After a long weekend in which golf courses around the greater Big Bend area were subject to brutalization not witnessed since Jean van de Velde took to the 18th at Carnoustie, I have to say that it is great to be back in the saddle. Well, at least in terms of focusing back on baseball. And today was a bit of a big day around MLB, with the non-waiver trade deadline coming and passing at 4pm today, with nary a move coming from DC. Although there has been a lot of smoke emanating from the nation’s capital in recent weeks regarding possible trades involving the Nationals, Washington sat pat today, with team owner Mark Lerner announcing that, “We’re going all the way with what we’ve got in this room.”
It goes without saying that I am not privy to what possible deals were or were not being discussed by Nats management today and in recent days and weeks. But if I were to entertain the notion that all of the rumored deals had a grain of truth attached to them, then I still have to say that I’m glad the Nationals are closing with the boys who brought them this far. Sure, would it have been nice to get Jarrod Saltalamacchia for a bucket of balls? Naturally. But the likelihood of prying Salty from the Red Sox on the cheap rates somewhere up there with me prying Gisele Bündchen from Tom Brady. Probably not going to happen. In a town where constantly acting, know-it-all nanny staters have come to regulate the flow of water in toilets, it is refreshing to see it recognized that sometimes, doing nothing is the best course of action. This is the team, after all, that has the best record in baseball coming into tonight. Still sounds like pretty goods odds to me.
I never been to Boston but I have to imagine that there are many fine folks who call Beantown home. So I’m sure after the Nationals finished off their sweep of the Red Sox today with a 4-3 victory, they will cook up ways to lessen the sting of defeat.
Wait. What’s that? Those enterprising Bostonians have set up a Popeyes across the street from Fenway? Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! Enjoy Lester and the boys!
Game ball(s): Danny Espinosa. The best thing that happened to Espinosa’s season was me cutting him from my fantasy baseball team in early May. You’re welcome Danny.
Goat(s): Alfredo Aceves. I guess cutting you in fantasy didn’t have the same effect.
Bryce Harper is still only 19: Roger Bernandina. After Bryce Harper drew a one-out walk in the top of the ninth, Bernandina delivered the game-winning RBI double (much to the displeasure of Bobby Valentine). I have to give Roger credit. He doesn’t have all that many productive at-bats, but when he does, they sure do seem to be big.
Current Record: 35-23