Tag Archive: Bryce Harper

Jul 06

Bam-Bam and the Big Train, a pair of D.C. legends

As if Bryce Harper had not already endeared himself to Washington baseball fans, his legend grew even further when he stepped into the batter’s box at Nationals Park on the Fourth of July, wielding a star-spangled bat emblazoned with the D.C. skyline, and launched a two-run homer to spark a 3-for-4 day. Add that to …

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Jun 29

Nats’ bench stepped up during hot streak

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Many Nationals fans might have predicted at the start of the season that by the end of June, the team would have settled into first place in the National League East and reeled off a season-high eight straight wins. Even their most ardent supporters, however, might not have predicted that they’d have done it largely …

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Jun 01

Nats could benefit from “old school” baseball… but not THAT kind

With two outs and a man on first in the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday came the pitch felt round the Natosphere. Reds reliever Tony Cingrani drilled Nats slugger Bryce Harper in the back – right between the numbers — with a 94-mile-an-hour fastball. No matter whether it was intentional, Harper was not …

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Apr 27

A veteran club like the Nats shouldn’t be playing like this

There are many ways to break out of a losing streak. A good way to extend one, however, is to make silly plays, something the Nationals have gotten good at during their current five-game skid. Let’s review the fun, shall we? On Wednesday, after the Nats rally to tie the Cardinals at 5-5 with a …

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Apr 06

Five things that must break the Nats’ way in 2015

How can a team that hasn’t even competed in a league championship series be a favorite to win the World Series? It may seem odd, but that’s the predicament the Washington Nationals find themselves in as they enter the 2015 season. Experts nationwide have pegged a team with a bullpen full of question marks , …

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Nov 12

Williams named National League Manager of the Year

Nationals manager Matt Williams, who in his first season guided an injury-riddled team to the National League’s best record and its second division title in three years, has been named the 2014 National League Manager of the Year. Williams received 18 of 30 possible first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to finish …

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Sep 15

No slow lane on the road to the 2014 postseason

It comes down to this: With 14 games left in the regular season, the Nationals visit their division archrivals in Atlanta with a chance to clinch the National League East, drop the Braves below .500 and send them to the outer fringes of the postseason picture. In a season where they’ve overcome numerous injuries and …

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Jun 16

Counting down the Nats’ ‘houses of horror’

Music fans of a certain age are mourning the death on Sunday of long-time radio host Casey Kasem. Long before the days of podcasts, teenagers and young adults would ritually tune in each week, usually on Sundays, to hear the genial Kasem count down the top 40 songs in the nation. Nationals fans, meanwhile, are …

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May 12

Parity? Nationals put disparity on display

Parity seems to be a buzzword in the major leagues these days. Much has been written about how the low-budget, small-market teams like the Oakland A’s are competitive with big-spending clubs. It was disparity, however, that best described last weekend’s series between Nationals and the A’s. It played out like a three-day infomercial for “Moneyball,” …

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May 05

Hang on, help is on the way

What a frustrating weekend for the Nationals and their fans. After beating up on the hapless Houston Astros and another of their characteristic come-from-behind victories in the series opener in Philadelphia, the road trip went south in a hurry. The Nats’ bats fell silent at the hands of AJ Burnett and Roberto Hernandez in a …

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