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This Day in Meathook: Yes! Nooooo!

The thing about this imminent Dmitri Young re-signing (has it happened yet? Now, has it happened? Now?) is that Mr. Hook has the chance to retire as the most popular player in Washington Nationals history, and that is in no way an exaggeration. The team's best player, Zimmerman, remains cool to the touch. And other than that, who? Cordero, because of his hats? Nook, because of his name? Fick, because of his vulgarity?

(By Manuel Balce Ceneta -- Associated Press)

When the stadium opens and the big crowds arrive, I say it could be Young, the Round Mound of Fist Pound, the Large Loop of Low Scoops. Especially if, as Barry Svrluga hinted this morning, Young could move to the outfield in the future. Call him the Rotund Shield of Left Field. (Although says he needs to drop 20 pounds for that to happen.) But oddly, neither Svrluga nor the Times's Mark Zuckerman referred to this devotee of baseball cards and old-school as a fan favorite. Would any rational marketing chief not put Young's silhouette all over next year's promotional materials?

The fans, oddly, haven't yet realized about this fan favorite thing. Some reaction.

Capitol Punishment: "Stan, I want my deposit back!"

A snide Nationals Enquirer: "NAAAts reportedly "close" to signing Tony Batista to a five-year, $40 million deal."

Nats 320: "The Suggestion of placing Dmitri Young in the outfield is laughable."

WFY: "I guess The Plan is dead."

Easy guys. You're talking about the future most popular player in franchise history. Just give my Dmitri Silhouette marketing plan a chance. Plus, if the team runs some Toys for Tots promotions this winter, what player in the world would make a better Santa?

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 27, 2007; 9:13 AM ET
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Hey, we're just realists.

Last year's most popular player was Soriano.

'05's most popular player was... umm... Cordero? Livan?

It changes. We're prepared to be in flux. If Dmitri went away, we'd find someone else to latch on to.

Posted by: Chris | July 27, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Don't count on young's silhouette on promo materials. I don't see Lerner or Kasten agreeing to pay the extra postage for oversized mailings.

Posted by: Mick | July 27, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

And Chris, c'mon, obviously our favorite player in '05 was JAMEY CARRROL!!!11!

Posted by: Mick | July 27, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

So how many times does Dmitri need to lose 20lbs to be an effective left fielder?

They'll also need a REALLY speedy center fielder to help cover.

Can't wait for him to line up 10 feet from the left field line a la Greg Luzinski for the Phillies in the late 70's/early 80's.

Posted by: Kim | July 27, 2007 10:03 AM | Report abuse

The Nats are taking a big risk signing a guy one year removed from a domestic violence charge. They took a similar risk on their pitching coach and that didn't work out too well. Let's hope he can continue to hit over .300 for the next couple of years.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | July 27, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

PowerBoater you are sadly mistaken.

Posted by: Mrs. St. Claire | July 27, 2007 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Nick Johnson is done. someone has to play first. they have no one in the minors. viva le meat!!!

Posted by: Dave @ Bottomfeeders Baseball | July 27, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The only way to view the Young and Belliard signings in a way that is consistent with The Plan is to say that (i) both of these guys are solid bench players on a contending team, can pinch hit and play multiple positions on the field (in Dmitri's case, after losing the 20 pounds); (ii) teams aren't giving up solid prospects for rentals anymore, much less rentals that are merely strong bench players/spot starters; (iii) the farm looks surprisingly strong and deep, i.e., The Plan is closer to fruition than we thought when contemplating a mid-season fire sale earlier this year; and therefore (iv) maybe we should keep the current team intact and simply add a free agent bat or two (e.g., Torii Hunter and Adam Dunn) and go into the new park with what might be a contender if the young arms come through and/or hold up.

Posted by: Chet | July 27, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

If Dmitri plays Santa for the kids, could we have Fick be "Bad Santa"?!

Posted by: Chris in SS | July 27, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Mrs. St. Claire,
If I'm sadly mistaken, I'm in good company. This is a description of the guy you are defending from June 2006:

"He completed what shall henceforth be known as the Dmitri Young Hat Trick: he went on the disabled list, went into rehab for substance abuse and was arrested for domestic violence."

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | July 27, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I think Mrs. St. Claire is defending Randy St. Claire, the pitching coach you lumped in with a history similar to Young's. (Unless you mean some other pitching coach?) Or possibly you meant the hitting coach currently on leave, Mitchell Page, who had a known alcohol problem, but I don't recall hearing anything about violence.

And you all have it wrong, Gary Bennett was the fan favorite in 2005!! ;-)

Posted by: misschatter | July 27, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't Antonio Osuna? Really?

It was probably Barry Svrluga.

Posted by: WFY | July 27, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks misschatter and sorry Mrs. St. Claire, I did mean "hitting" coach not "pitching" coach.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | July 27, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

First, have you seen Barry Bonds lately? He's not exactly skinny. Second - those LOL names for the Meathook are great!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 27, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

First, have you seen Barry Bonds lately? He's not exactly skinny. Second - those LOL names for the Meathook are great!!

Posted by: Patty | July 27, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Ooops! Sorry for the double-post.

Posted by: Patty | July 27, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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