Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, August 16, 2007 11:38 AM Comments: 0
Russell Branyan was unable to duplicate his heroics from the previous night in last night’s game as the Phillies dropped one to the Nationals by a score of 4-2. Thanks to all those who made it out to the tailgate party and the game, it was definitely a great time. Our next event will follow the Phillies as they travel to Pittsburgh this weekend. Before Saturday’s game against the Pirates, Philly Tailgate is throwing a party at Finnigan’s Wake outside PNC Park and everyone’s invited. I’ll be there ,so call me if you need directions.
In the meantime, there is still a rubber match with the Nationals to contend with; fortunately for the Phils, this day is Cole Hamels day. To offer some perspective on the Nationals – whom the Phillies meet eight more times this season – we’ve invited the ladies from 3 Girls With Heart to answer some questions about the DC club. I did the same over on their site, so check out the Phillies responses too. (Don’t forget to tune in to 1360 AM tonight at 9:30 or listen online to hear my interview!)
What is your ideal starting rotation for the Nationals in 2008?
Steph: This is a tough one because it seems you never know what might happen to our rotation. We have had 12 different starters this year! It has been a treat this year to watch guys like Redding, Bacsik, and Simontacchi come up with great stuff and prove they still have what it takes. A lot of their success does come from Randy’s guidance, but I think our catchers Brian Schneider and Jesus Flores play a part also, both call a great game. If I could choose I would have Bergman, Hill, Chico, and Hanrahan on the roster for sure. I am anxious to see what happens if our draft pick Ross Detwiler makes it to the big leagues this season. Depending on the stuff he throws, my fifth pick would be between Detwiler and Lannan. It’s encouraging to have a couple of young prospects.
Kristen: I’d like to see Hill and Chico stay in the starting five. I’m encouraged by the excellent work of (dare I say it) John Lannan and Joel Hanrahan. There’s also room for a lot of competition from some stellar young guys (Collin Balester), veterans like Simontacchi and Redding or even our first round draft pick this year, Ross Detwiler. I think Randy St. Claire is pretty much invincible. He can work with anyone we give him and somehow â€“ he can make it work. With Randy around, we can handle anything that comes our way.
Lindsey: Redding, Hill, Chico, Lannan and Simontacchi
Do you have any inside info on some of the cool stuff to expect in the Nats’ new stadium next year?
Steph: We haven’t heard many specific details. However, I have heard that there will be cup holders for every seat in the stadium. That’s something Nats fans seem really excited about. Also an expansive new scoreboard, new restaurants (hopefully better food options!), cherry blossoms, and views of the Capitol, all things DC!
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