Ryan Zimmerman wins NL Gold Glove

I'm a devoted (insane?) Cincinnati Reds fan, and I have been since birth. Two of my favorite baseball players, however, play together for the Washington Nationals. One of those players is former Red, Adam Dunn. The other, as you may have surmised, is Virginia baseball legend Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman just won his first National League Gold Glove award. Alas, no Reds were selected, although I think Dunn was nominated for the slightly less prestigious Iron Glove Award.

Anyway, always good to see Wahoos succeeding at the next level, in any sport.

Baseball playoffs are here

I neglected to mention it yesterday, but the baseball postseason has begun, and I’m excited. I just watched Alex Rodriguez hit a ground-rule double to tie Game 2 with the Twins in the 12th inning, and I remembered why I love this game so much. No, my favorite team (the Reds) didn’t make the playoffs, but it doesn’t really matter right now.

UPDATE: Hideki Matsui just won the game with a sac fly, scoring Derek Jeter. Series tied 1-1. Fun, fun, fun. Now I get to watch the BoSox and Halos.

Baseball is returning to Washington

From the AP:

Major League Baseball will announce Wednesday that Washington will be the new home of the Montreal Expos, bringing the national pastime back to the nation’s capital for the first time in 33 years, The Associated Press has learned.

A city official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Washington has been notified by Major League Baseball of the impending announcement.

The city is planning its own news conference at a downtown location Wednesday afternoon, the official said.

“I think we’ll be in a position where we can have a celebration tomorrow,” Mayor Anthony Williams told WUSA-TV.

I’m as big a baseball nut as you’re likely to find, and I think this is huge news. I spent three years in Washington during the 90s, and I would have loved to have had National League baseball to watch. Of course, I made regular trips to Camden Yards in Baltimore (whenever I could afford it), but I had to drive to Philly to see NL baseball…and I made that trip several times. I hope they name the team the “Senators,” but I’d guess they’ll come up with something else.