- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 10, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD AT SHEA STADIUM

NEW YORK - Most people look at Shea Stadium and see a ballpark long past due for the wrecking ball after this season. Manny Acta doesn´t see it that way. The Nationals manager took his typically sunny view of the Mets´ ballpark, which will be replaced next year by adjacent Citi Field. He cited his fond memories of the Mets´ 2006 National League Championship Series run while he was third-base coach.

“2006 still, up until I advance farther, is still my best year in baseball,” Acta said. “Being in the playoff atmosphere, that´s the place to be - packed stadium, chanting, you feel the energy. That was just a great experience.”

- Ben Goessling

BY THE NUMBERS

.618 Winning percentage for the Nationals when Ryan Zimmerman, Lastings Milledge and Elijah Dukes are all on the active roster (21-13). The team was 35-75 when one or more of those players was hurt.

WEDNESDAY´S GAME

Nationals LHP Odalis Perez Record, ERA: 6-10, 4.19

Mets RHP Mike Pelfrey Record, ERA: 13-9, 3.62

Time: 7:10 p.m. TV: MASN

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