Dusty Baker will miss the Washington Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend his son Darren's graduation. Baker said he will rejoin Washington when it begins a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday, near Baker's offseason home. Bench coach Chris Speier will assume managerial duties against the Padres. Baker's son Darren is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. He's committed to play college baseball at Cal. As a 3-year-old bat boy, Darren was rescued from a potential home plate collision by J.T. Snow in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series between Baker's Giants and the Angels.
LEAVE SOME BASEBALLS ON PLANET EARTH, BRYCEpEntering Friday night, Bryce Harper was in a slump. Since Tuesday, when he hit a monster 450-foot blast to dead center field, Harper had all of zero home runs.Everyone, especially Harper, knew that was simply
The Nationals and Mariners played Thursday afternoon in a game that was scoreless until the fifth inning. Not much happened in the Mariners’ 4-2 win, so one fan found a way to stay busy (and informed). He read a newspaper. The Nationals broadcast focused in on a fan who was reading The Washington Post during the second inning of Thursday’s game. While the broadcast sort of pointed it out, the obvious risk with reading a newspaper during a baseball game is the potential of taking a foul ball to the face. It’s like the first thing the PA announcer says before every game: “Baseballs can enter the stands. Be alert.” Reading a newspaper wouldn’t be the best way to prevent such a fate. But hey, if this