Davey Johnson was on 106.7 the Fan with the Sports Junkies this morning and dropped this great quote when asked about how he felt when he heard pitcher Ryan Mattheus broke his pitching hand punching a locker after a loss.
"I want to choke him to death"
LOL. I guess Davey was sort of joking. Anyway, here is what we think that situation would look like:
Today is Jayson Werth's birthday and since they are from DC, the guys on PTI threw him in as the birthday of the day. They took the time to wish Werth a happy birthday and then crush him for his contract/production. Here's what they had to say:
Monday, May 20th, 10:15PM – Zach Duke v. Ryan Vogelsong (MASN2 HD)
Tuesday, May 21st, 10:15PM – Stephen Strasburg v. Matt Cain (MASN2 HD)
Wednesday, May 22nd, 3:45PM – Gio Gonzalez v. Madison
Bumgarner (MASN HD)
The Nationals will conclude a west coast road trip with a three game
series against the San Francisco Giants.This series could be what some have predicted as a postseason matchup,
however both teams are currently in 2nd place in their respective
divisions.Don’t worry Nats fans, you
only have to stay up late two more nights.We can make it.
Gio Gonzalez was one strike away from completing 7 strong innings on Friday night against the San Diego Padres. But the lefty held on to his last pitch a little too long and his nasty curve hit the Padres batter right in the foot, ending Gio's night at 115 pitches.
After the ball hit the player's foot, Nats catcher Kurt Suzuki pounded the dirt. He knew his buddy Gio had thrown his last pitch, and was so close to ending on a high note. Suzuki walked out to the mound as Davey Johnson made the pitching change and he gave Gio a little head rub to show that he felt his pain. Later when the inning was over, Suzuki and Gio smiled at each other and gave each other a hug Check out the GIF.
On Thursday night, Ryan Zimmerman committed his 8th error of the season, a bad throw to 2nd base that allowed a runner safe and loaded the bases with Stephen Strasburg on the mound. In Strasburg's previous start, a Zimmerman error visibly rattled Strasburg who went on to allow 4 unearned runs after the E5. The fans & media crushed Strasburg for his "mental" flaws.
Thursday's result was different. After the error, Strasburg looked over and nodded at Zimmerman who nodded back telling Zim not to worry about the error because he would pick him up. And Strasburg did just that. While one Padres run did score, Strasburg escaped the jam, and went on to pitch his longest outing of his career in his first win since opening day. The Split Screen GIF of the exchange below.
On Thursday night during the broadcast of the Washington Nationals vs the San Diego Padres, Bob and FP were hyping up the big Blues Traveller concert that will take place at Nats Park on June 8th after the game (included with ticket)
Late in the broadcast, when most Nats fans were sleeping comfortably in their beds, Fp said the following about the concert:
Thursday, May 16th, 10:10PM - Stephen Strasburg v. Edinson Volquez
Friday, May 17th, 10:10PM – Gio Gonzalez v. Burch Smith
Saturday, May 18th, 8:40PM – Jordan Zimmerman v. Eric Stults
Sunday, May 19th, 4:10PM – Dan Haren v. Andrew Cashner
The Nationals are continuing their West Coast swing as they now head to San Diego to face the Padres in a four game series. The Nationals are coming off a series loss to the Dodgers, and may be facing more injury problems. The offense was present in Los Angeles, as they spread out 24 hits over the course of the series. The pitching staff will also look to continue its good form, giving up only 7 runs in the previous series.
Jayson Werth started a rehab assignment after hitting the DL with a hamstring injury. Werth played for the Nats high A ball Potomac Nationals, started in right field, and took two at bats at the 2 spot before heading out early.
Werth got a hit, got in a rundown, threw out a guy at home plate, and parked his truck in a dangerous place. Meanwhile I ate free hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs, and Uncle Julio's chicken tacos and chips. Check out the video below.
Prior to last Wednesday's May 8th rain delayed game vs the Detroit Tigers, the Washington Nationals held a Marines appreciation night at Nats Park. That night, the USMC took part in the different aspects of the game from delivering the lineup card to throwing out the first pitch to screaming "Play Ball!".
Eight Marines stood out in the field to greet the Nationals players as they took to the diamond in the top of the first inning. Each Nats starter had a chance to shake the hand of a hero, and it was a great moment as in the video below you can see Bryce Harper shaking the hand of a Marine.