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I've already submitted a question about the nightmare that would be trading for Preston Wilson.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 10:22 AM
I've already submitted 10 questions each about Dayn Perry and Will Carroll.
By Ryan, at 5/11/2005 10:45 AM
I've only got two questions. I feel so inadequate.
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 12:32 PM
I'm at 8
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 1:14 PM
I've come up with my favorite weird location yet ... let's see if it comes up.
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 1:25 PM
I've got two in. Bring it on!
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 1:51 PM
how did this St. Barry stuff start?
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 1:57 PM
The nickname?I started calling him St. Barry of Svrluga.Part because he's good. And part because Svrluga sounds more like a place than a surname.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 1:59 PM
All Rise as Svrluga enters
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 2:00 PM
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:00 PM
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:00 PM
Glad to see he started on time, unlike some people I could mention.
By Ryan, at 5/11/2005 2:01 PM
And there's no way, shape or form that 12 pitchers makes sense. Let Armas and Vargas shadow each other. If you can't get 6-7 innings a night between them, then I don't know what to tell ya.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:02 PM
12 doesn't make sense only if you're not carrying dead weight like Blanco.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:02 PM
Narnia? What the hell is that?! Come on! ;)
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 2:04 PM
Inning Endy reference !!!
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:04 PM
I guess it's ok to call Baerga a fat load in public then. Works for me!
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:04 PM
Guzman may be catching it, but he's throwing half of them away!
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:06 PM
Love itCheltenham, Md.: Any chance of Clemens going to the O's later this year if they still look to be in the chase?Barry Svrluga: Let me think about that. No.
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:06 PM
He is St. Barry because he has an edge to him
some in the organization don't think Carroll can play the position on an every-day basis.I guess Ryan's and OMGs! beatdown of him caused him to go back on his remark ;)
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:08 PM
I'd like to see Carroll in a groundball pitcher/flyball pitcher platoon with Vidro, actually.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:09 PM
guess Ryan's and OMGs! beatdown of him caused him Silly rabbit. He's only heard of Ballwonk and Natfanatics. If you want knowledge of the blogs, you call on Fahrenthold, right? :-)
By Basil, at 5/11/2005 2:10 PM
*Sigh*... Anytime I see a strange place name I'm just going to have to assume its one of you all over there. I would ask a question, but I gots nothing.
By D, at 5/11/2005 2:11 PM
Don't worry, D. We obviously don't have much either!
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:12 PM
I say let Carroll play while Guzman is out. It can't hoit. Maybe he's actually good. Sometimes I don't think we get a chance to see who's good.
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:13 PM
If you were to pick five pitchers from the national league to build your rotation this year (not fantasy rotation), who would you choose? If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:13 PM
WHATS' WIHT ALL THE O'S QESTIONS? DC IS A NATS TOWN! POST SUX, LIVERAL WEANIES!![/bpg mode]
By Basil, at 5/11/2005 2:14 PM
There's a BPG poster for sure.
By Ryan, at 5/11/2005 2:14 PM
From another site:The Washington Post is also going all-out on the Nats, although vigilant Baltimore fans have kept the paper from cutting Orioles coverage too much. "Some people seem to be obsessed with that question," said Barry Svrluga, the Post's Nationals beat writer. "In some ways I think it's bumped the Orioles coverage up."Two sportswriter positions at the Post that had been left unfilled due to a hiring freeze were "unfrozen" to accommodate the additional reporting demands of a new team, Garcia-Ruiz said.Take THAT BPG Weenies!
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:15 PM
Ah, complaining about WTEM. I guess folks got tired of complaining about the Post coverage of the O's, so they've picked another media outlet.Although I agree with everything they say.
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:16 PM
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:16 PM
I think it needs the phrase "teh suck" in it.
By D, at 5/11/2005 2:16 PM
WTEM is teh stoopid!!!111!!!
By Ryan, at 5/11/2005 2:17 PM
Barry's covering his tracks in the Guillen answer so as to not inflame Ryan.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:17 PM
I feel better now.
By D, at 5/11/2005 2:17 PM
He did a good job, too. That was teh reasonable!!1111!!!!
By Ryan, at 5/11/2005 2:18 PM
am I the only one who doesn't really like the DC hat? I don't mind the DC logo, but the entire cap design is minor league.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:18 PM
Now complaining about ballcap avalability...I'm learning SO much about the team in this chat!
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:18 PM
What kind of fucking question is that hat one? That is a BPG guy
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:18 PM
i definitely prefer the script W - classic
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 2:19 PM
And yeah--I'm not that thrilled with the DC hat, either. May eventually get it, but not 'til after I get the road hat.
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:19 PM
I'm a block W guy, but I'll even take our current Walgreen's monstrosity over the DC.
