One of the great things about being a baseball fan is the fact that the game offers something for every fan, no matter your rooting interest, whether you prefer to see offense or pitching or how invested you are in the game.
That’s the overriding theme for this week’s array of “Nationals Classics” on MASN: We’ve got something for everyone.
You like late heroics? We’ve got shining examples of how bats and gloves can make the difference between winning and losing.
You prefer pitching perfection? Well, how about a no-hitter? And if you like defense, you’re going to love the ending of this thriller.
You believe more is better? If that’s the case, you’ll love an extra-inning game that went deep into the afternoon, extending the last day of the season a little longer than many people expected.
If a game must end in a victory for you to be happy, you’ll be thrilled with this handful of Nationals wins.
So whatever makes baseball great for you, take a break from your holiday shopping, tune in and enjoy this week’s “Nationals Classics.” And if you’re so inclined, drop us a comment telling us what facet of the game makes you the happiest.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. - On the final day of the 2009 season, both the Nationals and Braves were playing out the string at Turner Field. The Braves weren’t going to catch the front-running Phillies in the National League East, and the Nats were trying to avoid a 104th loss. A night after the Nats prevailed in 11 innings, it took 15 frames for Washington to win its seventh straight game. Alberto González’s RBI single in the 15th gave the Nats a 2-1 win, which didn’t have any effect on the fact that finishing with the fewest wins in the majors guaranteed the Nationals the No. 1 draft pick the following June (more on that selection later).
Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. - For those who love seeing zeros on the scoreboard, there’s no better sight than a bunch of them strung together. But true pitching aficionados know that seeing a big ol’ goose egg under the opposition’s hit total is nirvana. Until the afternoon of Sept. 28, 2014 - again the last game of the season - the Nationals had never had a no-hitter. The first went to Jordan Zimmermann, who dispatched the Marlins in a 1-0 victory. But he had to sweat out a game-saving grab with two outs in the ninth to secure his place in the history books.
Monday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. - With the first pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, the Nationals selected slugging outfielder Bryce Harper, a transformational player who was quite the reward for the previous season’s triple-digit defeats. On June 5, 2012, Harper delivered his first career walk-off hit, an RBI single that gave the home team a 7-6 triumph over the Mets.
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m. - Two major league no-hitters in a career puts a pitcher in elite company. Only a handful have put together two in the same season. Max Scherzer joined that exclusive club in 2015. His first no-no that year came on June 20 against the Pirates. In fact, Mad Max would have been perfect had he not hit José Tabata with a pitch with two out in the ninth. Harper homered and doubled, driving in two runs. Tyler Moore also had two RBIs in the Nats’ 6-0 win.
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. - The 2005 campaign was the Nationals’ first in D.C., and a Sept. 3 game at RFK Stadium pitted the Nationals against the Phillies. Washington closer Chad Cordero was roughed up in a three-run ninth as the Phillies tied the game at 4-4. In the last of the 12th, José Guillén walked, went to second on a passed ball and scored on a walk-off single by Preston Wilson.