Passive aggressive tweet of the night.
You know just a guy bare handing a Jayson Werth home run ball WHILE HOLDING A BABY! (The announcers don’t even notice.)
Bryce Harper scored 3 by himself against the Marlins.
DiPuglia [the Nationals’ international scouting director] called him out—in the Dominican Republic, nobody rides the bench because of a headache. When the pain got worse, DiPuglia sent Guillén to the trainer’s room, where he was given some tea and an aspirin.
The next day, on April 6, the Nationals sent Guillén back to La Canela. He had a slight fever when he left the academy. On April 7, Michael Morla, a longtime local trainer who also acted as Guillén’s agent, was at the field in La Canela when he saw Guillén, a damp towel wrapped around his head, lurching toward the community’s health post, adjacent to the field. Morla approached Guillén’s family, urging them to take him to Santo Domingo for care: “The boy is bad!”
Guillén’s aunt and uncle rushed him to the Clínica Abreu, the capital’s best private hospital. But because his contract hadn’t been finalized he didn’t have health insurance, and he was refused treatment when his family couldn’t come up with the $1,300 admission fee. His aunt and uncle moved him to a more affordable Cuban-Dominican clinic nearby, where he was admitted on April 8. The doctors diagnosed bacterial meningitis. Guillén later had surgery to drain brain fluid, but the disease had progressed too far. On April 15, the day he was to leave for the United States, Yewri Guillén died.
Teen shortstop Yewri Guillén died the day the Nationals were supposed to ship him to America. Has MLB learned from the tragedy?
Read: Mother Jones
I’m pretty sure that one day we will have a player grow a beard so long that it gets hit by a pitch and earns a free base.
Batter up! Taft to join Nationals’ mascot dash
As a history geek, my only complaint is that Taft was brown-haired during his presidency.
When worlds collide.
There is no truth to the rumor that in solidarity with Stephen Strasburg RGIII will sit out the last three games of the NFL season.
The day after the Miami Marlins teed off on the Nationals’ pitching star, manager Davey Johnson said that they were ending Starsburg’s season. Strasburg was originally scheduled to pitch one final time.
Johnson said he decided that Strasburg was done because Strasburg “couldn’t keep his head in the game.”
Source: ESPN Radio
Davey Johnson has the 20th best winning percentage of all-time, .562. That includes a .500 or better percentage with every team he has managed: Mets, Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, and the Nationals.
If the Nationals hold their position in the NL East, Johnson will become the first manager to lead four different teams to the playoffs. (Only the Dodgers didn’t reach the postseason.)
Hall of Fame anyone?
July 21, 2012
Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images
On May 10, 2012, both the Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals are in first place in their respective divisions.
In honor of that moment, here’s Walter Johnson, pitching hero of the Washington Senators from 1907-1927, as manager of the Cleveland Indians, 1934.
(Image of Johnson on a 1934 Butterfinger card is from Ebay. The item auction has ended, sorry.)