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VIDEO: On last night’s blowout

Sep 6, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

In case you hadn’t heard, the Nationals have had a couple of pretty big nights at the plate. With six homers on Tuesday and another six homers on Wednesday, they blew out the Cubs and re-asserted their ability to win not only behind great pitching but behind one of baseball’s most-potent lineups.

Here are some video highlights from the postgame clubhouse, with remarks from Adam LaRoche, Bryce Harper, Danny Espinosa and Gio Gonzalez.

  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Message to Davey: Bryce is back on Tweeter!

  2. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    I don't like Gio in the Miami Heat cap sideways on his head. I liked him more professional, but hey, that's just me. LeBron had too many failures before he scored. Be humble, be professional, and celebrate when you hoist the trophy.

  3. hiramhover - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Remember when Bryce proclaimed his love for the Cowboys and got legions of Redskins fans up in arms?Gio is obviously courting a tsunami of outrage from local fans–well, it being the Wizards at issue here, make that a wave-pool sized tsunami.

  4. Steady Eddie - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    hiramhover — make that a pebble in a pond.

  5. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    For MicheleS:When Rizzo was asked if Johnson would manage the Nats in 2013:“You’re talking 2013, I’m talking about September 5th,” Rizzo said. “Davey Johnson is part of the furniture in the Mike Rizzo GM regime. He’s gonna be around a long time. I love the man. He’s one of the great baseball minds, and we’re going to think about that when we need to think about it.”

  6. hiramhover - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    SteadyOk, maybe a fart's ripple in the bathtub.

  7. MicheleS - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Ghost, I saw that. But I want the i's dotted and the t's crossed, which is why offered a bribe.

  8. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    http://nats.dcsportsnexus.com/2012/09/happy-new-year-bryce-harper-is-back-on.htmlThis guy claims Harp's PR people will be Tweeting on his account.

  9. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    MicheleS, I hear you. I think we will have to wait long into the post-season to start to get 2013 questions like that answered.I was hoping the LaRoche situation would be resolved which tells me it won't be easy. LaR probably wants a 3 year extension and Rizzo probably will only go 2 for now.There may come the time when RZim will be the future 1st baseman on this team. Will that be 2015, 2016? I guess much of that will depend on this Anthony Rendon kid too and having an opening at 1st base.

  10. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Barves and Rockies in another 1-0 game with this game in the 6th inning.

  11. Feel Wood - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    MicheleS said… Ghost, I saw that. But I want the i's dotted and the t's crossed, which is why offered a bribe.Davey's already under contract as either a consultant or manager for the length of Rizzo's current contract. I'm pretty sure it's Davey's call as to how long he wants to keep managing, unless Rizzo decides to throw him out the door completely. He'll probably decide that after the season is over, based on his health, his wife's input, etc. Right now Rizzo probably doesn't know anything more than the rest of us do.

  12. smurff - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Yo, STHs…Any idea whether the team plans to offer 10-game Sunday ticket packages like they did last year? Nothing about those types of plans on the team website (that I could find, anyway)….

  13. Steady Eddie - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Feel Wood — azakly.

  14. Ron In Reston - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Oh fer Pete's sake, Ghost…..Gio is FROM Miami….he shouldn't root for his hometown basketball team?

  15. baseballswami - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Ghost – I have heard many times that pitchers who rely on any kind of sink are better when they are tired. Jordan has been held to six innings most of the season. Maybe Davey needs to throw him out there and let him spend some extra energy. I have also noticed that he is better on five days and has not been as good on more. One thing you have to realize about Jordan's struggles – the other pitchers struggled either early in the season, or once in a while, or in the first inning. Jordan was super consistent for a long, long time. He was bound to go through a tough stretch. Seems like a big strong, tough guy to me. Hoping for the best tonight.

  16. NatsLady - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    smurrf, when I renewed I told my agent I wanted the same partial STH plan (Sundays plus misc days that I mostly traded in). He said I would be on the same type plan. Mine is a 20-game "partial" which I took because it was an actual STH plan with the associated bennies. Don't know if they'll offer the 10-gamer.

  17. smurff - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Thanks, NL!