By Ryan, at 5/11/2005 2:20 PM
Think of the mothers, Angelos! Think of the mothers!
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:20 PM
My wife wants to get the DC hat, but she was a former Howard Dean volunteer, so he distaste for red, script Ws I can somewhat tolerate. She's also going to send one to my brother in law in SF.
By D, at 5/11/2005 2:20 PM
but St. Claire is probably the most respected member of the Nationals' coaching staff from the outside.Is this a compliment?
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:21 PM
at least it's a Nats-related question that matters
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:21 PM
i concur - can we talk baseball instead of merchandise and concessions?! It pisses me off to no end the people who complain about the lack of beer selection or no sushi at the ballpark. There's a ballgame going on, people!!!!!!! Who cares?!
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 2:21 PM
Now another complaint about the O's TV coverage!!! I thought this chat was about NATIONALS baseball. Thus far it's beeen about the O's (Roger Clemens? Please--who's on crack here?), local media that aren't the Post, hat availability and now O's television access in North Carolina. Who the hell is choosing these questions for Barry anyway?
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:21 PM
(whispers) I love the DC hat.
By Basil, at 5/11/2005 2:21 PM
Brian on the pole?Good job with the coding!
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:22 PM
Panera questionas are always softballs sure to make it. ;)
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:22 PM
You make up fake locales, you get crappy questions in return. Proverbs 28:89.
By Basil, at 5/11/2005 2:22 PM
Now more talk about Pedro. But what I really wanna know is why the hell aren't they playing Church more? Won't someone please ask a question about the Washington Nationals?
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:23 PM
South Pole? [[Ding!]]Oh boy...
By D, at 5/11/2005 2:23 PM
copy and paste at its finest
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:23 PM
I like how you specified Antarctica so as to separate it from the South Pole in Myanmar.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:23 PM
Myanmar? you mean Burma?
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 2:24 PM
Forks of Salmon... not bad
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 2:25 PM
Constantinople? Istanbul?I come from a poor town. We had old maps. ;)
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:25 PM
Hm. That is true--Soriano would give us the leadoff man we've been looking for.But I'm still mad at him from the 2003 Series. My mother could strike him out by pitching shit low and outside. He swings at everything down there--I was ready to buy him golf clubs!Or maybe a gently used hockey stick.
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:26 PM
I need this letter delivered to the Prussian consulate in Siam by autogyro!
By Ryan, at 5/11/2005 2:26 PM
[elvis] thank you. thank you very much [/elvis]
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:26 PM
Constantinople? Istanbul?Istan . . . bul? Never heard of it. ;-)
By Basil, at 5/11/2005 2:27 PM
Soriano's even less of an ideal leadoff man than Wilkerson. He has speed, but less discipline and less OBP. He's a run-driver-inner. Not a run-setter-upper.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:28 PM
Wow--a half-hour in before Comcast/MASN was mentioned. A new record.
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:29 PM
1. I like the DC hat myself.2. Alfonso Soriano is a leadoff hitter like I'm a world-class ballerina.3. If this team signs Billy Wagner I'm going to be seriously fucking pissed off.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:29 PM
All hockey sticks are gently used these days.
By D, at 5/11/2005 2:29 PM
Agreed on Wagner. He's an older closer with arm problems. And he's not worth the 8-10MM a year he's going to cost. For that price you can get a real shortstop! :)
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:30 PM
Billy Wagner is at the end of the road ... if you are going to go after a closer, go after one in their prime (not that I agree they have to)
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:31 PM
NJ for the game? I can see it. Derek Lee has to cool off first though, bc Helton and Pujols are locks.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:31 PM
If John Astin makes the All-Star game, the 'stache has to go
Give him a break, he was in The City, felt like the 'stache would help him fit in.
By D, at 5/11/2005 2:32 PM
He might make the bad facial hair all-stars.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:32 PM
Shouldn't we give Cordero a little time? It seems to me that we could use other help sooner than we need to address the closer position. Cordero is adequate at the very least (probably much moreso IMO).
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:32 PM
If Astin keeps the 'stache, maybe a fan club with appropriate cheesy fake moustaches will appear (a la the Wolf Pack in Philly)
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:33 PM
Alfonso Soriano is a leadoff hitter like I'm a world-class ballerinaHey! I knew you looked familiar!
By Basil, at 5/11/2005 2:34 PM
Cordero's adequate (moreso, probably), but I wouldn't complain about having two shut-down relievers, as long as neither one is named Billy Wagner.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:34 PM
Cordero does two things well:Beat the hell out of left-handed pitching, and;Beat the hell out of women in his life.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:34 PM
wrong Cordero Chris
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:34 PM
Wrong Cordero there, Adams.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:35 PM
MattNats, I agree. I don't get the need for a stud closer.Now, dependable, multi-inning middle relievers, I can see. Especially if they are young and cheap and . . . eh, nevermind.
