Life on the road can be a grind in Major League baseball.
The Nationals had another nail-biting loss on the road Friday night, 3-2 at Dodger Stadium. John Lannan pitched very well again but got little run support thanks to great pitching by the Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley.
John had his parents out from New York for his first game at one of baseball’s greatest stadiums, and they should be very proud. He never complains about the lack of offensive support; he just goes out and pitches well start after start.
This game was on the heels of a 1-0 loss at San Francisco Thursday, when Tim Redding pitched great but was out-dueled by Matt Cain.
I always enjoy Dodger Stadium, as I announced my first Major League game there 24 years ago for the Cardinals, a 10-7 win that a rookie play-by-play man will never forget. On that sun-bathed April afternoon back in 1984, I was blown away by the sheer size and beauty of the place, and two and a half decades later, Dodger Stadium retains that “wow” factor when you enter for a game.
Every baseball fan should visit here, along with Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium; the classic ballparks that have a long history and give you a great feel for the game.
It’s a blast to have Ray Knight with us on MASN this weekend, as Don Sutton attends the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Cooperstown and Ray fills in.
Ray’s exuberance for the game comes across in the studio and at the ballpark, while Don takes a more analytical approach to the game. Don breaks down pitching for us, and Ray does the same for hitting. I truly enjoy working with both of them.
It’s finally back home to Nationals Park Tuesday night versus the Phillies. With the All-Star Break and then a 9-game trip to Atlanta, SF and LA, it seems like we’ve been gone forever, so it’ll be great to get back home.
Until then ...