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Washington Misses Gooz

But first, some words from Jim Bowden.

"It's a serious situation," Bowden said of Jesus Colome. "We pray for his buttocks and his family."

The thing is, it actually is a serious situation, and yet it has generated possibly the best quote in sports history.

Anyhow, I have to go watch media persons fawn over Tiger again today, but in the meantime, chew on this.

Remember when I wanted to call him Agent .000? (Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

In the first game of the season, Cristian Guzman was injured, and the Nats lost. Their record was thus 0-1.

Over their next 30 games, Guzman didn't play and the Nats went 9-21 and history seemed within reach.

But Gooz was a fixture over the next 44 games and the sun shined on RFK. When he played, the Nats were 22-20, and when he didn't, their winning percentage dipped and they were 1-1. Then Gooz got hurt again, and bloggers cursed the fates, and the Nats have since gone 1-6.

So, for MVP voters trying to keep track of the totals, here they are:

Nats with Cristian Guzman: 22-21 total record, completely average.
Nats w/o Cristian Guzman: 11-28 total record, magnificently horrible. (That's a 116-loss pace, btw.)

Find me a more valuable player in the major leagues, I dare you. Or in the entire decade, really. Meanwhile, the Nats now have the second-worst record in the league, and while historical immortality is long since gone, without Gooz they still have a chance to be respectably awful and maybe to surpass 100 losses or something.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 3, 2007; 9:39 AM ET
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Well, Dan, if you were hurting for something to write about after the "disappointment" post, I think you were blessed by the blogging gods (blods? glogs?) with that quote from Bowden.

Posted by: Bud Omsman | July 3, 2007 9:52 AM | Report abuse

He's gone from Mendoza to Gwynn in one year.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | July 3, 2007 10:37 AM | Report abuse

...and here's guessing that he'll be right back to Mendoza.

Posted by: Rob Iola | July 3, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

But never mind all this, according to ESPN Orlando's signing of Rashard Lewis to a max contract will likely mean that they'll need to FREE DARKO!!! OK so he hasn't amounted to much, but he's gotta be better than Kwame, and he's a 7 footer available for the right price!

Posted by: Rob Iola | July 3, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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