“I guess he has to have his birthday every day or something.” — Davey Johnson, referring to Danny Espinosa celebrating his 26th birthday yesterday.
“It’s a lot more fun to win a ballgame. To lose the last four in a row, it’s not easy. To know how good we are and to lose four in a row, or not just four. There’s a couple games we got handed to us. It’s not like we were losing and playing good ballgames. We were losing and not playing well. That’s a little tougher.” – birthday boy Danny Espinosa.
“We needed a game like this, to come out and click on all cylinders. Everybody was having fun, laughing in the dugout again. It was like back to normal.” – Kurt Suzuki
“Today he was just get the ball and go. He was rock-and-fire.” – Kurt Suzuki, on Gio Gonzalez’s performance.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Football players love Sundays.
I want it to be Sunday already so I can watch game of thrones #khaleesi
— Kai Forbath (@KaiForbath) April 26, 2013
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Davey Johnson, on pondering lineup changes on the drive to the park:
“When I went out at 7 o’clock it was bumper to bumper. When does the traffic ease up around here, 7:30 p.m.? I need a time. Because I got on I-395 and we were just going 5 feet at a time. We had a lot more time than I thought.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The moment Julie Alexandria and Gio Gonzalez knew they were done for. Video of the shower here.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Reds at Nats, 7 p.m. on MASN. NFL draft, 6:30 p.m. on ESPN, NFL Network. All TV/Radio listings here.
MILITARY DEAL OF THE WEEKEND
For Saturday afternoon’s game against the Reds, the Nationals will offer 3,000 complimentary tickets to members of the military (active duty, dependent, reservist or retiree) in recognition of Military Appreciation Day. Up to two tickets may be claimed for each military ID, though additional tickets in a variety of locations will also be available at a 50 percent discount. Complimentary and discounted military tickets can be picked up at the Grand Staircase Box Office near the First Base Gate beginning at 10:30 a.m.