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Start times, umps announced

Oct 5, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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Marvin Hudson and Davey Johnson will be reunited during the NLDS.

The first two postseason games by a Washington baseball team in 79 years will have late-afternoon starting times, and don't be surprised if that trend continues next week once the National League Division Series returns to the District.

Major League Baseball today announced starting times for all postseason games through Tuesday, revealing that Game 1 of the NLDS between the Nationals and the winner of today's NL Wild Card Game between the Braves and Cardinals will begin at 3:07 p.m. EDT Sunday. Game 2 will be played at 4:37 p.m. EDT Monday.

Start times for Games 3-5 — scheduled to be played Wednesday through Friday at Nationals Park — have not been announced yet. But it's likely that Game 3 will feature another afternoon start, and it's possible the same could be true for potential Games 4 and 5.

Why all the day baseball? Because the Nationals, as the No. 1 seed in the NL, have the same Division Series schedule as the Yankees, the AL's top seed. And MLB and TBS (which is broadcasting all but two Division Series games over the next week) prefer to showcase the star-studded, 27-time World Series champs from New York inRead more »

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  1. MicheleS - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    I just left team store. AGAIN. Bad things happen to my wallet when i go there!

  2. Joe Seamhead - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Hudson and West? Damn.

  3. Natslifer - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    May the Sun Monster come out in the bottom half of the innings… also, Hudson owes us.

  4. sjb - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    This means Game 1will be starting during the third quarter of the Redskins-Falcons game. Better than a 1PM start I suppose…

  5. 5c3cd06e-cef8-11e1-abe6-000bcdcb2996 - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    I don't like the schedule at all. If you work until 5 and have an hour commute you're going to miss half the game. BS

  6. Doc - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Country Joe and Marvin "I don't have to see it or hear it, to call it" Hudson—a duo from umpire Hell!!! Hopefully, they catch each other's flu and have to be replaced!May there seats slide out the airplane door on the way to Washington!

  7. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    I don't think the Nats will have much problem disposing of either the Reds or the Giants. So we need to get past the Cards/Atl to get to the WS. Just my opinion.

  8. rogieshan - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Looks like the fix is already in.

  9. Feel Wood - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Thus, the Yankees will open their ALDS on the road Sunday night against the winner of tonight's Wild Card Game between the Orioles and Rangers at 6:15 p.m. EDT and will play Game 2 on Monday at 8:07 p.m., with the Nationals serving as the lead-in both days.Which means that if the Orioles win tonight, their first two ALDS games will be airing immediately after the Nationals game. Under MASN's plan for extended postseason coverage, the Nationals postgame show will be at the same time as the Orioles pregame show. How will they handle this, with MASN2 or the execrable "one happy MASN family" combined broadcast booth? If it's the latter…hello Charlie and Dave! (Although that's what it will probably be anyway.)

  10. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Hudson owes the Nats a favor.

  11. livernonions - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Joe West might be more than a bit prickly and overly intrusive, but he in terms of getting calls right or wrong, he's very good. This is a pretty strong umpiring crew.

  12. Feel Wood - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    What? Laz Diaz, C.B. Bucknor, Balkin Bob Davidson and Angel Hernandez weren't available?

  13. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    I am still fond of Joe West's 4th chin. Handsome man is he!

  14. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    For today only, go Texas, go StL.

  15. JaneB - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Joe West AND Marvin Hudson? How on earth do they let West, especially, umpire a play off game? I thought this was not a seniority-based decision. After what Hudson has done to us, how can MLB send him our way?

  16. A DC Wonk - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    (Repeating a comment that got new-posted):But though 2012 seems like a foundation for even better seasons, I wouldn't count on it.Perhaps not, but the chances are much better for the Nats than other teams.Why?For starters: consider how the Nats did it this year — with over 350 games lost to injured starters.Consider, too, the youth of the team — most players have their most productive years from age 27-32. Neither Desi nor Danny are 27. (And, of course, Harper's still only 19!). Ramos is only 24, bit upside, and we should have him the entire season next year.On the pitching side: Det seems like he's just now coming into his own; Stras will be available the entire season — so will Storen. And, to boot: Det, Stras, JZ, Gio, and Storen are all under 27, too.And most of the guys above are under team control for years.As Boz (I think) pointed out: not a single player on the team had a career year (except for near rookies who fulfilled expected potential — although I suppose Desi might have). LaRoche perhaps tied his best year, but: we've seen Morse, RZ, and others hit (over the entire season) better.Nothing's guaranteed . . . but if you had to bet on _any_ team having a whole bunch of, say, 92+ win seasons starting this year — you'd start with the Nats.

