September 6, 2009 [LINK / comment]

The Nationals: from bad to worse

The Washington Nationals are still in a downward spiral, losing the first two games to the visiting Florida Marlins. In his third outing since returning to the Nats, Livan Hernandez pitched rather poorly las night, giving up three runs in the first inning, and the Nats went on to lose, 9-5. (The score on Friday night was 9-6.) That makes it eight consecutive losses, the longest such streak since August 8 to August 20 last year (12 games). See the Washington Nationals page.

Now is the time for all good Nationals fans to come to the support of their team!

I'm heading up to Washington right now, in fact!

For sports fans here in Virginia, yesterday was just plain miserable: The University of Virginia Cavaliers lost to William and Mary 26-14 (!!??), and the Virginia Tech Hokies lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide, 34-24.

Miami stadium progress

In Miami, construction crews are busy pouring the concrete foundation for the future home stadium of the Florida (Miami!) Marlins. Three weeks ago, they did the foundation for the first of twelve columns that will support the massive retractable roof, and they expect to finish those columns this fall. More recently, a "time capsule" box full of Marlins mementos, including the World Series championships in 1997 and 2003, were buried in one of those foundations. What will archeologists from some future civilization think of that? See the Sun-Sentinel blog for this news item, and an archive of older items related to the new stadium. (Hat tip to Mike Zurawski.) The rate of progress is encouraging, so there is every chance that they will be done in time for the 2011 season.

The mail bag

This time of year is when I always fall behind on my e-mail, but I'm working to get caught up again. Josh Geiswite sent me some very keen observations about Yankee Stadium, which I appreciate.