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Carlos Gomez slide into second upsets Ian Desmond (Video)

Can a man not even slide into second base hard anymore?

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was upset with Carlos Gomez for a hard slide the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder made into second base during the bottom of the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game.

The Brewers were up 9-2 and had men on first and second with one out when Lyle Overbay grounded a ball to Desmond at short. Desmond flipped to Kevin Frandsen at second, and Frandsen turned the double play to end the inning. Desmond remained on the field to say something to Gomez, who made a hard slide into second to try breaking up the double play.

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What was Desmond’s problem? Gomez was playing too hard.

“In a World Series game, you slide like that. In a seven-run differential game, there’s no time for that,” Desmond said after the game via MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy.

Give me a break. Until the losing team decides to concede the game, why should the winning team stop playing hard/properly/the way you’re supposed to? That’s really poor on Desmond’s part.

Ian Desmond shaved his goatee in the middle of a game

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For whatever reason, baseball players are some of the most superstitious athletes in sports. Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is no exception.

On Tuesday night, Desmond strolled to the plate in the 1st inning with a goatee and ended up grounding into a double play. When he returned for his second at-bat in the 3rd inning, the facial hair was gone.

As JP Finlay of CSNWashington.com pointed out, Desmond flied out to right in the 3rd and grounded out again in the 6th. Losing the goatee did not seem to give him a boost on a night where he went 1-for-4 and the Nationals lost 4-2, but I guess it was worth a try. As Bryce Harper reminded us a few months back, MLB players are willing to try some incredibly weird things to help them find success.

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Ian Desmond says Mark DeRosa lost his Natitude card for signing with Blue Jays

Mark-DeRosa-NationalsMark DeRosa has played 14 seasons in the major leagues and worn the uniform of seven different MLB teams. On Tuesday, the outfielder signed a $775,000 contract to play with his eighth team, the Toronto Blue Jays. Apparently this upset Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.

By signing with Toronto, Desmond says DeRosa gave up his “Natitude card.”

Such is the life of a 37-year-0ld journeyman. DeRosa hit a whopping .188 in 48 games for the Nationals last season, so I’m guessing teams weren’t lining up to make him an offer. When you get to the point in your career where you come down with an injury because of a high-five, teams tend to get skeptical. The Blue Jays probably made the best offer, not to mention they’ve assembled a pretty good team for the upcoming season and DeRosa could be playing for a contender. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions in your career — even if it means giving up your Natitude card.

H/T SbB Live

Ian Desmond: Miguel Batista Throws Like Miss Iowa

There was a benches-clearing incident in Jupiter, Florida during the spring training game between the Nats and Cardinals on Monday. It all started when Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan (he of the legendary fit fame) bumped into Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols while running down the first base line. The Cards thought it was intentional so Chris Carpenter hit Laynce Nix two batters later. In the bottom half of the inning, Nats pitcher Livan Hernandez threw at Colby Rasmus to even the score and admitted it was intentional.

What seemed to throw everything off and cause the benches to clear was when Cardinals pitcher Miguel Batista threw at Nats shortstop Ian Desmond in the 7th. Since the hit batsmen score was 1-1, the Nats felt dosing Desmond was unnecessary. Even if the Cardinals had gone up 2-1 in the hit batsmen score, the Nats ended everything when Ian Desmond dropped the ultimate zinger on Batista. After the game, Desmond said “Yeah, it was intentional, but I mean Miggy throws like Miss Iowa. It’s no big deal.”

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