Countdown to Opening Day: 10 till ’10

There are three weeks (four Mondays) until Opening Day on April 5 at Nationals Park. Spring Training games are in full swing and Stephen Strasburg pitched three scoreless innings yesterday to extend his scoreless streak to 5.0 innings. Ian Desmond continues to show he should be an everyday shortstop. In nine games, he is batting .455 (10-for-22) with one home run and leads the Grapefruit League with 11 RBI. We are counting down the final few weeks of the offseason highlighting 10 memorable moments, jaw-dropping catches and walk-off wins. You have seen them before but you’ll want to see them again.

 

Last week we highlighted John Lannan’s complete game shutout against the Mets on July, 21.

 

This week we highlight Josh Willingham defying the odds. The Hammer turned July 27, 2009–a mundane Monday in Milwaukee–into a magical memory when he hit two grand slams in one game. For perspective, there have been 17 perfect games, 15 four home run games but just 13 players have hit two slams in the same game. The odds are nearly impossible–there is a better chance you are randomly selected from a hat filled with every American’s name. “It was pretty unbelievable,” Willingham said. “That’s about all I can say really. You don’t get a chance to do something like that often.” And by often, he means next to never. Click here to view it on NatsHD or here…
20090727 Wilingham Two GS_h.mpg …to view Willingham’s magical night in Milwaukee.

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