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#101 deconstruction

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:37 PM

out of this fucking world right now

#102 Jed Zeppelin


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:37 PM

Matt Kemp says not so fast.

#103 Wingack


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:38 PM

Baseball is the best. (But I don't need to tell you guys that.)

#104 derekson

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:38 PM

Well shit.

#105 zeraza

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:38 PM

Unreal. One of the better regular season April games I've seen in a while

Harper will hit a game-winning home run. Book it.


I believe you meant Matt Kemp

Edited by zeraza, 28 April 2012 - 11:38 PM.


#106 Jed Zeppelin


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:38 PM

Inside fastball to dead center? Manny-esque.

#107 Snodgrass'Muff


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:39 PM

This might be the most fun I've had watching a game so far this season, despite the severe lack of anything Red Sox.

#108 Laser Show

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:39 PM

If there's one person more locked-in than David Ortiz right now, it's Matt Kemp. Holy shit.

#109 Laser Show

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:40 PM

Unreal. One of the better regular season April games I've seen in a while



I believe you meant Matt Kemp


Nah, I meant Harper. He was gonna. Kemp just didn't let it get to that ;)

#110 ForceAtHome

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:40 PM

It's April... and I find the fans' chant of "M-V-P" to be totally reasonable.

#111 Orel Miraculous

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:41 PM

What a fucking game. The world will never be the same after tonight. Matt Kemp, Stephen Strasburg, and Bryce Harper: the league is yours, take good care of it.

#112 Wingack


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:42 PM

That wasn't even a terrible pitch to Kemp.

#113 Laser Show

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:43 PM

I remember Kemp's name surfacing in Manny trade rumors years back... wonder if they were ever remotely close. That would've been amazing.

#114 ForceAtHome

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:50 PM

Kemp: .442 / .506 / .922 / 1.428 *
Harper: .442 / .524 / .986 / 1.510 **

* So far in 2012.
** In Junior College.

#115 3rd Degree

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:06 AM

That might have been the best baseball game I've ever been to. Sad thing is, Dodger Stadium was likely only as full as it was because we were giving away a bobblehead tonight, not because of Bryce and Stras, but holy hell the atmosphere was incredible.

#116 DieHardSoxFan1


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Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:29 AM

Once Fangraphs updates tonight's numbers, Matt Kemp will have been worth almost 2.5 WAR this season.

Oh, and this gem was pulled from the thread discussing Kemp's contract extension with the Dodgers.

Posted Imagerembrat, on 14 November 2011 - 01:04 PM, said:
Worst. Contract. Ever.



#117 SemperFidelisSox


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Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:29 AM

Not impressed.

There was no need to intentionally flip off the batting helmet like that when running into second. That was forced and an obvious attempt to try and show off. "Look how hard he runs!!" This kids a douche. Just wait. He will rape someone soon.

#118 Gdiguy

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 03:05 AM

Kemp: .442 / .506 / .922 / 1.428 *
Harper: .442 / .524 / .986 / 1.510 **

* So far in 2012.
** In Junior College.


Or to be more MLB-centric:
Kemp: .442 / .506 / .922 / 1.428 *
Bonds 2004: .362 / .609 / .812 / 1.422

#119 templeUsox


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Posted 29 April 2012 - 09:32 AM

.609 OBP still makes my jaw drop to this day.

#120 deconstruction

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 10:23 AM

.609 OBP still makes my jaw drop to this day.


Well, if he was only IBB'd like 50 times instead of 120, it likely would've dipped below .600. (Of course, his uptick in SLG might've made up for it.)

:unsure:

#121 derekson

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:20 PM

Harper's gotta be the everyday CFer.

#122 ForceAtHome

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:23 PM

Gio Gonzalez hasn't given up a run in 24 innings and counting now (since his first start). In fact, only one runner has even reached third base in that span.

#123 Orel Miraculous

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:23 PM

Harper's gotta be the everyday CFer.


That was a nice catch, not sure he took the best route to the ball, though.

#124 derekson

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:56 PM

Gio's lost the plate in the 6th.

#125 derekson

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 05:47 PM

Kenley Janson's doing a good Henry Rodriguez impression.

#126 loshjott

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:31 AM

Nats coming back to earth with a four game losing streak, including 3 one-run games. H-Rod's meltdown was especially troubling because that was his MO last year and Nats thought (hoped?) it was behind him.

Yet, the starting pitching continues to be out of this world.

After 3 against the D-Backs coming up, the 3-game series this weekend against the Phillies will be unreal. Unless there is rain before hand, Nats will throw Stras-Gio-Zimmermann in the Take Back The Park campaign. I expect 3 games of big raucous crowds in DC, with the usual huge contingent of Phillies fans having to deal with more louder and bolder Nats fans than they are used to. I'll be at the Sunday nighter.

#127 singaporesoxfan

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:41 PM

Just got invited to tomorrow's game. First time in Nationals Park. I presume it's kosher to wear a Pedro (Sox) jersey?

#128 Wingack


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:13 PM

Nats coming back to earth with a four game losing streak, including 3 one-run games. H-Rod's meltdown was especially troubling because that was his MO last year and Nats thought (hoped?) it was behind him.

Yet, the starting pitching continues to be out of this world.

After 3 against the D-Backs coming up, the 3-game series this weekend against the Phillies will be unreal. Unless there is rain before hand, Nats will throw Stras-Gio-Zimmermann in the Take Back The Park campaign. I expect 3 games of big raucous crowds in DC, with the usual huge contingent of Phillies fans having to deal with more louder and bolder Nats fans than they are used to. I'll be at the Sunday nighter.


