can't people just sing a song? What's with all the extra syllables and lisping? Yikes. Let's play ball.

  160. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Besides it ain't over for Harper I think. He can still make a sensational play in the field and make up for it.

  161. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Ehay2k.. he is o-fer all the AllStar games he has been in so that won't be a big deal to him

  162. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Stras is tweeting the game right now

  163. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    MicheleS, I said Games, so yes, that's what I was thinking. But in the Show, a knock would be a good thing.

  164. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Ehay.. he might get another shot in the 9th

  165. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    Did anyone get the rain/flash floods tonight? We saw a few minutes of drizzle tonight out in Loudoun, so hope you all are okay.

  166. JaneB - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    I'm hitting the sack,, confident that the Serious starts in Nats Park in a few months. G'nite imaginary friends!

  167. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:47 AM

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  168. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Michele, it rained and stormed like a … well, it rained really hard. Lots of lightning and wind, too, here in Shaw, about 2 hours ago, I think.

  169. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    No real rain in this part of Arlington MicheleS. Hoping Harper gets a chance to sprinkle a hit in the ninth.

  170. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Ron Washington thought courtesy of the chip:CRAP, I am going to lose again in 7 games to the Nats in DC

  171. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Thanks for asking, though, Michele.

  172. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Gotta get me a chip!

  173. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Sofa, saw all the pics on Twitter about the flash floods in DC. would hate for any imaginary friends to suffer through that.

  174. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    McCarver makes me gag – Calls an 81mph pitch a "tailing fastball" – except that Rodney throws 98 for his heater.

  175. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    I have a feeling that we will see a bunch of pitching changes this inning. Just so everyone gets in

  176. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Dunn needs an AB!

  177. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    We have a GasCanrahan sighting!.. Lord let's hope no one lights a match

  178. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    no Dunn? COME ON!

  179. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Is a nine-run lead enough for GasCanrahan?

  180. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    I meant eight. Getting late early.

  181. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Wild pitch, Hanrahan.This is all looking so familiar.Guy could have 60 saves this year. I don't miss him. At all.

  182. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    OMG.. Really? Joel.. what the HECK are you doing? Did Henry possess him suddenly!

  183. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    How do you root for Paplebon here? Is it possible?

  184. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    And how do you not play Dunn? Really?

  185. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    With a 8 run lead, I won't but I can root for someone to make an awesome play.

  186. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    And we will see you for Game 1 of the World Series DC! Let's GO Nats!

  187. MicheleS - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    oh.. and WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  188. ehay2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    G'night all. Remember tonight if we make it to the WS. Sorry, WHEN we make it.'

  189. SonnyG10 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    Hanrahan looks like he put on some weight.

  190. natsfan1a - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Even if Chipper did have one before, Jane, it doesn't sound like he has one now. See quotes below, from a piece on the Braves site:"Seeing Chipper and his last All-Star Game is going to be a thing for the ages," Nationals 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper said. "I can tell my kids I saw Chipper Jones' last All-Star Game. It's kind of sad, but he has had a great career and been the face of that Braves' franchise for so long. He's an All-Star and a Hall of Famer."When told of Harper's comment, Jones smiled and opined that the historical significance of this All-Star Game might have more to do with the fact that it will be the first of what could be countless selections for Harper."I get to be a part of his first one, the first of many," Jones said. "He's a classy kid. I got a chance to meet his dad earlier today. Bryce has made a huge impact on a very good ballclub. I'm glad he made it."

  191. natsfan1a - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Oops, meant to include this:JaneB said… But now maybe we know why Chipper seems to have such a chip on his shoulder about The Kid. Pun possibly intended. July 10, 2012 7:45 PM

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