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So, 1-10 Again, Huh?

Note: not trying to be a constant voice of negativity, as Nats fans have accused. I'm just like this.

* When I heard the Nats were now 1-10, having just suffered a disastrous did-that-really-happen loss, I tried to think if there were ever a similar situation faced by a D.C. pro sports franchise.

Hmmmm.

Oh yeah, the Wizards dropped to 1-10, having just suffered a disastrous did-that-really-happen loss in New York, not quite five months ago. That's when Eddie Jordan got whacked, with the Eastern Conference's worst record. Seriously, two teams with .091 winning percentages five months? This is just great for business.

* The Nats' 1-10 mark, of course, is good for the worst record in the entire league. Just one year ago, the Caps got off to the worst start in the NHL, leading to another whacking. The Wiz, oddly, were only the worst in the East at 1-10, since Oklahoma City had played more games.

It's kind of hard to have an early-season-worst-record in the NFL; by the time one team is worst, the season is no longer early. So for D.C. to have accomplished that feat in the three realistic worst-record-producing leagues over the past two years is nothing short of remarkable. Washington is almost as bad as Boston is good.

* The Nats lost their last game of 2007. They're 1-10 in the first 11 of '09. And they went, what, 60-102 last year? That means, over their last 174, the Nats have compiled a record of 61-113. That would translate to a 105-loss season.

* The Nats drew 16,974 on Sunday. Soon-to-be-homeless D.C. United drew 14,441 on Friday. I know all the caveats--D.C. United plays far fewer home dates, the Nats are off to a wretched start, average Nats tix cost far more, etc. etc. Still. I propose a bet: if D.C. United outdraws the Nats during any game over the same weekend this season, the teams have to swap home fields for one gameday. Also, the city government has to float $600 million worth of bonds toward the Black and Red.

* Luckily, not too many people noticed the fact that this weekend also brought the benching of Elijah Dukes for too many charity appearances and the misspelling of the team name on the shirts of the team's two biggest stars. Oh, wait, I mean, both gaffes were actually featured on the front page of Yahoo.com, drawing 2,400 comments and untold thousands of page views..

* And the crazy thing is, Nats fans actually came out of the weekend feeling good about life, thanks to the Zimmerman contract.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 20, 2009; 9:14 AM ET
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Wizards  
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Comments

"And the crazy thing is, Nats fans actually came out of the weekend feeling good about life, thanks to the Zimmerman contract. "

I'm sorry, baby. I didn't mean to hurt you. This time things will be different. I promise.

Posted by: Uncle_Teddy | April 20, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

The United couldn't draw 15K? On a beautiful Friday night with no other big events in town other than the Nats v. Marlins game. The Nats won't have a smaller crowd all season, the DC United sadly appear to be toast. The only possible upside is that there will be one heck of a blowout party for their last game at RFK.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | April 20, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Boston's win percentage is .500

so the gNats are almost as bad as Boston is good? um.........................

Posted by: dupa3 | April 20, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"so the gNats are almost as bad as Boston is good? um........................."

I understood him to be speaking to the entirety of professional sports, not just baseball.

DC has been as bad at all sports at some point over the last 2 years as boston has been good. We have the worst starts in almost every pro league, they win championships.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 20, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

No offense to Zimm, but I suspect that the bullpen reshuffling had more of a positive effect on fan morale this weekend than the contract.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 20, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Considering how great a fan you claim to be, I'm surprised you didn't attend the match, PowerBoater69.

Posted by: sitruc | April 20, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

9 mil a year for Zimm is too much.

Posted by: fushezzi | April 20, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

"Luckily, not too many people noticed the fact that this weekend also brought the benching of Elijah Dukes for too many charity appearances..."

Even more fortunate is the fact that none reading or writing those articles remembered that during Dukes' in his short time in the Majors has also assaulted a woman, texted a picture of a gun to the mother of his child, and doesn't pay child support.

We wouldn't want to ruin Dukes' saintly and moral image, would we?

Posted by: DangerNat | April 20, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Even if that bet was official, and United won (which will probably happen once September rolls in and the Nats are like 25-120), the city would renege and Fenty would probably drive his car onto the field at RFK to do donuts just before kickoff.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | April 20, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

The United and the Nats were both playing at home this weekend, so I went with the major league team, but I'll make it out to see the United again this summer and definitely I'll be there for any playoff games.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | April 20, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

"I know all the caveats--D.C. United plays far fewer home dates, the Nats are off to a wretched start, average Nats tix cost far more, etc. etc."

As a fan of both teams - honestly - I'd say that United's ticket prices are more of a problem than the Nats. Sure the Nats average price is higher - but the cheapest ticket at RFK is far higher than Nats Park ($22 to $5). In this economy, that might be a bigger deal (especially for families).

Bigger worry for me - both teams have underperformed of late and their fan/public relations are in the toilet.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 20, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Add me to the list of people who have a problem with United's ticket prices. It especially doesn't make sense to have the same prices for a US Open Cup play-in match as a regular season match(I was surprised they were even going to use RFK for those this season). It's also hard to feel good about $6.85 on Metro(not including $4.50 for parking at the station) versus $15 for parking at RFK.

Posted by: sitruc | April 20, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The PowerBoater wasn't at The United match? The Horror! I don't know how The Game went The On The Without The Him.

Posted by: the_slammer | April 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"9 mil a year for Zimm is too much."
Posted by: fushezzi
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FanGraphs calculates that Zimmerman has been worth no less than $9.9M any full season he has started (2006-2008). Last year's numbers were down because of his injury, too. Zimmerman is on pace to be woth over $18M this season. He is 24 years old. He will get better- he is approaching his prime years, not in them. The Nationals locked up a great player into the better part of his prime. They got a great deal because Zimmerman will likely generate well more than $9M of value every year of this contract.

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | April 20, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to double post, but here's the FanGraphs link mentioned above.

http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=4220&position=3B#value

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | April 20, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

PowerBoater69:Stay away from RFK. All of THE fans of United can do without your kind.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 20, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Only other team drawing as bad as the Nats are the Pirates.

On a related note, DCU 14K in attendance on Friday was the 2nd highest this weekend in MLS.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | April 20, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Add me to the list of people who have a problem with United's ticket prices. It especially doesn't make sense to have the same prices for a US Open Cup play-in match as a regular season match(I was surprised they were even going to use RFK for those this season). It's also hard to feel good about $6.85 on Metro(not including $4.50 for parking at the station) versus $15 for parking at RFK.

Posted by: sitruc | April 20, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse
***********

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Siturc, you know there is a metro station within walking distance to RFK. It is called: Stadium/Armory.

And parking at Nats games runs about $20.

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Posted by: vmrg1974 | April 20, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

@vmrg1976:you don't make any sense.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 20, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I attended the Nats game Thursday on free tickets handed to me before the game.

I attended DCU Friday on my season ticket.

Two great nights weather-wise, two games the home team didn't lose, and the beer was cold!

What's all this complaining about? ;)

Posted by: CDRHoek | April 20, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Go Cavs!

Posted by: popopo | April 20, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

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