Pirates Notebook: Pictures from the game

I just got home from the Pirates/Nationals game in DC tonight, so the recap will be short, mostly consisting of pictures I took. This was my first visit to the new Nationals park, and I’m impressed. It’s probably the best park I’ve ever been to that doesn’t hold the name “PNC Park”.

Here are some pictures I took:

These are strange statues. One is of Walter Johnson, and the other is of Josh Gibson. I took them at night, so they don’t show up as well, but they’re action shot statues, which explains why Johnson has 17 arms…

Just got off the metro, walking up to the stadium…

Nice look at the park from our seats…

Ohlendorf going up against my fantasy third baseman, Ryan Zimmerman. Notice the guy in the Pirates’ dugout on the corner, closest to the plate. That’s Joe Kerrigan. When the Pirates were pitching, Kerrigan was camped out there the whole inning. When the Pirates were hitting, Don Long was in the same spot. That’s as close as you can get to the plate from the bench with a rail protecting you…

Ryan Doumit in the dugout all the way on the left…

Buccos coming in after an inning…

Diaz at the plate, Andy LaRoche on deck, and Jack Wilson getting ready for a big night in the hole…

Our current second baseman, and possibly his future replacement…

There’s Don Long in the spot with the Pirates at the plate. Notice Andy LaRoche sticking close by. I guess that explains the .301 average in the last month…

The Pirates warming up between innings. By the way, if you look under the “Coca-Cola” sign, you’ll see two red signs. The one on the left is for “Five Guys” burgers and fries. It’s the best burger there is. Trust me. Of course I didn’t get it at the game for two reasons. One, I have a Five Guys like ten minutes from my house. Two, I don’t think it’s wise to eat Five Guys when you’ve got an hour metro ride and a two hour car ride ahead of you…

More of the Buccos coming in between innings…

A Jesse Chavez action shot. He’s kind of small, but he brings some nice heat, and I like his delivery…

Look in the background, by the Nats’ bullpen, and you’ll see two Pierogies…

Abe Lincoln gets the win. The Pierogies were tackled by the Nationals’ mascot, and Teddy Roosevelt…

Candle sticks are a nice gift, and maybe we can check around and see where she is registered…

For the record, I hate when a closer is brought in with a huge lead. Especially if that closer is on your fantasy team…

Another shot of the Pirates infield with Capps on the mound…

And there was nooooooooo doubt about it…

The last time I saw the Pirates, Ross Ohlendorf pitched, and got the win. Not that I don’t like seeing Ohlendorf, but I’m hoping to see someone else on the mound next time.

The MVP Tracker

Updates to the MVP Tracker from tonight’s win…

-One point for Jack Wilson for a perfect 4 for 4 night.

-One point for Delwyn Young for going 2 for 6 with a few RBIs.

-One point for Nate McLouth with a huge RBI double to help break the game open. The ball almost went out, hitting 2/3 the way up the wall.

-One point for Craig Monroe for his three run bomb. A foot to the right and it would have hit the wall for a long double. He hit it in the right spot, 402 feet to center.

-One point for Andy LaRoche for setting up the tying runs with a nice bunt, some good field work, and some good offense with an RBI later in the game.

Other Stuff

-The Pirates added yet another Yankees pitcher when they claimed Steven Jackson from the New York Yankees. Jackson could also go on loan to the Steelers as running back depth if Willie Parker goes down…oh wait, it’s not THAT Steven Jackson.

Jackson was acquired by the Yankees from the Diamondbacks in exchange for Randy Johnson. That was also the deal where the Yankees received Ross Ohlendorf. Jackson has a 1.88 ERA in 14.1 AAA innings this year, with eight strikeouts and three walks. He throws a 90 MPH sinkerball, and mostly serves as bullpen depth. The Pirates released Jimmy Barthmaier to clear room for Jackson. The 40-man roster page has been updated with the moves, along with the Payroll Commitments Chart. Jackson makes $32,500 in the minors, and $400 K in the majors.

-I just realized that with Tom Gorzelanny up, the Pirates now have four left handed

relievers, and only two right handed relievers, not counting Capps. Of course, we can also not count Veal, since he never pitches anyways.

-Am I the only one who thinks that a bad start by Jeff Karstens tomorrow could put Gorzelanny in line for the fifth starter spot?

-I’ll be going to the Lynchburg Hillcats game next week, and will be providing Twitter updates and photos, just like tonight. I have a much better camera than the one on my phone, but I always forget to take the camera along, tonight included. I’m hoping to remember it next week.

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  • Brian

    Great pictures, looks like you had some excellent seats, too. And you are 110% right about Five Guys, I wish PNC had one!

  • hokies416

    totally agree RE 5 guys! We have one here in Hokieville. The Buccos need to feast on the Nats SP, 3 of 4 would be quite welcome!

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