- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2007

NEW YORK — A familiar figure walked into the Nationals‘ clubhouse before last night’s game, and nearly every player noticed him immediately. After all, there’s no mistaking Frank Robinson when he enters a room. The former manager and Hall of Famer, who now works for Major League Baseball, is in town for a week and decided to stop by yesterday to see how his old club was doing. Robinson still watches plenty of games on TV at his home in Los Angeles, and he’s plenty up to date on the state of the Nationals … even if his relationship with general manager Jim Bowden and team president Stan Kasten remains strained-at-best.

OVERHEARD

“If you played like this last year, I’d still be here!”

— Former manager Frank Robinson to Ryan Church upon greeting the Nationals outfielder before last night’s game

TONIGHT’S GAME

Nationals LHP Mike Bacsik (5-8, 4.76) vs. Mets RHP Philip Humber (0-0, 3.00), 7:10 p.m., MASN, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman

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