May 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Our Park. The Series. That was the only message being advertised Wednesday as the Washington Nationals took batting practice in their home ballpark along the Anacostia River. The plea for ticket sales, visible on every last bit of electronic advertising space in Nationals Park, had nothing to do with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team Washington was playing in a three-game series that concluded Thursday night. It was all about the long-awaited weekend series against the Phillies - the team whose fans have piled into buses and invaded the nation's capital in recent years.
January 27, 2012 |
There will always be 48 for 48, "Oh, my God, we just won the World Series!" and one of the most iconic moments in Philadelphia sports history. Brad Lidge will always have those memories, no matter how much he wanted to continue his career in a Phillies uniform. His time in Philadelphia ended Thursday when the erstwhile closer signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Washington Nationals. The Phillies, teetering at the luxury tax limit and leery of Lidge's health, did not formally offer him a contract, according to a source.
November 13, 2011 |
VALENCIA, Venezuela - His eyes tearing up with emotion, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos embraced his rescuers Saturday and said he had wondered whether he would survive a two-day kidnapping ordeal that ended when commandos swept into his captors' mountain hideout. Ramos said that he was happy and thankful to be alive a day after his rescue, saying that his final moments as a prisoner were hair-raising, as police and the kidnappers exchanged heavy gunfire in the remote area where he was being held.
September 16, 2011 |
BOOSTED BY the play of some blossoming youngsters, the Washington Nationals walked out of Citi Field with a series sweep and a new spot in the standings. No wonder they're feeling pretty good about the future. Ian Desmond had a career-high five hits and Tommy Milone earned his first major league win, leading Washington over the slumping New York Mets, 10-1, yesterday for a rare four-game sweep. "I think you're seeing signs that we're starting to learn how to win," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said.
June 27, 2011 |
Davey Johnson was announced as the manager of the Washington Nationals yesterday, 3 days after Jim Riggleman stunned the team by resigning. Johnson will manage the rest of the season and his first game will be tonight against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. He has been a senior adviser with the team since 2009, though he hasn't managed in the big leagues since 2000 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Johnson also agreed to a 3-year consulting contract through 2013 that will allow him to remain with the team and help select a successor for next season.
June 26, 2011 |
On Thursday, the same day the Flyers traded Mike Richards to Los Angeles and Jeff Carter to Columbus - while the team's fans swapped their calcified loyalty for shock and, in some cases, open anger - a different and even more compelling drama was developing south of Philadelphia. How fitting that the saga unfolded in our nation's capital. There, in Washington, on a soupy summer day, an American hero was born. Until recently, Jim Riggleman was merely the manager of the Washington Nationals.
June 24, 2011 |
Just when the Washington Nationals were showing signs of success and stability, and just as the players were starting to talk about the growing respect for the franchise around the league, along came the surprise announcement that manager Jim Riggleman was quitting because he wasn't happy with his contract. The Nationals completed a sweep of the Seattle Mariners yesterday afternoon, winning, 1-0, in the bottom of the ninth on Laynce Nix's sacrifice fly. They have won 11 of 12 and have moved above .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2005.
June 24, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Just when the Washington Nationals were showing signs of success and stability, along came the surprise announcement that manager Jim Riggleman was quitting because he wasn't happy with his contract. The Nationals completed a sweep of the Seattle Mariners on Thursday afternoon, winning, 1-0, in the bottom of the ninth on Laynce Nix's sacrifice fly. They have won 11 of 12 and have moved above .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2005. But no one was talking about Jason Marquis' awesome slider after general manager Mike Rizzo delivered the news of Riggleman's exit to the players in the clubhouse after the game.