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From Teddy’s mouth to Nats’ ears

Oct 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

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A mob scene awaits Jayson Werth at the end of Game 4 last night.

In a disconsolate clubhouse following Game 3 of the National League Division Series, Mark DeRosa suggested he might have a few words to say to his Nationals teammates before they took the field the following night with elimination staring them in the face.

So Thursday afternoon, DeRosa turned on the karaoke machine that has sat in his locker most of the season, grabbed the microphone and began reading an inspirational speech he's been reading to himself before big games since he played at the University of Pennsylvania.

Among the salient passages: "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood."

When he finished the famous speech — with perhaps a couple of unprintable words sprinkled in for maximum effect — DeRosa paused and uttered the most important line of all.

"You know who spoke these words?" the veteran utilityman said. "Teddy Effin Roosevelt."

Yes, the speech that helped save the Nationals' season was "The Man in the Arena" by none other than the Rough Rider, The Bull Moose,Read more »

  1. Gonat - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    From Jayson Werth: "When I did some research on Teddy last year, I ran across that and I found it to be a very powerful segment of that speech."____________________________________Jayson clearly is an intelligent guy. Last year when he was reciting the Bull Moose Party was impressive.Glad DeRo was able to incorporate tidbits into his speech.

  2. NatsNut - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Is anyone else still floating around the ceiling?

  3. Gonat - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    NatsNut, who can sleep?

  4. Gonat - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Here is the full Teddy "Man in the Arena" speech:"It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

  5. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    haha, that's awesome. Ladies and gents: Teddy Effin Roosevelt.Make no mistake, the Nationals are still alive because of Ross Detwiler, because of Adam LaRoche, because of Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen and — most importantly — because of Werth.Desi had a pretty nice catch, too.

  6. baseballswami - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    This is what you get when you have smart guys in your clubhouse. Have they offered DeRosa a minor league coaching contract yet? They are clearly keeping him in the dugout in that role, which has been his role for most of the season. Det's mom is a teacher, Ryan went to UVA, Drew to Stanford. Even the non-college guys, you can just tell they are very intelligent. Another example of how the Nats are very unique.Aside from the speech – I was thinking about how we were calling our pitching aces, Stras to Gio to JZim- 1a, 1b and 1c. I think we have a candidate for 1d.

  7. 320R2S15 - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Jordan "Effin" Zimmermann is a man!

  8. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    From yesterday's discussion about a rival GM badmouthing Rizzo and the Nats: is telling as some have speculated it is Braves GM Frank Wren but of course the betting odds say it is a 1:14 chance it was Wren, but smart money knows how Wren thought his plan on Medlen was the right one (wrong) and then the impending Free Agency of Bourn and speculation he will land in Washington:Said a National League GM: "I hope they go down in flames. I hope it takes another 79 years before they get back to the playoffs. That's how strongly I feel about it."Then there is this: the story the Braves are going to be looking for a Centerfielder to replace Bourn and this quote:While the Braves will evaluate the possibility of bringing Michael Bourn back to play center field and serve as their leadoff hitter, they are not likely to get in a bidding war with the Nationals and Phillies, who are also expected to make a run at Bourn.Yah, Bourn is a Scott Boras client.

  9. alexva - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    this is all very confusing because JayB stated that this team doesn't have any leaders.

  10. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    In other news, I went and did the StubHub thing. See y'all tonight. :-)

  11. peric - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Games not until 8:30 PM.

  12. sm13 - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Great for a guy like DeRosa to rise to the occasion like this. Plenty of major leaguers would have sulked and gone home after being replaced on the postseason roster by a rookie. Instead, DeRosa has stepped up his clubhouse game and shown class and character. We have a vacancy for a 3rd base coach next year — seems like DeRo should be a candidate.And, yes, I'm still buzzin' from last night….

  13. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    320R2S15, there was never any doubt.Good stuff from Mark. Let's keep it going guys!!!

  14. Natslifer - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Morning everyone! Now that the sun is rising again I love the immediate focus at the back end of these quotes on resetting everything for today. I do believe Desi's catch was awesome (and the raw energy when he gets up and flings the ball in the stands was amazing), but there are very few baseball players that can have an at bat like Werth's – fouling off pitch after pitch on purpose and just waiting for the one he wanted – given the pressure, it was one of the greatest AB's I've ever seen.Here's to Harper and Morse breaking out and helping to bring it home. This team has been about balance all year long and they're ready!

