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Washington Nationals fall one strike short against St. Louis Cardinals in NLDS Game 5
The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, October 13. 2012 | Adam Kilgore

Posted on 10/13/2012 12:19:58 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

The question of how baseball could be so cruel to this city may be answered some day. It existed in horrible form in the nation’s capital for decades, and then it vanished for 33 years. It came back gnarled and wretched for seven more seasons, only to yield to this blissful summer, to the moment Friday past midnight when Drew Storen stood on the mound at chilled Nationals Park and, with two outs in the ninth inning, threw 13 pitches that could have moved the Washington Nationals four wins from the World Series.

The St. Louis Cardinals would not allow it. Baseball, this town’s cold mistress, the sport that dares you to love it, would not let it happen. The Nationals led the Cardinals by six runs after three innings. They led by two runs after eight innings. Washington’s miserable relationship with baseball had been exorcised, until it materialized in a more wrenching, twisted fashion than ever seen before.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: epicfail

1 posted on 10/13/2012 12:20:04 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

That was crazy. Last year and now this year, the Cardinals just refuse to die.


2 posted on 10/13/2012 12:22:09 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: MinorityRepublican

Great game, great comeback!
Go Cards :)


3 posted on 10/13/2012 12:23:40 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

When my team’s not in it I use politics as my guide.I wanna see Cards vs Tigers with the Cards winning,assuming MI goes Rat this year.If they don’t I want the Tigers.


4 posted on 10/13/2012 12:24:10 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I am sure that everyone here will be rooting for my team, the New York Yankees.

(ducking for cover)

5 posted on 10/13/2012 12:28:08 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: fhayek

The St. Louis Cardinals will probably meet the New York Yankees in the World Series, both teams having combined for 37 World Series championships. Excuse me for not watching, it’s football season now!


6 posted on 10/13/2012 12:31:46 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Yo Nationals, how’s about not sidelining your best pitcher?

If you knew you were going to limit him to 160-180, why not ease him into the season in May-June, space out the starts, then you still got him for the playoffs ...


7 posted on 10/13/2012 12:31:52 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: fhayek

Yuck the Flankees.


8 posted on 10/13/2012 12:32:27 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: MinorityRepublican

The Montreal Expos never get a break.


9 posted on 10/13/2012 12:32:27 PM PDT by dancusa (Re-electing Obama is like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceburg again.)
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To: fhayek
I am sure that everyone here will be rooting for my team, the New York Yankees.
(ducking for cover)

How can you duck when you can't get any lower than you already are???? teehee

10 posted on 10/13/2012 12:41:26 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( I will stand with the CHRISTIANS should the political winds shift in an ugly direction)
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To: canuck_conservative

Nobody thought that the Washington Nationals were going to contend this year. 2013 was supposed to be the year all the pieces are falling into place.


11 posted on 10/13/2012 12:42:59 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: richmwill
For all his skill and success as a manager, Davey Johnson has some obvious shortcomings, one of which lead directly to the National’s loss last night. He leaves pitchers and position players in too long when they are not performing. Gonzalez, Espinosa, and Storen are last night's examples, but he lost six or eight games over the season leaving Henry Rodreguez and Clippard in when they were obviously in over their head. Compare Davey Johnson to Joe Girardi who sat A Rod for Ibanez and finds himself in the league playoff.
12 posted on 10/13/2012 12:44:15 PM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: fhayek

The Yankees represent all that is wrong with professional sports.


13 posted on 10/13/2012 12:46:53 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: shelterguy

Yep, it’s no big deal that the Yankees have some aging players on the team, they will go out and buy some new players in the off-season.


14 posted on 10/13/2012 12:50:06 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

You never know. Did Oakland think they would go so far? You gotta be prepared!!

So if they knew Strassberg would only go a limited amount, what difference would it make to have him at the end of the season? Just when you NEED an ace to do his stuff - look at Detroit in Game 5.


15 posted on 10/13/2012 12:54:43 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: MinorityRepublican

The Washington Senators won the 1924 World Series. That is much more recent than the Cubs.


16 posted on 10/13/2012 1:02:08 PM PDT by xp38
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To: canuck_conservative
You got that right about Oakland. Their Moneyball GM is definitely all that.

2003 Chicago Cubs had a dominant rotation with Mark Prior, Kerry Wood and Carlos Zambrano. They seemed to be set for another decade since all of their aces were in their 20s. Then before you know it, Prior and Wood struggled with their arm injuries and Zambrano couldn't carry the team on his back by himself.

The point is, as you said, the window of opportunity is very small. When it opens, you gotta do everything possible to take advantage of it because you don't know when's the next time it'll open up again.

17 posted on 10/13/2012 1:02:52 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: canuck_conservative

My wish is that the Tigers kick NY azz.


18 posted on 10/13/2012 1:06:31 PM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: MinorityRepublican
Their Moneyball GM is definitely all that

Base-tard wouldn't even take the tarps off the upper deck, because it might look like the team is popular - and he's trying to move it to San Jose


19 posted on 10/13/2012 1:08:34 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

20 posted on 10/13/2012 1:10:49 PM PDT by Last of the Mohicans
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To: xp38
The Washington Senators won the 1924 World Series. That is much more recent than the Cubs.

LOL!

It was somewhat bitter-sweet for me. I grew up in NOVA (Annandale) and went to Senators games in the 70's and moved to STL after college. It's much better to be a Cardinals fan. ;)

21 posted on 10/13/2012 1:49:36 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Apparently Axelrod was at the game last night and tweeted “Nationals came out like Joe Biden 6-0” (paraphrasing). It’s ultra ironic that they ended up losing and a very good omen to boot!


22 posted on 10/13/2012 1:54:19 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Vote for Romney to cancel a vote for the Empty Chair)
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To: MinorityRepublican

In this political year, I did not want Washington to win.


23 posted on 10/13/2012 2:05:22 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Last of the Mohicans

lol, great pic! Used to live in SF, happy for them :)


24 posted on 10/13/2012 2:05:39 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: AZLiberty

Separate politics from sports, please lol.


25 posted on 10/13/2012 7:10:57 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: GatorGirl

LOL on Axlegrease.

Storen grew up just up the street from me. His dad is a sports talk radio guy here in Indy.
Storen and Lance Lynn from St. Louis were on the same hs team and won the state championship.


26 posted on 10/13/2012 7:16:38 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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