The line-up, followed by a populist anti-Washington rant:
Markakis 9 Simmons 6 Freeman 3 Pierzynski 2 Callaspo 5 K. Johnson 7 Peterson 4 Maybin 8 Teheran 1
Of course the softest team in baseball whined about Andrelton’s hard, admittedly late, slide into third last night, which left Yesco with a sore hand. Heaven forfend!
“Andrelton plays with a lot of energy, but that was a B.S. play,” said Yankees and Cowboys fan Bryce Harper, the Kardashian of ballplayers. “That slide was definitely uncalled for.”
“That was an ugly play and it looked ugly,” said error machine Ian Desmond. “I’m sure when he goes back and looks at it, hopefully he learns from it.”
Maybe it’s the Nats who should learn something from it, like how to play the game with some passion. Do they come any softer than Harper, Stephen Strasburg and the other Borasbots who populate their roster?
Washington’s supposedly hard-boiled manager, Matt Williams, is a cheater who bought $11,600 worth of steroids and HGH in 2002, when he was playing for Arizona. He was later included in the Mitchell Report.
Asked if he thought Simmons’ slide was clean, Williams said “I’m not going to comment on that.”
Cleaner than you are, Matt.
To paraphrase Sideshow Bob, the Nats ought to do more winning and less whining.