When you root for perennial baseball losers, as we do, you hold on to the little things. Although what happened tonight could hardly be considered “little” by any standards.
The most unlikely, and undesirable, Opening Day starter imaginable, Odalis Perez gave us five solid innings, giving up just one run. The Nats managed two runs in the first off Tim Hudson, who was otherwise dominant. With a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth, Jon Rauch came on in The Chief’s “stiff” place to close the door. He promptly gave up a double to Teixeira, who scored two batters later on a passed ball.
With it now tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth, our franchise player, Ryan Zimmerman (stop snickering) came up to bat with two outs. The rest is literally history (I give you the entire at-bat because everything Jon Miller said was quite foreshadow-ish, and the post-walk-off because Peter Gammons is God):
And in case you stopped watching after the homer, you may wanna go back and peep around the 3:10 mark. They show the replay and you can read Zimmerman’s lips: “Get the fuck out.”