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Three Up, Three Down

Zim's deal: Nats 3B R. Zimmerman inks five-year $45M extension. Deal was actually reached during team's 0-7 opening week, but he wanted to see progress before making it official.

Zim's debut: Nats phenom RHP J. Zimmermann called up for ML debut tonight. Already looks like a smart cookie - he brought half the Syracuse bullpen with him.

Sheff: Mets new OF joins exclusive 500-HR club. Bonds, McGwire, Palmeiro and Sosa all raise a syringe to toast their newest member.

NATINALS: Team's misspelled uniforms become subject of nati(o)nal ridicule. Ownership's explanation: We needed all those extra 0's for Zimmerman's contract.

E. Dukes: Nats OF benched, fined $500 for late arrival after speaking to group of Little Leaguers. Team sends clear message: No more charity work, except for helping us win.

16,974: Nats draw alarmingly small crowd for Sunday's series finale vs. first-place Marlins. Or is it an alarmingly large crowd for a 1-10 team coming off 102-loss season?

By Dave Sheinin  |  April 20, 2009; 10:20 AM ET
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The smallness of that Sunday afternoon crowd was alarming, but a couple of things entered into it. That it threatened to rain all day was one thing, but far more important was the heartbreaking nature of the previous two games. I mean, it almost made us true Nats fans suicidal, a feeling that was not alleviated by the third consecutive heartbreak of a magnitude that most teams don't experience more than once or twice in a whole season.

But I'll tell you, if those two obnoxious Florida fans you could hear on the TV all day had been sitting near me, I would have taken care of the. Nobody will ever accuse me of being a good sport in any event, but that level of jerkism in our house is something I would not have been able to tolerate.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | April 20, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Question for Dave Sheinin ...

Why do you always find the negative in every single thing with the Nationals? I heard you on DP show this afternoon ... and you allowed DP to mention the "transgressions" that the Nats have committed, comparing them to the U. of Miami, yet the Hurricanes at least win. What exact violations, or "transgressions" have the Nationals committed? Even in the Smiley case, there's no proof of illegalities ... embarrassment, yes. Six years ago you were a baseball beat writer in a city that didn't have a baseball team. It would seem to me that actually having a team to cover would be something to be positive about and that you might at least see and report a glimmer of what the Nationals are trying to build ... yet you continue to take the easy, low road, of being a cynic and critic. I'm not advocating blind enthusiasm or "homer" coverage ... but enough with the criticism. It's an act that's grown old. Maybe that's why there's been no outcry about the absence of your weekly baseball notes column.

Posted by: dlombardo1 | April 21, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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