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Monday, July 16, 2007

Lucky Number 4?

It’s no secret that baseball is a sport full of superstitions, but I have always thought superstitions were funny quirks of the game. I never really believed that Dmitri’s flip flops were that lucky, or that pitchers rituals on the mound really worked, surely talent plays a big part in a team’s success. However, after tonight’s game I am a firm believer in the power of luck.

We went to tonight’s game actually hoping for a rain delay as they seem to be lucky for our Nationals, the girls and I were hoping for another win. As we walked up to get tickets I asked the sales lady to put us in the luckiest section $5 could buy. She said how about section 444 in row 4, all of those 4’s have to be lucky. I was sold, and believed it was going to be a great night for the Nats.

The Nationals had a one run lead in the 4th inning, a sign of a win yet to come. However, things got a little close in the 6th, when Lopez had a throwing error and the Astro’s ended up scored two runs. Bacsik, who had a great outing, left in the 6th and Rivera came in to get the much needed final out of the inning. He did his job with one pitch, and the Nationals returned to bat in the bottom of the 6th. Ronnie Belliard, who is consistently proving he is a great baseball player, hit a single. Ryan Zimmerman followed up with a rare, but excellent bunt to put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. Then the National’s All Star Dmitri Young nailed a 3 run shot over the right field wall for the Nat’s first home run since all star break. Just like that, the Nationals were up lucky number 4 to 2!

Jon Rauch gave us a little scare when he gave up a solo home run in the 8th. Our favorite closer Chad Cordero came in for the 9th, and earned his 16th save in high fashion. He retired the Astro’s with an easy 1-2-3. The Nationals won the game 4-3, with no rain, but with the number 4 proving to be very lucky for us tonight.


Blogger Mike said...

It seems ya'll have captured the greatness and magic of the great game. Regardless of how the team plays, there is a sense of unity if you engulf yourself in your team. As much as you follow your team now, wait until you get your first playoff experience with the Nats. It took us(Rangers)24 years to make the playoffs and there is no words that can explain the feeling. I have gone to all 4 home playoff games in team history and can only hope I will see a Texas Rangers World Series victory in my lifetime. Cool Blog.

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Blogger Kasey Loessberg said...

From your description of the game, i can tell your a hell of a fan. That was a nice story with the ticket lady. Way to be a true fan.


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