  17. Feel Wood - Oct 5, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Go O's. Orioles fans deserve at least one home playoff game in the 20th year of Camden Yards. The Orioles, their fans and their ballpark were there before Angelos, and they'll still be there long after he's gone.

  18. upperdeck4 - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    I'm as worried about Hudson behind the plate as in the field. In he last game he umpired here against Milwaukee, he was horrible. He had both JZimm and Peralta wondering what was a strike in that game.

  19. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    If the Braves lose today, the handling of Medlen will be the reason why vs the Nats handling of Strasburg.Think about what would have happened if Medlen was the Braves #5 starter on Day #1. Theoretically they could have been the team with 99 wins instead of their postseason dependent on "lose and die" scenario and even if they win today, Medlen may not pitch again if the Braves get swept in 3 in the NLDS although he will most likely pitch Wednesday if they move on.

  20. livernonions - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Joe West voted worst umpire in baseball.—-The same poll had him as the fifth best. Not saying he isn't a jerk, but he's a good technical umpire. Also, he might be down to only 2 or 3 chins. He's lost so much weight he's not conspicuous by his waddling motion.

  21. Section 222 - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    All home games in the afternoon games plus Marvin Hudson on the crew (not to mention Joe West). A very dispiriting post.Actually, West was a very decent HP umpire the last time we saw him. Maybe they'll put Hudson on the LF line or something.

  22. Joe Seamhead - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    What bothers me about West in the playoffs is that he tries to make the show about him, rather then the players.As to Hudson, he really does need to see an optometrist.I have found him to be just plain bad. Surprised that he got this assignment.

  23. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    OK, why would MLB want a controversy, can't Hudson umpire the other series, I mean for real!

  24. Section 222 - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Ghost, I totally agree on Medlen/Strasburg. I posted this awhile back, and I'm linking to it know not to say "me first" but because I didn't want to do the research again. The idea that the Braves were smarter than the Nats in handling their post-TJ surgery ace because theirs is able to start the WC game is beyond silly. Also, everyone touts the streak he has of the Braves winning games he started without mentioning that it covers three seasons. Only 12 of those winning games were this year.If they move on, they'll only have him for one game (Game 3) in the NLDS, while we'll have Gio for two, if necessary.

  25. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    The post season is about the Nats and their opponent, not about Hudson and West. This is very disappointing

  26. Tcostant - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    The big winner is Living Social, they get the pub with little or know late games…

  27. Feel Wood - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Aside from the Sun Monster aspect (and hey, it could always be a cloudy day) the late afternoon start time for weekday games is actually the best. It avoids both the morning and afternoon rush hours for traffic, and there will be no need for the late night Metro service. Thus there will be no excuse for the stands not being packed from the first pitch clear through the last out. Also, if it turns cold and silences the power bats, it will be much worse after dark. And according to Davey, the sun problem is worst earlier in the afternoon.

  28. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Can't wait to watch tonight's games, this is fun!!!!

  29. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    The more I learn about the Red Sox situation, the more that team turns me off. I can not believe that the team turned on Valentine back in April because of his old school approach. I mean are you joking??? These players let themselves and their fans down in 2011 and one would expect that the very least they would be embarrassed to question a proven coach about changing the way they approach the game. just stunning

  30. sm13 - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Feel Wood – all those bozos you name could haunt us in the NLCS.

  31. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    The Orioles, their fans and their ballpark were there before Angelos, and they'll still be there long after he's gone. Word.

  32. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I have a strange prediction for both games, watch the O's and Rangers score be something like 2-1 and Braves-Cards 7-6. Buck is really gambling on this pitcher and I assume he is going with him because he has post season experience.The Braves-Cards game could be a classic pitching duel, but this is when the crazy things happen, will Medlen continue to be a cool cat or will the one game and out get to him?

  33. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said…The Orioles, their fans and their ballpark were there before Angelos, and they'll still be there long after he's gone. well said old funk, lol

  34. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    The Orioles, their fans and their ballpark were there before Angelos, and they'll still be there long after he's gone. As I recall they all ARRIVED AT THE SAME TIME dude. I remember seeing my tax money burned by the governor of Baltimore William Donald Schafer for his good buddy Peter Angelos, mob lawyer, and his ownership group which included famous best selling author Tom Clancy (Reagan's favorite novelist). Memorial stadium was the home to the other Orioles (the ones that actually won) plus ownership groups. The INNUH HAABAH was all Schaefer and his cronies. Don't get me started on that! While I was suffering without a team I ended up paying so the damned Arbutians could have one?Sorry I am not happy about that at all. Keep your bubbly good Oriole spirits to yourself please.

