Game: #158 – Nationals vs. Phillies
Starting Pitchers: Jason Marquis (#21, 2-6, 4.29) vs. Roy Oswalt (#44, 7-0, 1.17)
Final Score: Nationals: 2, Phillies: 1
Nats New Record: 68-90
Play and Player of the Game: Adam Dunn – he had both RBIs for the game, a fielders choice out that allowed Nyjer Morgan to score, and then had an amazing walk-off homer into center field to end the game (more on that below).
Favorite Non-baseball Moments: Last season, Maggie’s sister had gone to a few games, and met an usher up in the Red Loft named Mike, who was really nice to her and her friend, and this season, she told Maggie to keep an eye out for him. Maggie never found him, so when we arrived early at Tuesday’s game (to get t-shirts), we decided to make finding Mike our primary concern. We asked around and found out that he was in the club level. We had passes for the Stars and Stripes Club, so went to see him. He was so nice and took such good care of us, that it made the evening that much more special. Thanks Mike, for being so good to us!
Who was there: Maggie and her sister Meredith
Our Records: Maggie – 12-14; Meredith 1-1
Where did we sit: Section 220. Fantastic view, with no net or wires in the way!
What did we eat: Split an order of (hot, hot!) french fries, a few slices each of Flippin’ Pizza (which we’ve had before), but things really got interesting when a dessert cart in the Stars and Stripes Club caught Maggie’s eye. We split a large piece of Smores cake, which was delicious, and definitely not something either of them could have made themselves. It was a little expensive ($8), but worth it.
Promotional Items: Ryan Zimmerman “Mr. Walkoff” tees. The middle front says “Mr. Walkoff” with Zimmerman’s swinging profile in the middle, and his last name in red down the left sleeve. A great fall giveaway.
President’s Race: Teddy had a MAJOR lead, and it looked like he would get his first win. Meredith noticed a brick wall along the sidelines, and as Teddy turned the corner, the Kool-Aid Man burst through the wall and tackled Teddy with an “Oh Yeah!”
- There are so many reasons for the Nationals to sign Dunn. One of them happened when the Phillies player Domonic Brown had a hit that was looking like a line drive over first base. At 6 foot 6, he was able to leap and tip the ball so that it stopped, and Ryan Howard was held off from scoring.
- Brian Schneider is now playing for the Phillies. This gives Maggie mixed feelings because he was her first favorite player with the Nats back in 2005, and he signed her hat that year. Fortunately or not, he didn’t have a very good game.
- It was hilarious to watch Marquis drop to the floor as Alberto Gonzalez scooped up a bunt to throw across the pitching mound to first.
- Meredith on Clint: “He’s really good at what he does…do you think he wears make-up?”
- Meredith isn’t a huge baseball fan, so Maggie needed to explain what “Mr. Walk-off” meant. This is how it went. Maggie said, “Well, right now the game is tied. Let’s imagine that it gets to the bottom of the 9th, still tied. Zimmerman is known for getting home runs in these situations where because you break the tie, you can just walk off the field. But since he’s not in tonight’s game – let’s say that guy is Dunn. If he gets up to bat and hits a home run (with 0, 1, or 2 outs), the game is over.”
- Maggie and Meredith left their seats at the top of the 9th because of a self-imposed rule of leaving at 9:30. They saw (and heard) Storen do a great job during the top of the 9th, and were walking back to their cars. On the walk back, a new, large video screen was visible on the back of the scoreboard. We saw Adam Dunn come up to bat, we saw him take the first ball, we saw him swing, and then a view of the centerfield seats. A cheer went up from the crowd, and fireworks went off. Maggie shrieked about having predicted Dunn’s walk-off during her explanation, and they both high-fived a vendor before finishing the walk back to their cars.