Grand Slams and good signs

Wild About Willingham!
How about Josh Willingham’s two grand slams on Monday night in Milwaukee? The Nats slugger has really set a great example for the younger players on this team.

Josh, like Austin Kearns, has never moped about playing time or lack of opportunities. He’s made the best of each start and he’s earned his playing time.

Being able to tell his young son Rhett that the Baseball Hall of Fame may want his grand slam bat in Cooperstown is pretty special, and Josh deserves every bit of that recognition.

Dunn Digs Lannan...
Adam Dunn told me he’s really noticed a big change in John Lannan compared to the beginning of the season.

He said he’s more of a pitcher, not just a thrower, and that has been a big improvement for the lanky southpaw.

John has emerged as the leader of the starting five and his teammates now expect him to give the team a chance to win every time out.

Hooray for Hollywood!
A film crew for director James Brooks (whose last movie was “Spanglish” and who also directed “Terms of Endearment” and is the creator of “The Simpsons”) was at Nationals Park this weekend shooting scenes for an upcoming - and still untitled - film starring Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon.

The premise of the movie is that a Nationals relief pitcher (Owen Wilson) falls in love with a softball player (Reese Witherspoon) at the ballpark.

Both actors were in town in early June to shoot some scenes, and Wilson was filmed in the Nats bullpen and clubhouse. One scene shows him riding a bicycle in the whirlpool while talking to Reese’s character on the telephone.

Jack Nicholson will also be featured in the movie so stay tuned!

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