  35. JD - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    mick, The problem with Valentine is not that he's old school but that his ego is larger than Fenway Park and he did manage to coach the Red Sox to historically awful results.

  36. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    peric… I hear you, I don't blame your anger but Angelos is not even worth getting your blood pressure up over…

  37. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    JD… agreed on the ego of Valentine, my point was the team left him before the season began and the way 2011 ended, one would think the players would be respectful and receptive to changing

  38. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    And don't bring up Edward Bennett Williams (nee' of Redskins ownership fame) as first. Angelos was already there working behind the scenes to grab up the O's. Can't have a DC owner owning the Ori'hoes. Right? Damned Governor of Baltimore … Reach the Beach and the Mountains … Governor of Baltimore and Ocean City plus Garret County and Deep Creek Lake … Grrrrrrrrrrr ….

  39. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Peric so one can assume you were no fan of Willy Don, lol

  40. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Well, yeah, I was thinking that myself, actually–that Angelos and OPCY started the same year. But the fans had their park, even if it was a different one. And they did used to be the Browns, and then there's the whole Colts thing, so maybe they won't be there after he's gone. So the owner's a jerk. That certainly isn't unique.

  41. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Anyhow, don't you live in California? What's it to ya?

  42. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    So the owner's a jerk. That certainly isn't unique. Unlike the great Edward Bennett Williams who was in fact a famous and extremely competent top trial lawyer … a mob/mafioso Greek insider in cahoots with the Governor of Baltimore and his cheeky mistress … tacky, lacking any class unlike a Williams. LOW CLASS ARBUTIAN SCUM!

  43. JD - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    mick, I agree but that's a very quirky group there and they had Francona there for such a long time that it was hard to change the culture. The Red Sox addressed that a bit by getting rid of Becket but they still have to deal with players like Pedroia and Lester who feel that that the inmates should run the asylum.

  44. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    I guess you answered my question on Willy Don, no mincing of words with you, lol

  45. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    JD…. all true, so perhaps the hire of Bobby V did not make sense for all parties?

  46. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Anyhow, don't you live in California? What's it to ya?I migrate with my work dude. My home is still Aspen Hill where my mom and many of my relatives are buried. Your the 'ferign' Johnny-come-lately non local. I know where Dietl's tavern is what it signifies … and the route good old Jubal Early took when he tried to take Washington … do you?

  47. Section 222 - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Someone let me know when the discussion of Orioles subsides. I had little interest in that team pre-2005 and no interest now.

  48. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    I've lived here a long time, longer than anywhere else. Not much for tavern trivia, but I know where the PikNPig was, and where Duke was raised.

  49. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Peric…. I actually go to Dietl's now and then with some other coaches and it is now a friendly suburban hang out. About 30 years ago, I never would have imagine that as a very ugly history that many in Montgomery County do not discuss was true about old Dietls, I will leave it at that as I witnessed a very ugly scene there in 1980.

  50. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Someone let me know when the discussion of Orioles subsides. I had little interest in that team pre-2005 and no interest nowI was here in 2005 but somehow I don't recall you. Now sec3 sure. And I'm willing to give Mick a flyer he might not have known the technology was already out there … but he remembers … as does Sunshine. Natsfarm Brian Oliver starting his blog to follow Ryan Zimmerman to the majors. Where were you?

  51. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Deuces, I'm done. We just don't have a game today. I got bored and slipped into poke mode. Won't happen again. OK, maybe it will, but not today.

  52. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    now back to the NATS!!

  53. JD - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    mick, I followed Valentine when he managed the Mets. He is a good baseball man but he gets on everyone's nerves very quickly. I don't see him getting a good managerial job anytime soon. The Sox would be better off hiring someone more low key ( I hear they are after Farrell but I don't think the Jays will let him walk without compensation).

  54. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    I will leave it at that as I witnessed a very ugly scene there in 1980. There was always Pop Dietl's spaghetti house in Silver Spring which was far more family friendly … ~smiles~ but me I miss the King Cole Burger. Perhaps only Ted Lerner would remember that.

  55. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    JD…. all good points

  56. mick - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    there you go Peric, lol

  57. Eugene in Oregon - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    On a purely personal level (schedule-wise), those are pretty much the worst possible start-times MLB could have come up with; truly amazing. Another reason (among many) to dislike intensely — hate is such a rude word — the Yankees.

