Now for Baseball

We spent over 5 hours and 56 minutes watching the Minnesota Twins and the Washington Nationals spare on Sunday. In what Dusty Baker called the absolute weirdest game ever he ever managed, the Nationals managed to come out on top. Both teams were running low on players. The ninth inning save goes to Bryce Harper who said he’d hit a homer and tie the game, which he did. The first seven innings go to Steven Strasberg, for incredible pitching. Then Petit came into the game and held on for more pitches than he had pitched for many years. The out fielding was outstanding. Werth, denDecker, Heisey, Taylor all made significant catches. Add a glorious actor named Perez and and his acting and dancing ability, two catchers named Ramos and Lobaton, speed demon and shortstop Espinosa, Murphy, Drew, Papalbon, Rendon, Zimmerman, and a partridge in a pear tree and you have us sitting on the sofa. Yup, me the eternal optimist and my husband, king of gloom and doom. It’s good to believe in a team when they win. It’s good to believe in a team even if they lose. But it is priceless to have such a good competition between two tough teams and yours wins by a squeak. I was exhausted at the end.

There was some savvy decision making. I am pretty sure that Dusty didn’t know that Perez hadn’t hit a ball since 2010. I’m pretty sure he was afraid that he would have to use Trienen who had played two days before. He was wise to switch out the catchers. How do those guys keep from having knee cramps all night long after a game? Dusty picked and chose who did what carefully, and having put our all on the table, created a memory that will be on MASN TV all next winter. I won’t forget the game.

May I add that Dusty Baker’s philosophy of life is making baseball “fun again.”  His way of enthusiastically pumping up the players, of believing in them, and of keeping his word are new to Washington. I hope he stays for many years. We need someone like him. Oh, the keeping the word, in case you hadn’t heard, was telling Bryce that he could since hit, but because he had the day off, that was ALL he would be allowed to do. Barry Bond had gone into a game with 16 innings in the ninth, and he played until the win was secured. So much for his day off. Funny he had mentioned that to Bryce. I hope he buys a lottery ticket. His words, “If man can move a mountain, surely man can move a baseball.”

Oh, we saw you Ben Revere and your gnome outfit. You keep coming. You are our lucky gnome of the year. I can hardly wait to see you as a bobble head. The hat, the hoodie, the scarf, the hope that you kept going with your being willing to be silly and support your team even when injured. Nice going. Effort noted and best wishes to getting 100% well.

I was glad the Twins won their game by a squeak in the ninth last night. They deserved a good win too.

Fifty-eight years old, and somehow over the last four years, I changed my spots. I love baseball and I understand why we need it. We need something to believe in. We need the normalcy of a tradition that started somewhere around 1890. As long as we can step away from our problems and be part of a great effort, things have to get better.

Sports reporter, Ann White, heading back into the real world.

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5 thoughts on “Now for Baseball

  1. As a Reds fan, I loved Dusty about 80% of the time when he was here. He runs a good clubhouse for the most part and is definitely a players manager. He will do some on the field decisions though that will have you questioning your sanity.

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    1. He’s definitely a character. After Matt left us, we suddenly have a manager that smiles, jumps up and down, gives witticisms, pats backs, HUGS. He’s made a few decisions that when they have been questioned have proven to be almost clairvoyant. In fact, people buy lottery tickets on days he does really well for reasons we can’t fathom.

      I like Ray Knight too. He did a good job for the Reds, but he likes the post of commentator and says the hours are much better. He stands before the camera and gives us the low down about how to play ball correctly. He even talks about how he would help someone in a slump. I’ve learned so much from him.

      I only started really watching baseball four years ago. I’m 58 now, look at all the time I wasted.

      Thanks for leaving me a note ). Ann

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  2. We’ve got former Mets, Twins, Braves, Padres, Phillies. And Ray is the after action with Johnny Holiday. FP Santangelo is the play by play with Bob (I can never remember his last name, but he’s good.) Rob Dibble is gone. DC is a good combination, like a congress but these guys get along.

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