Went to the Washington Nationals game on Tuesday. It was T-shirt Tuesday, so we all got Abe Lincoln T-shirts! We went to the ticket machine and tried to purchase 4 $10 tickets. Those were sold out, so the machine helpfully suggested we buy $75 tickets. Nice try, machine. Does any really go looking for $10 and decide to splurge that much more. We opted for the $18 value.
Sadly, not much in the way of random sports jerseys. The best I saw was a Mookie Wilson T-shirt jersey. On the bright side, I got to see two balks and a pitcher get ejected. Needless to say, the Nats wasted some good scoring chances and lost.
In other sports news, the Sixers made a big deal this week when they signed free agent power forward Elton Brand away from the Clippers. While this essentially ties up a lot of money for the next few years to a guy coming off an injury, Brand has proven to be an excellent player. I’d rather give him the money than a callow, unproven guy like Josh Smith who was probably their second choice.
Anyway, this makes the Sixers a playoff threat for the next season. If they can somehow locate someone to shoot from the outside, they’d be a genuine contender.
In other positive news, Mrs. Cutter was offered the job she so desperately wanted. She’s happy, and I’m thrilled, because I think I might have had to kill her if she didn’t get it.
Since today is Friday, I will provide a top five ranking. In spirit of the Washington Nationals, I give you the Top 5 Washington Nationals of all time (Remember, this only goes back to 2005):
5. Brian Schneider – Not the greatest offensive player, but very dependable in his three seasons at catcher.
4. Livian Hernandez – Solid pitcher in his two seasons here. Pitched a lot of innings and made the All-Star game.
3. Ryan Zimmerman – May not be as good as the Nats’ announcers make him out to be, but is an emerging star without much support.
2. Alfonso Soriano – His 2006 season will stand as the best season by a Nats’ hitter for a long time.
1. Chad Cordero – In many ways, he’s been the face of the franchise since they moved to DC. Unfortunately, he’s been hurt all year.