Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Fouled-Off Bunts: Sue Me, Sue Me, What Can You Do Me? Edition

As the kids say, the new park is on time and on budget. (depending on your definition of "on budget."

  • These quotes by Ryan Zimmerman about how excited he is to be batting behind Felipe Lopez and Cristian Guzman (with subtle commentary by Barry) demonstrate again that listening to players talk isn't worth the effort 99% of the time.

  • Leave it to children to cut to the heart of the matter. From one of the caravan stops: "Will this be worth anything one day?" the kid asked. "Like if you get into the Hall of Fame?"

  • Manny Acta continues to demonstrate that patience is a virtue, plus more indications that LF is Church's job to lose. Wither Snelling?

  • Thom Loverro lobbed more stink balloons at the caravan.

  • Jacobson pins down Mike O'Connor. We re-confirm that he was injured long before he let on, and that he's unlikely to crack the rotation til Memorial Day (assuming he doesn't get smacked around in Triple-A)

  • Yet another reason for soccer fans to hate baseball.

  • The Mariners had a fanfest, and the natives were restless. There were lots of tough questions about the big trade. Apparently, they've isolated the problem with Vidro as his legs (oh, really?), and they're confident they can fix it. Good luck!

  • What do the Colts have in common with the Nats?

  • WaPo's Style Invitational recently (OK, it was two months ago; sue me) asked for its readers to transport Comic Strip characters to different eras and situations. One of the honorable mentions:
    "Peanuts": The Washington Nationals hire Charlie Brown, 65, as general manager, stating: "He's worked with teams composed of nothing more than a bunch of no-talent kids, a dog and a whining girl -- which makes him perfect for us."

  • HOT BLOGGER ACTION!!!!

    --Caps Nut looks at the funny player selections for the Washington Nationals 2007 calendar. As he notes, at least they had the good sense not to put FRobby on the cover.
    --A rigorous statistical analysis proves that the Nats pitchers suck. (How does one rigorously analyze the unknown; I can't name any sure bets for the pitching staff!)
    --Distinguished Senators is glad that Cap'n Leatherpants has thick skin.
    --Federal Baseball says that Joel Hanrahan (one of the Gang of 13) is going to have a hard time succeeding because of poor control.
    --NFA interviews the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Harrisburg Senators. He hasn't yet noticed any major changes in how the team is being run day-to-day.
    --OMG looks into what objectivity means and how perceptions of such come about.
    --Banks takes a few hacks at the Boz column from last week that I liked so much.
    --Eucalyptus found an even more objectionable line than Uncle Ted's own in the recent coverage of his talk at TW.
    --What's more fun than sportswriters in hard hats? (Comment three wins the award for most obscure, but appropriate, snark)
    --Steinberg shows what happens when you take a good and insightful reporter who doesn't take things too seriously and give them a blog. His account of a construction worker meeting Mike O'Connor wouldn't ever make the print paper, but it's something worth reading.

  • And finally... Nats 320 gets an audience with his excellency, Master James Q. Bowden. Part 1; Part 2 -- I like the anecdote in the comments to the first part from Tom about Manny Acta and the hecklers. I wish SBF had taken a picture of the magical white board. For those of you who've been around since the beginning, you'll recall that they have amazing powers of prognostication.

    I'll echo the comment I made there, too. Bowden defends the decision to not offer arbitration to Ramon Ortiz. At the time they declined, I though it was foolish and that their $7 millionish figure was crazy. Given how well they did with the other arbitration cases, it's safe to give them the benefit of the doubt on that one!

  • 19 Comments:

    • I too noted Barry's little parentheticals. Good stuff.

      By Blogger Sam, at 1/30/2007 2:22 PM  

    • A close up of the board was a No NO, but you can see it to the left of Bowden in the shot with Bowden, me and the baseball staff.

      By Blogger Screech's Best Friend, at 1/30/2007 5:28 PM  

    • Your photog should have slid over two paces, SBF! ;-)

      By Anonymous Basil, at 1/30/2007 5:34 PM  

    • Here's an idea-If you hate (which you seem to) and are going to bad mouth the Nats so much, why don't you go get behind another team. Maybe the Yankees, or...let's see, who might go to the WS this year, the Mets!!! I bet Mets fans would love to have you. The Nats are not what you need. They are rebuilding from the ground up, and they don't need a cynical "fan" like you to criticize their every move and shit on everything the franchise tries to do. This is going to be a long slog, regardless of whether we overspend for Barry Zito-and while i respect your opinion, people like you don't deserve to celebrate when the Nats make it to the Series in 3-4 years. True fans don't bag on the team before they've even started Year 1 of the rebuilding. Stan Kasten knows what he's doing-look at the success the Braves have had in the last 15 years. They didn't win a championship-no-but with their fanbase, karma's a bitch. So, get behind this team!! I understand that complaining is part of being a fan, but it seems like it's all you ever do. Get over it or go be a fan somewhere else.

      By Anonymous Mike, at 1/31/2007 2:23 AM  

    • Mike --

      Short response: Eat a dick.

      Longer response: Don't tell me what kind of fan I am. And don't tell me whether I'm worthy of supporting your goddamn team.

