With 161 games still to play, the Washington Nationals have already written one game into the ‘win column’ and another page in the Stephen Strasburg mystery novel, leaving everyone to wonder when the training wheels will finally come off.
For Bryce Harper, two homers in his first two at-bats, and even some “M-V-P!” chants. For Stephen Strasburg, 19 consecutive outs during one stretch of seven scoreless innings.
As the Nats prepared for Opening Day 2012, there were plenty of questions for 69-year-old manager Davey Johnson. And one year later, those questions have been answered, and replaced by the massive weight of expectation.
There is long, rich history of American presidents throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day in the nation’s capital, albeit with a 30+ year gap, however, history hasn’t looked kindly on presidents who have skipped the honor in an election year.
John Lannan was the Nationals’ Opening Day starter in 2009 and 2010. Washington went 59-103 and 69-93 during those seasons, the second of which Lannan spent part of in the minors, where he’ll spend Opening Day to start 2012, as well.
The Mike Rizzo show kicked off Monday night. Every week the Nats GM will have his own show hosted by Bill Rohland and Danny Rouhier to talk Nationals, MLB, and the state of DC Baseball.
Yesterday, I almost fell off the treadmill at the health club while watching the rundown of ESPN’s Top 10 Opening Day Moments.