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National's Park Sun Monster

During the September 9 game against the Marlins, Bryce Harper lost a routine fly ball in the sun. Because the Nationals played a lackluster game, this missed fly ball did not effect the outcome-the Nats lost 8-0. Additionally, the Marlins centerfielder, Justin Ruggiano, lost a fly ball in the sun.

Sunday, September 23, Harper again lost a routine fly ball in the sun the result being at least one run for the Brewers. Later in the game Jayson Werth lost a routine fly ball in right field which sealed the Nats fate, the Nats losing to the Brewers 6-2. Yesterday, September 24, the Brewers centerfielder, Carlos Gomez lost a routine fly ball in the sun leading to two runs for the Nats who went on to win 12-2.

Werth had this to say about the conditions in day ball:

"I don't remember a worse sun field, worse sun conditions. You almost don't have a chance out there as the game goes on."

"It is just a matter of being lucky and not getting a ball hit to you when it's in your field of vision. Even then, if the ball is hit to your left early in the game, it goes into the sun. And if it goes to your right later in the game, it goes in the sun. And if it's hit right at you in the middle of the game, you are in trouble."

In Sunday's game Werth had it, had it, lost it, ducked and covered.

For a look at the sun from centerfield and more pictures of Harper and Werth trying to field routine fly balls with the sun in their eyes note this article.

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