Petco had the nickname among those in San Diego as Petco National Park. Rumor is that the park was purposely built to favor the pitchers and, more precisely, hold down the number of home runs hit by Barry Bonds. Pitchers love the park and hitters dislike it. In the early days, Phil Nevin resorted to making gestures at the owners box when a hard hit ball of his dropped in for a double rather than a home run
Over the winter, the Padres made changes to the park to bring the outfield power alleys further in.
In left-center, the fences were moved in from 402 feet to 390 feet.
Teams usually make every effort to play a game before deciding to cancel. Perhaps they didn’t hesitate because they had an available make-up day on Thursday. But maybe, just maybe, the Nationals thought Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth needed an extra day of rest.
If Justin Verlander were scheduled to pitch, the Nationals might have canceled the entire series.
As if the appearance of Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty at Nats Park over the weekend wasn’t interesting enough, I think it might cure Adam LaRoche of his prolonged slump. As I research Buck Commander, the show Willie, Adam, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Ryan Langerhans (traded for Michael Morse) host, I found they had a guest at one point. Chipper Jones was also involved with this group of deer hunting enthusiasts The same Chipper that studied film with LaRoche in Atlanta Monday, before Adam broke his 0-26 slump.
A review of the Cardinal’s broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest
The game started off with a few swipes at the Nationals and the fan base:
Dan McLaughlin: I don’t know about you, but I understand it is a cold evening, a little breezy, but I am a little surprised about the empty seats here in Washington.
Al Hrabosky: With the Cardinals in town?
Then they posted their poll question of the day. Something to the effect of: Would you tank two seasons if you knew you could get Strasburg and Harper in the draft. They came to the conclusion that maybe that would be a good strategy for a team like the National, but a team like the Cardinals wouldn’t do something like that.