During the pregame Nats Xtra, MASN’s pundit Ray Knight stated opening day was an aberration. The Nationals “were not going to lose 9-2 every game”.
Well, Knight was right: they lost 9-3. And they found a new way to lose: defense. Shawn Hill pitched encouragingly well. But he threw 28 pitches in the first inning before recording an out, thanks to bungled plays by first baseman Dmitri Young and shortstop Josh Wilson. The bases were loaded, and Hill was still pitching a no hitter!
In all fairness, the Nats have been plagued by injuries already. First baseman Nick Johnson is recovering more slowly than hoped. Regular shortstop Christian Guzman went down on Opening Day, as did centerfielder Nook Logan.
Maybe the bats will come alive this afternoon and the Nats will only lose 9-4, keeping Ray Knight’s reputation as a prognosticator unsallied. And maybe Johnny Holliday will wear pants. After Holliday observed that Knight wasn’t wearing socks under their table, Knight noticed Holliday wasn’t wearing pants.
Can anybody in this organization keep their eye on the ball? Except, maybe, Ray Knight?
Those of you who were able to watch Game 4 of the NLDS between the Astros and Braves on television missed it. You read that right: if you watched one of the greatest games ever played, you missed it. Long before the game went into extra innings I realized I had stumbled onto a jewel. Listening to Astro’s radio announcer Milo Hamilton call the Astros valiant come from behind effort and the ensuing nine inning slugfest will forever be etched in my mind as one of the greatest baseball experiences I have ever had. Milo has one of those great, old-time radio voices, gravely with that odd cadence, like he has spent too much time on smoke filled train cars riding with the team. He knows his players personally. Like the venerable Harry Caray (whom he worked with), he unashamedly pulls for his team, which adds emotion to the game I find lacking in neutral, sterile television broadcasts. Last night my son and I went to Scooters to watch the Angels and Yankees. Although the announcers for that game were as good as they come, when some of the patrons wanted to listen to the jukebox, I had no objections.
In one of those endless baseball ironies, Milo was the Braves announcer when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record.
For those of you who haven’t discovered it yet, one of the great features of MLB’s All Access is access to their radio archives. So in case you missed it, you can still hear Milo, a Hall of Fame broadcaster, call one of those games for the ages. — amn