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We Were There for the Strasmas Scratch

There’s no DMV today as I’m still reeling from seeing Miguel Batista take the hill. Imagine that …

You’re a Nats fan. No, you’re such a Nats superfan you actually blog about the team all the time and make Nats-themed t-shirts (see above) and so on. And you happen to live six hours from D.C. but are in town for this one Strasburg start and this one Strasburg start only.

You’ve gathered a couple of good friends for the occasion, and your dad is even able to make it out to the park. You arrive without tickets but snag standing-room-only passes just in time. The four of you make it up to Red Loft as Andray Blatche (“Bulletproof!”) throws out the first pitch, and you grab four cold, $8 beers. You lean in, on your toes to see over the folks on the rail.

Way down there, down in the twilight, the Nats emerge. You squint to see which one’s Strasburg, the one everyone in the packed house came to see. But what’s that? Who’s that on the mound, all the way down?

Miguel fucking Batista.

So, yeah. Batista did a fine job, and the Nats won. But we only saw the half of it before heading to Justin’s Cafe for a nightcap of microbrews and pizza. Justin’s is a good place. I recommend it.

But still. The DMV will return as scheduled tomorrow, and the next day.

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. horseydeucey

    July 28, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    I’m a Nats fan. No, I’m such a Nats superfan that I have owned a ticket to every single home game, I turned a term project in my documentary class at Syracuse into an excuse to get a press pass and cover the very first game at RFK (Aced it).
    The boos, while immediate and emotionally-charged, bothered me. But there weren’t as many as some of the reports I’ve read would lead one to believe(maybe in my upper-level, hoi palloi section, more people are likely to appreciate what they’ve spent their money on).
    I would argue that by the end of the night (impressive, how many stayed, no?) no one can call themselves a Nats fan if they were still upset over the Strasburg scratch (which is not soemthing that one gets while trying to kick smack).
    From where I’m standing, this looks like another chance for prejudiced media to kick a franchise as it’s struggling to get on its feet.
    Anyway, it was obvious that Strasburg secretly donned Batista’s uni and proceeded to humiliate the asshat Braves.

  2. Jamie Mottram

    July 28, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Great comment, horsey. I was actually surprised by how few fans booed, and how few left. I think most of us were too stunned to do anything else.

    Also, the only reason we left early is b/c we couldn’t see the field without craning our necks. And, generally speaking, Miguel Batista and the Nats aren’t worth craning one’s neck to see.

  3. Terps77

    July 28, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    The Nats front office should have been boo’d for not properly communicating to it’s fans that their super star was scratched from the lineup.

  4. horseydeucey

    July 28, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Terps, I think the decision was made a minute (or at most a few minutes) before first pitch. When it was announced in the stadium, I hit up google which yielded no results for about 10 minutes. It was a last minute call by the trainer and GM and took everyone by surprise.

  5. MDG

    July 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Yeah Rizzo went on MASN to explain in the 1st inning. Apparently Stasburg couldn’t get loose so the trainer told Rizzo and he shut him down for the day.

  6. Jamie Mottram

    July 28, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    All we knew at the time was what I was reading via Adam Kilgore, Ben Goessling and Mark Zuckerman on Twitter: “No reason given.” So that was fun.

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