Thursday, July 27, 2006

Fouled-Off Bunts: Must Be The Brisket Edition

Ho-hum. Another day, another win. Aren't you getting tired of the monotony? No? Me neither! Let's sweep those bastahds! Reading between the lines, I don't think that Frank likes Felipe Alou, if only because he got sick of being compared to him all those years in Montreal. Think he enjoys the spankings?

Yesterday's game was the result of what happens when a deep lineup that's shown an ability to come back faces Armando Benitez. If ABe is throwing strikes, he's passable. But when he comes out throwing balls, he's garbage, and as enjoyable as it was for us, it was just as bad for Giants fans.

Astacio pitched better than his line indicated, because he had the misfortune to be relieved by Mike Stanton. When Stanton comes in with runners on base, he knows that he can give up three bases before it starts affecting his record. The man's an inherited-runner-scoring machine, which is why his already high ERA is still deceptively low.

Zimmerman and Kearns will get lots of credit for their 'clutchness', but the two unsung heroes of that inning were Bobby Fick and FLop. Fick worked the count -- as much as Benitez would allow him -- and didn't come out flailing. He let Armando get himself into trouble with a patient approach at the plate. After Soriano swung at balls 6, 7 & 8 to strike out, Lopez ripped a sharp grounder past the immobile Ray Durham, the key blow of the inning. Both were needed to set up Zimmerman's heroics, and the setup guys rarely get the credit they deserve.

  • STFU!!!!

    Jose Vidro and Alfonso Soriano can both go to hell.

    Sez Ladson: "Vidro said recently that if left fielder Alfonso Soriano is traded before the July 31 deadline, it would be a devastating blow to the franchise."

    You know what a devastating blow is, Jose? The Nats paying you $8 million to be fat, out of shape, broken, immobile, and a singles hitter -- and for the next two feckin' years. We wouldn't need Soriano if you were hitting your weight (or even a fraction of it!)

    Sez The Sun: "To be honest, it's tough to say I'd come back if they trade me because you know if they trade me I'm going to think that I cannot be good for this team, because they traded me, because they [do] not need me anymore," Soriano said.
    Screw you, you striking-out sack of crap. If you don't want to be traded, then tell your money-grubbing agent and your money-grubbing soul that you're willing to talk extension over the next four days. Put your money where your freakin' gaping maw is or shut the hell up.

  • Speaking of idiots....

    Former Nats' President Tony Tavares, who blindly served his MLB masters while fecking over the Nats fan base is getting his. He's being sued by Joe Deoudes, the former ticket manager of the Nats. Allegedly, Tavares slapped him. From everything I've heard/read, Tavares is a major-league quality A-hole with a temper that'd even make Robert Fick embarassed.

    Were this not the ticket manager (who fecked everything up staff or no staff) I'd have more sympathy, but hopefully it results in a multi-billion-dollar settlement, paid out by Major League Baseball, the rightful owners of the team at the time of the alleged cough incident.

  • The City and the Lerners hate each other already. The Post profiles Mark Lerner, who's really going to be the face of the ownership group.

  • Frank Robinson continues to prove that he's a master motivator. I can't wait til he's gone. "Church has been there what, two games now? Escobar's been here playing how many games? Twelve games? You guys already got the center field problem all set," Robinson told reporters.

  • On the trade front, this is the story to watch. If the Brewers do decide to put Carlos Lee on the market, the price for Soriano goes down. Why pay $50 for a bottle of Evian if you can get the tap water for free?


    • Speaking as a friend to former ticket manager, Joe Deoudes, I can say all the ticket woes were not his fault. MLB forced him into untenable situations throughout his 18 months on the job.

      Season ticket deposits paid before Christmas was MLB's idea not Joe's.

      Switch to for online ticket sales was MLB's idea not Joe's.

      Understaffed ticket office was MLB's idea not Joe's.

      Joe was threatened by Tavares repeatedly throughout his tenure, once with a baseball bat as reported in WashPost reporter Barry Srvluga's book on the Nats inaugural season.

      Joe also had no plans to sue had Tavares just apologized for being a dick.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/27/2006 9:36 AM  

    • I'm sure that nobody in that front office had an easy time, and it probably was an impossible situation for everyone to work in -- especially with a Type-A boss who was serving MLB and not the team or its fans.

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 7/27/2006 9:39 AM  

    • Which one is Evian and which one is tap water?

      By Blogger Harper, at 7/27/2006 9:41 AM  

    • The one with the 900 OPS who plays in a pitchers park.

      Well, I guess that doesn't really answer it either, does it?

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 7/27/2006 9:44 AM  

    • As one of the many season ticket holders that were screwed by the dishonesty that permeated the Nats organization, I have no sympathy for Deoudes. Perhaps his options were limited - what wasn't limited was his return to the job day after day.

      During this years ticket fiasco one of the things I requested was a letter of apology from Deoudes - that never came. Guess he learned that from Tavares.

      Then I learned that Deoudes was no longer with the Nats. Was that a quiet departure? I don't remember any news about it at all.

      Separately from my relentless negativity about the Nats ticket office, if Deoudes's claims are true and can be proved, then Tavares deserves to be pilloried for yet another thing.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/27/2006 9:57 AM  

    • The amazing thing about Frank's comment concerning Escobar and Church is that FRANK NEVER GIVES THEM A CHANCE to establish themselves. Everytime one of these guys goes 0-4 in a game they are immediately BENCHED. But Jose Guillen, Jose Vidro and last season, Cristian Guzman and Vinny Castilla could kill us and not produce for weeks at a time, yet Frank was "LOYAL" to them and say--"They need to work out of their slump" What a bunch of garbage. Its one of the main reason that I am sure Frank will not be back next season. If you're a veteran, its OK, a younger player is just crapped on (except for Zimmerman, who has no backup).

      By Blogger Screech's Best Friend, at 7/27/2006 10:36 AM  

    • You know my thoughts on Tavares. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/27/2006 10:55 AM  

    • Went to the game last night and Astacio (both starters for that matter) really deserves more credit. He worked his way out of trouble and Stanton, in a just world, would be the owner of the potential loss.

      All those guys in the 9th worked ABe prettty well. Even though Soriano struck out he did work the at-bat for 8-9 pitches.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/27/2006 12:39 PM  

    • It's pretty incredible how much B.S. seems to go on with this team, even when they're on one of their rare winning streaks and everyone should be kind of in a good mood.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/27/2006 3:37 PM  

    • Only in DC can power go to someone's head, like it appears to have for Tavares. I hope the ticket guy sues Major Leauge Baseball, too. Didn't they hire Tavares and own the team when this happened?

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/03/2006 8:05 PM  

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