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July 18, 2018 [LINK / comment]
AL wins a classic Midsummer Classic
The 2018 All Star Game was a true classic, very close throughout and going into extra innings (one). It set a record for the number of home runs in an All Star Game, ten! After last night, Nationals Park is liable to get a reputation for being slugger-friendly. Starting pitcher Max Scherzer did fine, with four strikeouts over two innings, but he gave up a home run to Aaron Judge and was on the hook for a possible loss until Trevor Story (of the Rockies) hit a solo homer in the seventh inning to tie the game 2-2. A crucial sequence of the game came in the top of the eighth inning when Jean Segura (of the Mariners) hit a pop foul into the NL dugout and first baseman Joey Votto failed to catch it. Right after that, Segura hit a three-run homer and the AL took a 5-2 lead. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Scooter Gennett (of the Reds) hit a two-run homer to tie the game 5-5. But it the top of the tenth, Alex Bregman and George Springer (both Astros) hit back-to-back solo homers, and Ross Stripling (of the Dodgers) was charged with a third earned run. Joey Votto homered in the bottom of the tenth, partly atoning for his earlier error, but it wasn't enough and the American League won the All Star Game once again, this time by a score of 8-6. Bregman was named All Star Game MVP.
Bryce Harper, champion of the Home Run Derby, struck out in both at bats. The first time he got behind in the count and then swung at a low curve ball for strike three. The second time he was called out on a pitch that may have touched the outside corner.
Attendance at the All Star Game was 43,843, exactly 145 more than had attended the Home Run Derby the night before. The highest-ever attendance at Nationals Park was 45,966 on October 12, 2012, when the Nats lost to the Cardinals 9-7 in NLDS Game 5.
Dodger Stadium to host 2020 ASG
I missed the news a couple months ago that Dodger Stadium was selected to to host the All Star Game in 2020; see MLB.com. It will be only the second such event in that stadium, which is now 56 years old! The Annual chronology page has been updated with that info, along with this year's ASG score.
I made a few more tweaks to the SunTrust Park diagrams, such as making the ends of the upper decks more accurate. The roof on both ends has some irregular angles, something of a puzzle. In addition, I made a very small tweak to the Nationals Park diagram: including the new Devil's Backbone Lodge, located under the light tower at the north end of the upper deck. While doing that, I realized that the light tower was wider than I thought, and has prominent diagonal support beams on either end.
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January 28, 2018 ~ GOP Sixth District candidate forum
January 30, 2018 ~ Grand (public) opening at Valley Smokehouse
February 28, 2018 ~ First gig at Shenandoah Brewing
March 30, 2018 ~ Opening Day(s) 2017: Baseball is back!!!
March 31, 2018 ~ Stormy weather, but Spring is here at last!
June 5, 2018 ~ Forget April! Nats climb into first place (briefly)
June 21, 2018 ~ Spring bird migration 2018: a review
July 15, 2018 ~ June: a month (of birding) to remember!
July 19, 2018 ~ Triple concert: Felder / REO Speedwagon / Styx!
July 28, 2018 ~ Five months of music, three more shows
July 31, 2018 ~ Nats end bleak month on a high note
August 9, 2018 ~ Highlights from a few "recent" day trips
August 23, 2018 ~ Weekend trip to Annapolis
August 22, 2018 ~ Doomsday in D.C.: Nats trade Murphy & Adams
August 25, 2018 ~ Periodic Table of the Stadiums!
September 14, 2018 ~ Ebbets Field BIG update!
September 15, 2018 ~ Utter "chaos" at Bedlam Brewing!
September 16, 2018 ~ Field trip to Dowell's Draft
September 24, 2018 ~ Braves & Red Sox clinch*; Nats are eliminated
September 25, 2018 ~ Day trip to West Virginia
October 1, 2018 ~ Wild & crazy end of the 2018 regular season
October 2, 2018 ~ The peak of fall migration season
October 25, 2018 ~ "Innings" and outings in October
October 25, 2018 ~ Birding in early-to-mid October
November 5, 2018 ~ Red Sox win the 2018 World Series
November 10, 2018 ~ Rare birds make big appearances!
December 7, 2018 ~ State of the diagrams, 2018
December 13, 2018 ~ Tiger Stadium update -- with "new" photos!!!
December 27, 2018 ~ Christmas Bird Count 2018
December 31, 2018 ~ Election 2018: Mild blue wave brings the balance back; R.I.P. John McCain & George Bush Sr.
Blog highlights have been compiled for the years 2010-2012 thus far, and eventually will be compiled for earlier years, back to 2002.
The "home made" blog organization system that I created was instituted on November 1, 2004, followed by several functional enhancements in subsequent years. I make no more than one blog post per day on any one category, so some posts may cover multiple news items or issues. Blog posts appear in the following (reverse alphabetical) order, which may differ from the chronological order in which the posts were originally made:
- Wild birds (LAST)
- Science & Technology
- Latin America
- Culture & Travel
- Canaries ("Home birds")
- Baseball (FIRST)
Also see: My blog practices.
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