Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Preach On, Brotha!

St. Barry climbs the pulpit at 2 today.

Expect a lot of questions about I.E. Chavez (Bonus points to anyone who gets his nickname into a question) and lots of questions from Rosslyn.


  • I think I'm going to retire Rosslyn because he seems to respond better to unusual city names.

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 10:40 AM  

  • and unusual city names are a lot more fun.

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 10:44 AM  

  • Is it time to call Shane Stant in order to enlist a 'Kerrigan' situation with I.E. and Hammonds?

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 10:53 AM  

  • Broadway's also out 2-4 weeks with a sprained (twisted? wrenched? bruised?) knee.

    It doesn't appear to be tooo serious. Just enough to hold him out for a bit.

    Hammonds is superfluous.

    I hate JJ Davis, but he's torched the minors. I think he just needs a little more time. Throw him in a platoon with Church for a month and see what happens.

    Find a LF-hitting OFer somewhere. Endy isn't needed bc we already have two CFers with Church and Wilkerson. We need a LH hitter much more desperately (Especially if Blanco's sole role is as Baerga's legs)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 10:59 AM  

  • is it me or does baerga wax his eyebrows?

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 11:07 AM  

  • Mateo's pretty useless as anything other than the 25th man though.

    His stats. (Which I can't access, damnit, but I recall being Ordonezian)

    He does have versatility though -- he can man any spot in the lineup.

    Like I said, his biggest value is freeing up Carroll as a PHer for Guzman or the pitcher.

    And the bench looked like it would've been a strength coming into the season. Oh well.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 11:08 AM  

  • He actually makes Baerga look like an attractive option! :)

    Hell, I'd call Cinci and see if they'd offer us Rich Aurelia. He has no range and not much of a bat anymore (he may in fact be dead). But he's certainly got more life than Mateo.

    And I'm sure it'd be a purely cash transaction. (Or maybe a 27-year old A-ball pitcher)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 11:14 AM  

  • Carroll could too. But Frank seems like he wants to always have someone in reserve.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 11:20 AM  

  • Am I missing something with Wes Carroll? He seems to be cut from the same cloth as his brother. Wouldn't Cepicky and Carroll make ifinitely more sense than Endy and Hammonds?

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 11:38 AM  

  • Regardless, it effectively ends his career as a good defensive outfielder.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 11:39 AM  

  • Grammar question for you guys...

    It is a tying run? or a tieing run? I've seen both and google's inconclusive.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 12:26 PM  

  • That's what I thought.

    But St. Barry used tieing today in his gamer. And my upbringing taught me not to question a saint.

    Of course, I imagine there aren't many copy editors in the sports department at 2 AM

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 12:36 PM  

  • When in doubt, sidestep; it's "a run that ties the game."

    BTW, if he answers my question it will be abundantly obvious it's mine.

    All atwitter, I am ...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 12:36 PM  

  • I've used the phrase tie-making to be cute and to avoid the uncertainty.

    But, when I'm as tired as I am today my spelling goes to hell (even worse!) so I said screw it and made the plunge.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 12:38 PM  

  • i cannot for the life of me stay awake...

    ...and i suspect i'll be watching again tonight

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 12:40 PM  

  • I'm surviving.

    I'm amazed at how much just a 20 minute nap when I get home from work helps.

    Do the Nats have an off-day on the trip? I think it's 9 straight, right?

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 12:41 PM  

  • Knock it off! I don't need you starting that crap either! :)

    I had a pulled pork sandwich last night! What could be more protein-filled than chunks of porcine flesh? :)

    Although, I'm about to go grab a salad.... :)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 12:42 PM  

  • salad? and ryan's a pussy?

    you astound me...

    I'd be getting the "tenders and fries" from the dirksen basement cafe.

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 12:44 PM  

  • Thursday is an off-day, no?

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 12:51 PM  

  • Sometimes you guys come in handy. Sometimes.

    I've been known to haunt the Senate cafeterias. I heartily endorse their pudding.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 1:01 PM  

  • or the frozen yogurt

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 1:02 PM  

  • What type of pudding man are you Chris?

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 1:03 PM  

  • I suspect I'm being set up here...

    But I go for their chocolate/vanilla swirl. Best deal on the Hill for a buck! :)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 1:05 PM  

  • But I've heard Sandy O does one hell of a couch dance

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 1:07 PM  

  • I've heard things... but the Supreme Court police are intimidating.

    Every now and then I see Clarence Thomas walking around.

    The SC definitely must enjoy their relative anonymity.

    (I did see John Ashcroft taking out his trash yesterday. That amused me for some reason.)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 1:07 PM  

  • the Pentagon food has got a whole lot better because they have outsourced chain restaurants (Subway, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, etc)

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 1:10 PM  

  • I've heard rumors of that building's existence, but I thought they were just legends.

    That's the one over by NASA behind HHS?