  15. Natslifer - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Reading the GM quote above is very interesting to me. How could someone look at that one decision along with the overall body of work putting this team together and decide he literally hates Rizzo? It's such a strong position to take it doesn't seem rational to me. It sounds more like the perspective of the ex-MLBers who are the ones most against the decision – they hate it because it's about them not getting their chance (me, me, me). But it's a GM's job to be dispassionate about the player and passionate about the team both in the short and long term. So good luck to whoever that is because he sounds like he's going to have a very hard time making objective decisions about his own ball club down the line.

  16. 320R2S15 - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    You know, wishing for all those years for MLB to come back here, I knew how special it could be, but I had no idea that it could be like this. The Nationals, from the field staff, venders, front office and players, have provided me with more happiness than I ever thought possible. What a feeling, thank you Washington Nationals, every single one of you.

  17. MicheleS - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    By the way.. that home run was quite the shot for our benched/backup catcher.

  18. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    If the game time info was for me, yes, I know. I'll be there waaay past my bedtime. :-) Also, I will be needing pepcid.Agreed. From where I was sitting, I could see the ribbon scoreboard thingy behind home plate, and at some point I started counting off the pitches. Epic.but there are very few baseball players that can have an at bat like Werth's – fouling off pitch after pitch on purpose and just waiting for the one he wanted – given the pressure, it was one of the greatest AB's I've ever seen.

  19. baseballswami - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    We wanted the Nats to be relevant in October – we got it. I am noticing so many things that are different. Starters relieve, I miss FP and Carp – but for me the strangest thing is playing another team five times in a row.I always feel that after 3 or 4 they should know everything about the other team. You also are facing the same pitcher twice in a series. I have been watching post season all my life, but some of these things I just never noticed until now. This new post season is living up to its billing.

  20. sjm308 - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Still in NC, still nervous, but man what a night!!I rarely sit through an entire game unless I am present at the actual game but this was truly riveting. I have to admit that I did not mind Stockton and Brenley and the pitch track they use at TBS really does help. It was interesting to us that Joyce gave that outside pitch to both teams and had no clue about low strikes. I will say he was fair (well, maybe the last strike to Matt Holliday was even more than a tad outside).As soon as the ball cleared the fence I called my son. I honestly could not hear him through the cheering at the stadium. I called back 5 min. later and they had still not moved from their seats. He said there was lots of hugging going on. He called me back 30 min. later and they had still not gotten out of the stadium. What a great crowd. The last call of the night confirmed what I had thought. "greatest game he had ever seen". Please please please!!! Win tonight so I can see my first playoff game EVER.Go Nats!! Score First!! Win tonight!!!

  21. sjm308 - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    MichelleS – could you explain your comment about Flores? On DeRosa – I have long thought he (like Werth) provided positives to this team that could not be seen by the fan in the stands. I loved that he made the team in spring training and yes, his numbers were such that he was not going to make the playoff roster. Lots of clamour for him to go into coaching but this is one of the toughest things for a pro to do. I am sure DeRosa feels he can still contribute and help a team on the field. I have no idea about his financial situation but I am pretty sure the salary for a bench player is far above what a coach makes. I also think that he would need some time doing actual coaching before moving to the biggest stage in his sport. Lots of people think coaching is just an extension of playing. There are little nuances and differences between playing and coaching. Lots of great players have failed at coaching and lots of average players make very good coaches. Davey is a rarity in that he was a fine player and a wonderful manager. Anyway, I love what DeRosa has done and hope to see him here for a long time.Go Nats!!

  22. Jimmy - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Werth's at-bat and homer was epic. What a struggle, what a triumph. But what had me fist-pumping and going nuts was three straight innings of lights-out pitching. Listening on the radio, trying to feed my kids, I couldn't sit down. Hearing Jordan come out flame-throwing and just going after hitters was exhilarating. That was the big gamble/momentum shifter right there, and another great decision from old Davey. On top of the in-game importance of Jordan's performance, you have the huge confidence affirmation that this has to have on him come his (hopeful) second start of the post-season. After the drubbing he took the other day, he needed to re-assert himself like this. I know these starters have a way of forgetting bad starts, but I'm happy to see that whatever memory he might have of pitching can be from last night and not two days ago. Then to see Clip come out and match his performance, followed by Storen slamming the door shut, it had me jumping around the kitchen like a crazy person. What a feeling.

  23. Theophilus T. S. - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Nady in the NLCS either way?

  24. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    I believe it was a tongue-in-cheek reference to comments that were made about Werth at one point.MichelleS – could you explain your comment about Flores?

