Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sunday Night Baseball

The Sunday Night Home Opener appears to be official. Look for John Smoltz to take the mound against Tony Armas (making his triumphant re-debut with the Nats -- the first outing of what is sure to be the most breath-taking and improbable Cy Young campaigns in recent memory).

The article says that the Players Ass. signed off on it today (apparently in lieu of reading the Mitchell report) and that this game replaces the regularly scheduled 4/28 game on the schedule.


  • Chris, please, you need to do more on the drugs. Yes, great news, TV audience, blah blah... am I the only one who cares that we have players on the roster who cheat?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2007 12:34 AM  

  • yes Gus, you are.
    Bring on the Juice, the Clear and the Cream, and the World Series Trophy!

    By Blogger logan, at 12/14/2007 7:32 AM  

  • That Tony Armas crack is way more disturbing than finding out Lo Duca did steroids. Please tell me that was only a joke, not a rumor!

    By Blogger Positively Half St., at 12/14/2007 7:47 AM  

  • "Players Ass." -- good one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2007 8:30 AM  

  • Cheated. Past tense. I don't think anyone has been caught on the stuff while playing for the Nats. And I don't think any of these guy's past usage did a whole lot to effect the net outcome of games. Stanton? Bennet? Nook? Now, If Lo Duca gets caught again, or shows Clemens-esque usage in the past, that's something else.

    But the fact Pauly recommended the stuff to other players does give me pause as to his "veteran clubhouse leadership."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2007 9:29 AM  

  • So, I take it this means that the Nats play one with Atlanta on Sunday, then immediately go up to Philly for their home opener?

    By Blogger vendor71, at 12/14/2007 10:09 AM  

  • Everett to Twins. Your dream is over.

    By Blogger (j)on, at 12/14/2007 10:40 AM  

  • Gus

    Who on the Nationals used steroids? Nook Logan used HGH and he was still bad. He can't hit the ball out of the infield. I hope the HGH came with a money back guarantee! Paul Lo Duca was so good with his HGH that he has been traded from Dodgers to Marlins to Phillies and now playing for Nats on a 1-yr contract. He got a bad batch of HGH. It strunk him instead of giving him muscles.

    P.S. In 5 years the "baseball writers" will vote Clemens into the HOF but not Barry Bonds becuase they want Clemens in the Hall but not Bonds - he wasn't nice to the writers! The reason will be that Bonds was convited of perjury.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2007 10:46 AM  

  • Assume I cheated my way through college and graduate school to secure a good job. Then cheated again to keep my job and encouraged others to cheat and lie too. Should I still be employed?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2007 11:46 AM  

  • You would probably be the president of a large corporation or at least a hedge fund manager.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2007 12:38 PM  

  • I'm more concerned PloD was stupid enough to send his drug dealer a thank you note on Dodger clubhouse stationary. What a moron!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2007 1:54 PM  

  • Gus,

    Let me concur with Sid. One of the things made apparent by the report -- and good for those identified players, in my opinion -- was that "everyone" was doing it and "everyone" knew it. That doesn't mean it was right. That doesn't mean Bonds and Clemens should get into the HoF because we don't know who else was guilty.

    But what it does mean to me is that we, the fans and media, have to get over ourselves about it and move on. Yes, tons of low level players like LoDuca used steroids or HGH, but I could really care less at this point.

    By Blogger RPS, at 12/14/2007 3:13 PM  

  • Cheated and lied your way to success..forget Corp. President or Hedge Fund Manager, remember Bill Clinton, President of United States!

    Keith, I had the same reaction when I saw the copy of the Thank You note on Dodgers stationary and he sign his name!!! If he's that dumb, maybe the Nats should not have signed him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2007 4:26 PM  

  • Did anyone else get a laugh out of how Bush said the game had been sullied by the cheaters?

    This from the man who sullied the whole country (not to mention baseball--Texas Rangers stadium deal anyone?) with his antics.

    I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.

    Also, lol at the headline "Mitch Slapped"--best headline ever.

    By Blogger Michael Taylor, at 12/14/2007 5:02 PM  

  • Some wishful thinking real quick:
    Is there ANY possible way we could dump PLoD's contract through some legal means. ( A la Michael Vick and the Falcons) Could this be considered a breach of contract in any way??
    Can we still get Damian Miller?? Is Miguel Olivo going to be available?? Can we do anything?? Somebody?? Anybody??

    By Blogger Rob B, at 12/14/2007 5:05 PM  

  • Rob B,

    Nope, not unless you have photos of Paulie injecting himself in the last 24 hours. No contract would ever contain a retroactive bad behavior clause like that. Aside from that, you really think Bodes and Kasten didn't know this was at least a strong possibility? Kinda makes sense now why they rushed his introductory presser. You can't exactly introduce your new $5M catcher the day after his handwriting has been immortalized by the Mitchell Report, now can you?

    By Blogger Nate, at 12/14/2007 6:05 PM  

  • It seems to me that maybe the players take the 'roids (present tense) because no one in the system, from players to fans to owners, actually give a shit. That's very sad. You guys in the US get screwed over in every respect, because most of the time, you are all simply to apathetic to make a change. I'll just go back to watching the cricket, signing the Kyoto Protocol, banning guns and voting out my war monger of a leader.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2007 6:21 PM  

  • "Cheated and lied your way to success..forget Corp. President or Hedge Fund Manager, remember Bill Clinton, President of United States!"

    Who go that far back in history when GWB is still around.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/15/2007 12:39 PM  

  • Can we keep the politics out of this, d***it? This is baseball, not Hardball. You wanna talk politics, hang out with Wonkette or the other political blogs. Let's keep talk of POTUS past, present, and future --- and other politicos --- OFF of this blog.

    Thank you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/18/2007 3:37 PM  

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