October 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Teddy wins! Teddy wins! For the first time, the Teddy Roosevelt mascot won the Presidents Race in the middle of the fourth inning at Nationals Park - a pursuit that drew attention even from a White House spokesman and Sen. John McCain. Teddy - Mr. Rough Rider, himself - had lost more than 500 times since 2006, when the Washington Nationals baseball team began having races among 10-foot-tall foam renderings of Roosevelt, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln at home games.
October 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Six months ago, the 2012 season began at Nationals Park with a Take Back the Park campaign and a "Natitude" slogan that was decorated everywhere, including on the bathroom door signs. Despite going 8 straight years without a winning season, the franchise was brimming with confidence, even if the optimism wasn't matched with the empty seats at the 5-year-old ballpark. But after a half-year and more than 150 games, Washington fans believe. They filled nearly all of the blue seats in the ballyard by the Navy Yard on Monday night.
October 3, 2012
WASHINGTON - There was a 19-year-old outfielder spraying beer and a 69-year-old manager sipping champagne and a stereo system blasting Kid Cudi as Wolf Blitzer watched with a smile. "It's a little different crowd here," Jayson Werth said later as he walked through an empty clubhouse, weaving through the cans and bottle caps that littered the carpeted floor. Of course, the strangest sight was Werth himself, at least to anybody who watched his rise to prominence a few hours north on I-95.
October 2, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Phillies shook hands on the infield at Nationals Park and could not help but peer into the home dugout. A raucous celebration had commenced. Nine minutes earlier, in the midst of defeat, the Nationals had been crowned National League East champions. "That's the first time I ever won and got beat," Charlie Manuel said. The manager sat in a quiet office still wearing his heavy Phillies jacket. His team won Monday, 2-0, and was formally dethroned by Washington. There was no loud music played in the visiting clubhouse.
September 27, 2012 |
FOUR-AND-A-HALF months ago, the five-time reigning National League East champion Phillies rolled into Nationals Park with a .500 record and a chance to make some noise against a Washington team that was tied for the best record in the league. But the young-and-upcoming Nationals dominated and the only thing that prevented them from sweeping the Phils was Cole Hamels' performance before a national audience in the infamous game he threw at Nats hotshot rookie Bryce Harper. The early-season series was a symbolic changing of the guard within the division between the team that owned it for a half-decade and a team that used to regularly reside in the basement.
July 19, 2012
The Anderson Monarchs ended their 19-day baseball barnstorming tour late Wednesday night when they finally returned to Philadelphia. On Tuesday night, however, the party was still in full swing as the 16 10- and 11-year-old ballplayers from South Philadelphia took in the Washington Nationals-New York Mets game at Nationals Park. The kids got to see a pinch-hit home run by the Mets' Jordany Valdespin and the Nationals win the game in the bottom of the 10th on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.
July 12, 2012
A 25-year-old National Park woman was arrested on Wednesday and charged with possessing child pornography images on a computer, authorities said. Krystle R. Greuber was arrested after authorities searched her home on the 200 block of Lakehurst Avenue and seized a laptop computer, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said. Greuber, who was released on her own recognizance, could not be reached Wednesday. The investigation was jointly undertaken by the Prosecutor's Office's high-tech crimes unit, the Westville and Deptford Police Departments, and the New Jersey State Police.
May 28, 2012 |
It was our much-anticipated quarterly lunch with Tim Kurkjian, baseball analyst extraordinaire, at which George Will and I bathe in a constant flow of obscure statistics, Kurkjian oddities, and ribald anecdotes — like the one about the Red Sox beat writer who accidentally walked in on a players' prayer meeting and was greeted by the burly rightfielder, newly born-again and not yet practiced in the language of Christian fellowship, bellowing "Hey!...
May 27, 2012 |
SEATTLE - The two primary breeding females from the best-known wolf pack at Denali National Park - a pack viewed by tens of thousands of visitors each year - have been killed, one of them by a trapper operating just outside the boundary of Alaska's premier national park. The incident has raised an outcry among Alaska conservationists. They're demanding an immediate halt to wolf trapping in what was formerly a buffer zone northeast of the park, an area made famous as the scene of the abandoned school bus in Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild . The trapper apparently shot an aging horse and left it as a lure for the wolves, according to residents in the area.
May 23, 2012 |
The Washington Nationals' front office worked hard this offseason to lather up a real hatred for the Phillies with a D.C. campaign that reached its zenith earlier this month when the teams met in the "Take Back the Park" series. You could feel the buzz in Nationals Park during that three-game series and a real animosity between the teams emerged in the aftermath when Cole Hamels shockingly admitted he hit 19-year-old rookie Bryce Harper on purpose in the Sunday night nationally televised series finale.