It was opening night in all of baseball and opening night in Washington, D.C. as the Nationals opened their new stadium. Ryan Zimmerman made sure it would be a memorable night forever (reminds me of when the Indians won in extra innings at Jacobs Field). Zimmerman hit a walk-off home run off Peter Moylan in the bottom of the 9th to give the Nationals a 3-2 with the pitcher of record John Rauch for the Nats and Moylan for the Bravos.
“We’ve waited for so long for a place that can be our own,” Zimmerman said. “There are just too many people on this team that are tired of being mediocre.”
Things are indeed looking up in a hurry for this franchise, who got 5 innings of 1 run, 4-hit baseball out of the world’s most ordinary opening game starter, Odalis Perez. They mustered only 4 hits the entire ballgame, as Tim Hudson went 7 strong innings (3H, 2ER, 0BB, 3K).
Baseball is here folks, and game #1 on U.S. soil was a very good opening act.