September 7, 2006
What a dramatic see-saw game that was in Washington yesterday! The lead changed four times, and when former Nat Preston Wilson hit a two-run blast into the upper deck in the top of the ninth inning, it looked like the Cardinals were going to win. But in the bottom of the ninth, Jose Vidro's clutch two-run line drive to the right field corner turned defeat into sweet victory. See Washington Post. So the Nats have won six of their last seven games, continuing their pattern of alternating hot streaks and cold streaks that has been going on for almost the whole season.
Congratulations to the Marlins' rookie pitcher Anibal Sanchez for throwing a no-hitter against the Diamondbacks last night. It was the longest lapse of time without a no-hitter in major league history, yet another indication of how reduced-size ballparks and other factors tend to favor hitters these days.
The Tropicana Field diagram has been tweaked slightly. The dugouts and special bullpen seating areas have been adjusted, the distinctive "truncated" rotunda and concourse area beyond center field have been added, and the new tank full of live rays has been included.
UPDATE: My choice of Tropicana Field, the home of the Devil Rays, was prompted by a suggestion from Mike Zurawski, not by the tragic death of Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter" who was swimming too close to some sting rays off the coast of Australia. I will probably do Metropolitan Stadium next, as that is the newest one to be sponsored.
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