Killing time in a rain delay
It’s after 3 p.m. and the rain delay for the Reds-Nationals finale is at the two-hour mark. The next update we’re getting is at 4 p.m. ET.
Feel free to read today’s notebook, featuring new arrival 3B Mike Costanzo. He’s had an eight-year journey to reach the Majors at 28.
Also in that notebook, Dusty Baker pointed out he’d like his hitters to be more aggressive. He didn’t concede anything to the quality pitching displayed by the Nationals.
Baker believes that the strikeouts weren’t from being too aggressive, but not aggressive enough on quality pitches. Too often, in the manager’s mind, the pitcher has had strike one.
“You want to attack that fastball,” Baker said. “That’s what we have to start doing as a unit. Everybody is asking, ‘How come this guy is swinging at the first pitch sometimes, or do you want him to take a pitch?’ We’re taking fastballs and they’re getting ahead of us.
“I don’t know where people get that from, [asking], ‘Why do you swing at the first pitch?’ Especially with runners in scoring position, they’re going to get ahead of you. There are only one of two things they can do to you, they either run at you and get ahead, or run from you and hope you chase them. If you don’t, then they have to run at you.”
Not included in the notebook was Baker’s feelings on going to New York later this week for a rare trip where they face the Mets and Yankees in back-to-back series.
“I’ve never done that,” Baker said. “You don’t sleep in New York, even when you just go to your room. There is noise. Doors slamming all day and night. People coming in at 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning. Nobody in the town sleeps. You’ve got sirens and horns. You don’t sleep. The second thing is, when you leave New York, you think somebody broke in your room and stole some money because you are always coming up light. It’s true, I’m on the 52nd floor checking my windows. I remember the first time I went there, I had a burger, fries and a drink and it was $20…I ate it slower. I enjoyed every bite.”