      If you think I hate the team, then you're obviously having some problems with reading comprehension (especially because there's nothing in this particular post that could lead you to that)

      We're rebuilding? No shit! As I've said a billion times before, I support the team, and what they're trying to build for long-term.

      I think Stan Kasten would be disappointed with the kind of fan you are to not know his background well enough to know that he DID win a championship in 1995. Perhaps your head was too far up your ass at the time though?

      See! I can be a prick, too! :)

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 1/31/2007 8:54 AM  

    • If you hate (which you seem to)

      Interesting. I'm laying a buck on a No True Scotsman in our near future.

      The Nats are not what you need

      Developing . . .

      they don't need a cynical "fan" like you

      Watch for it. I'm giddy with anticipation!

      and while i respect your opinion

      Hmm, that was an unexpected turn . . .

      people like you don't deserve to celebrate when the Nats make it to the Series in 3-4 years

      Much better!

      True fans

      THERE IT IS!!!! Yay!

      Moving on . . .

      I understand that complaining is part of being a fan, but it seems like it's all you ever do

      There are about a dozen of us idiot bloggers out there. Perhaps three didn't pan the Soriano trade at the time it was made. Chris was one of those three. To boot, he actually explored specifically why Soriano could succeed in RFK, and lo and behold that's exactly what Soriano did.

      He also passionately loves Screech.

      Get over it or go be a fan somewhere else

      How exactly would this ultimatum be enforced?

      Besides, he's still a Yankee fan in real life. This blog is just part of his community service from that unfortunate incident a few years ago.

      By Anonymous Basil, at 1/31/2007 9:22 AM  

    • Hey Mike-

      You read Nats320? Seems like it's much more your speed. You should check it out. Maybe spefically the interview they had with Bowden. And maybe specifically the part of the interview when Bowden was asked about bloggers who criticize him. His response?

      "...Its really great. The good thing is—They are all talking about baseball, AND THEY CARE!!. Whether someone is ripping you or praising you, THEY CARE, and that’s what its all about. WE WANT EVERYONE IN WASHINGTON TO CARE ABOUT THE NATIONALS!!"

      Like it or not, Chris defintely fits in that category. (Basil? Not so much.)

      So suck it trebek.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/31/2007 9:47 AM  

    • Yegods, Mike.

      Anyhow, while I sure hope the team makes the Series in 3-4 years, and I think the current rebuilding is the right thing for the team to be doing, I get pretty tired of the notion that this is some brilliant cutting-edge plan that worked in Atlanta and now we get to do it so we're going to the Serious 14 times in a row. It's not like Kasten (oh, and whoever those other guys were) invented the freakin' West Coast Offense. 3/4 of the teams in the league are trying to do the same goddam thing -- invest in their farm and hope to hit Pujols-dirt, and then add some decent FA pieces once the core is ready to contend. Maybe it'll happen for the Nationals, maybe it won't.

      And I really don't think it's fair comment to morph Chris' argument that the team should rummage up a Mark Redman or a Bruce Chen into the notion that we should overpay for Barry Zito.

      By Blogger Sam, at 1/31/2007 10:35 AM  

    • If you think about it, losing Soriano from the top of the order really shouldn't have any impact on Zimmerman's RBI total -- a CAREER HIGH .351 OBP for a leadoff hitter isn't all that great, then subtract out from that total the 63 times from that Soriano made sure he wasn't on base for Zimmerman to drive in because he homered (46) or was caught stealing (17), and he was really only on base to be driven in by another player 26.4% of the time, not really all that much of an improvement of Guzman's 24.4% after subtracting HRs and CSs from his career worst OBP year in 2005.

      By Anonymous Tito, at 1/31/2007 11:03 AM  

    • Tito - whatever the reasons were Ryan led the majors in at bats with RISP (by a good margain over #3). He also hit well above his regular season average in those situtations. One of those situation is bound to change if not both.

      By Blogger El Gran Color Naranja, at 1/31/2007 11:14 AM  

    • Mike - Go away. Then, once you've poured hundreds of hours of your time into one of the best Nats blog for more than 2 years, you might be allowed to come back. Until then, screw off.

      By Blogger JammingEcono, at 1/31/2007 11:42 AM  

    • Hundreds of hours?

      Jesus, that's depressing! ;)

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 1/31/2007 11:46 AM  

    • "Passionately Loves Screech"? I though I had the Trademark Protection of that subject!

      By Blogger Screech's Best Friend, at 1/31/2007 1:46 PM  

    • It's a different kind of passion!

      Nudge Nudge, know what I mean, know what I mean!

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 1/31/2007 1:48 PM  

    • I believe you have your replacement for the Senior Moment. In 2007, CapPun brings you their Eat a Dick moment for the most outrageous comment by YOUR 2007 Washington Nationals

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/31/2007 3:17 PM  

    • Well, I'm sure it'd do wonders for site traffic if Chris adds a regular feature with that title.

      By Blogger Sam, at 1/31/2007 3:24 PM  

    • I know I'd show up every day.

      By Anonymous Jeff Gannon, at 1/31/2007 4:27 PM  

    • Hey Chris,

      Thanks for the link to my blog. I've bookmarked your site, and hope I can direct my readers (all 1.5 of them) to Capitol Punishment in the future.

      EA

      By Blogger EA, at 2/08/2007 8:52 AM  

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