  25. Jimmy - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    My last thought: I know a lot of folks have had complaints about the game times and have been pining for a primetime game. I'm in the opposite camp. Seeing the O's staying up super late night after night, I've been really grateful to have been able to listen to these games and also go to bed at a reasonable hour. Of course, I'm happy to sacrifice a little shut-eye for a continued post-season. My kids are all in bed by 8:30, so the start tonight works well enough for me. That said, if all goes well tonight just know that somewhere in DC, a guy named Jimmy will be perfecting the art of near-silent celebration. Jumping up and down, throwing my fists around, almost-clapping, almost screaming, and yet barely making a sound. I'll be living the silent-film version of everyone else's joy. At least, I really hope that's how it goes down.

  26. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Actually the full speech, which is also known as Citizenship in a Republic or the Sorbonne speech (after where it was given), is here.

  27. JaneB - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I am noticing that I'm not si amped up, not as anxious or as excited as I was the last few games (Wednesday especially). I wonder if that's true for our guys. If so, the "experience" advantage goes away.Now, can someone 'splain me what the cold weather is likely to do to what Gio has in his arsenal? I seem to remember people saying the cold was messing with him last Sunday. I think it had to do with his sinker ball. Is that true?HAPPY DAY! HAPPY NIGHT!

  28. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Also, didn't someone post an excerpt from the speech here not long ago? All right, DeRo, the jig is up, come on out. Wait, Jayson, is that you? :-)

  29. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    It'd be really awesome if you could do it with sped-up motions, and in black and white. :-)I'll be living the silent-film version of everyone else's joy.

  30. Natslifer - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    JaneB – exactly the way I feel – thanks for writing it down.

  31. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    hmmm…I don't know, but Kilgore had it in a story on October 3.

  32. LoveDaNats - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    What a game! I thought my head was going to explode after the walk off. I don't even remember the walk back to the car. (ok maybe that was the wine). Absolutely the best game I've ever attended. I can't wait to do it again tonight! PS. Was anyone else moved to tears when that soldier was reunited with his family?

  33. m20832 - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Let's get 'em tonight NatGio!GYFNG!!!

  34. djinFl. - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Michele said"By the way.. that home run was quite the shot for our benched/backup catcher."Earlier this season one or more posters said they felt Werth should be moved to catcher.

  35. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Yes.PS. Was anyone else moved to tears when that soldier was reunited with his family?

  36. MicheleS - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    LoveDaNats..seriously during that moment dust was in my eyes, had to pull out the kleenex. One of the best things that the Nats do is honoring the military. The Singer last night totally nailed God Bless America. Proud to say my entire section was belting it out with him.

  37. sjm308 - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    ah yes, I remember those posts! He actually seems to have come around quite a bit lately. Not nearly as nasty and actually rooting for our lads.

  38. MicheleS - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    JaneB.. Gio played in Oakland, it's cold there at night in July,so Sunday it was because he was over-amped.

  39. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Agreed that the singer was terrific.

  40. MicheleS - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    SJM308.. I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU ARE NOT HERE FOR THIS!!! Will you be back in time for Sunday?

  41. MicheleS - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    FYI..I think 106.7 will be replaying the entire 6 minute at Werth at bat at 9 am

  42. rogieshan - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    sjm308 said, (Re: DeRosa)"I also think that he would need some time doing actual coaching before moving to the biggest stage in his sport."Current active managers with no previous coaching experience: Mike Matheny & Robin Ventura. Manager with no MLB-playing experience: Buck Showalter.

  43. MicheleS - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Not sure if anyone saw this from yesterday, but props to the bank for fixing their ads.

  44. Cwj - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Aside from my post before yesterday's game (In which I said I had a good feeling the Nats would win :)) I haven't posted much during these playoff games.The in-game posts are WAY too negative (shame! but no surprise).Even one of our regulars was down on Werth's AB in the 9th! (but Swami later retracted with class :-) Anyway, a few thoughts on the Nats postseason so far:1- The core young hitters were worn out during the last week of the regular season, I think.2- The starting pitchers were rusty. (Gio's 7 walks etc.)3- Those of you attending these games have given this team some fire! Based on interviews I've seen, the Nats thrive when the home crowd is LOUD! Congrats to the fans able to attend. I actually had to turn my tv down last night! :-)The Nats are going to win this series. I would be very surprised if they lose tonight. Go Nats!Go Nats Fans!