By Basil, at 5/11/2005 2:35 PM
Screw you all!
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:36 PM
and rhyme with Chuckles?
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:36 PM
Sorry, Cordero comment was meant to contribute to the closer discussion (a la Wagner). But I didn't make that clear.
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:36 PM
I'm actually pretty happy with our pen, now that we've subtracted Horgan and Osuna.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:36 PM
Yeah, the pen has been pretty damned good. And as long as they refuse to start El Gigante, it's pretty damn deep.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:37 PM
You were clear, it's just that Chris has this Bud White LA Confidential thing going on.
By Ryan, at 5/11/2005 2:37 PM
You mean you're pleased that we don't have guys with 42 ERAs and .514 BAs against????!!!!!! ;-)
By Basil, at 5/11/2005 2:38 PM
"It's your world...we be the squirrels"? What the hell is that supposed to mean?
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:38 PM
Squirrels? Is that a CC Music Factory reference?
By D, at 5/11/2005 2:39 PM
I don't get the squirrel thing, Dog!
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:40 PM
harvest your nuts!
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 2:40 PM
Left-handed pitchers--now THAT'S something to trade for.Why?We don't have any.Please, for the love of God, no more outfielders! Not now, anyway. Just play Church in center, Wilk in left, Guillen in right and be done with it.Am I the only one who thinks this?
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:41 PM
From "Everybody Dance Now" by C+C Music Factory, I think..."It's your world, and I'm just a squirreltrying to get a nutto move your buttc'mon let's danceeverybody over hereeverybody over there."I think, if I remember. Of course, I could be real off on that one.
By D, at 5/11/2005 2:41 PM
I'm listening to the Phillies broadcast: "Fortunately, no potatoes were harmed for the Phillies-Diamondbacks series next week."Is everybody doing acid and forgot to give me some?
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:41 PM
That sounds about right, Matt!
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:41 PM
QUALITY LHPs ... but the Nationals are on a long list of teams looking for that
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:42 PM
yuda cracks me up
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 2:42 PM
Subtext on the Fagelson answer, as seen by Jacques Derrida:"Fuck Goff. Fuck Soccer."
By D, at 5/11/2005 2:42 PM
The squirrel idea isn't original to that song or anything. You know, it's Barry's world and I'm just a squirrel trying to get a nut.
By Ryan, at 5/11/2005 2:42 PM
Mattnats: Yes, I agree. I'll note, though, that the evidence is rather inconclusive that a team actually NEEDS a LH reliever, if only for the sake of it.Now, if there's a good one that available, sure.
By Basil, at 5/11/2005 2:42 PM
the obligatory attendance question
He hasn't answered my question about what to do about back pain yet, the bastard.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:44 PM
A quality reliever, of course! Otherwise, we could go with Horgan.And who'd wanna do a damn fool thing like that?
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:44 PM
He even avoided back problems on the Bill Bray question. Way to keep up with the team, Barry! :P
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:45 PM
Hinckley is in Potomac ... no?
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:45 PM
Yuda--did you think you were writing the "Health" chat or something?
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:45 PM
Well, given that in the first half of the chat there were approximately zero Nats questions, I figured I had a fighting chance.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:46 PM
This Sawx $hit is making me sick! Is there anyplace where one can talk Red Sox free baseball?
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:46 PM
oh Jesus ... I am not looking forward to the BPG board when early drawings are released
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:46 PM
Hinkster just joined Harrisburg.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:46 PM
Hinckley sure as hell isn't at Harrisburg, I'll tell you that much.Sure, MattNats, but there's a lot of distance between "Horgan'05" and "quality lefty," IMHO, and many teams do stock one or even two lefties just because those guys are lefty and can get guys out occasionally. It's a waste, or at least it might be.
By Basil, at 5/11/2005 2:47 PM
Oh he did, Chris?Next Rueckel Report will report joyous news. He and Rasner were getting lonely at the top, I reckon.
By Basil, at 5/11/2005 2:48 PM
I submitted the Sox question. Relax ;)
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:48 PM
Crazy Woman Creek --- niiice
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 2:49 PM
Nope... they started him off in Potomac. Weird. He was originally slotted for AA. I guess they want time for his arm to heal and him to not overthrow.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:49 PM
thank you again
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:49 PM
I've gotta say, I've never been horribly impressed with SportsTalk, myself.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:50 PM
Getting sick of the BPG board myself. Seems like the same old stuff every day. I used to peruse every thread, but now it's just more prattle about the TV deal, DC vs. VA as a baseball site (why?) and whining about various things that are only tangentially related to the actual play of the Washington Nationals.
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:50 PM
WOW...But St. Claire doesn't talk like he grew up at the bottom of the East River.