It is a big a week for the Nats and a chance to show that they are here to stay. I think one thing to consider given their recent 4 game losing streak is that this is still a very young team, Clippard blowing the lead on Thursday night might have been very deflating and then the next night that had to face Kershaw.

singapore: Buy yourself a Harper shirt it is going to be his first game. I am going to pick one up before I go on Wed.

#129 singaporesoxfan

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:56 PM

Wingack: Yeah I intend to buy one at the park. But I gotta wear something to get there! Looking forward to Harper's first home game.

#130 Wingack


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:11 AM

Wingack: Yeah I intend to buy one at the park. But I gotta wear something to get there! Looking forward to Harper's first home game.


:) It's ok to wear a Pedro jersey, lots of divided fan loyalities at Nats Park. I actually have a cute story about that.

The last Friday night home game (the one where Detweiler tossed a shutout agains the Marlins) I stopped off at the bathroom as I was walking out from the game and there was a bit of a line I had to wait on. Behind me was a little boy and his father (who was decked out in a Nats jersey). The little boy goes "dad the Yankees are better than the Nationals right?" And the dad goes "Yeah, but we like to root for the Nationals too. This is where we live now so they can be our National League team." And the kid was like "Oh ok."

I kind of envision myself having the same conversation with my kid someday.

#131 loshjott

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:57 AM

Is this the default Nats thread now?

Harper Plays Softball at the Washington Monument

#132 Orel Miraculous

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:23 AM

Is this the default Nats thread now?

Harper Plays Softball at the Washington Monument


This is the type of stuff I like about Harper. He wants to be famous and wants to have fun with his fame (very much like Shaq in that regard). It seems like a lot of ballplayers act like fame is a burden, want no part of it, and act like robots to that end. He's going to be great for the game.

#133 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:08 PM

We have a Nats season thread going in the Adopt a Team forum: http://sonsofsamhorn...-season-thread/

If a Mod could change the title of that thread to 2012 Washington Nationals Thread, it would be much appreciated?

#134 Wingack


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:13 PM

Zimmermann with a nice early K of Upton (non-Kate variety). Zimmermann is incredibly underrated. He is the Cain to Strasburg's Lincecum.

#135 Wingack


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:28 PM

Baserunners clearly afraid to challenge Harper on the bases.

Heck, tough to run on any of those outfielders (Harper, Ankiel, Werth).

#136 Wingack


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:37 PM

Harper whiffs in this first home AB.

#137 ForceAtHome

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:53 PM

Jesus... Harper's throw just now was unreal.

#138 Wingack


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:56 PM

Jesus... Harper's throw just now was unreal.


Yeah he should have called out. Botched call by Jeff Nelson.

#139 singaporesoxfan

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:21 PM

That Harper throw was amazing to see in person. Whole crowd rose up.

#140 Laser Show

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 01:11 PM

Seeing Ankiel and Harper play in the same outfield is going to be a joy.

#141 ForceAtHome

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:11 PM

Harper goes 3-4, including a lead off double in the bottom of the 9th in a 4-3 game. Desmond comes through with a 2-out bomb to give the Nats a 5-4 win in walkoff fashion.

#142 Wingack


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Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:37 PM

Harper goes 3-4, including a lead off double in the bottom of the 9th in a 4-3 game. Desmond comes through with a 2-out bomb to give the Nats a 5-4 win in walkoff fashion.


Just got back from the game. Harper was awesome today that the park sizzled anytime he got near a ball.

Desmond HR was huge obviously, hopefully it gets them off the snide.

#143 Jed Zeppelin


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Posted 03 May 2012 - 12:41 AM

Harper's bat is crazy-quick.

#144 singaporesoxfan

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:06 AM

Just got back from the game. Harper was awesome today that the park sizzled anytime he got near a ball.

Desmond HR was huge obviously, hopefully it gets them off the snide.


Isn't the phrase "off the schneid"?

What was amazing about Harper was that it felt like the whole ballpark expected an outfield assist anytime he was near a ball, and those fans weren't wrong. On one of the plays the other day, he managed to turn what looked like a sure-fire double into the left corner into an ordinary RBI single.

#145 zeraza

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 01:18 PM

To think that he's only 19... wait til the power develops and those doubles start becoming homers

#146 loshjott

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 02:59 PM

Harper to bat 3rd tonight; moved up from the 7 hole where he was his previous games.

#147 santadevil

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 04:09 PM

Harper to bat 3rd tonight; moved up from the 7 hole where he was his previous games.


Wow, best hitter on the team normally hits 3rd. Hope he lights it up.

#148 DukeSox


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Posted 03 May 2012 - 04:50 PM

i would be interested in a magic link to watch this evening's contest. any suggestions? i can't keep up with all the places that get shut down...

edit: this if you have the software works.

Edited by DukeSox, 03 May 2012 - 06:20 PM.


#149 ForceAtHome

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:24 PM

Harper isn't exactly catching breaks with the umpires in his first week. He hit a comebacker to the mound that Kennedy rushed because Harper was busting it down the line. As a result, the ball was thrown away and Harper took second on the play. The D'Backs appealed and it was ruled that Harper never touched first. Although he didn't exactly stomp on the bag, it looked like he pretty clearly got it.

#150 Orel Miraculous

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:40 PM

Well, you don't demote your #3 hitter. He's up here for good.