  58. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    I got bored and slipped into poke mode. Won't happen again. OK, maybe it will, but not today. Ha! You need to learn that DC baseball fans, original baseball fans (albeit few and far between now) are just as feisty and ornery as any Ori'hoe, Spankee, Metsy, or Giant fan. We had to put up with a lot of losing and abuse. The Noveau, "metrosexual", transient fan will not be like us … we are hard core, die hard fans who live and die with our team. Yes, Boz is numbered among us … that was clear when he mused about finding some his old high school buddies to mix it up in the stand with the Philthy fans. I understood exactly where he was coming from.

  59. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    How do you guys remember all this stuff? I was here, but taking care of my mother, going to graduate school and y'know, working.

  60. A DC Wonk - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:01 PM

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  61. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    How do you guys remember all this stuff? I was here, but taking care of my mother, going to graduate school and y'know, working.I got the highest score in fifth grade on Maryland history. I had 2 wrong on that enormous 100 question exam. (Don't ask me why they did that either professoressa Natslady?) The closest to me had 22 wrong. He could never live it down. Still claims he had the highest score … ~laughing~How did you not learn all of that?

  62. A DC Wonk - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said…The Orioles, their fans and their ballpark were there before Angelos, and they'll still be there long after he's gone.OK. So after Angelos is gone, I'll start considering rooting for the O's. But not until then. Unless they are playing the Yankees. I'm a former Mets fan. Yankees, and their fans, and their sense of entitlement . . . uggh.

  63. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    OK. So after Angelos is gone, I'll start considering rooting for the O's. But not until then.The Ghost of favorite son Edward Bennett Williams would never allow me to do that. Plus every single one of my high school, and frat house brothers who were locals from Terp U wouldn't allow it. I don't got milk. Never have and never will. I'll take a Frank Howard stogie.

  64. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    How did you not learn all of that?Somehow… when there was no baseball… I was singing in operas, absorbing philosophy… and figuring out Glebe Road.

  65. upperdeck4 - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    The Orioles, their fans and their ballpark were there before Angelos, and they'll still be there long after he's gone. As I recall they all ARRIVED AT THE SAME TIME dude. I remember seeing my tax money burned by the governor of Baltimore William Donald Schafer for his good buddy Peter Angelos, mob lawyer, and his ownership group which included famous best selling author Tom Clancy (Reagan's favorite novelist)._____I feel strange and uncomfortable actually agreeing with Feel, but Angelos bought the Orioles after Eli Jacobs, the owner at the time of Camden Yards' opening, went bankrupt. Additionally, I believe that Camden Yards was funded by lottery proceeds and not by general tax revenues.

  66. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Somehow… when there was no baseball… I was singing in operas, absorbing philosophy… and figuring out Glebe Road. I was busy playing baseball (hardball). Have glove on handlebar just as FP likes to describe it. Nothing better. More of a spiritual experience than singing at least from my perspective. ~smiles~

  67. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    I don't mind the Yankees. Maybe you have to live in NY and be married to a guy from Flatbush to understand that, but I was and I do. Girardi and his boys taught our boys some good stuff and his outfielders made me laugh not understanding a double switch. Yankees hate I don't have. Filly hate, on the other hand….

  68. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    I feel strange and uncomfortable actually agreeing with Feel, but Angelos bought the Orioles after Eli Jacobs, the owner at the time of Camden Yards' opening, went bankrupt. Additionally, I believe that Camden Yards was funded by lottery proceeds and not by general tax revenues. You forgot about Ed Williams. Also, you forgot about the roads, the infrastructure surrounding and the INNUH HABBAH and idea borrowed from the city of Victoria in Canada. Where did that money come from? And as for lottery proceeds spent on a stadium? Instead of education or something just as worthwhile? It still comes out of folks pockets no matter how you look at it.

  69. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Yankees hate I don't have. Filly hate, on the other hand … Don't hate the Yankees … its more of a traditional thing like "Damned Yankees" appears to portray. Nice to bring down the empire if we can though …Orioles? Heck yes! Arbutian team with two heads from too much radioactivity produced at Calver Cliffs.

