For a battle between the third- and last-place teams in the NL East, these Nats-Mets meetings are sure getting interesting.
Then, last night, Mets pitcher Nelson Figueroa goes out and pitches like he's throwing underhanded and then starts the best postgame sniping of the season when ex-Met Lastings Milledge and the Nationals have the audacity to show some enthusiasm:
"They were cheerleading in the dugout like softball girls (right). I'm a professional like anybody else, so I take a huge offense to that. If that's what a last-place team needs to do to fire themselves up, so be it. I think they need to show a little more class and professionalism. They won tonight, but in the long run, they're still what they are ... For the manager and coaching staff to let that kind of stuff carry on, it's truly unprofessional. That's why they are who they are."
"I always do that. You gotta have fun out here ... and I can do it here and nobody is going to give me crap. We have fun out there and that's the way it should be."
“If (Figueroa is) worried about the dugout, he should be worried about the catcher. We won because we got in his head.”
The debate over how much celebrating is too much celebrating will always be present as long as they keep drawing white lines toward first and third. It surfaces in discussions over Manny's home run trots, Joba Chamberlain's fist pumps on the mound and every other time emotion is shown.
Where do you draw the line? How far is too far?