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Three Up, Three Down

This baseball season, we will be taking elements from the dearly departed MLB Sunday page and dropping them into Baseball Insider on a regular, weekly basis. Henceforth, Mondays will bring "Three Up, Three Down" -- an irreverent take on the local and national baseball zeitgeist. Here is the first installment:

Happy New Year's: Nats only team in baseball to travel south for opener. Nothing says Opening Day quite like 90-degree weather in a football stadium in Miami, does it?

"You have to believe": Manny Acta rallies troops with motivational message on eve of opener. But here's the rest of that sentence: "....that my job can be saved."

Biden: Vice President to throw out first pitch at Orioles' opener today. And here we thought the guy had a real talent for hitching himself to a winner.

OF glut: Nats break camp with five legit starting OFs, two of them unhappy. Makes us wistful for the good old days when an OF competition meant Nook Logan vs. Brandon Watson.

Zim's contract: Nats' 3B says no more contract talks after today. Team privately breathes sigh of relief: All that money is now earmarked for Stephen Strasburg anyway.

Jimbo: Ex-Nats GM Bowden yet to speak publicly since being fired since resigning last month. Security in Miami said to be on lookout for middle-aged guy in track suit riding a red Segway.

By Dave Sheinin  |  April 6, 2009; 10:04 AM ET
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Your point on the outfield glut really makes it look like more of an up than a down. This is the first year that the outfield has actual depth. Hopefully it will lead to a stronger team, or perhaps a solid trade.

Just getting in a little last second spring-training optimism.


Posted by: kevincostello | April 6, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Well, many people in Delaware (especially south of the Canal) are Orioles' fans, so Biden throwing out the first pitch isn't too out of place.

Posted by: metatext | April 6, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Biden's pitch will be wide to the left...

Posted by: AsstGM | April 6, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Another up: Three up, Three down feature rises like a Phoenix from the ashes of the MLB Sunday page. Thanks, Dave!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 6, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

May Mr. Garcia-Ruiz be sentenced to a lifetime of editing blog comments as penance for his multiple sins.

Posted by: Uncle_Teddy | April 6, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Only team to travel south for the opener? What about Cleveland in Texas or Colorado in Arizona? Even the Yankees are going south to face the Os, as is Oakland to Anaheim.

If it's in reference to the fact that they went p to DC and then had to go South, the Yankees headed to baltimore after playing exhibitions in NY.

Posted by: TheRoss-Man | April 6, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Real Baseball Intelligence (RBI), a leading resource in the evaluation of amateur baseball talent and draft coverage, has ranked Stephen Strasburg the #1 prospect in the 2009 MLB Draft. View his free scouting report (with video) at

Posted by: bhyman1 | April 6, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"Real Baseball Intelligence (RBI), a leading resource in the evaluation of amateur baseball talent and draft coverage, has ranked Stephen Strasburg the #1 prospect in the 2009 MLB Draft."

Way to go out on a limb there, RBI.

Posted by: spamcastin | April 6, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

They are also predicting that the stock market will have some up and down days over the rest of the year.

I guess the "only team heading south" comment is relative to their spring training camp, although I suppose that the same is true for the Marlins.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | April 6, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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