MASN cameras — and the Nats Park scoreboard — featured a pair of former D.C. sports stars in Billy Kilmer and Bruce Boudreau. The former was outfitted in a Nats hat. The latter spent the middle of the sixth inning cracking jokes with Gio Gonzalez, during what appeared to be a lengthy exchange. Both, according to spotty Internet reports, were cheered by the home fans.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
We know that JTIII would take Otto Porter No. 1 in this draft. Who would Kevin Durant take? Same guy!
@CuffsTheLegend man I’m going with Otto porter..
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) June 25, 2013
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Man wears giant fake beard to Nats Park during 9 million degree heat with 8 zillion percent humidity. Is rewarded with victory, and MASN screentime. Also carries glove, just in case. (Via @recordsANDradio)
NEIL DIAMOND WILL DEBUT NEW SONG AT NATS PARK
Inspired by “the unity and the attitude of the people in Boston,” Neil Diamond wrote a new tune called “The Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down),” described as a “patriotically themed song Diamond will release through iTunes and Amazon on July 2. All proceeds from the song will go to benefit the Boston One Fund and The Wounded Warriors Project.” Of local interest, Diamond “will perform the song live for the first time” at the July 4 Nats-Brewers game, and then again during PBS’s “A Capitol Fourth” broadcast, via the AP.
SUZUKI ON THE CLUBHOUSE
The Nats catcher told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny that players have tuned out the talk of trading for a back-end starter. “The people that are saying that stuff are the people that aren’t in our clubhouse,” Suzuki told the station. “So they can speculate all they want. We’ve just got to control what we can control and worry about what’s in our clubhouse, because we’re the only ones that really know what’s going on.”
REDSKINS.COM ON WAPO POLL
“The people have spoken in favor of the Washington Redskins. Again,” Redskins.com reported in an un-bylined piece about this week’s Washington Post poll. “A recent poll conducted by Capital Insight finds that residents of the Washington, D.C. metro area support the Redskins’ name and two-thirds of all adults would not change it.” The item does not mention The Washington Post
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Brazil and Uruguay play in the Confederations Cup at 2:30 on ESPN. The Nats host Arizona at 7 on MASN. All TV and radio listings are here.