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Ryan Zimmerman and Charlie Slowes Make Baseball’s Case

Every now and then the superiority of baseball over other team pastimes hits you in the face.

Or, at least, the ears.

The bottom of the ninth inning of Friday night's Nationals/Phillies game did just that for anybody listening on the Nats radio network.

The underdog Nationals entered the inning down two runs, then everything just started going their way, and the giddiness among Nats fans just kept building and building.

By the time Ryan Zimmerman came to the plate with the bases loaded and the rain-delayed game all tied up, a Nats win over the overdog Phillies seemed like destiny.

And Zimmerman, who's got an aura of destiny about him, too, delivered a game-ending grand slam that you just knew was coming.

Play-by-play man Charlie Slowes immortalized it all with a home run call for the ages: "Swing and a long one! Deep left field! Way back! It is gone! Goodbye! Goodnight!" (Trust me: It's better when you hear it.)

An inning like that gives you the kind of prolonged excitement as a fan that the, as Red Smith used to call them, "back and forth sports," where a team's offensive successes are usually immediately followed by the other team taking over possession of the ball, cannot provide.

Am I wrong?

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  • Jim Ed

    Nope, you're dead on. Add in the fact that the Phillies fans had essentially hijacked the stadium, and you've got baseball magic that other sports just can't match. For further examples, see ANYTHING ever done by Vin Scully.

    Also, all credit due to Charlie Slowes. He's proven himself to be one of the best radio guys in the country. Juxtapose his call of Zimmerman's grand slam vs Bob Carpenter on the TV Broadcast. Just astounding how much better Slowes is.

  • Jason

    No doubt, Charlie Slowes and Dave Jaggler are the best announcers in baseball. Frankly, I think Dave Shea was also great in the booth with Slowes, but Jaggler is a happy addition. Like a lot of people, I find it hard not to want to SEE the game live, but Charlie and Dave might just be the best thing in the going for the Nats and listening to them is just as exciting as being in the park. I really do prefer to listen to them than see the game on TV.

    "A curly W is in the books!" - can you get better than that?

    Classy guys. Just like listening when I was a kid, but even better.