Yesterday was a difficult day for Nats fans to swallow. An 8-0 disaster was not the way the first home Nats playoff game was supposed to go. But, the team is employing a “keep calm and carry on” mentality. Here are some words of optimism if this morning finds you a little panicked.
“Don’t jump off a bridge. We’ve won two in a row before.” – Nats GM Mike Rizzo
“We are not out of this by a long shot. Keep us in the ballgame tomorrow, get a few key hits, we’re right back in it. Shoot, I’ve had my back to worse walls than this.” – Davey Johnson
“I believe in this team, I believe in these guys. We’ve been here all year. Over a 162-game season, we were the best team in baseball. And I still feel that way.” – Jayson Werth
“This isn’t the situation we wanted to be in. But we’re here and we’re going to deal with it, just like we’ve been dealing with wins and losses all year long.” – Ian Desmond
“I’m not even on the roster and I already know how Kyle Lohse will pitch me. He’s got no shot tomorrow.” – Mark DeRosa
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* Boz says the rotation is a big playoff problem for the Nats.
* It’s going to be a big day for Ross Detwiler. The question is whether or not he’s ready for the pressure.
* For Nats fans, “a joyous day ends in heartache.”
* RGIII says he’s confident and ready to go for Sunday, but the team is still evaluating whether or not he’ll play.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
— Ryan Mattheus (@RyanMattheus) October 11, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Today’s starter Ross Detwiler, on why he pitches better at home:
“I’m able to get in the routine here. I have my places I go before starts at home, and obviously on the road, you’re in a different city, so you can’t do that. So hopefully that’s what it is and I’ll go about that tomorrow.”
PICTURE OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
NLDS Game 4: St. Louis at Washington, 4 p.m. on TBS. ALDS Game 4: Baltimore at New York Yankees, 7:30 p.m. on TBS. All TV/Radio listings here.
OLD TIMEY PICTURES
The New York Times put together a slide show of pictures called “When Washington Cheered A Winner.” Obviously none of them are from yesterday.