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:50 PM
I never gave the BPG forum a fair shake because the ugly, ugly icons in their design horrified me.But it sounds like I didn't really miss much either.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:52 PM
Whoever's complaining about Nats fans being an unhappy bunch has obviously not lived here during Redskins season.
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:53 PM
Then keep participating in the comments here, Matt. We veer off on tangents, but there are some good points made too! :)
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:53 PM
BPG Cliff notes for Yuda:Ballgame!!!B-O-O-N-D-O-G-G-L-EKowalckites!!!Period
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:53 PM
whoever "Washington, D.C." is with that Nats anger question better watch out or he'll end up in Guantanamo Bay or something!
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 2:53 PM
I'll say that BPG is better than, say, the actual Nationals.com bulletin board, which is so full of moronic trolls (and the morons who respond to them) as to be unreadable.
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:54 PM
Chris--why do you think I'm here?:)
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:55 PM
but there are some good points made too! Who? Name one person. ;)
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:55 PM
Have we had trouble with left-handed hitters over the weekend or something that everybody's clamoring for a LHRP now?
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 2:56 PM
nationals.scout.com board used to be pretty good until people just seemed to desert it.
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 2:56 PM
Now a Royals question! What's this chat about again?
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:56 PM
Mattnats:later this afternoon, come by yuda.org/gameday for, as we call it, "Witless Banter Tangentially Related to the Game…"
How many times is he going to answer a Hinckley question?
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:57 PM
MattNats - you'll never be the same again after spending gameday in one of those chats... think hard about this!
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 2:57 PM
Dammit... answer my double switch question
We're doing fine against most hitters (apparently), but it'd be nice to have a quality (yes, quality) lefty as a bullpen option.And right now, we don't.Of course, we don't have a starting second baseman, or shortstop (not that we ever did), or...
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 2:58 PM
Pena has some legal issue, too, doesn't he?
By Basil, at 5/11/2005 2:58 PM
I HATE it when people start clamoring for prospects for the sake of prospects....Just like that godawful nugget about Desmond I read this morning.I submitted a Frank question similar to the one he took, but was more specific. I wish he had taken mine instead-- it would've forced a different kind of answer.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 2:58 PM
MattNats was at the chatter last night (before I wussed out---and yes, I saw the comments!), right?
By Basil, at 5/11/2005 2:59 PM
I was listening to KC pre-game at lunch (yes I am a loser), Baird said Pena has some "personal" issues.
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 2:59 PM
Why was Armas' pitch limit at 110 in the first place? He wasn't going that deep into games in the minors. And the guys a constant rehab case!?!
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 3:00 PM
Bah - he didn't really answer my question. Yeah, there are a lot of potential starters, but Rauch is at least the fifth-best one, right?
By Ryan, at 5/11/2005 3:00 PM
I was in Yuda last night for a brief while, until my batteries ran low, which reminded me that it was probably bedtime anyway.I can't make it tonight, but rest assured you haven't heard the last of me.Mwaaaahahahaha!
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 3:00 PM
Rumor is Pena had his own Missouri version of Desparate Housewives going on.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 3:01 PM
Disappointing answer for the ol' fellow from Bayern
and thus concludes another hour of wasted productivity for YOUR federal government
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 3:02 PM
You can't leave us! I've got questions still, damnit!
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 3:02 PM
Bah - St. barry's losing his touch
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 3:02 PM
Much better than last week, I must say.
By Ryan, at 5/11/2005 3:02 PM
Don't forget the private sector!
I must admit to finding the monicker "Wily Mo" questionable anyway. I'm kind of glad I don't have to yell it during games. Sorta begs the reply, "Yeah, I got your Wily Mo..."
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 3:02 PM
it was better than last week, true. maybe i just get so let down when he leaves
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 3:03 PM
Wily Mo works much better if you think of him in terms of the cartoon Coyote.
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 3:03 PM
I won't be around tonight either. I think once I get home this evening I'm going to lie down and not get back up for about 14 hours.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 3:04 PM
Yep, another hour of wasted productivity. One of these days I'm going to have to actually work.
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 3:04 PM
rocket ... did he leave you at your "peak"? ;)
By Brian, at 5/11/2005 3:04 PM
Rocket, take solace in the fact that he's doing it for us. So that we can read 500 words of good copy. Plus a notebook!
By Chris Needham, at 5/11/2005 3:04 PM
PENIS JOKE ALERT!
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 3:04 PM
But if you say "Wily Pena" really fast, you could get slapped if it's taken out of context.
By MattNats, at 5/11/2005 3:05 PM
funny, it was hard to find a good rocket picture that didn't look sexual
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 3:06 PM
I see you gave up on that quest and just went with what was on hand.
By Yuda, at 5/11/2005 3:07 PM
damn you, disgusting mental picture
By Rocket1124, at 5/11/2005 3:08 PM
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