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 1:26 PM  

  • Delightful! Can't wait to try some of the spore-laden baklava.

    I've already had my mouth swabbed once this decade. That's enough for me!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 1:28 PM  

  • is the anthrax what makes the Greek food so good?

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 1:28 PM  

  • I proclaim us "Officially fucking bored"

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 1:29 PM  

  • this is a slow part of the year for me ... need Congressional marks to come out

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 1:33 PM  

  • Same here. We just got reemed in the budget... and with the restructuring of the Approps Committees we've gotta take it.

    Because we can't have those Generals giving up there golf courses :)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 1:47 PM  

  • Everyone start the chant as St. Barry prepares to enter...

    Pie Iesu Domine. Dona Eis Requiem

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 1:58 PM  

  • and so it begins

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:01 PM  

  • definitely all of the above

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 2:02 PM  

  • Are those mutually exclusive, Yuda? Seems like a pretty fine line! :)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:03 PM  

  • I vote "sad and endearing"

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:03 PM  

  • one for me

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:03 PM  

  • did you hear Rocker got into a shouting match with a fan the other day? Leopard never changes his spots.

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:04 PM  

  • Ham Lake belongs to you, Oliver?

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 2:06 PM  

  • Ham Lake softball

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:06 PM  

  • I'd prefer Baerga to Hammonds

    That's like saying I'd prefer a punch in the face to a kick to the groin.

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:08 PM  

  • I don't think Hammonds makes it past Armas' callup.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:08 PM  

  • More confirmation that Barry loathes Endy.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:10 PM  

  • Are we rooting for Atlanta or Florida today?

    Multiple injuries

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:10 PM  

  • Neither... too early to tell. you root for 22 innings of baseball. That's all you can do!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:11 PM  

  • Svrluga ... Americanized it? Pat, I still need to buy a vowel

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:12 PM  

  • Basil in the chat house.

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:14 PM  

  • as a SP ... can he do the relief thing?

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:16 PM  

  • i think Bar's either tired or bored - like yuda said

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 2:19 PM  

  • Friday 11AM

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:21 PM  

  • Hitting Coaches CAN help.

    But the perception of quality in a hitting coach is directly proportional to his ability to be plucked out of central casting as 'generic baseball man'

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:21 PM  

  • Guessing Chris with the Panera question

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:22 PM  

  • Nope... I've only submitted one.

    Look for the wordy question that ends up answering yourself. Probably lots of parenthesis and exclamation points too.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:23 PM  

  • Hysterical joke I've never heard: "Hey, why don't you buy a vowel?"

    Clever. You're killing me.

    Barry slams me.

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:23 PM  

  • You love heckling the guests!

    If I invite you over some day, please don't crap on my couch! :)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:24 PM  

  • i don't think it's wise to upset St. barry

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 2:24 PM  

  • only in the potted plants

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:24 PM  

  • two

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:26 PM  

  • So the PA guy sucks? I've never heard him ... excellent - my dream of landing that gig may live to fight another day.

    [Seriously - I'd have gone all the way to Bowie for the audition had I known.]

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 2:29 PM  

  • Haiti is correct

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:30 PM  

  • Barry is phoning it in today

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:31 PM  

  • At the risk of channelling my inner Tiger Beat, Svrluga's phone-in beats Dave Sheinin's A-game any day.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 2:33 PM  

  • is it the local blackout being re-imposed in June?

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 2:33 PM  

  • I dunno... but I just got the same Email you probably did too.

    Gee... what a favor they're doing us.

    Time to forward a copy to Jack Evans, I think! :)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:34 PM  

  • Carroll is a great guy who would love to play every day. Right now, it's not going to happen.

    If Placido Polanco can pay the outfield, why can't Jamey Carroll?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 2:34 PM  

  • "Yes. Carroll is, right now, a utility player. A fine one at that, but he won't play every day."

    So Carroll shouldn't play everday because he doesn't play everyday?

    By Blogger Ryan, at 5/04/2005 2:34 PM  

  • Was that the Best Man at your wedding, Ryan?

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:35 PM  

  • *sigh* That would be PLAY the outfield.

    What a maroon.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 2:36 PM  

  • Jesus, Brian. You're not even trying anymore! :)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:36 PM  

  • another slam makes it

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:37 PM  

  • Yeah, Guillen's the fucking MVP a month into the season. Jesus, has Barry started posting on BPG?

    By Blogger Ryan, at 5/04/2005 2:38 PM  

  • It is the capital

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:38 PM  

  • Because I know I always go to a site when I'm trying to find facts.

    Well, that and pinups of the hottest boy bands.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:40 PM  

  • they don't even have electricity in Djibouti!

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 2:40 PM  

  • Joey Fatone is dreamy ... did I type that out loud?

