Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Can't A Dude Take A Vacation?

Whine whine whine. That's all you do. And you jerks don't even have the graciousness to send me cash? I don't see you whining to the Post! And what have THEY done? And those jerks get paid! Svrluga finally emerges from his wintry hole, sees his shadow then steals my shtick! Go complain to him for not writing either, assuming his editors haven't already sent him to Seattle!

Meanwhile read the mlb.com mailbag. I choose to read the first Q/A as satire.

I'm crawling back into my wintry hole now. Leave me alone, dammit.

30 Comments:

  • welcome back.... did you see your shadow? 6 more weeks? See you then....

    By Blogger Natsfan74, at 1/03/2008 9:06 AM  

  • Can't a dude take a compliment? How would you like it if you went away for 2 weeks and no one noticed?

    Now back on the stick! I expect more from you than Svurluga! You're better!!

    By Anonymous Steven on Capitol Hill, at 1/03/2008 9:55 AM  

  • Thanks for the chuckles.

    He thinks Lopez has "superstar" talent.

    He's intrigued by Guzman.

    He's talking up Patterson.

    I bet Nick Johnson is upset that he didn't get singled out as someone who "could really bounce back this year."

    By Blogger RPS, at 1/03/2008 10:37 AM  

  • Don't blame Lardson for mistaking Lopez for being a superstar talent. This is a widely held belief in the organisation. Doesn't make it right, and I don't really believe it myself, but these people know more about the organisation than we do and have a lot of faith Lopez will come good.

    I just, in a round-about way, stood up for Lopez didn't I? Excuse me. I'm off for a shower.

    By Blogger Ben, at 1/03/2008 11:00 AM  

  • The Nationals are apparently happy with a middle infield of Guzman, Belliard and Lopez. We could have had Eckstein's average defense and .350 OBP for only $5m per instead of paying Lopez $4m.

    If you replace all of Lopez' at bats and defense from last year with Eckstein, how many more runs is that?

    By Anonymous steve, at 1/03/2008 2:51 PM  

  • I believe that Lopez' upside is much higher than Ecksteins. I'd rather have Lopez.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/03/2008 5:01 PM  

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    By Blogger Ironic Goat, at 1/03/2008 6:49 PM  

  • Lopez's upside may be much higher, but Lopez will never touch Eckstein's career GRIT. The man is 11th all time!

    By Blogger Ironic Goat, at 1/03/2008 6:50 PM  

  • Don't pay attention to us, Chris. Not one of us will be sending you cash!

    At the glacial pace of the Nats' organization in "improving" the team, it will be many seasons before the team is playoff-ready. If ever. Paul LoDuca?

    In the cold light of January, it appears "The Plan" is to milk as much profit as possible out of the business each year and then make excuses as to why the team cannot be competitive until _________ (fill in the blank).

    . . . or until the farm system produces the next Johann Santana. Nice uniforms, though.

    By Anonymous JohnR (VA), at 1/04/2008 8:25 AM  

  • John

    Have you ever heard the oft told tale of the team that built to quickly? The Marlins were their name. To compete we will need a sustainable foundation top to bottom of our farm system. Right now we have about ten viable major league prospects! Not enough. Have a little patients.

    Oh, and no hurry Chris. We'll still be here. Take you time and let the bile build. You'll need to be well stocked for when Lo Duca reports to training.

    By Blogger Ben, at 1/04/2008 12:16 PM  

  • hey ben - i'm not too sure you should hold up the marlins as a what not to do scenario, since they won two world series in the last 10 years. i'd take that. and i know my long suffering comrades-in-arms from cleveland would gladly jump on the "WS one year, lose 110 games the next" train for a while.

    By Anonymous Bill, at 1/04/2008 2:06 PM  

  • Well, it's not quite one year on, one year off is it? I take your point but they Marlins also got exceptionally lucky one of those years. Also at some point the gamblers principle of uncertainty applies. Their fan base is dwindled dangerously low, to the point where it may be irreparable. I prefer the Braves model. They have had worse luck, always in contention and always excited. At least until the Stan left ;)

    Build slow, last longer.

    By Blogger Ben, at 1/04/2008 3:45 PM  

  • ben - i don't disagree and would prefer a "braves" model of sustained success. i am just bitter the marlins have won two world series in the last 10 years, even though nobody down there gives a rats arse. and i am extremely bitter they won the 97 WS against my tribe, thanks to fat POS jose mesa blowing the save in game 7.

    By Anonymous Bill, at 1/04/2008 4:24 PM  

  • Next time, just tell everybody you got hit by a shotgun pellet and that's why you're taking time off.

    By Blogger MDT, at 1/04/2008 4:56 PM  

  • Bright side is that it's my non-typing fingers.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 1/04/2008 5:04 PM  

  • Chris, we need you back strictly to address the issue of not having a Fanfest this year. Especially since it was stated several months ago that there would be one?

    What a joke. Why do i still follow this team? One f'ing thing after another with these guys.

    By Anonymous Natzzzzzz, at 1/04/2008 8:33 PM  

  • You guys see that Luis Ayala was shot while hunting in Mexico?

    http://mlbfleecefactor.com/2008/01/04/nats-rp-luis-ayala-shot-in-hunting-accident/

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/04/2008 11:45 PM  

  • I didn't know Dick Cheney and Ayala were that close.

    By Anonymous Friend of STAN, at 1/04/2008 11:50 PM  

  • Now that the skins are out. I want the Nationals fix!

    By Anonymous john, at 1/07/2008 11:21 AM  

  • Is this the explanation for (1) seeming lack of anything else better to do and (2) why we have not heard from you in a while?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/03/AR2008010304015.html

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/07/2008 4:47 PM  

  • that's pretty funny...in a cruel sort of way

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2008 8:11 AM  

  • Just a ball park quess will do but how long do you you think you will be on vacation?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2008 10:47 AM  

  • Depends. I'm in Montana canvassing for the Kucinich campaign. He's in it for the long haul, so I might be here a while. Brrrr!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 1/08/2008 10:51 AM  

  • So is Kucinich's wife as hot in person as she is in photos? Would he bring her along when he comes to throw out the first ball at Nationals Park? Does she like a good eggplant parm?

    By Anonymous eggplant parmigiana guy, at 1/08/2008 5:25 PM  

  • On Mrs. Kucinich ... I saw the happy couple walking up Pennsylvania Avenue (on Capitol Hill) somewhat recently and my assessment is that she's hotter than the photos reveal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/08/2008 11:25 PM  

  • Who is Kucinich?

    By Blogger Natsfan74, at 1/10/2008 2:25 PM  

  • chrissio, chrissio, wherefore art thou, chrissio???????

    in your absence, i've had to develop my own snarky remarks about the nats pre-spring training "tour" of local restaurants and car dealers!

    By Anonymous Bill, at 1/11/2008 11:41 AM  

  • I know how to get him back - Chad Cordero re-signed for $6.2 million. Nothing to talk about here. Move along.

    By Anonymous jon, at 1/11/2008 9:15 PM  

  • Better late than never: Svrluga's catching major grief from NJ posters for indifferent blog maintenance, participation, and reporting.

    I guess they expect him to clone CP over there.

    By Anonymous Hendo, at 1/21/2008 10:47 AM  

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