Posts Tagged ‘Nationals’

New adventures on tap for 2016

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After nearly 2 decades in Atlanta, this will be my new home ballpark. *Gulp*

Last year was filled was unfulfilled promises and plenty of false starts. Baseball took a backseat to finishing graduate school, largely unsuccessful attempts to find gainful employment in an economy that doesn’t value people with liberal arts degrees (I have only myself to blame), and a strange purgatory where I found myself in a place where most things in life seemed to stall.

However, in recent weeks, the finishing touches on a move to the Washington D.C. area were put in motion. Not only will this provide me with real, quality job opportunities, but it also puts me dangerously close to the majority of the AL and NL East, as well as a plethora of minor league teams at all levels of play. To say I’m excited is an understatement. So, after an underwhelming few years, which found me wallowing around the south, seeing a game or two at a minor league park in Florida, Georgia, or Alabama, I will now have relatively easy access to six major league teams, and more minor league teams than I can count.

What does this mean?

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Second half here we come!

Melky Cabrera (yes, the dude who once threw a ball from LF to CF instead of the cutoff man) is your ASG MVP. (photo credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The All Star Game came and went last night. Former Yankees/Braves/Royals outcast Melky Cabrera and Giants teammates Matt Cain and Pablo Sandoval led the way for the National League who put up their biggest victory of all time last. The American League barely put up a whimper and found themselves on the losing side for the third consecutive year, this time to an embarrassing 8-0 final score. So with that, the National League champion will find themselves with home field advantage in the World Series for the third consecutive year. Home field advantage has proved fruitful for the NL who’s taken home the World Series title in both 2010 and 2011. It’s still ridiculous that the winner of an exhibition gets home field advantage for the Series, but there’s no need to complain because we’re onto the second half!  Continue reading

It’s always classy in Philadelphia…or not?

UPDATE 6:20 p.m. EDT: Major League Baseball has suspended Cole Hamels for five games and fined him an undisclosed amount of money.

In the battle of the future of the NL East (Washington) and the past (Philadelphia), there was much animosity between the two mid-Atlantic clubs. In the first inning of last night’s game, Phillies’ pitcher Cole Hamels proved just how much class the reigning division champs have by intentionally plunking 19 year old Nationals’ rookie superstar Bryce Harper. Really? Intentionally plunking the starred rookie just to prove a point?

“I was trying to hit him. I’m not going to deny it.”

That was Hamels response when asked postgame about hitting Harper in the first inning. He should be ashamed of himself. Cole Hamels is a former world champ, who’s dominated hitters left and right during the playoffs over the last few years. Hitting a rookie in the first inning of a regular season game is just plain childish. Continue reading