There's no point in asking Girardi what the problem is, he wouldn't give you a straight answer if you asked him what time it is. We know what time it is: it's time for a winning streak.
The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Bryce Harper may be the most talented player in the game today, but he better put that attitude in a closet some where if he hopes to stay in the ballgame. He had another situation turn bad again last Wednesday against the Yanks. Both teams were unhappy with umpire Marvin Hudson's strike zone. That's nothing unusual. Harper apparently had more to say than most and that's where the trouble started. Naturally, his manager tried to protect him by taking up the cause, but when Hudson had had enough, off came the mask and warnings were issued. So far, so good. If Harper had gotten back into the box and hit, the whole thing would have died. But no, he had more to say and when the umpire insisted he get back in the box, Harper did a little dance and put his toe on the line and he was gone. Out came the manager who had his say. When he was done, he turned and began walking away only to be booted by Hudson.
The good: Hudson allowed Harper to complain, and put up with a lot from the Washington bench and then gave them a warning. All that was okay. (Marvin Hudson)
The bad: Harper couldn't let it die, he had to try and show up the umpire and not only get himself thrown out, but his manager as well. (Bryce Harper)
The ugly: Here is where Hudson lost points. He took an awful lot from Nationals manager Matt Williams, but when it appeared to be all over and Williams was returning to the bench, Hudson suddenly blew up and tossed him. Totally unnecessary. (Marvin Hudson).
It would be interesting to see how MLB handles this.
Prince Fielder put on quite a show last night, blasting two homers in the 10-9 Washington win, but that's not what impressed me. Twice he ran all out down the first base line on ground balls, both obvious easy outs. That's the kind of hustle you don't see much of these days. Even Annie-O has remarked how sometimes players don't seem to be running as hard as they can. Certainly not Robinson Cano, when we saw him every day. Every professional player should take a page out of Fielder's book. Way to go, Prince.
What a difference a manager makes
After losing three games in a row and 6 of their last 7, the Miami Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond and hired their General Manager Dan Jenkins as the new manager. Since then the team has lost their last 5 games. ...and they're still in last place.
***THEY SAID IT***
"Brett Favre said he didn’t think Tom Brady cheated. By the time Brady heard about it, Favre changed his mind." -- RJ Currie
"You know the world has gone nuts when Putin is playing hockey vs. NHL players and Mitt Romney is boxing Evander Holyfield." -- Brad Dickson
"The NCAA Pac-12 Conference wants to schedule an annual basketball game in China. Not to be outdone, the Big East has invited U of Taiwan to join their conference. Wasamata U is still open to any invitations." -- TC Chong