Monday, March 19, 2007

Three People You're Glad Aren't GM

After reading Bill Ladson's mailbag, I've gotta wonder who the hell these people are? How terrible are these questions, and how godawfully stupid must the ones he doesn't print be? I can't even imagine -- at least without getting a headache.

The Bag closes with three comments from Nats fans that... well... umm...

Comments from Nationals' fans:
I can't believe the Nats gave up so early on Broadway just because of his lack of power. There are a lot of players in the Majors that don't have any power but can be very helpful with singles and get the job done, like Kenny Lofton or Juan Pierre.
-- Alex C., Montreal

Our Frenchy friend starts out strong, but, umm....

Kenny Lofton, Juan Pierre and Larry Broadway... hmmm... one of those guys doesn't belong... hmmmm. I can't quite place my finger on it.

I know many Nats fans are already down on Cristian Guzman, but I would like to remind them that this looks like a healthy Guzman for the first time in three years. Although he is not the offensive stud that Miguel Tejada is, Guzman is one of the strongest defensive shortstops in the league. In addition, he has a great make up for an 8-hole hitter who can drive in runs at the bottom of the order. Give him a chance.
-- Dean C., Charlottesville, Va.

Seriously... when did Guzman become one of the strongest defensive shortstops in the league? Did Deano sleep through 2005? He's an average defender. Just because he has a crappy bat, it doesn't mean that his glove magically gets better, justifying his existence.

What kind of makeup (what a BS catch-all word that is!) does a 8-hole hitter need? I'd prefer my 8-hole hitter to, well, hit, and the next time Guzman does that will be the first time since the first year of the Bush administration. (You can look it up!)

I know you must be getting tired of talking about Church. I feel that he has proved that he does not belong on the Nationals' big-league roster. He is not hitting. I say they should cut him and give a Minor League player a chance in the bigs.
-- Jason H., Rockwood, Tenn.

Ummm... sure. We'll just cut him. He can't have any value at all. And the team is bursting with top prospects like Travis Lee and Dmitri Young.

Dammit, there's that flashing in my eyes again. I need to lay down...


  • Just watched Zimmerman on Washington Post Live. Very interesting when asked about starting pitching candidates he said the standard Patterson, Hill, Simontacci then said that the last two were up for grabs between Chico, Williams, ...semi long pause...Hanrahan, and Redding. Leaving out Bergman and Speigner. Disappointing for me I would rather see one of those two starting and the other in the pen, leaving a last spot between those 4 preferably Williams giving Chico a little more seasoning in the minors.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/19/2007 8:13 PM  

  • Hate to be off-topic, but i just want to say that the Nationals giving out "W" hats on Opening Day is in my opinion, completely lame. I already have 3 Nats hats, which are great and all, but one of them is the exact one they're giving out Opening Day-the one that they gave out towards the end of last year. These are probably leftovers FROM last year. It just seems like the powers that be (Lerners, Kasten) competely mailed this one in. Opening Day should be a unique giveaway or souvenir for the people taking the day off work to support a team whose management has hardly supported their fanbase in the offseason. Try a little harder next time guys. People are already skeptical about things around here. That being said, GO NATS!!
    /off soapbox

    By Anonymous Weary Nats Fan, at 3/19/2007 10:37 PM  

  • Of course they're leftovers from last year. You didn't hear this from me, but Used Brisket Day is slated for sometime in May.

    By Anonymous (other) Chris, at 3/19/2007 10:55 PM  

  • weary nats fan:
    That won't even be the first repeat giveaway for the Nats this year. In one of the spring training games on MASN they were talking about how great it was that it was free t-shirt day at Space Coast -- the shirts appeared to be the same exact long sleeve ones from last season's final game.

    By Anonymous Tito, at 3/20/2007 9:48 AM  

  • Actually Guzman was an average SS in 2005, before shoulder surgery and a year of not playing baseball, but whatever, come on. He's about to regain his form from when he was in Minnesota wrestling Grizzly Bears and moving planets with his mind.

    By Blogger El Gran Color Naranja, at 3/20/2007 11:07 AM  

  • Maybe Zimm has seen so many pitching candidates he can't keep them all straight. I think, of the players, Schneider would be in the best position to have an answer to that kind of question--although now may not be the time or place for him to share.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/20/2007 8:35 PM  

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