Monday, April 21, 2008

For Your Game-Watching Pleasure

Feel free to order a set of these for your next home game in the Capitol Punishment Web Store. I find they look especially nice in the $47 Red Porch seats.

They really do come up with new and interesting ways to suck, don't they?

Losing is one thing. Losing in such embarrassing fashion is something else. If Bowden had a soul, I'm sure he'd have a hard time sleeping. Instead, I'm sure he's too busy looking at himself in the mirror admiringly. Hey, it's those bum players' fault the team stinks, not his!


  • Your going to make some cash...and you are correct....Jimbo needs to go sooner than later....what is your quess.....I'll say June 1

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2008 8:55 PM  

  • I really think Bowden's fate is sealed. I don't know if it's logistically realistic to fire a GM in mid-season, but as really the only prominent holdover from the pre-Kasten era, he has "scapegoat" written all over him. And I think that's fine. The Lerners and Kasten should have brought in their own guy in the first place. He's a scrapheap GM with a flair for scrapheap free talent, but he's not the guy to take us to the promised land.

    By Blogger Steven, at 4/21/2008 9:07 PM  

  • Chris: The W will be upside down when you put it on.

    Who designed these? Jim Bowden?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2008 9:29 PM  

  • That actually took longer than I thought.

    I had a hard enough time getting the Curly W to paste. I wasn't going to take the extra hour to spin it around. ;)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/21/2008 9:31 PM  

  • I know; I just wanted you to see I actually contemplated wearing one!

    I'm strongly considering making a "Fire Jim Bowden" t-shirt & wearing it to Thursday's game.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2008 9:37 PM  

  • On the bright side, we'll be able to deal Guzman and Johnson for a couple decent prospects before the deadline.

    Well... it will look like a good deal at the time, but after a season it will end up being just another crappy deal (see: Kearns/Lopez for Majewski/Bray/Harris, and every other deal he's ever made)
    Seriously, check out all Bowden's deals with the Nats. There isn't a single trade that has come out favorably for the Nationals. Junior Spivey? Alex Escobar? Brian Lawrence? Marlon Byrd?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2008 9:42 PM  

  • For a second there i thought these things were real. I was getting ready to get out my credit card. Nicely done!

    Anyway, Kasten doesn't bother me, as i feel like he susually knows what he's doing, but Bowden has got to go asap. In a town full of preening incompetent jerks i'd say he's pretty much near the top. He'd probably have been shitcanned already if not for the fact that nobody in DC cares about the Nats (although i admit it's hard for me to care when the team sucks this bad-and i'm a big fan) Nice job building your fanbase there JimBo!!).

    If this were the Redskins, people with pitchforks and torches would be marching down PA Ave calling for the head of everybody involved.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2008 9:45 PM  

  • Bowden's done such a good job jamming his tongue in Cousin Mark's ear that I'm not sure that it'll work.

    It's time for Stan Kasten to have a come to Jesus meeting with Cousin Mark.

    (although perhaps Passover isn't the appropriate time for that?)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/21/2008 9:47 PM  

  • While I understand the desire to fire Bowden, what would you expect another GM to do?

    They are seemingly succesfully digging themselves out of a bad situation (MLB Ownership), but on the major league level have hit a block. And that's where they make the majority of their money.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2008 10:50 PM  

  • Well, I'm not going to be able to give you an answer without you responding something to the effect of "Call up Detwiler!!!!" so I won't bother. ;)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/21/2008 10:54 PM  

  • Instead of paper bags (that's so trite that they even do it in Baltimore), why don't you design something like those covers they put over broken parking meters? That would be so ironic, since as we all know there's no parking at Nationals Park anyway, so how could it ever be broken?

    Either that or use greasy bags from Five Guys so we'll at least have something tantalizing to smell while we're watching the putrid games!

