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The Baseball Show: Nats will have to make do without Ramos

Apr 5, 2014, 10:19 AM EST

Ramos back tomorrow, Haren on Tuesday

The Baseball Show is back for the 2014 season, and this week marked the first episode featuring real games to talk about. Unfortunately a lot of the discussion centered around Wilson Ramos and his recent injury news.

Ramos has dealt with a variety of injuries over the course of his five major league seasons and his broken left hand is just the latest. How will the Nationals fare without Ramos in the lineup? Can Jose Lobaton fill in while he is out?

Here is the video of Mark discussing that subject with Rob Carlin and Brent Harris of Comcast SportsNet:

Mark, Brent and Rob also talked Bryce Harper and how important his health is to the Nationals’ playoff chances:

I also wanted to pass along this clip from CSN last night featuring the Nationals honoring the victims of last year’s Navy Yard shooting. Owner Mark Lerner was there to unveil a commemorative plaque:


  1. Sonny G 10 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Get back soon Wilson!

  2. sjm308 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    did not comment last night after getting home but I am betting everything I wanted to say was said & I apologize in advance for redundancy but this is therapy people!!

    1. Big screen showed NO replays! not to mention ones that might have helped us figure out what happened on Desmond’s play. Was it broken?

    2. $9.75 for a craft beer is a bit much and waiting 25 minutes for said beer made me understand that it was the only one I would have at the game, since I went to the game to watch baseball – will do my drinking outside the stadium thank you very much

    3. You can’t make the first out at 3rd base!! I am ok with sending LaRoche but it wasn’t even close. I still like being aggressive (bet I am alone on this one)

    4. First time I can remember a crowd for the mens lroom but since I had just the one beer I only had that experience once. The usual radio broadcast of Charlie & Dave while waiting was not on either!!

    5. Zimmnn looked great and 9 K’s in 5 innings was impressive, we will be fine with this kind of pitching all season.

    6. First pitch strikes Clip and first batter walks will kill you every time.

    Only positive for me was that I will now be able to wear a new hat, the 1953 red block W was getting old (although I certainly would not mind wearing the same hat for 5 or 6 days in a row if we keep wiining). Today is the 1916 blue hat with white Block W & lets hope that goes for 3 or 4 days minimum.

    Great pitching match up, first game with my son, and I get to meet Eric! Should be a fun day

    Go Nats!!

    • JW - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      There was no sound at all on the Gallery level until late in the game. No James Brown, no walk up music, no Jerome and no Charlie and Dave. Then at some point after the replay episode there was a brief sound like an aborted fireworks launch which was probably crackling in the sound wiring. Then Jerome was restored. I bet this and the replay camera operation are startup kinks in the system that would have been worked out at the exhibition game if it wasn’t rained out.

      • sjm308 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        good to know I was not the only one missing that sort of stuff – thanks!

    • Eric - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Sweet re: tonight! I’m gonna count how many stickers I have left before I leave and will post that number, along with my seat info, towards the top of the game thread. There are a few folks scattered around the stadium looking to get stickers, so I think it’ll be easier if y’all come to me.

      Alternatively, I will be at the new brew pub ( by around 5.

      Looking forward to the game in a big way. Stras v. Teheran should be epic!

      • sjm308 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Eric – great choice! & if I wasn’t scheduled for playtime with my grandson before the game I would have met you there. Love both the food, space and of course the beers. We will meet you in 104 before the game. Will be interested in finding out how crowded BlueJacket is. Lets root home a winner tonight!!

        Go Nats!

      • Section 222 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Eric, if you like, you can post all the info, incuding perhaps your cell number, on the BBS at the NIDO spreadsheet:

        Then just repost the link above in the comment thread and let people know they can find the info there. After the game, you can delete it from the BBS.

      • Eric - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        OK thanks 222, I’ll post my seat info for sure, but I’m hyper cautious about what I share online. Maybe I’ll post my phone number briefly, but I’m more inclined to share my email in cryptic fashion, then exchange numbers that way.

      • Candide - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Eric – you might want to try posting your number something like “sevenoh3areacodefive5five1twothree4.”

        Just to make it sporting for the bots.

      • Eric - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        OK, my info has been added.

        See some of y’all later!

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      308, we’ll be there today, too, but in 314, not our normal 311. Where are youse guys meeting up?

      • NatsLady - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        I will be in the ADA section of 310, but since I am working, I’ll be late. Anyone who gets an extra tee shirt, I’ll take it off your hands!!!!

  3. David Proctor - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    I thought Lobaton had a good game. 1-3 with a double and a walk AND a caught stealing. Plus, he called a pretty good game.

    • Nats128 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      He did have a good game. 2 runs over 9 innings you take every time.

    • sjm308 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      I loved the caught stealing and if we go 50% it will be a very very good year.
      I don’t think he would have had the 2nd runner (Heyward?) but the ball popping out of his hand just shows you how hard a play that is – catch-transfer-step & throw – really glad I never went behind the plate.

      Go Nats!

      • sjm308 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Did you guys comment already on how many times our pitchers are throwing over this year. Has to be a difference between Davey and Matt. I don’t think its McCatty. If already discussed I apologize

    • Eric - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Agreed! Should’ve included him in my “encouraging signs” post above.

  4. Candide - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Is it too early to start talking about Aaron Barrett for Rookie of the Year?

    • letswin3 - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      Nope. Also, is Rendon eligible for that honor? I don’t know if there is some sort of cutoff number of games played in a previous season that disqualifies players.

      • NatsJim - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Determining rookie status:
        A player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues; or (b) accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the period of 25-player limit (excluding time in the military service and time on the disabled list).





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