Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Praise Jesus!

With two errors, Jesus proved that he is human, but he led us all to redemption in the end!!!


(Get the feeling that Bowden's recent crowing about Schneider is just his way of pumping up his value for the offseason?)

(Funny how it's taken Manny 5 months to finally figure out how to platoon them. His choice, or is the team pushing him to see what happens when Jesus exposes himself?)

  • Victory in chart form!

    The Flores play has to be one of the most valuable of the season.


    • Jesus is going to be an All-Star eventually. Him and Russell Martin the perennial catchers.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/04/2007 10:17 PM  

    • I notice they don't label Belliard's pop foul bunt thing, whatever it was.

      By Blogger Unknown, at 9/04/2007 11:10 PM  

    • Please tell Schneider to catch a pop up every once in a while.


      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/05/2007 6:33 AM  

    • ...catching up, didn't realize that was him the whole time. damn those cheap seats and assumptions...

      go nats

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/05/2007 6:37 AM  

    • Who deserves the credit for finding Senor Flores? Is this the indication that the scouting/farm system is finally turning the corner?
      Also, September 15 is Latin night at RFK. Would it be too much to ask for some chicken fajitas and cold Dos Equis during the game??

      By Blogger Rob B, at 9/05/2007 8:48 AM  

    • Nobody 'found' Flores, and it has little to do with the scouting dept.

      If you go back to the Rule 5 draft, Flores was on everybody's radar. So it's not like they found a diamond in the rough. They found a diamond in a pile of assorted gems.

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 9/05/2007 8:51 AM  

    • Haha. So much for giving some credit to our front office staff......I guess lucky is better than good sometimes.

      By Blogger Rob B, at 9/05/2007 9:18 AM  

    • Well... they DO deserve some credit.

      There were a few options, and they made the right choice, that's for sure.

      But I think even they'd admit that they've been a bit lucky with him!

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 9/05/2007 9:22 AM  

    • I'm not sure how much credit anyone in the front office deserves for finding Flores; he was a very highly regarded player, and many people were surprised Minaya exposed him to the Rule 5 draft.

      But I do think the entire organizational leadership -- from Bowden and above him to Acta and below him -- deserves a lot of credit for the decision to take Flores, because of all that decision entailed. It is unusual to take a catcher in the Rule 5 draft. For a team like the Nats (as viewed going into the season and as is the case now), whose starters generally do not go deep into games, the prospect of selecting a catcher and being required to keep the catcher on the active roster potentially had a very debilitating effect on the roster. Of course, one could say the Nats were punting the season anyway, but that's easier to say in foresight and hindsight than in the middle of the season. The Nats have been very fortunate Flores has fit in so well, because if he flopped they would have had very little to offer the Mets in attempting to hold on to him Levale-style.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/05/2007 9:33 AM  

    • It's no surprise that the Nats took a chance on Flores when you look at how little talent they had behind Brian Schneider last year. And I'm not just talking about the Nats' 2006 40-man roster; there wasn't a decent catcher in all of the farm system. But let's look at who caught for the Nats last year: Schneider, Brandon Harper, Wiki Gonzales, Matt LeCroy and Robert Fick. No back-up talent there, for sure, and Schneider, who will turn 31 in November, is the youngest of that group.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/05/2007 10:14 AM  

    • I'll say this right out the gate: I'm totally gay for Flo. Grounded, clutch, modest and oh so handsome. And, geeze, he hits a two out double not just with two down and two outs, but AFTER making 2 errors. Manny said he was beating himself up about it. I don't know about you, but self-flagellation is all-consuming for me. So the fact that he kept his head in the game is very impressive.

      That said, I don't want Schneider to go. Maybe I'm just drinking the kool aid, but I think he's a HUGE reason the season has been as watchable as it has. (Tangent: did you see how happy he was smashing the shaving cream on Flores' face? I don't think I could take so much joy in celebrating the guy who quite easily could take my job. But I am a sad, bitter man.) Maybe he can focus more on his hitting in the off-season knowing the pitchers he'll be dealing with in '08 are known quantities more or less.

      Blogoshpere, don't give up on BriSchni! Give Flores a full season of play AAA next year.

      I was melancholy enough watching Wilky, Jamey, Livan, Majewski, Bray and, yes, even Vidro and Guillen go. If they ship off Schnieder I'll cry like I did when Frodo sailed into the West.

      I've said far, far too much.


      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/05/2007 10:17 AM  

    • it was so empty there last night apparently Bowden and Kasten were sitting in the outfield.

      By Blogger weckstein, at 9/05/2007 10:24 AM  

    • Fair enough, Anonymous, but you could the same concerning just about any position on the diamond heading into last year's Rule 5 draft.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/05/2007 10:31 AM  

    • Davey Johnson deserves the credit. So says Jimbo.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/05/2007 10:54 AM  

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