Wednesday, February 08, 2006

I’ll Send An S.O.S. (A) To The World

Rocket Bill and Scott Brown say the Nats have offered a deal to Sammy Sosa. Sigh.

No terms have been released, but you can be sure it's full of incentives. Rocket Bill, with the understatement of the year, notes that it will pay him less than he earned last year. (Last year he earned $17 million).

It's hard to get excited over Sosa. If Guillen's as hurt as some reports have hinted at, he could be a stopgap. But I'm afraid of him having a hot spring, guaranteeing him a spot on the roster, only to revert to crappy form in the regular season. Hell, even Cristian Guzman had a non-horrible spring training last year.

The MLB article also notes that the Nats are interested in Matt LeCroy. LeCroy, who could pass for a lumberjack, destroys left-handed pitching and can 'play' (yep, scarequotes) catcher. If they brought him aboard would they consider going with Fick and LeCroy as Schneider's backups, completely punting the traditional idea of a backup catcher? It'd certainly be an interesting idea, but it's hard to see Frank Robinson going along with it, even if he seems to like Fick's redass style of play.

At the very least, it'd be a pretty effective platoon -- the Nats would have a strong offensive advantage at backsup C, even if their defense could be adequately replaced just by placing a large oak barrel of rum behind the plate.


  • No Gameday ... so cold

    By Blogger Brian, at 2/08/2006 3:42 PM  

  • I know, I know...

    By Blogger D, at 2/08/2006 3:45 PM  

  • For a moment I thought you were talking about NFL Gameday on ESPN. That would have been awesome.

    By Blogger Harper, at 2/08/2006 3:46 PM  

  • Time to crash Chris' blogspot.

    By Blogger Brian, at 2/08/2006 3:47 PM  

  • He'll love us for that.

    By Blogger D, at 2/08/2006 3:48 PM  

  • Rocket should be on his way over

    By Blogger Brian, at 2/08/2006 3:51 PM  

  • somehow Basil is posting in the future

    By Blogger Brian, at 2/08/2006 3:52 PM  

  • Shades of April, isn't it?

    The letter verification takes the fun out of it, though.

    By Blogger Basil, at 2/08/2006 3:54 PM  

  • letter verification beats the spam box! ;)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/08/2006 3:56 PM  

  • somehow Basil is posting in the future

    It's a schismatic thing, you wouldn't understand.

    By Blogger Basil, at 2/08/2006 3:58 PM  

  • No way! Spam box wins! Circle takes the square!

    (I'd recommend Scoop---and I know KosCo would appreciate that---but everyone hates Scoop and it's got the post title requirement.)

    By Blogger Basil, at 2/08/2006 3:59 PM  

  • Guess I missed the party.

    By Blogger Ryan, at 2/08/2006 4:13 PM  

  • We'll have to work harder than this to crash Chris' site.

    By Blogger Scott M. Collins, at 2/08/2006 4:15 PM  

  • I get the added bonus of thinking that people are actually emailing me with every comment to! ;)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/08/2006 4:15 PM  

  • I get the added bonus of thinking that people are actually emailing me with every comment

    dO y0u n33d h3lp w1+h y0uR 3rec+10n

    By Blogger Brian, at 2/08/2006 4:18 PM  

  • Nice picture, Chris :-)

    By Blogger Cathy, at 2/08/2006 4:18 PM  

  • I think Rocket offended Yuda, prompting the Gameday lockout.

    By Blogger Nate, at 2/08/2006 4:20 PM  

  • Strange that the BSBL forums are still up, if it was a CPU problem.

    By Blogger D, at 2/08/2006 4:21 PM  

  • Yuda just shut that comment thread down and didn't open a new one. All of his site is still up and running.

    By Blogger Scott M. Collins, at 2/08/2006 4:22 PM  

  • Well, I guess that just gives me time to write the history of the great Yuda blackout of February 8 over at

    By Blogger D, at 2/08/2006 4:24 PM  

  • I'll help you with the citations, D. Go Sox!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/08/2006 4:28 PM  

  • I've posted an explanation of my own jackassishness if you'd care to read it.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 2/08/2006 4:28 PM  

  • I'll assist, Doris.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/08/2006 4:29 PM  

  • [Chicken Little]
    10 days without yuda gameday?!!!??!
    [/Chicken Little]

    By Blogger Scott M. Collins, at 2/08/2006 4:29 PM  

  • (and now I have work to do; questions or comments should be directed to my email: jpyuda AT pobox DOT com if you don't have it)

    By Blogger Yuda, at 2/08/2006 4:30 PM  

  • I don't like it when Yuda and Rocket and David and Simon Oliver Lockwood and Brian and Basil and D and Needham and Ryan and MissChatter and Scott and DCNats@Bat and Jeff Gannon and Lill Badson and 'tiene and NattyNatNats and Ellie May and John Boy and G.O.A.T. and Rickey Henderson and Prof. Bacon fight. It makes me sad...

    By Blogger Nate, at 2/08/2006 4:30 PM  

  • I expect I'll get a lot of work done the remainder of today (not).

    On another topic, I have three invitation codes to share for CoComment, which allows you to subscribe to comment threads you post to (that don't have their own subscription mechanism) and get in RSS so you don't have to remember to go back and check wherever you've left comments. It's in beta and judging by this thread, doesn't update immediately, but might be interesting.

    By Blogger Cathy, at 2/08/2006 4:32 PM  

  • It's my understanding that this doesn't affect the OOTP league and tonight's sim will be conducted . . . tonight.

    By Blogger Basil, at 2/08/2006 4:39 PM  

  • Basil: I would assume the same, but you may want to post that over on the forum.

    By Blogger Scott M. Collins, at 2/08/2006 4:42 PM  

  • so we all jump to bpg?...

    By Blogger pete, at 2/08/2006 4:46 PM  

  • Pete, you are a sick, sick man.

    Oh, and Chris will be happy to see this.

    By Blogger D, at 2/08/2006 4:49 PM  

  • Scott, it's not an assumption. Yuda told me that.

    But that's a good idea.

    By Blogger Basil, at 2/08/2006 4:49 PM  

  • So. Party is on in here? (this is David, btw)

    By Blogger thurdl, at 2/08/2006 5:14 PM  

  • I like the idea of signing LeCroy. I'd rather have a backup catcher who has demonstrated competence at something than someone (e.g. PB Bennett) who has a reputation of being good defensively without actually demonstrating it.

    Frank has emphasized offense at catcher previously. In 1982, the Giants had Milt May and Bob Brenly as their catchers -- neither of whom were known for their defense.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/08/2006 5:36 PM  

  • That's not true! Bob Brenly is TOO known for his defense.

    See the Third Paragraph

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/08/2006 5:45 PM  

  • So I take a month off from the Natmosphere, then dexys tells me people are asking about me last night, and I hop to Gameday to say a quick hi and I find that Yuda's boarded the place up.

    You can't go home again ...

    P.S. I'm fine, just very very busy at work and with kids.

    By Blogger DM, at 2/08/2006 5:45 PM  

  • hah!

    someone got to my blog searching for "judas gameday"

    By Blogger pete, at 2/08/2006 5:51 PM  

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