    By Blogger An Briosca Mor, at 4/22/2008 7:59 AM  

  • What do expect from a team that has a ceiling of average?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/22/2008 8:14 AM  

  • What has really changed except a few more losses than expected? Would 8-12 make fans feel better? Three games could have gone differently to produce that result.

    The Plan is still in effect. The guys are slooooooooowly making their ways through the minors, and more help is needed this June, next June, etc.

    Bowden is doing fine, because he is always trying, always building for the future, even when it doesn't work out. Bowden really does not have much to work with.

    This "Plan" is exactly how a team should be built--unlike the O's strategy over the last decade of adding a bunch of old guys in a sorry attempt for respectability.

    True, this year's scrapheap has not yielded much, but who says you can make a new Ferrari out of old scrap parts?

    We are between Kansas City and Pittsburgh here in terms of payroll. So our ownership regards DC as small market (even though DC is the #5 media and population market in the US). That will change as new young talent is infused from the farm system, but for now this is DC's reality.

    What genius could you hire as GM to come in and do better within such constraints?

    The reason the Marlins are so far ahead of the Nats is that they have been working on their farm system many years longer than the Nats have. The Marlins have had a continuous stream of talented veteran players to trade for talented cheap youngsters, veterans who have been far better than Cristian Guzman and Nick Johnson. So even with a ridiculously low payroll, the Marlins have to be better off than the Nats.

    All this will change for the better. Tough to watch right now...I have been unloading my tix at below face.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/22/2008 8:30 AM  

  • ABM -- The Five Guys bag sounds like a good idea, but the grease would allow you to see through it. :(

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/22/2008 8:41 AM  

  • I agree that Bowden has to go, but how often is a GM fired in the middle of the season? It seems that they are mostly fired after the season ends.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/22/2008 9:32 AM  

  • some of our minor league teams are doing pretty well, so bowden hasnt done a bad job getting young talent. Albeit that young talent isnt helping us win right now, because they are still in the minors.

    Ill blame the Lerners more than any one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/22/2008 9:47 AM  

  • some of our minor league teams are doing pretty well, so bowden hasnt done a bad job getting young talent. Albeit that young talent isnt helping us win right now, because they are still in the minors.

    Ill blame the Lerners more than any one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/22/2008 9:47 AM  

  • Are those barf bags? That would be more useful and appropriate, no?

    By Blogger Bote Man, at 4/22/2008 10:15 AM  

  • They already have cupholders at each seat. Why not air-sickness bags? Of course, no need to install them in the empty Presidents Club and RF mezzanine, which would save the Lerners a few cents.

    Or they could always augment the T-Shirt Tuesday promotion with Barf-Bag Wednesday.

    And hey, good thing we're not still at RFK. That place induced vomiting all on its own! (Although we have yet to face the fabled Anacostia stench with all the cool weather so far...)

    By Blogger An Briosca Mor, at 4/22/2008 10:37 AM  

  • You don't have to fire him, just hire somebody else to do his job. Let him scoot around on his segway on gamedays, aksing the idiot nats fans why they are paying big league prices for a shitbag AAA team. It's all our fault for putting up with this garbage. Aaron Boone? Mackowiak? A 6'4" crying left fielder that can't make contact? A 300 pound first baseman with a bad back? A closer with a 87 mph *fastball*. Starting pitching that can't get out of the third inning? we already have the top two relievers in innings pitched. But hey, we got rid of Church and Schnieder and have a center fielder that has trouble catching the ball, remembering the number of outs, and running the bases. This is year 4 of my allegiance to the "plan" and the Nats. I'm tired of waiting for my dividend check.

    By Blogger flippin, at 4/22/2008 10:45 AM  

  • Just when you think its rock bottom, you see your franchise closer start throwing 74 mph fastballs....sigh.

    They put together a roster of below-average to average players. The hitting sucks. The bullpen sucks. The starting pitching is subpar. It also doesnt help when your "franchise player" swings at pitches a fat drunk guy in slow pitch softball would lay off of.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/22/2008 12:22 PM  

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