Taken out to the ball game

For Father’s Day, I got taken out to a Washington Nationals’ game.

The Nationals are one of the league leaders in run scored and batting average. Their first three batters are hitting over .300, and the cleanup hitter is one of the leading home run hitters. And yet, the Nationals have the worst record in baseball. How is that possible? The team has no defense, leading everybody in errors but also failing to catch balls that average fielders would catch but that get scored as hits, and tossing slow throws that yield safe calls. Also, the team has no bull pen. The starting pitchers are pretty much all rookies; considering everything, they are doing remarkably well, though they can’t go too deep in a ball game. When the bullpen takes over, no lead is safe. Time after time during the season, the Nationals get a big lead early on, and then fritter away the game in the late innings. So the team is kind of interesting to watch. There is usually a lot of scoring, the thrill of anticipated victory, the agony of defeat.

Sunday’s game was par for the course, except the team started with a 4 run deficit to the Toronto Blue Jays after the top of the first inning. This being my first visit, I enjoyed the new stadium. It’s very open and simple, without the razz-a-ma-tazz of other new stadiums I’ve seen, such as Miller Park with its retractable dome. The Nationals Stadium is rather old school. It was easy access via Metro. It was good to get back to watching games again. A good time was had by all.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Trey

    To bad the Nationals haven’t won 16 of 17 like the Rockies.

  • Trey

    To bad the Nationals haven’t won 16 of 17 like the Rockies.

  • http://www.masonmurch.wordpress.com Mason

    Doc:
    Why don’t you tell what you really think of the nationals? Don’t hold back.

  • http://www.masonmurch.wordpress.com Mason

    Doc:
    Why don’t you tell what you really think of the nationals? Don’t hold back.

  • Efrem

    As for my D-Backs, it is the opposite problem. We have three great pitchers with low ERAs (Haren[league leader], Davis and Scherzer), yet we are 10 games below .500. The problem is that we are third from last in team batting average allowing the opposition to win games by scoring off our bullpen.

  • Efrem

    As for my D-Backs, it is the opposite problem. We have three great pitchers with low ERAs (Haren[league leader], Davis and Scherzer), yet we are 10 games below .500. The problem is that we are third from last in team batting average allowing the opposition to win games by scoring off our bullpen.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    The Nationals and the Diamondbacks need to merge.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    The Nationals and the Diamondbacks need to merge.

  • Efrem

    Hmmm. Interesting idea. I went to Chase Field for Mother’s Day (took my wife) and we saw the D-Backs play the Nationals. One of the Nationals’ pitchers gave my son a ball after the game. Nice.

  • Efrem

    Hmmm. Interesting idea. I went to Chase Field for Mother’s Day (took my wife) and we saw the D-Backs play the Nationals. One of the Nationals’ pitchers gave my son a ball after the game. Nice.


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