  70. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    peric, nothing against hardball. Wish I could have played it, but girls couldn't, in those days. Went to a zillion zillion White Sox games with my sis… My husband was a big handball player, in NY that's still big, but you don't see it at all in the Midwest, so it took me a while to appreciate it. Seriously don't understand California. Nothing against it, just don't grasp it. Went once on business for 3 days, saw Malibu beach, it was pretty. They took me to a restaurant where the waiters were in tuxes and the customers were in swim suits…

  71. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Love Damn Yankees, "Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets." GREAT MUSIC. Fun plot. Show it to my students all the time. Youtube is the best invention EVER.

  72. upperdeck4 - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Peric, what does EBW have to do with Camden Yards? He died in 1988, well before the park opened. With respect to the lottery, that is something that people choose to participate in, not something, like general taxes, that are mandated. If they didn't buy a ticket, they weren't paying for the park. As far as improvements, that area was so blighted anyways that infrastructure improvements were probably necessary anyways.

  73. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Seriously don't understand California. Nothing against it, just don't grasp it. Big state two opposing poles that intermingle: Evangelical, ultra conservative types who make the Puritans look like liberals at times. Mostly to the east. Mostly the north and long the coast? The ultra liberal, earth tribe, Californial fusion religious types who mix Hinduism,(they call it Yoga but its Hinduism (I hate stealing ideas that are 5000 years old and calling them new and mine?) Buddhism mixed with Native American Shamanism and a lot of the Transgenerational trauma and grief they carry. Clearly the two poles don't understand each other at all. One can't abide the other. Yet without each pole, the negative and the positive (each with an opinion as to which is negative and which positive ~smiles~ ) California's current doesn't flow.

  74. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    As far as improvements, that area was so blighted anyways that infrastructure improvements were probably necessary anyways. Not with state funds … your memory and mine are much different. The DC area of Maryland generated most of the capital in the State treasury and even the lottery. How much did Schaefer spend their? Our road improvement needs were far greater both for businesses and for residents. Why did he have to build a new highway between Baltimore's INNUH HABBAH and Ocean City? Why not improve route 29? There was the BWI corridor, 32 and 175. No, nothing leading to DC for Schaefer. Then, it was off to the mountains with another highway while DC metro Maryland residents suffered with choked off highways like 270, 29, and 495, etc. Montgomery County generated 40% of the tax base at that time. 40%. Did we get 40% back? No. Not even close with Schaefer. And the University of Maryland system badly needed upgrades … we did not need a Stadium for Arbutians.

  75. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    At least Jim Joyce is there to shed some tears in case of wrong calls.

  76. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    The impetus for the 'big move' started precisely when EBW died and ownership of the Orioles was put up for sale. Plans for the new stadium with B-more (not Williams) ownership in the plans starting in 1979.Efforts to redevelop the downtown area started with the construction of the Baltimore Convention Center, which opened 1979. Harborplace, an urban retail and restaurant complex opened on the waterfront in 1980, followed by the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland's largest tourist destination, and the Baltimore Museum of Industry in 1981. In 1992, the Baltimore Orioles baseball team moved from Memorial Stadium to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, located downtown near the harbor. Six years later the Baltimore Ravens football team moved into M&T Bank Stadium next to Camden Yards.

  77. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    California seems like a foreign country to me. Can't say that about any other state, though Texas is close. Don't understand Texas very well, except Houston. Houston I understand because it is practically Louisiana, and Louisiana is where I would live (given a choice) if I didn't live here.

  78. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Ugh, that would stink.How will they handle this, with MASN2 or the execrable "one happy MASN family" combined broadcast booth? If it's the latter…hello Charlie and Dave! (Although that's what it will probably be anyway.)

  79. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Section 222 said… Ghost, I totally agree on Medlen/Strasburg. I posted this awhile back, and I'm linking to it know not to say "me first" but because I didn't want to do the research again. The idea that the Braves were smarter than the Nats in handling their post-TJ surgery ace because theirs is able to start the WC game is beyond silly. Also, everyone touts the streak he has of the Braves winning games he started without mentioning that it covers three seasons. Only 12 of those winning games were this year.If they move on, they'll only have him for one game (Game 3) in the NLDS, while we'll have Gio for two, if necessary. October 05, 2012 1:19 PM Good stuff and good points and we certainly agree.Go Cardinals!

  80. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Houston I understand because it is practically Louisiana, and Louisiana is where I would live (given a choice) if I didn't live here. Prefer Savannah myself. Less traffic, lovely historic architecture, a much more eclectic city than many people realize. MUCH LESS traffic.

