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June 4, 2016 [LINK / comment]
Nationals take a day off -- twice
Everybody needs a day off every now and then, and the Washington Nationals just took two of them. On Thursday, after winning four games straight, they enjoyed a well-deserved day off, their first since May 16. Then last night in Cincinnati, they had an "off day" of a different sort -- as in it just wasn't their day. Gio Gonzalez had another mediocre outing on the mound, giving up four runs in the second inning. The Nats didn't score until the eighth inning, when Jayson Werth hit a solo homer. One bright spot was Trey Turner, just called up from the minors to replace Ryan Zimmerman, who is taking paternity leave for a few days. Turner went three for three at the plate, including a double, and he also drew a walk. Unfortunately he was tagged out at third base after the Reds challenged the "safe" call, and the video evidently showed that his foot momentarily came off the bag. That killed what could have been a big rally in the fourth inning. Final score: Reds 7, Nats 2.
Wrigley Field (L.A.) update
The diagrams for Wrigley Field (L.A.), the original home of the Los Angeles Angels, have been revised primarily due to the addition of a new upper-deck variant showing the entry portals, etc. Among other things, that led to a change in the position of the support beams in the lower-deck variant, and in the light towers. Also, the bullpens are more detailed, and there is virtually no warning track in foul territory.
The hypothetical variant (showing the double-decked grandstand wrapping around the corners almost all the way to center field) would have raised the capacity to nearly 40,000. That was based on the idea that it would serve as the temporary home of the L.A. Dodgers (as indeed it should have been), but their owner Walter O'Malley preferred the higher ticket sales potential of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a couple miles away. Also, they would have had to have closed a street and demolish a number of nearby houses, which only would have made sense if such an expansion had been made for a long-term occupancy.
Odds 'n ends ...
I added a "new" photo to the Sportsman's Park page, one which I took when I visited the site in August 2011. It shows a youth ball field located across the street (west) from where Sportsmans Park used to be (contrary to what it says on the scoreboard), but evidently it has not been used for quite a while. That state of virtual abandonment puts an additional layer of sadness onto the expression (immortalized in the Frank Sinatra song) "There used to be a ballpark here."
Youth baseball field located across the street from the site once occupied by Sportsmans Park, in the north-central part of St. Louis.
Finally, I've had some e-mail inquiries and monetary donations in the past few weeks that I just haven't had the time to acknowledge, but I'll do so in the next couple days. Thanks for your understanding.
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January 10, 2016 ~ Cooperstown calls Griffey, Piazza
January 17, 2016 ~ ABC field trip to Highland (& Bath!) County
January 21, 2016 ~ R.I.P. Glenn Frey
January 26, 2016 ~ Sweet Briar College is saved!
January 31, 2016 ~ Presidential campaign begins
February 6, 2016 ~ Fall bird migration season 2015
February 20, 2016 ~ Life bird: Virginia Rail!
February 21, 2016 ~ 2016 primaries: populists propel polarization
March 10, 2016 ~ Yes, another Wrigley Field update!
March 26, 2016 ~ Trump triumphs, Republican Party implodes
April 4, 2016 ~ Opening Day(s) in America, 2016! (& Sportsman's Park update)
April 18, 2016 ~ R.I.P. Alan L. Clem
April 21, 2016 ~ Flying out to So. Dak. (& back)
April 30, 2016 ~ Trump & Clinton take commanding leads
April 30, 2016 ~ Migration season reaches peak
May 7, 2016 ~ Trump secures victory; Sanders fights on
May 21, 2016 ~ ABC field trip to Reddish Knob
June 7, 2016 ~ ABC field trip to Highland County
June 9, 2016 ~ FOD [first-of-decade] Prothonotary Warblers!
June 14, 2016 ~ Birding on Hite Hollow Road
June 16, 2016 ~ Holy $#!+ -- Nationals win big showdown with Cubs
July 1, 2016 ~ Nationals sweep the Mets, widen NL East lead
July 3, 2016 ~ Kentucky Warblers, and more!
July 8, 2016 ~ Soras breeding in the Valley!
July 13, 2016 ~ Redistricting reform movement is growing
July 16, 2016 ~ The Nationals' starting rotation
August 5, 2016 ~ New page: Stadium profiles!
August 7, 2016 ~ Magical mushroom tour*
September 7, 2016 ~ To the northeast: Baseball road trip, 2016
September 18, 2016 ~ East by Northeast: Big city scenery travelogue
September 25, 2016 ~ Nationals win National League East Division
September 27, 2016 ~ Lucky! 13 warblers on Betsy Bell Hill
October 2, 2016 ~ Nationals' regular season ends on a high note
October 5, 2016 ~ Shenandoah National Park birding (II)
October 14, 2016 ~ Nationals flinch, Dodgers advance to NLCS
October 14, 2016 ~ Shenandoah National Park getaway
October 16, 2016 ~ World War II aircraft show (II)
October 25, 2016 ~ Holy cow: Cubs beat Dodgers, win NL pennant!
November 3, 2016 ~ The Cubs win the World Series!!!
November 4, 2016 ~ New month arrives, & new birds too
November 6, 2016 ~ Campaign 2016 grinds to a nasty, ugly end
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