HOUSTON — So when did the Washington Nationals win the World Series, the first one in franchise history and the first one Washington has celebrated in 95 years? Was it Wednesday night on the field at Minute Maid Park in Houston when Anthony Rendon blasted a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning against Astros starter Zack Greinke, who had locked down the Washington offense to that point? Was it two batters later, after Juan Soto walked, when Howie Kendrick drove an opp
Micah Bowie used to run around the upper deck inside RFK Stadium to stay in shape when he was a Washington Nationals reliever in 2006 and 2007. He remembers running by one of the white seats that marked one of former Senators slugger Frank Howard’s home runs and marveling at how far the ball had to travel. He doesn’t run anymore. Now, 10 years after he stopped playing, he can barely breathe. “Everything around my family’s life on a daily basis is about me breathing, just tryi
The crowd at Southern Maryland Blue Crabs games at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland, is a little louder than normal, a little more boisterous when former Washington Nationals pitching prospect Daryl Thompson is on the mound — the hometown hero. “He brings a lot of excitement to the ballpark with the fans that come out to see him pitch, family and friends,” said John Harris, Blue Crabs manager. It’s the crowd that grew up watching him pitch in Charles County Litt
Ten minutes. That’s it. Ten minutes. It was 10 minutes that decided whether the history of sports in Washington would change. It was 10 minutes that decided whether a Washington baseball team would win a postseason series for the first time since 1924. Ten minutes. It was 10 minutes that decided if manager Dusty Baker’s legacy would change — if finally, after going 0 for 8 in deciding playoff games, he would change that. That’s it. Game 5 of the National League Division Serie
Athletes, coaches and competitors look for answers in all kinds of places when they fail. They look at film, they look at playbooks, they look at practices, they look at Bible verses. But perhaps no where do they look for help more than the mirror. When things are bad, the go-to move for competitors is the mirror. What kind of mirror, I’m not sure — a rear-view mirror, bathroom mirrors, maybe a full-length mirror — but somewhere in there, they are convinced are the answers. L
Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams said he was just following the "plan" when he took Jordan Zimmermann out of the game Saturday night against San Francisco with two outs and a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the National League Division Series. "That is the plan," Williams told reporters following Washington's historic 18-inning 2-1 loss to the Giants at Nationals Park, going down 0-2 in the best-of-five series. "If [Zimmermann] gets out to the ninth, gets
With the All-Star Game now in the rearview mirror, the baseball season heads down the road toward the trade deadline, wild-card races, magic numbers and October surprises. It will be nearly impossible to match last season's remarkable final day, when four dramatic games determined who would move on to the postseason. But the Washington Nationals are sure going to give it a try -- in an unprecedented manner that will have the attention of the nation. The Nationals were a big p
Stephen Strasburg was named to the annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team on Monday. Honors were expected of the righty -- especially after he struck out 14 in his major league debut -- but the way Strasburg finished his rookie season was not what most of us had in mind. The 22-year-old was 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts and was averaging 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings -- all with a woeful, losing team -- and was on his way to being the National League Rookie of t
VIERA, Fla. - Just when you think the Washington Nationals might be out of comic material, baseball's whoopee cushion delivers a side-splitting gem.
The club's highly touted, $1.4 million international prospect - the one who now will be known as the player formerly known as Esmailyn "Smiley" Gonzalez - is really Carlos Alvarez Daniel Lugo, according to a report on SI.com.
And while Smiley Gonzalez - a fictional character apparently - is supposed to be 19 years old, Carlo
When Andy MacPhail was hired as president of the Baltimore Orioles, I asked Washington Nationals president and part owner Stan Kasten whether he was a friend of MacPhail's. He said he was.
"Then why didn't you tackle him before he walked into the B&O Warehouse?" I asked jokingly.
Turns out it was Kasten who may have needed the mercy takedown when he merged with the Lerner family in the bid to buy the Washington franchise.
Kasten's legacy as one of the most successful