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Countdown to Opening Day: 10 till ’10

Opening Day at Nationals Park is finally here though it seems like yesterday we were celebrating Justin Maxwell’s walk-off grand slam. Spring Training is over and we conclude our countdown of the 10 most memorable moments, jaw-dropping catches and walk-off wins with the Nationals most unforgettable home run of the 2009 season. You have seen it before but you’ll want to see them again.

 

 The Nats hope they can begin the 2010 season the same way they ended the 2009 campaign–on a seven game winning streak. 2009 ended at Nationals Park with a bang. Justin “All is well that ends” Maxwell connected on a 92 mph fastball and drove it into the flowers in left for a walk-off grand slam. Click here to view it on NatsHD or here…
20090930 Maxwell Walkoff GS.mpg …to view Desmond blast the ball to the Red Porch restaurant.

Countdown to Opening Day: 10 till ’10

Opening Day on April 5 at Nationals Park is just one week away. Spring Training is winding down and 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 Ryan Zimmerman doing what he does best–coming up big in big situations.

 

This week we highlight the newly named starting shortstop rookie Ian Desmond’s memorable Major League debut on September 10, 2009. Desmond recorded his first Major League hit and RBI in his second at bat, a double to left. He hit his first home run in his next at-bat, a three-run blast to center field. Desmond earned the spot over veteran Cristian Guzman with an impressive spring. He batted .298 (17-for-57) with one home run and 14 RBI in 21 games. Click here to view it on NatsHD or here…
20091010 Desmonds Debut_Hi.mpg …to view Desmond blast the ball to the Red Porch restaurant.

 

Countdown to Opening Day: 10 till ’10

There are now just two weeks until Opening Day on April 5 at Nationals Park. Spring Training is winding down and 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 Josh Willingham defying the odds when he hit two grand slams in one game.

 

This week we highlight Ryan Zimmerman doing what he does best–coming up big in big situations. Click here to view it on NatsHD or here…
20090906 Zimmerman Walkoffh.mpg …to view Zimmerman walk it out.

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.

Countdown to Opening Day: 10 till ’10

There are five weeks (six Mondays) until Opening Day on April 5 at Nationals Park. The first Spring Training game is this Thursday, a split-squad scrimmage against the Marlins and Astros. 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 Willie Harris hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning against the Blue Jays the night after Dunn hit a walk-off single.

 

This week we highlight Adam Dunn once again. On a day known for fireworks and freedom–that would be the Fourth of July–Dunn created his own fireworks when he blasted his 300th career home run to left field. He finished 2009 with 38 home runs, ending his five year streak of hitting at least 40 home runs. He currently sits in17th place among active players with 316 home runs, one behind David Ortiz. Click here to view it on NatsHD or here…
20090704 Dunn 300th HR_hi.mpg …to view, as we like to say, Dunn getting it done.

Countdown to Opening Day: 10 till ’10

There are six weeks (seven Mondays) until Opening Day on April 5 at Nationals Park. 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 Adam Dunn’s ability to get the job done, hitting a walk-off single in the 11th inning to beat the Blue Jays 2-1.

 

This week we highlight Willie Harris hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning against the Blue Jays the night after Dunn hit a walk-off single. Click here to view it on NatsHD or here…
20090620 Harris Walkoff HRh.mpg … to view Willie Harris hit the walk-off home run against the Blue Jays on June 20.

Countdown to Opening Day: 10 till ’10

There are seven weeks (eight Mondays) until Opening Day on April 5 at Nationals Park. 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 acknowledged Justin Maxwell’s personal ability to defy gravity and fly in center field.

 This week we highlight Adam Dunn’s ability to get the job done. Click here to view it on NatsHD or here…
20090619 Dunn Walkoff 1B_hi.mpg … to view Adam Dunn’s walk-off single against the Blue Jays.

 The Nats were rolling on June 19. The starters were wheeling and dealing with a 3.11 ERA for the month of June and they had just returned from a series victory over the Yankees in the Bronx. Next up: the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park. The game didn’t involve a rain delay but it was a rollercoaster ride of highs, lows and missed opportunities. The two clubs combined to go 2-for-15 (.133 BA) with runners in scoring position. The Jays left 13 men on base while Washington left 16. But in the bottom of the 11th with the game tied 1-1 and the bases loaded, Adam Dunn drove an 0-2 fastball to right field for the game winning hit.

 It was the Nats first walk-off win and extra inning victory of the season. Dunn got it done all season long. He led the Nationals with 15 game winning RBI and 30 go-ahead RBI.

Countdown to Opening Day: 10 till ’10

There are eight weeks (nine Mondays) until Opening Day on April 5 at Nationals Park. 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 Ryan Zimmerman’s 30 game hit-streak. This week we acknowledge a person’s ability to defy gravity and fly in center field.

 

Click here to view it on NatsHD or here…
20090523 Maxwell catch_hi.mpg … to view Justin Maxwell run like Usain Bolt and jump like Jordan to rob a home run from Adam Jones on May 23 against the Orioles. Maxwell is extremely athletic–he runs like a gazelle with long strides and has a spring in every step. He is an above-average fielder and plus-runner (41 stolen bases between Triple-A Syracuse and the Nationals last season) but he now has to prove he can make consistent contact during a full season like he did last September.

 

Nats Hitting Coach Rick Eckstein got the idea to lower his hands to chest level after watching video of other long-levered sluggers like Dave Winfield. The minor change made a major impact and helped his numbers sore in September. He played in 23 games and batted .306 (15-for-49) with three home runs and six RBI. This isn’t the only memorable moment Maxwell provided NatsTown in 2009.

 

Keep in mind Spring Training is just around the corner. The Nats report/workout dates are as follows: pitchers/catchers report on Feb. 19–that’s next Friday– position players report on Feb. 24 and the first full-squad workout is on Feb. 26.

Countdown to Opening Day: 10 till ’10

There are nine weeks (10 Mondays) until Opening Day on April 5 at Nationals Park. 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.

Click HERE to view it on NatsHD or here
Zimmerman’s 30 Game Hit-Streak.mpg … to watch highlights from Ryan Zimmerman’s 30 game hit-streak. He hit safely in 30 straight games from April 8 to May 12, batting .382 (50-for-131) with 11 doubles, eight home runs, 26 RBI, 11 walks and 26 runs. Even on May 13 when the streak came to a halt, he still had a productive day at the plate: 0-for-3, one-run and two walks. Zimmerman’s 30-game hit-streak was the longest posted by a third baseman since former Royal and Hall-of-Famer George Brett posted a 30-game hit streak from July 18 to August 18, 1980.

 

Keep in mind Spring Training is just around the corner. The Nats report/workout dates are as follows: pitchers/catchers report on Feb. 19, position players report on Feb. 24 and the first full-squad workout is on Feb. 26.

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