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Ryan Zimmerman sat and watched from the dugout Wednesday, helpless to his team for the time being with inflammation in his right AC joint. Michael Morse was thousands of miles away, two weeks into a six-week rest period for his torn right lat muscle.
Standing in the Nationals' clubhouse after a 3-2 extra-innings win over the Miami Marlins, shortstop Ian Desmond wore a shirt that read "Better Every Day."
Late Thursday afternoon, Tyler Clippard stood a few inches from a big-screen television in back of the Washington Nationals' clubhouse.
Gio Gonzalez bounced around the field at Nationals Park early Tuesday afternoon. He took violently goofy swings in the batting cage, came up smiling and bounded into the dugout to tell his manager not to worry, he'd worked on everything out there: power hitting, gap hitting, bunting. Everything.
From his spot on the infield, Adam LaRoche on Friday night read Scott Rolen's ground ball deep into the hole on the left side and moved to cover first base. He did it because it's what he's supposed to do in that situation, but the Washington Nationals' first baseman figured the chances of him needing to be there would be slim.
They came to their feet at Nationals Park for Edwin Jackson on Saturday evening. They rose after he finished the seventh inning, a streak of 16 straight batters retired intact. And when he walked off the mound following the eighth, when he'd retired the last five via strikeout.
As Jayson Werth stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 13th on Friday the 13th, the clock had just inched past 11 p.m. He looked out at bases filled with his teammates. Danny Espinosa on third via a broken-bat single. Ryan Zimmerman on second due to a five-pitch walk. Adam LaRoche on first because of a second five-pitch walk.
The Washington Nationals opened the home season Thursday with the usual bells and whistles. You had the Marine Corps Band in all its melodiousness. You had an American flag, bigger than a StrasBurger, unfurled in the outfield. You had a quartet of jets buzzing the ballpark. You had a volley of fireworks to finish the pregame festivities. And then, of course, you had baseball. Fifty-six-degree baseball.
A few hours before his team's third game, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was asked, somewhat jokingly, if his team would ever consider getting an early lead.