  81. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Also, people won't have to cut out of work so early. :-)Feel Wood said… Aside from the Sun Monster aspect (and hey, it could always be a cloudy day) the late afternoon start time for weekday games is actually the best. It avoids both the morning and afternoon rush hours for traffic, and there will be no need for the late night Metro service. Thus there will be no excuse for the stands not being packed from the first pitch clear through the last out. Also, if it turns cold and silences the power bats, it will be much worse after dark. And according to Davey, the sun problem is worst earlier in the afternoon. October 05, 2012 1:21 PM

  82. Section 222 - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    I was here in 2005 but somehow I don't recall you….. Where were you?peric, I don't give a crap whether you recall me. Fortunately, I didn't know who you were and how big of a jerk you are until the past few years. I didn't say I was on some blog in 2005, I said I stopped caring even the small iota I used to care about the Os in 2005 because the Nats arrived. Where was I? At RFK stadium for about 30 games. Where were you? I've been a STH since day 1, have you? I've met Sofa and Sunshine and several other Nats Insiders and consider them friends. Do you? Once again, you've taken over a perfectly friendly and entertaining blog and made it a forum for your insults and your random bile. I've contributed to that by answering your stupid, insulting taunt. Apologies to my friends here. I'll go back to ignoring your idiocy now.

  83. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Section 222 said… I was here in 2005 but somehow I don't recall you….. Where were you?peric, I don't give a crap whether you recall me. Fortunately, I didn't know who you were and how big of a jerk you are until the past few years. I didn't say I was on some blog in 2005, I said I stopped caring even the small iota I used to care about the Os in 2005 because the Nats arrived. Where was I? At RFK stadium for about 30 games. Where were you? I've been a STH since day 1, have you? I've met Sofa and Sunshine and several other Nats Insiders and consider them friends. Do you? Once again, you've taken over a perfectly friendly and entertaining blog and made it a forum for your insults and your random bile. I've contributed to that by answering your stupid, insulting taunt. Apologies to my friends here. I'll go back to ignoring your idiocy now. October 05, 2012 2:34 PM Come on, you don't have a Peric issued "Nats Fan" ID card? ;)We all know who the bandwagon fans are.

  84. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Not familiar with Savannah, so can't compare. But to me, Louisiana on a hot, humid day, oh, yes… Flat and endless, Slidell coming up on the highway, can't beat it. And when it's a tiny bit cooler, gimme some crawfish and jazz… drive a few miles west and go to a Cajun wedding, put them dollar bills on the bride's dress, get the fiddles playing and a dance a little two-step….

  85. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Dang, do we ever need a ballgame.

  86. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Once again, you've taken over a perfectly friendly and entertaining blog and made it a forum for your insults and your random bile. I've contributed to that by answering your stupid, insulting taunt. Apologies to my friends here. I'll go back to ignoring your idiocy now. And from my perspective? Back to rampant hypocrisy and the pot calling the kettle black.Hell yes you and Ghost are bandwagon fans. You didn't suffer through what original fans did. Sorry but "dems" the facts pal. You have the intellectual capacity of a flea and the imagination of stink worm. Please ignore me, you are beyond boring with your pathetic attempts at vituperative repartee. Get a life dude!

  87. Cwj - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Mitch Williams just said the World Series will be Nationals vs. Rangers :-)

  88. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Not familiar with Savannah, so can't compare. But to me, Louisiana on a hot,Swing dancing was invented in Savannah at the end of its pier under a huge gazebo/band stand area. Burned in the late sixties. They call it Carolina shag but it really originated in Savannah.

  89. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    WOW!! Love the internet. You get to read such fun stuff.

  90. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Come on, 222 and Ghost, lay off peric for 10 minutes willya? Enjoy the day, enjoy life, Nats are in the play offs, it's beautiful!!!!

  91. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Cwj, wait Mitch wasn't one of the people who criticized Nats for shutting down SS and thought Nats won't go far in postseason without him?

  92. Cwj - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Btw, I'm the best Nats fan :-)

  93. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    I didn't know that about swing dancing and Savannah. Everyone says it's a lovely town. Might have to take a drive there one day.

  94. Cwj - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Faraz- Like many on MLB network, Mitch is prone to changing his mind frequently :)

  95. NatsNut - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Poke Mode?Get your t-shirts now, folks. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said… Deuces, I'm done. We just don't have a game today. I got bored and slipped into poke mode. Won't happen again. OK, maybe it will, but not today.

  96. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    2.5 hours until baseball. Could be a little less, but who's counting, right?