  45. Section 222 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Great to see Sofa, Steady, Wonk, and NatsLady yesterday at the 312 gathering, albeit briefly. I hope those of you who had SRO tix found a good spot to see the historic win. The game, whoa, the game. Totally mesmerizing. What a relief when Det got through the second inning and it became clear he really had his good stuff. Our "bullpen" (I'm using air quotes because of the addition of one JZnn) was unbelievable. The crowd was so into those at bats, it reminded me of the last two innings of Strasburg's debut. I felt good about our chances in the bottom of the order — team pumped up by the good relief outings, top of the order coming up. But I don't think anyone expected what happened. Werth's AB was epic, and I expected him to take a walk or poke the ball into left field, not crush it into the bullpen. Wow.Back in October 2007, I walked over to Nats Park, which was still under construction, and stood on the left field concourse looking at a gleaming new ballpark taking shape. I had just seen the Phillies playoff game, with 40,000 fans screaming the entire time, and seemingly standing the entire time. I imagined that some day I might be in a packed Nats Park, with 40,000 fans of my team, and feel that kind of excitement and community. Yesterday it happened. Boy did it happen. An unforgettable experience. And now I can't wait for tonight. But until then, reading this blog today is going to be fun. I'll look for the gang above 312 during the pregame. Because of the late start, I'll actually be able to get there early. Looking forward to it.

  46. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    MicheleS, loved the backup catcher and bench post! Hilarious!I remember earlier this year when he was called by the name Werthless and now he's Werthquake.How quick you go from fan hatred to fan favorite.

  47. madmonk28 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    How aswesome would it be if The Man in the Arena became a Nats rallying cry with thousands of fans shouting it in unison during games. Top that Philadelphia.

  48. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

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  49. MicheleS - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Sofa.. I guess I am remembering my time their in August a couple of years ago. It got cold at night at O.Co. It was down right frigid in SF.

  50. mick - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    I got a golden ticket!!!!Going again tonight!!! I feel like Fred G Sanford… its the big one and I'm coming to join you Elizabeth, in the NLCS!!!!

  51. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Glad that you found a few folks still at the table, sec 222. Our seats were across the park and we were getting antsy to head over to them. Got there just in time for the anthem. Hoping to get to the 312 picnic tables by one hour before game time tonight, although my husband's arrival time home from work is a factor again. Will bring the cheesy little sign with me. Not sure what I'll be wearing. I may wash my red sweatshirt with the interlocking DC and wear that again.I hope I'm not leaving anyone out, but before yesterday's game we had DC Wonk, Friday Night Nats (hope I got that right), MicheleS, natsfan1a, NatsLady, NatsNut, Scooter, Sec3, sm13, SonnyG, Steady Eddie, Traveler, Wigi (some may remember his posts from Nationals Journal back in the day), someone whose moniker I've forgotten but it's his ham radio handle and starts with a "w" – Watusi, maybe? – and, last but not least, our humble host (thanks for stopping by, Mark). Special thanks to the very nice (and unknown) lady who shared the table with us and was trying to work on her crossword puzzle while we babbled away.Re. pre-Nats Park musings, I was flashing on the the park preview slideshow that showed fans wildly cheering the team. If memory serves, the scoreboard showed the Barves as the opponent. Oops. :-)

  52. MicheleS - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Mick.. I hope you show up to sec 312 tonight.

  53. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Sweet, Mick. Come see us this time. I don't know, monk, it's kinda long. :-)madmonk28 said… How aswesome would it be if The Man in the Arena became a Nats rallying cry with thousands of fans shouting it in unison during games. Top that Philadelphia. October 12, 2012 9:14 AM

  54. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    And I owe MicheleS a Diet Dr. Pepper.Maybe instead of the speech, we could chant "Teddy Effing R" – okay, maybe not.

  55. peric - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I guess no one watched the debates … :)

  56. Cwj - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I envy all of you attending the game. Be sure to be loud and wave to the camera :-) I'll be with you 75 miles away.1 more win and then the 7 game series' finally give the Nats an advantage.No team can beat the Nats in best of 7.Go Nats!!!

  57. Cwj - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Peric- hahaha no but I heard about it this morning :)

  58. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    It's true Oakland gets cooler on summer nights than, say, DC. I guess I remember it from a SF perspective, where we could be 55 degrees, and Oakland would be in the 90s.

  59. BigCat - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Mr Detwiler….uh…..sir. I have talked bad about you in the past. I was in the box seats in Potomac for your first pro start. I saw you get lit up and observed Bowden head for his car as soon as they took you out. I've seen you get hit hard many times. Well you earned your stripes last night my man. I won't ever talk bad about you again

  60. Joe Seamhead - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    I am just so danged happy for Jayson Werth! He's been vilified by many since the day that he signed his contract, though many others of us knew what he brought to the table. There are so many things in a ballplayer's worth to a team that are not measured in WAR, or any other sabermatics. Sometimes you get a guy that not only brings a winning attitude to the team, he also brings other intangibles that just don't have adequate adjectives to describe them."It" is often the closest way to express what these players bring to the club house.Jayson Werth has "It."

