Tuesday night wasn’t so swell for the Nats, but as August dawns, the team is still 2.5 games up in the division, 4.0 games up in the wild-card race, and third in baseball in run differential.
Not surprisingly, with a first-place club, the attendance news keeps getting better. The Nats sent out a bunch of numbers on Tuesday night that hammered home this point.
* The team drew more than 445,000 fans in July, the best month of July since baseball came back to D.C. (In fairness, the team played 14 home games this July, compared to 11 in July of 2005.)
* The Nats have now had eight sellouts this season, the most in a single season since Nats Park opened. There were two sellouts last year, and four each in 2009 and 2010. Five of the 10 best attended games in Nats Park history came this season.
* Most importantly, attendance through 48 home games is up 28 percent over last season, an increase of 6,650 fans per game. Miami is the only MLB team with a larger increase by percentage.
As always, you win, they come.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
The Phillies crushed the Nats in one of Stephen Strasburg’s worst-ever starts.
Jason Reid says Mike Rizzo deserves to be MLB’s executive of the year.
Tyler Polumbus and Maurice Hurt “could have great significance in determining the course of the Redskins’ season and the rookie-year success of quarterback Robert Griffin III.” Yikes.
D.C. United goalie Bill Hamid is fasting during Ramadan for the first time.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
The third-string QB is impersonating Mike Shanahan? Oh, for video.
Successful rookie skit tonight w/— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) August 1, 2012
@tomcompton76 & Nick Martinez. Hopin Coach doesn't cut me after impersonating him-haha. Got a standing O!
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT I
Bryce Harper on his slump:
“I’m all over the place right now. So I’m trying to find some mellowness at the plate and in the box. Just trying to work at it everyday and try to take something good from every at-bat and take something good from every game.”
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT II
Alex Ovechkin on losing Semin:
“It was a fun time to play with him. But how I said before: It’s a business. It’s hockey....Right now, it’s time to move on. We’re not going to cry. We’re not going to be sad. Of course I’m sad I lost my boy and a great teammate for me, and a great player. But who knows what in the future, what’s going to happen?”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats host the Phillies at 7 on MASN. The Orioles are in New York at 1 on MASN. There are lots of Olympics events. All TV/Radio listings are here.
In honor of the Olympics, the Racing Presidents did some race-walking on Tuesday night.
Not in honor of the Olympics, Bryce Harper crashed into the wall on Jimmy Rollins’s inside-the-parker.
IMPORTANT CASINO NEWS
Caesars wins a license to open a casino in downtown Baltimore, just south of the Ravens’ stadium. It will be a Harrah’s-branded facility.