- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD AT SHEA STADIUM

 NEW YORK — Say what you will about New York baseball fans — they’re loud, they’re obnoxious, they’re annoying — but you can’t question their passion for the local teams.

 When Tuesday night’s game got out of hand, with the Nationals leading the Mets by as many as seven runs before New York rallied within one in the ninth, the fans at Shea starting focusing exclusively on the out-of-town scoreboard.

 Living and dying with each development in the Phillies-Braves game, the crowd burst into a spontaneous Tomahawk Chop chant when the final score was posted with Atlanta on top. Pretty good stuff.

OVERHEARD

I kind of know some of their guys and their tendencies. But they’re so talented. The credit goes to Randy [St. Claire] and the pitching plan he puts together. … I think it’s just been pure coincidence that we’ve picked up our level of play against them.

— Manny Acta when asked whether his familiarity with the Mets has helped the Nationals play well against the division leaders this season

TOMORROW’S GAME

Nationals RHP Tim Redding (3-5, 3.53) vs. Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (14-5, 3.54), 7:05 p.m., MASN2, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman


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