  97. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    I didn't know that about swing dancing and Savannah. Everyone says it's a lovely townActually a lot of the dancing happened on the long pier off of Tybee Island … but close enough for government work.Savannah hosts a huge jazz festival that lasts 2 weeks or more in March when they have the huge, traditional St. Patties Day celebration. Biggest one outside of Boston prolly just as big. Much like Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

  98. Cwj - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    NatsLady- A little less counting the pre-game coverage.I'm pretty excited to see any baseball right now, it's been what, 2 days? lol

  99. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    NatsLady said… Come on, 222 and Ghost, lay off peric for 10 minutes willya? Enjoy the day, enjoy life, Nats are in the play offs, it's beautiful!!!! October 05, 2012 2:45 PM Peric loves the attention. I put a smiley face next to my comment and vot Cwj as the "Best Nats fan".I had the best night sleep last night knowing that the Nats made the post-season and don't have to worry about a "death match" game today.I was skeptical of the new Wild Card format but this could be great for the fans. A 1 game winner take all is exciting.

  100. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    'fraid not! ;-)Cwj said… Btw, I'm the best Nats fan :-) October 05, 2012 2:46 PM

  101. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Sheesh same people who do not even know what a bell curve really signifies … and what a small sample size indicates relative to that simple, seen throughout nature, form.Bandwagon cretins.

  102. peric - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Peric loves the attention. I put a smiley face next to my comment and vot Cwj as the "Best Nats fan".I think I prefer talking about Savannah. But, that's me.

  103. Cwj - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Faraz- The "analyst" on MLB network who annoys me the most is Harold Reynolds. At least when he mentions the Nats.All he does is ramble on about Strasburg's shutdown.Otherwise I kinda like his easy going, everything's fun type manner.

  104. Cwj - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Ghost- Thanks, but I think Natsfan may have me beat :-)

  105. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Gotta slink off to work now. Kids wanna play piano and sing, is that my fault???? Will be watching every pitch of STL-ATL, this is really fun!

  106. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    peric said… I think I prefer talking about Savannah. But, that's me. October 05, 2012 2:53 PM Been there. Been to Hardeville SC too. Nice place.You and I often agree except on Lannan and Werth. 23 out of 25 ain't bad + Rendon.

  107. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    cwj, seriously, I think we're all equal in our fandom. :-)On another note, I just noticed something. As they did last season, the playoff* team sites bring up a full-screen video of a key play from the season when you first navigate to the home page (you can check a "don't show me this again" box if you'd rather not watch it every time). Anyhoo, guess what the Nats video is? Just a certain player, from a certain town, stealing home against some supposedly old school and prestigious dude. *One of the teams shown on the video is in the playoffs. The other – not so much. Waaaah! Maybe next year, when they're healthy. Yeah, that's the ticket. :-)

  108. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Cwj said… Faraz- The "analyst" on MLB network who annoys me the most is Harold Reynolds. At least when he mentions the Nats.All he does is ramble on about Strasburg's shutdown.Otherwise I kinda like his easy going, everything's fun type manner. October 05, 2012 2:53 PM I like Harold whose stripes change quickly based on his flavor of the day. He still carries that stigma of troubled days behind the scenes with the ladies at ESPN.http://deadspin.com/189928/reynolds-confirms-firing-for-sexual-harassment

  109. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    natsfan1a does have the cool nickname. Hard to beat that unless you come up with natsfanbestofalltime and that's long to type in.

  110. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:07 PM

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  111. Cwj - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Ghost- Interesting. For some reason I don't remember that…I guess that was during the "Baseball Tonight" years?I don't really watch ESPN much at all anymore (unless a baseball game is on).

  112. Cwj - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    "natsfanbestofalltime" LOL that's a good one.Yeah a little long though :)

  113. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

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  114. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    How fast things change. Here's Ted Leonsis on the Wizards and his "I, I, I" and he doesn't even mention his other team the Caps. What I find awkward is his saying "[Nats] wake up one day and they’re winning the pennant". No Ted, they didn't just wake up and win the pennant. They had a plan and spent a king's ransom for a difference changer in Jayson Werth and got rid of the ego head cases and most importantly, the Nats players listen to their coach. There is no Ovechkin here to act above and beyond his teammates."I look at the Nationals’ arc and it gives me hope and strength. I look at the Nationals losing a hundred games and finishing in the basement, and picking high and bringing in a free agent and making an astute trade, and then they wake up one day and they’re winning the pennant. We see data, we see exemplars of teams that have gone through tough times and they’re able to fight through it and keep their core together and add to it in the right way and that’s what I’m hoping we can do with the Wizards".

