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Nationals turning back the clock to 2006 with Mark DeRosa at shortstop

Oct 2, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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Remember how Davey Johnson said he doesn’t “give a rat’s ass” if people get upset at him for resting players once the Nationals had the division title all locked up?

Well, he wasn’t kidding.

Tonight against the Phillies he’s starting Mark DeRosa at shortstop, which is noteworthy because DeRosa is 35 years old and last played shortstop in 2008. And even that was for all of one inning.

DeRosa last started a game at shortstop in … 2006.

September 2, 2006 to be exact. He was the Rangers’ starting shortstop in a lineup that also featured Mark Teixeira at first base, Carlos Lee in left field, Hank Blalock at third base, and Gary Matthews Jr. in center field. And they were facing Indians left-hander Cliff Lee.

So yeah, it’s been a while.

  1. frenchysplatediscipline - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    What’s the uproar? It’s DeRosa – he will likely leave with an injury by the 3rd…

  2. El Bravo - Oct 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    DEROASTER!!!!!

  3. sumerduckman - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    That was my guess for tonight’s starting ss. My guess for the rest of the lineup, tonight and Wed.

    1b Tyler Moore
    2b Steve Lombardozzi
    3b Chad Tracy
    lf Shark!
    cf Eury Perez
    rf Corey Brown
    c Jesus Flores

    Should be fun!

  4. dcfan4life - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    hey it worked, they won!!! haha

    • recoveringcubsfan - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      True, but DeRosa made a bad error early. He made up for it with a frozen rope double later on. Still, let’s keep him on the pine as much as possible, eh, Davey?

      • natstowngreg - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:49 AM

        Not to worry, DeRosa is very unlikely to make the playoff roster.

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