- The Washington Times - Friday, July 20, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD AT RFK STADIUM

Barry Bonds‘ home-run chase is just as big a deal in the Nationals‘ clubhouse as it is in living rooms across America. A large group of players was watching the Giants-Cubs game yesterday afternoon when Bonds clubbed his second homer of the day (and 753rd of his career) into the Wrigley Field bleachers. The blast elicited a loud reaction from the Nationals, who obviously are aware they could wind up a part of history. The Nationals play in San Francisco on Aug. 6-9, and several pitchers already have said they don’t want to be the one to surrender Bonds‘ record-breaking homer.

OVERHEARD

“It’s very easy when you’re from out of town or when you’re reading the newspaper in Alaska and it points out this guy has 14 errors. The people who get to see this guy every single day are the people who can appreciate how good of a third base this guy has played.”

— Manny Acta on Ryan Zimmerman’s defense

TONIGHT’S GAME

Nationals LHP Billy Traber (2-0, 4.50) vs. Rockies RHP Aaron Cook (5-6, 4.60), 7:05 p.m., Ch. 20, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman