Monday, September 05, 2005

You Only Miss Me When I'm Gone

I'm back. Overly tanned. Slightly dehydrated. And ready for a vacation from my vaction. But there were many things I learned while on my summer vacation. I thought I'd share.

1. There are actual living, breathing Nationals fans in Torrey, UT. Don't ask me how they got there. Don't ask me why they're there. Just know that they're there. Strangely, I think they get to see more games on TV than we do.

2. You can run into Nationals fans in strange places -- such as the Bristlecone Pine Tree Loop at Bryce Canyon.

3. Same park, different hat -- a group of Montreal (at least I'm assuming by Les Expos hats they donned) eyed me warily. No, I wasn't going to steal their wallet, and I most certainly wasn't behind the stealing of their team -- even if I'm enjoying the fruits of that theft.

4. It's really hard to get Nationals updates in the middle of nowhere. Most of the places we stayed didn't have a TV. Those that did just had ESPN, and the Nats highlights usually come on right after the Edmonton Oilers updates.

In 2+ weeks, there weren't any boxscores, and the only video I managed to catch was Cristian Guzman's game-losing statue impersonation against the Mets a few weeks back, and half an inning of the Braves game where they rallied only to lose. Strangely, it was refreshing.

And strangely, nothing happened. They're basically in the same position they were before -- which is to say, not a good one.

5. Red Nationals hats can get disgusting very easily. Between the red rock dust, 100 degree temperatures, hikes through the desert, and a bleaching sun, even Steve Kline would tell me to wash my hat.

6. I need to aim higher: In the short time of this blog, I've advocated trading for two stopgap players, both of which happened: Junior Spivey, and Deivi Cruz. I'm not so presumptuous as to think that anyone of any importance is reading this (crushing to your ego, I know), but in case anyone is, next time, trade for Albert Pujols, ok?

Well, what did I miss? Did you learn anything from watching the team over the last three weeks? If you had to tell someone who was wandering through the desert for a few weeks about the way this team has played lately, what would you say? Anything stick out?

In the meantime, I have a lot of boxscores to sort through. I'm debating about doing retro Whips and Ducks. But I don't know if I have that much time...! :)

7 Comments:

  • welcome back, chris.

    this team continues to turn the corner only to hit a new patch of quicksand in doing so.

    f-rob is getting plenty of shut-eye.

    bowden is truly an ass.

    By Blogger pete, at 9/05/2005 7:06 AM  

  • Welcome back! You gotta do the whips and ducks, if only to give Jason Bergmann the praise he deserved for the game in Atlanta when Patterson went down with "stomach cramps." Bergmann jumped into the fray, pitched very well, singled and scored the tying run, and got the win.

    By Blogger Basil, at 9/05/2005 10:20 AM  

  • BTW---

    And strangely, nothing happened. They're basically in the same position they were before -- which is to say, not a good one

    ---strangely, I'd say "fairly better," especially since Friday night. It's still not likely to happen because of Houston's schedule, but our position with respect to the Phils, Marlins, and Mets has probably improved a bit, because we have the home games.

    Or you could be counting all the injuries, in which case I agree. ;-)

    By Blogger Basil, at 9/05/2005 10:33 AM  

  • Great to have you back :-)
    And yes, as a season-long reader, I vote for retroactive whips and ducks.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/05/2005 2:41 PM  

  • Thanks, Mr. Anonymous! I've appreciated your work.

    Fine, I'll trudge through the boxscores tonight. The time zone changes are killing me anyway.

    (That wasn't guilt trippy enough, was it?)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 9/05/2005 4:47 PM  

  • Welcome Back! Let's see what you missed: anemic offense, thin pitching, managerial idiocy, general manager oddities, team president penny-pinching, Boswell cheerleading, St. Barry digging and Yuda chat topicless banter; all of them combining to put is in the thick of the wild card race.

    Pretty much the same old same old.

    By Blogger DM, at 9/05/2005 10:59 PM  

  • I was the Anon up there - kind of like my Nataholics Anonymous days I guess. Computer / Blogger.com issue.

    By Anonymous Scott M. Collins, at 9/06/2005 8:17 AM  

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