Archive for September, 2014

Nationals Season Ends in Style
First No-Hitter in Nationals History

I honestly don’t think that anyone could have written the script for the Nationals this year.  No one could have predicted that the Nationals would end the regular season with a record of 96-66 to nab the best record in the National League.  They also ended up with the same record as the Baltimore Orioles who also finished 96-66 for the regular season.  The Nationals have claimed home field advantage during the National League post-season.  For the Atlanta Braves and NY Mets to finish 17 games behind the Nationals, the Miami Marlins to finish 19 games back and the Philadelphia Phillies to finish 23 games back could not have been scripted either.

But let’s be realistic – for Jordan Zimmerman to throw a complete game, no-hit shutdown and win 1-0 could never have been predicted.

Way to go Jordan and way to go Nationals.  Now let’s do it in the post-season.

 

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Souza Jr. Catch

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“Who’d Have Thunk It?” – Orioles and Nationals Clinch Eastern Division Titles on the Same Night

“Who’d Have Thunk It” was what immediately came to mind.  I had just seen the end of the Nationals – Braves game and the Washington Nationals had beaten the Braves 3-0 to clinch their second National League East title in three years.  Then I flipped over to MASN-2 and saw the end of the Baltimore Orioles game where the Orioles hammered the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 to clinch the American League East title.

Not a bad night for baseball in the Baltimore-Washington area.

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Nationals Clinch in Atlanta over the Braves with a 3-0 Win

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Orioles Clinch at Home with an 8-2 Win over the Toronto Blue Jays

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Serena Does It Again and Ties Martina and Chris with 18 Slam Championships

I was hoping that Serena could finally do it after her disappointing year at the majors and she did it.

She finally captured Slam #18 on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the 2014 U. S. Open.  She soundly defeated her close friend Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 in a mere hour and fifteen minutes.  She served 7 aces to 3 double faults, had an average first serve speed of 107 miles per hour and had 29 winners to only 4 for Wozniacki (3 of them services aces).

Serena went through the entire tournament never allowing an opponent to win more than 3 games in any set.  It’s remarkable to me that any player could go through a 7 round tournament and not lose a single set.

Congratulations to my favorite female tennis player.

Serena Williams become a member of the "18" Club joining Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert

Serena Williams become a member of the “18” Club joining Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert

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