- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Can the Nationals petition MLB not to schedule the Marlins for any more holiday games? There might not be a less attractive draw on Washington‘s schedule, as the last three seasons have shown. Yesterday’s crowd of 27,592 was disappointingly low for a gorgeous Labor Day, and it was only the latest small gathering to see Florida play in the District. Attendance for other holiday-type clashes between the two: Labor Day 2005 (32,150); July 4, 2006 (23,118); and Opening Day 2007 (40,389). Next year, give us the Mets, Phillies or Braves, please.

OVERHEARD

“We’re like a construction site for those teams that are going to come in. You can walk on a construction site all the over the place barefooted, but every once in a while you’re going to step on a nail and get hurt.”

Manager Manny Acta on the Nationals’ 19 remaining games against contenders

TONIGHT’S GAME



Marlins LHP Dontrelle Willis (8-14, 5.12) vs. Nationals RHP Shawn Hill (3-3, 2.87), 7:05 p.m., MASN2, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman

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