If there was a common thread in last night’s postgame interviews, it was that the players recognized how incredible the crowd at Nats Park was. A red sea of fans, waving rally towels, standing up at every crucial pitch
“Wow,” said Chad Tracy, when I asked him about the fan’s reaction to Werth’s homerun. “Just, wow.”
Ryan Zimmerman was able to find a few more words.
“I think this city is a very good sports town,” Zimmerman said. “Just like any city, it would be hard to support a team that loses 100 games a year. So for us to finally get to this point, and have the foundation to be at this point for a long time, I’m more excited for the fans than I think they are for us.”
Zimmerman went on to say that he appreciates the fact that Werth was the guy to get it done.
“He’s had a rough time, with being out last year and some injuries this year. As players we hear what people say, and we pretend it doesn’t bother us, but deep down it really gets to us.” he explained. “[Werth's] not a nice guy on the field, and that’s a good thing. So I’m glad the fans got to see this side of him.”
“It was the coolest thing,” he continued. “Best moment I’ve ever been a part of.”
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
*Nats on A1. Kilgore brings it as usual.
*Boz: “That was the first real baseball game played in Washington in my lifetime.”
*Reid says that Detwiler came through when it mattered.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
How many pitches was that last at bat? 12? Holy crap. #Natitude
— Nick Sundberg (@NickSundberg) October 11, 2012
TWEET OF THE NIGHT II
What a game!!! Awesome pitching down the stretch, great battle by Werth in that last at bat! #NATITUDE
— Ryan Kerrigan (@RyanKerrigan91) October 11, 2012
TWEET OF THE NIGHT III
What an at Bat! Definition of never quit. Big Win #Nats
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) October 11, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Jayson Werth, on his homerun:
“It’s almost like I blacked out, for sure. It’s like a Will Ferrell moment.”
PICTURE OF THE DAY
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
ALDS Game 5: Baltimore at New York Yankees, 5 p.m. on TBS. NLDS Game 5: St. Louis at Washington, 8:30 on TBS. All TV/Radio listings here.
TOUCHING MOMENT OF THE DAY
The headline says it all: “Marine carries youngster to finish line after his prosthetic leg breaks during triathlon.” It’s dusty in here.