Tagged: Walter Johnson

Phillies 9, Nationals 8

@&#$% ?<>&*! #@%$^ +!!$%#@ &%$*# !!!!!!!!!!!
screeeeeeam.jpg*ahem* Sorry about that…I had to get it off my chest……

I was going to title this blog entry “Phillies spoil Nationals home opener,” but the Nats spoiled it for themselves. They had chances to put the game away, but instead they gave the game away.

Of course, the game was marred by the tragic passing of longtime Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, who collapsed in the press box at Nationals Park several hours before the game began today. An announcement was made at the ballpark before the start of the game, and there was a moment of silence to honor Mr. Karas.

harrykalastribute.jpgThat choked me up a bit. My sincere condolences to the Kalas family, his friends and loved ones, the Phillies organization, and Phillies fans.

There was also a moment of silence to mark the tragic death of Silver Spring, MD native Nick Adenhart.

nickadenharttribute.jpgThat also choked me up.

As for the game itself, here again is the good, the bad, and the ugly —

The Good:

  • Cristian Guzman’s 5-5 day
  • Home runs from Elijah Dukes, Adam Dunn, and Ryan Zimmerman
  • 8 runs scored
  • Daniel Cabrera giving up just 1 earned run despite his usual wildness
  • Impressive catches by Lastings Milledge in center field (!!) and Elijah Dukes in right field

The Bad:

  • Cristian Guzman limping off the field with a hamstring injury in the 9th inning

The Ugly:

  • Daniel Cabrera walking in a run in the 2nd inning
  • Two consecutive HBP by Saul Rivera in the 7th inning, followed by a Ryan Howard HR
  • Three Errors (two by Anderson Hernandez, one by Adam Dunn)
  • The new statues honoring Frank Howard, Josh Gibson, and Walter Johnson
  • 0-7

Speaking of those statues…they really aren’t as horrible in person as they look in pictures. In fact, parts of them are really quite amazing.

hondostatueface.jpgThe detail here is fantastic! I just really hate that “motion” effect. It’s waaaay too artsy for my (admittedly simple) artistic taste.

Oh, and I’ve officially decided that I’m afraid of the new, “teenage” Screech. Yes, he has slimmed down so that he no longer looks like a pregnant chicken…but now he looks possessed!

scaryskinnyscreech.jpgYikes!!

Oh, and — big surprise here — once again, Teddy failed to win the Presidents Race. Abe won, as usual.

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Back to the Nats…it’s frustrating to see bits of improvement in the team that don’t translate into wins. *sigh* Maybe the off day tomorrow will help, and then the Nats will come back strong on Wednesday.

(All photos from Nationals Park taken by me today.)

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Statues of Washington baseball greats unveiled at Nationals Park

The long-awaited unveiling of statues honoring Washington Senators greats Walter “The Big Train” Johnson and Frank “Hondo” Howard and Homestead Grays great Josh Gibson took place at Nationals Park on Wednesday. The statues, created by artist Omri Amrany, are now on display in the Center Field Plaza. Below is the statue of Frank Howard:

frankhowardstatue.jpgMore photos of this statue and the other two statues can be found at the Nats320 blog. Take a look at the photos, and let me know what you think of them.

I am neither an artist, nor an art expert, but I have to say that I HATE these statues! I understand the idea behind them…they are supposed to be illustrating motion…I get that. And I understand that this is a signature of this particular artist. But honestly, I think these statues are just horrible. The portion of each statue that is not supposed to be in a quick motion is fine, but to me, the additional appendages that are meant to show motion make Johnson, Gibson, and Howard look like aliens. These statues would fit in well at an art gallery or museum; however, in my opinion, they are far too artsy and abstract for a ballpark. Perhaps I will like them better when I actually see them in person on Monday when I attend the Nationals home opener. I hope so…but I have a feeling that I won’t.

These statues are quite a disappointment. I love the statue of Bob Feller at Jacobs Progressive Field in Cleveland, and I was hoping the Nationals Park statues would be as cool as that statue. Unfortunately, they are not…unfortunately, these monstrosities are there to stay.

Photo Credit: http://masnsports.com/images/howard.jpg
http://masnsports.com/2009/04/new-public-artwork-at-national.html

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Gotta offer congratulations to the Washington Capitals, who secured the second seed in the
NHL Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight.

GO CAPS!!!

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