  18. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    http://www.stubhub.com/washington-nationals-tickets/really? very cheap tickets until end of the season. guess stubhub wants us to save our money for postseason tix. :D

  19. Section 222 - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Not to beat a dead horse, but DC Sports Bog has a post up about the Lerners' letter. And there are some fairly insightful comments over there too (yes, really!), at least from my perspective. In reading them I learned something I had never known before, which I thought might be worth passing on. The Nats offer some pretty good single game discounts (with food credits) to all government employees.

  20. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Atlanta game is now final; 1-0 Braves. Decided on the pitcher missing a routine throw back from the catcher, allowing the runner on 3rd to score.

  21. Section 222 - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Five days ago I made a comment that I'll just repeat now with a little editing because I feel the same way:The thing is that JZ's last [three] starts have been lackluster, and with [his last] start he [has] pitched more innings than last year. Soon we're going to see whether he has what it takes to be our ace in the stretch run and the playoffs, or has run out of gas. Hate to say it, but I'm ok if …. our bats [cool down] and we lose this game. We'll still … [have won] the series. What I really want to see is 6 plus quality innings from JZ. That more than anything else will be an indicator how how far this team can go in the playoffs.September 01, 2012 1:13 PM

  22. Doc - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    About Gio's ball cap to the right. It's almost impossible for most lefties to wear their hats straight—-even if it were a Wizards cap!In other news, MLB blew it last night in not spending time featuring the Nats' 6 HR's in consecutive games. They, like they always do, focused on Cahill's B.S. non no-hitter. As Mark has noted, the Nats' HR feat has only happened 3X in major league history. The hated Dodgers in '96 and the Angels in '03.How many no-hitters in MLB over the past 100 years?? Must be 50-100. As the great baseball etymologist Yogi Berra would say, "…you could look it up…".

  23. Section 222 - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Ghost, you nailed it on LaRoche. Last night Charlie and Dave were chit chatting with Phil Wood and had to remind him that there's a mutual option and the Nats can't force LaRoche to stay here. And then they said, it seems like a no brainer that the Nats will try to exercise it. Sure it's a no brainer that they'd like to get him on one year contract. But he'll never agree to it. He's having a career year in his contract year. Why wouldn't he test the open market? That's not to say he won't re-sign with us, perhaps at some discount because he likes the clubhouse and the team and the chances for more postseason glory. But first he's going to find out if someone will offer him a 3 or more year deal. And if someone does (and I don't think it will be us), he might very well take it. I think the same is true for E-Jax. He might finally get that multi-year deal he wants after this season. Everyone who is calling for him or LaRoche to be extended should just relax and wait. Cause neither of them is going to sign on the dotted line until they see what they are worth to other teams.

  24. Feel Wood - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Don't really get all this cynicism about the Lerner email. So they decided to limit season ticket sales to 20,000. Or maybe they're just saying that as a marketing gimmick. Maybe they're sincere and their reasons are what they said in the email, or maybe they're not telling us the real reason they're doing this – that is, if they really are doing this. Maybe the Lerners or whoever wrote that email are inept at marketing, or maybe they're marketing geniuses. But really, who cares? What's the big deal? It's not like they're calling radio stations in Philadelphia and inviting their fans to come on down, or selling group tickets to tour buses full of ugly and smelly Phillies fans, or anything of the sort. If the Lerners really want to help Average Joe fans get into games, or even if they're just saying that to try to fool big spenders into buying more season tickets, why is that a bad thing?

  25. hiramhover - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Feel WoodAgreed–I understand wanting advice about buying season and other tickets, and I've found the discussion here useful. But I don't get this obsession some folks have with ticket sales and attendance #s.Sec 222The ALR situation will be interesting as it develops. I'd like to see him back–more than I wanted to see Dunn back, for sure–but everything has a price. Can he get 3 years, somewhere? Maybe, esp. if the Nats go deep into the post-season and he's a star. But he couldn't get a 3-yr deal 2 yrs ago, when he was that much younger. In his 2 seasons with the Nats, one was essentially lost, due to the shoulder; this year is a very good season, but it's not really that far off his norms for the 3 yrs before he became a Nat. The HRs are up, from 25 a yr, to 28 and counting this year. But his slash line for those years was .269/.339/.485, vs .270/.342/.506.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 47 --
ATLANTA 58 49 0.5
MIAMI 53 53 5.0
NEW YORK 51 56 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 47 60 11.5
Through Tuesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m. TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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