(DC’s Ryan Zimmerman, doubling off Big Bully Brett Myers in the 3rd)

Nationals 3, Phillies 2 (middle of the 6th)

It cost me a mere $3 USD to see Ramon Ortiz duel Brett “I Kissed Her But It Felt Like Spousal Battery” Myers, a great entertainment value even if the security guards couldn’t direct me to Wizznutzz’ luxury box.

How did Joe Theismann manage to make RFK’s Washington Hall Of Stars banner, while neither Pentagram nor Mark Robinson made the cut? Hopefully the Nats’ new ownership group will look into this.

Chase Utley and Ryan Howard have a pair of singles apiece. There have been repeated “MVP” chants for the latter, as RFK is filled with dudes sporting Steve Carlton, Lenny Dykstra and Mike Schmidt jerseys. No Kruk Kustom models, however.

I don’t grasp the relevance of ZZ Top’s “Tush” as Billy Traber’s warm-up music. At moments like this, I could really use Todd Jones on speed dial.

(UPDATE : Nats 4, Phillies 3.  As mentioned by Chuck Meehan in the comments below, Philly was royally jobbed when a 2nd inning 3 run HR by Chase Utley was ruled a foul ball, despite replays showing otherwise.  The loser of every argument this century, Charlie Manuel, vented.

“Somebody’s got to see it. And I want to tell you something — the … umpire has to see it, too. We play all year long and we’re trying to get somewhere and all we need is for somebody to miss a call like that. It’s terrible. It’s absolutely unreal. But at the same time … we could’ve scored more runs and we didn’t.”

I’ll tell you what’s absolutely unreal, Charlie.  That Screech is so fucking aloof in person.  Doesn’t MySpace friendship mean anything anymore?)