April 5, 2012 |
After Stephen Strasburg dominated for seven innings, Ian Desmond singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth Thursday to give the Washington Nationals a season-opening 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. Strasburg, starting his first opener, allowed one run and five hits, struck out five and walked one. He reached 98 mph when he struck out Starlin Castro in the sixth. Tyler Clippard (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth to win in relief, and Brad Lidge got the save. ...
April 21, 2012 |
Stephen Strasburg watched from the dugout Saturday afternoon as Ian Desmond walked into the batter's box in the 10th inning. His victory had vanished after Brad Lidge made a hash of the ninth inning, but Strasburg never worried. "There's no sense of panic when we get to that situation," he said later. "We know that if the guy up to bat doesn't get it done, the next guy will. " Less than a month into the season, the Washington Nationals have conditioned...
April 28, 2011 |
Tuesday night, Ian Desmond cradled his newborn son in his left arm and held his smart phone in right hand. He focused most of his attention on hours-old Grayson Wesley Desmond, the first child whose birth he would later call "indescribable. " He also peeked at that phone, which displayed the Washington Nationals ' game. Desmond tended to his wife and newborn son during his two days on paternity leave, but he also watched the Nationals lose twice and wished he...
April 6, 2013 |
CINCINNATI — Ian Desmond became a professional baseball player at 18, and over the years, slowly and painfully, the game taught him to forget mistakes. He once allowed errors to stick in his head for days, one bad play leading to more. "Now it's like, I make an error, you got to deal with it," Desmond said. "Bounce back, keep on moving forward. " Saturday afternoon, Desmond stepped to the plate at Great American Ball Park in the 11th inning. He had made...
March 21, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Part of the fabric of a baseball player is the ability to trudge through an arduous season, the longest of all professional sports. This year, the Washington Nationals ' spring training schedule is 34 games, the regular season a marathon of 162 games (if there is not a tie for a playoff spot) and, should they reach the playoffs, they could play a maximum of 20 more games through the end of the World Series. That's 216 games over the span of nine months.
October 9, 2012 |
The rest of the country missed its chance this summer to meet Ian Desmond . An oblique injury sidelined him from the All-Star Game, and so he never stepped onto the national stage. The baseball world never got to watch him corral grounders other shortstops would watch roll into the outfield, to see him spray line drives across the diamond, to witness Desmond's years of toil give way to rare athletic gifts that make him, after eight professional seasons, maybe the crucial player on...