  61. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    sofa, that's what I experience during my trip also. SF, especially by the Gate, will be much cooler than Oakland. I wore a hoodie to the OAK game based on SF weather but it was pretty hot. But my game was a day game, 12:35 start time.anyways, we need to worry about tonight's game and weather first. It seems like it is gonna be chilly and a little windy.

  62. Cwj - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Joe- Well said indeed.

  63. Feel Wood - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Make no mistake, the Nationals are still alive because of Ross Detwiler, because of Adam LaRoche, because of Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen and — most importantly — because of Werth.Some would say these guys joined Desmond and Zimmerman as players who have stepped up in this series. Others would say they were just lucky, that it's all explained by BABIP, and that there's no difference between those nine innings last night and any other nine innings chosen at random from the season, because it all averages out in the end. Who you gonna believe?

  64. Feel Wood - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    peric said… I guess no one watched the debates … :)Nope. I was watching the Orioles win. One step closer to a DC-Baltimore World Series. You know you want it.

  65. MicheleS - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I am not getting any work done today. It's pathetic

  66. Laddie Blah Blah - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Anyone who believes you just go out and play your normal game has not been paying attention. How fitting that the 2 FA regulars signed by Rizzo, Werth and ALR, had the most epic and significant ABs of the season. They would not give in. They would not put the pitcher's pitch into play, but fouled them off, over and over again, until the pitcher gave in to them. You cannot win all of those battles, but you will win them often enough if you play with the heart of a champion. You never win them if you don't even try, or you don't know WTH you are doing, like those guys who went up there swinging at the first pitch they saw, instead of working the pitcher into giving them a pitch they could hit.The pitchers in last night's game were terrific. No earned runs to the best-hitting team in baseball is stepping up, big time. And only 3 base hits, all game long. If you don't think Jordan Zimmermann did not up his game, look at a replay. The JZ who pitched the 7th inning of last night's game was a man on fire. The Cards batting order had no chance, no change, against that guy. He just obliterated whoever came out of the Cards' dugout. Now, that is championship caliber pitching.The Nats were up against a guy who was pitching over his own head, and only had 3 hits of their own, and just 2 against Lohse. They won because they were more determined, more focused, and better by just enough to win the biggest game of the year.The Nats can turn a potential fiasco into a triumph by winning the decider, tonight. They look to me to be a team maturing from a great team into a championship team.No reason to stop now,

  67. NatsLady - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    No, I wouldn't want O's-Nats. That would be like dating your brother. We see them all the time. I'd like to show the Yankees what we've learned since June. Second choice would be Detroit.

  68. mick - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    MicheleS said…Mick.. I hope you show up to sec 312 tonight.I will!!!

  69. sm13 - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Joe, I agree on Werth. The fans have warmed to him all year. and this was the icing on the cake. He earned our loyalty and is now a folk hero.

  70. JD - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    NatsLady, We are jumping the gun a bit? 1) win tonight. 2) beat a very game Giants team. 3) Take on whoever survives the AL. I'm all in for target 1; I haven't even considered the potential pitching matchups for the NLCS. Who cares? will worry about that tomorrow.

  71. JD - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    I think EJax has a chance to be tonight's JZimm and if he does I think he'll do great. You can see that if you tell these stud starters to go out there and air it out you get a much different pitcher than someone who has to mix and match for 6 or 7 innings.

  72. JD - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    No posts today fro JayB? DJB? F & I? They will all come out of the woodwork in the unlikely event that we lose tonight. Otherwise they will have to suffer and contain their ridiculous negativity until the NLCS.

  73. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Same here.MicheleS said… I am not getting any work done today. It's pathetic October 12, 2012 9:56 AM

  74. Cwj - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    JD- Excellent point! Davey has to find a way to keep the starting pitchers "warm". They do not seem to do well when sitting on the bench for a week+.Don't be surprised to see any starter appear from the bullpen during the postseason.

  75. Cwj - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Work? What is that? LOL :DGo Nats!

  76. Cwj - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    BTW, I like the Cardinals players. Very classy and they don't seem to be underestimating the Nats at all.

  77. Joe Seamhead - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Cwj, they looked more like peacocks then cardinals before the game in the bp session. Everybody was saying that they were carrying themselves like they already had this. Sorry to burst their bubble, but…We got this.GYFNG!!!

  78. Joe Seamhead - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    My son called me early this morning telling me how much of a difference it was waking up this morning compared to yesterday.





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