Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Apocalypse Eventually

So, contrary to the pleadings of a San Diego baseball fan, Stephen Strasburg will not make his major league debut in San Diego this weekend.

I don't give a darn about San Diego and their hopes to see Strasburg debut in his hometown. And it's probably a good thing the Nats would avoid the PR backlash of debuting him on the road when tickets to the June 4th game are selling briskly.


We're trying to win ballgames here. It's an inexact science to try to game the Super Two system in advance, but the Nats would likely clear that hurdle the this week with Strasburg. And if you are trying to ease his entry to The Show, it is undeniable that San Diego would be a friendly debut environment.

I understand wanting to see him first at home. But if J.D. Martin gets his head bashed in at Petco and that game ends up mattering somehow - I suspect we'll all agree that we would have all gotten over not seeing Strasburg debut in D.C.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I'm too tired...

I'm too tired and lazy to "yakety sax" that debacle of a game. But click on these three "greatest hits" from last year, and just imagine you're watching tonight's game. Same idea.

Ball four

Fielding a bunt

Stealing second

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Memo to Rizzo:

USAirways Flight 4493 departs Syracuse at 6:11 am tomorrow.

(Click on image to enlarge)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Rest in Peace, Ernie Harwell (1918-2010)

I've tried my best to wax poetic about Ernie Harwell before, but this time I'll let a Detroit newspaper, Joe Posnanski and my favorite piece of memorabilia do the talking.

We'll miss you, Ernie.

And thank you.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Relevant Mediocrity...

With the Braves in town tonight for the start of a stretch where the Nats have a chance to seize the DC spotlight, and in light of Chris' post about high-water marks, it seems as good a time as any to revisit the most memorable moment of the last two-plus seasons...

Watching that clip over two years later after a 13-12 start from the Nats, the interview with Zimmerman which begins around the 2:50 mark is what caught my attention - in particular a snippet from the answer around the 3:35 mark:
To be honest with you, I think there's just too many people on this team that are tired of being mediocre.... We're ready to win, and we're ready to win now.
With the benefit of hindsight of 2008 and 2009, there's a lot of sad irony in the context of that quote.

But when applied in the context of April 2010, it pretty well sums up what I think many of us have enjoyed so far about this season. After two nearly entire seasons of games with absolutely no relevance or meaning, it's been interesting to be a Nats fan again.

And I know I'm not the first to point out how nice it is to care again, but as an out of market fan using up his Christmas gift on MLB Extra Innings, I'm glad to be putting my satellite to good use, at least for now. I even enjoyed being pissed off about the sloppy, sloppy 7-1 loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

Obviously it's easy to place too much importance on the first 25 games of any season, and it could easily go all downhill from here. And there's a brutal 27 games in 28 days left in May before the schedule gets a little easier in June - right around when reinforcements might arrive. But we can be a semi normal fans again. That much is a victory.

Though I could do without the reminder that Paul Lo Duca ever wore a Nats uniform.