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:41 PM  

  • When there's earthquake in Africa, it shakes Djibouti. *rimshot*

    By Blogger Ryan, at 5/04/2005 2:41 PM  

  • Nice apology.


    Afraid of pissing off a Saint, huh?

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:42 PM  

  • you suck oliver!;)

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 2:42 PM  

  • When there's earthquake in Africa, it shakes Djibouti. *rimshot*


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 2:42 PM  

  • that wasn't me

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:43 PM  

  • Ryan,

    That'd be funnier if I could pronounce it! :)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:43 PM  

  • "The biggest offseason mistake: Not signing Jon Lieber"

    I disagree. The biggest mistake was going with Bernie and Randy instead of Beltran and Vazquez.

    By Blogger Ryan, at 5/04/2005 2:44 PM  

  • Vazquez absolutely HAD to go. (OF course I thought the same thing about Kevin Brown)

    But Beltran will be one of those mistakes they'll be writing about 50 years from now when trying to say what happened. That was the ol' Tipping Point.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:45 PM  

  • who is the off the payroll at the end of the year? Bernie, Brown, ?

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:46 PM  

  • Bernie definitely. Brown I think... either that or his contract runs through 2043.

    Other than that they're pretty much stuck. (Gordon and Quantrill are gone too, I think?)

    There's not a lot of room. And they've still got Giambi for the next 15 years. (Only $85 MM left!)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:49 PM  

  • Matsui is a F/A but they have to re-sign him

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:50 PM  

  • NYY contract info here

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 2:51 PM  

  • It's not bad in that they've constantly got old overpaid people shuffling off the roster, but they're just replacing them with other old, bad contracts.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:52 PM  

  • looking at the Hardball Dollars website right now ... in next two years the following off the payroll
    05 - Brown, Gordon, Karsay, Tino, Matsui, Quantrill, FeRodriguez, Stanton, Bernie
    06 - Mussina, Posada, Mariano, Sheffield, Womack, Wright

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:54 PM  

  • That was my question, actually. I was wondering if he'd catch on to the Lawrence, KS address.

    Guess he's not a Bill James devotee!

    10/64 was a good fictional read!

    I submitted another question blaming his choice on being a bitter Red Sox fan.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:55 PM  

  • I liked "October 1964," but I'm a Cards fan. Actually, I can't read Halberstam anymore. Too many holes in the logic.

    By Blogger Ryan, at 5/04/2005 2:55 PM  

  • That's his list of Nats blogs. For fuck's sake.

    By Blogger Ryan, at 5/04/2005 2:56 PM  

  • T'wasn't me with the blog question.

    I had emailed Barry a month ago asking him something or other and threw in that I had a blog.

    I might as well have said I had a third nipple.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:57 PM  

  • I just sent him a list of blogs ... since I don't have a Nats blog, I did it

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:57 PM  

  • though I did see Livan Hernandez with a foot long one the other night. Wow

    That scares me

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 2:58 PM  

  • I can never confirm nor deny the use of Needham, Mass as my hometown ;)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 2:58 PM  

  • Anyone who hasn't read the whole Author Wiggins collection by Mark Harris (Southpaw, Bang the Drum Slowly, Ticket for a Seamstitch, It Looked Like Forever), I recommend it highly.

    As for October 1964, Halberstam is quite an acquired taste (that I haven't acquired)... and speaking of Red Sox books, did anyone else read Faithful and then hate themselves when they were done? Talk about mailing it in.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 2:59 PM  

  • I have commented on the footlong comment ... we'll see if it makes it

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 3:00 PM  

  • I seriously hope that Barry or any of the other chatters come here and see this blight on my blog's fine history! :)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 3:00 PM  

  • dunno ... hold please ...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 3:01 PM  

  • Well, we're not very good about promoting ourselves.

    I think our readers just kinda stumble across it.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 3:04 PM  

  • Basil, your man-love for Baby Ruckle is slowly creeping towards stalker territory ;)

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 3:04 PM  

  • Basil - I can't find Neyer's review so I just don't know.

    It was, as self-indulgent cynical exploitative crap goes, typical of the genre.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 3:07 PM  

  • Oh, and that was my lame-ass "Smoked Turkey Lake" question.

    A cheap shot, but someone has to take it ... I guess he didn't want to to talk about arbitration clocks.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 3:08 PM  

  • weak shit from the Saint today

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 3:08 PM  

  • it was a book on Fenway ... look here

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 3:09 PM  

  • He didn't say you WERE.... just bordering on one.

    Of course if there's anyone reading this that's truly sane, I'd be amazed.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/04/2005 3:10 PM  

  • not a stalker yet, but working your way down the path

    By Blogger Brian, at 5/04/2005 3:10 PM  

  • I'm out ... see y'all chez Yuda later.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 3:12 PM  

  • yuda, did you say you live in Belle Haven? I think live literally a stone's throw from you.

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 5/04/2005 4:09 PM  

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