Friday, February 15, 2008

Pitchers, Catchers And Pushers Report

Yawn. It's all a big yawn.

so and so's healthy.

so and so's in the best shape of his life.

so and so's arm has never felt better.

so and so found a new diet.

yawn.

people who like this day are the same people who enjoy meetings at work. The only level to enjoy today is on the cliche level... first robin of spring and all that crap. (Although around here, the robins never seem to leave, do they?)

The only "entertainment" is the emergence of Paul LoDuca from his wintry hole.

yawn.

the stories are all written, practically a template. They'll just plug in a few quotes from the steroid cheat/teenager scrumper/degenerate gambler, and... yawn.

  • Side discussion:

    The Mitchell Report concluded that HGH likely does not impact a baseball player's ability. The House just took testimony this week from a variety of health/medicine experts that concluded the same thing.

    If that's so, did LoDuca really "cheat" when he used HGH?

    (This, of course, ignores the other substantial portion of the Mitchell Report, which discusses how he was basically the ringleader of a group of minor leaguers heavily into actual steroids -- the kinda things that'd knock a horse off its hooves -- and helped spray serum into the butts of his teammates with long, hard needles...)

  • 14 Comments:

    • When you've been a Expos/Nats fan since you were a little kid the lies they tell you in Spring Training are about the only hope you ever have.

      By Blogger Jamie Tallman, at 2/15/2008 10:12 AM  

    • Good question Chris.

      Whenever I think about Lo Duca and steroids, my first inclination is to think about Nook Logan. Lest we forget, he was mentioned in the Mitchell report as a "purchaser" of steroids I believe, although he's denied using. Assuming that he's lying (which in this town should be like assuming that he's breathing--DC, ain't it grand?), then I would say we have an extremely small sample that would tend to suggest that Lo Duca got exactly zero boost from his use of HGH.


      However, statistically, he did have a spike in home runs in 2002 when he supposedly was using. Afterwards, these homers declined substantially. Furthermore, there is even an internal memo from the Dodgers front office about his steroid use suggesting they certainly gave steroids' effects credence.

      My theory would be that Lo Duca at one point was using something more than HGH--perhaps anabolic steroids or something of that ilk and that he mixed HGH with that. This would support his spike of power--he slugged .543 in 2002 without ever eclipsing .444 in any other season of his career.

      Ultimately, who knows?

      By Blogger Michael, at 2/15/2008 10:19 AM  

    • I think the robins live here all year long and always have.

      I waited for a long time to have a cliche to celebrate (that doens't involve cards and flowers) in mid-February. Why do you hate spring, robins and freedom?!

      By Blogger WFY, at 2/15/2008 10:55 AM  

    • In order:

      1) My shoes get wet
      2) They're not nearly as cute in person as they are in the cartoons. Seriously, look at one closely sometime. It's kinda ugly.
      3) I carry a little red book with me at all times.

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/15/2008 10:56 AM  

    • So the furry rat that is our catcher saw a game of shadows and we get a cold shoulder until opening day.

      By Blogger Bellylard, at 2/15/2008 11:07 AM  

    • I guess you guys didn't read the WP today. John Patterson is healthy and he knows it. He also got his hair cut which means something.

      By Blogger Jamie Tallman, at 2/15/2008 11:39 AM  

    • Please tell us more about long, hard needles spraying serum in butts.

      By Anonymous ntr Jeff Gannon, at 2/15/2008 11:54 AM  

    • Did Paulie LoDown "cheat" when he used HGH? Of course he did. Possibly he didn't cheat wisely, or effectively, but you can cheat without actually gaining the advantage you're seeking.

      Maybe now, in addition to everything else, we can call Paulie a "lousy cheater" too. Here's to hoping that knee injury lingers into October.

      By Blogger Nate, at 2/15/2008 1:05 PM  

    • Any chance of moving the links to dead blogs into an emeritus/historic section (or just dead)? The Nats Blog and Nasty Nats both identify themselves as belly up.

      Just wondering. It's probably hard to let go.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/15/2008 1:42 PM  

    • What’s this? How can anyone not like the ol’ traditional baseball spring training optimism reports whether they’re blind or not? The reality of August comes soon enough.

      Actually this year at least has some potential to be interesting to follow instead of the disgusting pissed away ’07 season if for no other reason than the great American Idol like cattle call of the untalented won’t be held on the pitching mound. Pena, Milledge, NJ, should be good stories to follow and whether or not Z-man can take the next step up. I may even pony up and give the weasels some dough to buy the MLB cable package.

      Can hardly wait for the “they’ll go as far as their starting pitching will take them” article.

      Ahh, good ol’ spring training.

      By Anonymous Tulsa Fan, at 2/15/2008 6:31 PM  

    • Hey, what's wrong with meetings? I love meetings!

      By Anonymous The Nationals Enquirer, at 2/15/2008 8:18 PM  

    • I agree, meetings are great. A mate and I at work have a regular 3.30 on Thursday afternoon. We just shoot the breeze, but everyone else thinks we are doing a weekly work meeting. Fools!

      And why is a drug pusher still on our team? Why hasn't he been thrown on the scrap heap? How much are we gonna pay a drug cheat? Yeah, great exmaple for the kids. Well done Front Office, that's showing young kids. Don't take drugs, or if you do and get caught, who cares, here is a $5 million contract. IT STINKS.

      By Anonymous Gus, at 2/16/2008 2:41 AM  

    • Maybe just once this year, you could give those of us springtime cliche lovers a break. The first pop of a ball in a mitt in Florida is a welcome sound this particular spring compared to the droning of a windbag legislator pontificating on steroids.

      1st day spring training > steroid controversy

      Also, I concur with previous poster that it would be keen were you to move the links to defunct blogs to an "Archive" or "Emeritus" section.

      By Blogger Jim, at 2/16/2008 7:28 AM  

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