Road Trip Can Spark Momentum
The Nats' recent road swing through Milwaukee and Pittsburgh finished with a .500 winning percentage which is quite respectable. The Nats have been playing much better baseball, having won six of their last ten.
Sometimes it's the little things that can make a huge difference in a game. Take the fifth inning on Monday night in Pittsburgh for example. With the bases loaded and no outs, reliever Tyler Clippard came in to face Delwyn Young and he got the ground ball.
Clippard threw it home and Josh Bard stepped on home plate and looked down to make certain he stepped on the plate for the sure out. He then threw to first and the key double play helped save the game.
You might have been wondering about all the extra defensive work the club has been doing. Well, with plays like that, it looks like it's paying off.
Remembering Roberto Clemente
Nats catcher Wil Nieves was born and raised in Puerto Rico, the homeland of Roberto Clemente, the Pirate great who was killed in a plane crash on New Year's Eve back in 1972 while on a humanitarian trip to Nicaragua. Wil wasn't even born yet, but he understands what Clemente represented, not only as a Hall of Famer but also as a person.
The Nats catcher even benefited from Clemente's commitment to the community. Wil attended Sports City, a baseball complex and training ground in Puerto Rico, where children are taught important life lessons about baseball and beyond. There, Wil learned about the game and one of its most inspirational players.
Years later as a professional, Wil would wear the uniform number 21, whenever it was available, to honor the man who paved the way for many young boys from Puerto Rico.
From the It's a Small World Department...in the Granite State!
Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington played baseball against my brother Walt Wrobleski while growing up in New Hampshire.
Meanwhile Pirates broadcaster Tim Neverett, a native of my hometown of Nashua and a former little league batterymate of my brother, has a brother B.J. who coaches baseball in Nashua.
B.J coached our MASN pitch track operator Justin Jarry, who ironically grew up just down the street from where I grew up.
Small world isn't it?