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Game 139: Bullpen & Soto Get the Last Laugh After Nolin's Ejection

September 09, 2021
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Game 139: Bullpen & Soto Get the Last Laugh After Nolin's Ejection
Show Notes

The Nationals doubled up the Braves 4-2 in a game that saw a contentious opening inning.  Mark & Al recap Sean Nolin being ejected after just eight pitches for throwing at Freddie Freeman.  They explain what led to the retaliation and how it was explained afterwards by the Nats.  Was it right to throw at Freeman after what happened to Soto on Tuesday night?

(17:14) The bullpen stepped up big time by recording 26 outs from six different pitchers. How creative will Washington need to be the next few days after so many guys had to throw on Wednesday evening?

(20:30) Juan Soto crushed the go ahead solo HR in the 7th and memorably blew a kiss in the direction of the Atlanta bullpen and Will Smith (who plunked Soto on Tuesday).  Soto & Josh Bell each went deep and finally caught up to Kyle Schwarber (!) for the team lead in HRs (25).

(35:09) The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony curiously took place on Wednesday afternoon in Cooperstown, NY.  The hosts critically examine the decision to hold the event in the middle of the week with little to no fanfare; despite the high profile induction of Derek Jeter.   Why does Baseball continually not market itself as well as other sports?