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Dmitri Young and Svrluga


1) Dmitri Young is close to signing a two-year extension with the Nats, reports

2) "Huh?" asks a concerned Capitol Punishment.

3) I get ready to post my thoughts, but just then the tireless Barry Svrluga--whom the Washington Post actually pays to be smart about the Nats--posts his. He has all the details, along with his suspicions that it won't actually happen today.

The future, people, the future.

4) Then, from, comes this: "First baseman Dmitri Young is close to agreement on a two-year, $10 million contract with the Washington Nationals, a baseball source told"

5) Since I've been distracted all the while by the Blog Show conference call and the singing WNBA players, there's nothing left for me to say, except that I'm glad Da Hook will still be Meating his way around RFK, and to quote from this VERY IMPORTANT Fortune mag story about the future of The Washington Post, which chooses to lede with a tireless Barry Svrluga anecdote:

Barry Svrluga, a 36-year-old baseball writer for The Washington Post, was on his way to the barber when an e-mail pinged his BlackBerry telling him that the Washington Nationals had sent two struggling pitchers to the minor leagues. Svrluga detoured to Starbucks, wrote a 572-word commentary on his laptop and posted it to his blog, Nationals Journal at After his haircut he swung by the Post's newsroom to do a live question-and-answer session online with fans. That night, after filing a story for the newspaper, which he calls the "$0.35 edition" in his blog, Svrluga recorded a ten-minute podcast for the Web site, with sound bites from team officials and players.

That's Svrluga. So tireless. I was disappointed we didn't get any scene from the barber shop. Barber shops provide great feature-story scene. Fortune Mag, take note. Anyhow, it's a fascinating story about this company I work for, and you should read it, even as I prepare my resume, but I did find the ending a bit curious:

"No one," Graham says soberly, "can sit here and tell you how people are going to be getting news stories ten or 20 years from now." But people will want to know the scoop from the White House, the prospects for peace in the Middle East, and who's pitching for the Nationals, and someone will be there to tell them. We just don't know who that someone will be.

Yes, 20 years from now people will want to know the scoop from the White House. Yes, they'll still be interested in prospects for peace in the Middle East. But is the third thing on that list really who's pitching for the Nats? I wouldn't bet my life the Nats even exist in 20 years, and if they do, they'll surely be employing 15 different anonymous rookie pitchers that only absolute freaks care about. On the list of important sports questions our readers will want answered 20 years from now, I'd include "Who's playing QB for the Redskins," "Who's playing RB for the Redskins," "Who's playing WR for the Redskins," "Who's playing TE for the Redskins," "Who's playing backup TE for the Redskins," "What about the third-string TE," and "How are those D.C. United stadium talks going!!!" and "Which island is Gilbert going to buy this week" ahead of "who's pitching for the Nationals." Personally.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 26, 2007; 1:54 PM ET
Categories:  Nats  
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