- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 3, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD AT RFK STADIUM

Chad Cordero was presented with a surprising gift yesterday: his 2005 Rolaids Relief Man ring.

Yes, it came two years late. The Nationals closer, who at the time received a trophy for being named the National League’s top reliever, had a feeling he was supposed to get the ring, too. He just assumed it was never coming.

“I realized it last year,” he said. “But I just figured I wouldn’t say anything.”

Delayed gifts aren’t anything new, though.

“Last year, I got something from 2004,” Cordero said. “I guess it takes two years for these things to show up.”

OVERHEARD

“It was a serious situation. I pray for his buttocks and his family.”

— GM Jim Bowden on reliever Jesus Colome, who remains in the hospital after surgery for an infection on his right buttock

TONIGHT’S GAME

Nationals RHP Tim Redding (NR) vs. Cubs RHP Carlos Zambrano (9-6, 4.20), 7:05 p.m., MASN, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman

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