Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I'm Famis!1!!

I was busy this morning, updating my resume with a "contributer to" line. (To go alongside the bullet point for "frequent letter writer to Jugs")

DC Sports Bogger, Dan Steinberg is off on vacation, presumably somewhere full of cheese and not too many tropical diseases. Being the shameless publicity hound that I am, I submitted a guest post so his corporate masters won't fire him when the hits stop coming in. Consider it my work of charity for the week -- Can I write it off on my tax return?

Anyway, if you're interested in what the Harris Interactive poll that shows that the Nats have no fans has to do with Livan Hernandez, you'll have to check it out. Be sure to comment many times under different pseudonyms (like I do here), to stroke my ego.


  • Well, color me not all that surprised that a franchise that previously lived in Montreal, Canada and just moved to D.C. a couple of years ago doesn't really have a large national following in the U.S.

    Although I suspect that will probably still be the case many years from now. Cities like New York and Boston spread their seed all over the country, and so Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox fans live everywhere. Our fair District is the exact opposite, a city of transplants from everywhere else in the country.

    In time, if the Nationals are eventually able to become winners, they'll build a fan base in the area, but I doubt it'll ever be well reflected in a random national sample.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/18/2007 10:48 AM  

  • That's all true, but...

    DC's a big city.

    DC was "more" popular a few years back.

    The Devil Rays!?!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 7/18/2007 10:52 AM  

  • Where are all those "savvy DC baseball fans" who booed when Castillia got beamed missing his chance at the cycle on opening day at RFK back in '05? That was supposed to be the proof we were fans, right? Yeesh.

    And Chris, I posted this on, but wasn't sure what you'll reposnd to so here it is again:

    Ok. I'm gullible. Are you serious? For how much? I'd love to see Livan back, but you can't be serious. 08 rotation spots should be reserved for the likes of Detwiler, Hanrahan, Willems and Mock so we can get our hopes up for the future, then get them dashed as they flame out early and/or require TJ surgery.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/18/2007 11:19 AM  

  • I was there when Castilla won that game for us. I own a bunch of nationals crap and go to games whenever i can.
    Unfortunately, most of D.C. only loves a winner. The only team that keeps it's fan base consistenty despite sucking ass is the 'Skins. We're not going to have a large fan base until we open up the checkbook and get big-name players. It doesnt't matter how shiny and pretty the new stadium is, or how many cherry trees are in the outfield. (They only bloom for like two days anyways......)
    Maybe we can get some pandas from the fucking zoo on display at the games, that's sure to bring 'em in!!!

    By Blogger Rob B, at 7/18/2007 11:40 AM  

  • I'm halfway serious. We could really use a Livan... time to trot out the old phrase... a league-average innings eater.

    Imagine what 7 innings of holding you in the game every night would do? That'd be about 60-80 fewer innings the bullpen would have to pitch next year.

    Sure, some of the kids will earn a role, but you can't reserve the entire rotation, and of the 4 you name, only one or two are realistic options for next year.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 7/18/2007 11:41 AM  

  • Believe me, I'm pretty thrilled at the prospect when I first heard SBF mention it--but I thought it'd be something only he'd mention. I'm psyched that Livan appears to be a pragmatic choice, not just a fan-favorite one.

    How much would he cost you reckon? More importantly, how many others will be interested?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/18/2007 11:45 AM  

  • I haven't taken a serious look at him. I was just having fun with the post.

    I'm not sure he's someone I'd want to invest in long-term, but he should be an ok 4th starter.

    I imagine a few teams would be interested in him.... If I had to guess what he'd get, say, 3 years, $30 million?

    He's probably 'worth' that much, but I'm not sure he's worth that to us, given all our needs. I'd rather spend that money on a bat: ADAM DUNN!!!!1!!!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 7/18/2007 11:49 AM  

  • Rob B. is right. This is a front-running, big name impressed town. The Nats will have to either win or sign a bunch of big names (not necessarily synonymous activities, just ask snotnosed Danny) to get any recognition over the long term.

    That said, I get nauseous walking around in the summer and constantly seeing Red Sox, Yankees and Cubs hats. Local baseball fans ought to have SOME pride in finally having a team.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/18/2007 12:54 PM  

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