  115. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Cwj said… Ghost- Interesting. For some reason I don't remember that…I guess that was during the "Baseball Tonight" years?I don't really watch ESPN much at all anymore (unless a baseball game is on). October 05, 2012 3:09 PM Yah, crazy, huh. Trust me, they didn't just fire him for 1 hug. The girls at MLB Network are all aware of Huggin' Harold.

  116. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:23 PM

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  117. Section 222 - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    NL, please. Why should I lay off peric when he just gratuitously insults me? I mean, did you read what he said? Maybe you should suggest to him that he lay off me, and everyone else he insults and taunts. I'm enjoying the beautiful day and life as a fan of the best team in baseball plenty, thank you very much. I just don't appreciate his "more Nats fan than thou" attitude and I reserve the right to respond when he says something idiotic, especially when it's about me. He calls me a bandwagon fan who didn't suffer through what the original fans did. Really? Not sure how much more original you can get than being an STH since day one. (Actually, someone who put down a deposit towards season tickets in 1987 might qualify… wait, I did that too.). So I guess I'm not an original fan because I didn't know who he was back then, and I didn't debate him on some blog at the time. Really? Hahahaha. I'm a day one participant in, and original financial contributor to, this blog, by the way. Don't know if he was because he was Anonymous until Mark deprived him of that cloak for his poison pen this year. Savannah is a very lovely town by the way.

  118. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Yeah, I'm actually part of a cohort of 1a, 1b, and 1c. Maybe I should have submitted my moniker for approval before creating it. Nah, I don't think so. :-)Ghost Of Steve M. said… natsfan1a does have the cool nickname. Hard to beat that unless you come up with natsfanbestofalltime and that's long to type in. October 05, 2012 3:05 PM

  119. MicheleS - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Wait? I thought with my Pom Poms and lollipops that I was the best nats fan ever ;-)But you know.. I am good with CWJ or 1A or anyone else for that matter.

  120. JaneB - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Guys! What is the problem with late afternoon games, and having to leave work, anyway?Like, you seriously want to pretend you'll actually BE working, and not counting the moments till the game starts? I know that it's a decision made about baseball ratings and the Yankees. But I PREFER to think that it's about not torturing us through a loooong day waiting get things going! This is what sick leave is for. Or personal leave. Or annual leave.

  121. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    In other news and fwiw, according to an item currently linked to at left, MASN will have a viewing party (which my husband says sounds like–well never mind about that) at the Fairgrounds at 3 PM on Sunday.

  122. MicheleS - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    I have a feeling we will see a lot of flip flopping by the ALL the analysts/reporters about the nats. I mean for the Love of God – HEYMAN picked us to win. He is such a NY homer that I nearly choked when I read his article. NOW if Rosenthal picks us, prepare for the Mayans.

  123. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    mmm….lollipops…JaneB, perhaps not everyone is lucky enough to have paid leave as an option.

  124. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Hey, look! It's a new thread!

  125. MicheleS - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I actually have an ALL DAY meeting on Monday, that is supposed to end at 4 pm. TOLD the bosses and the owner of my company- SORRY, leaving at exactly 4. If you try to stop me, it will be at your own peril. Plan on wearing Nats gear to the meeting (It's one of those company Rah Rah meetings, bleh).

  126. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    MicheleS said… I actually have an ALL DAY meeting on Monday, that is supposed to end at 4 pm. TOLD the bosses and the owner of my company- SORRY, leaving at exactly 4. If you try to stop me, it will be at your own peril. Plan on wearing Nats gear to the meeting (It's one of those company Rah Rah meetings, bleh). October 05, 2012 3:39 PM That may be the definition of Natitude!

  127. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Yeah, I also told my boss that I'm leaving whenever I dang well feel like it. Of course, I *am* my boss, so there's that. :-)

  128. Secret wasian man - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    nobody in bmore is rooting for the Nats. Just like when they were missing a football team they didn't root for the Skins. So quite frankly I hope the Rangers beat them 15- 1. Then I don't have to look at anymore stupid cartoon birds. And PERIC is dead on with his earlier comments. I live amongst these Bmorons and its not fun.

  129. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Go Nats

  130. Anna Peregrina - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Speaking from a purely selfish point of view, these start times are GREAT-if you live in UK! For once, I'm glad for the Yankees' gotta-watch-US status.

  131. NatsLady - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:38 PM

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  132. Unknown - Oct 6, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    My wife said it best – the prime time start times should go to the team with the best record in baseball. Shows even more how playoffs are a random crapshoot and not a test of ability.

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