The Washington Times - August 30, 2007, 08:49PM
Ray Rychleski

\ Bonacci was scampering around during the team’s stretching drills today, which prompted Official Beat Diva Heather Dinich to speculate it was related to fantasy football. Instead, Bonacci was gleeful over the New York Mets’ rally in Philadelphia to erase an 8-5 deficit.\


\ This wasn’t fun for me as a Veterans Stadium, well, veteran who spent enough time sneaking from the 700 level to well into the lower deck earlier this decade. \

\ (College Park, never the greatest college town, had nothing on slipping up to Philly for Friday night or pre-finals game, like this one featuring the immortal Allen Levrault and the legendary Devon White and a lot of fantasy baseball trash talk between myself and now-Washington Times design maestro Harrison Goodman).\

\ “I just want a win,” said Bonacci, fretful the Mets’ seven-game lead at the start of the week was already down to three.\

\ I felt differently. Later, I found out the Phillies managed to score twice in the ninth off closer Billy Wagner to complete the four-game sweep. And if I hadn’t, Rychleski made sure I didn’t miss it.\

\ “I know you folks don’t all get to read the paper, but I thought you should know the Phillies completed the sweep today,” Rychleski beamed as we waited for Ralph Friedgen to let us scurry into his office.\

\ And I thought you all should know as well. Especially John Bonacci.\

\ — Patrick Stevens