RePo'd Carts, and Lannan on the Bandwagon
A couple quick Nats notes, unless you'd rather hear about Charley Hoffman....
* John Lannan was on the Junkies this morning, and he was asked about the crowd support issue for the home nine.
"Look at the Capitals in hockey," he said, making the obvious comparison that still can't be made often enough. "They started winning and people just jumped on that bandwagon. I mean, I really don't like bandwagoners, but we kind of need that kind of thing."
And you will get it, John. And the media will lead that charge, with not a speck of shame, because that is what we do. And then poor bloggers who are minding their own business will be drafted to write A1 stories about how, overnight, this has become a baseball town.
* E-mail from Reader Chad, concerning those golf cart things that are used for transport outside of Nats Park, which I want to call the Nat Cave if Geico ever sponsors it:
When we got to the street we saw the same thing we have always seen: glorified golf carts waiting to take passengers to their parking lots. However, we did notice something that we hadn't seen before; the cars were apparently being repossessed by what looked like undercover operatives.
Well, I talked to Dan Zak, who wrote the terrific A1 story about those "e-cruzers," which "look like golf cart limousines" and act like "transportation cockroaches" while running on eight-volt batteries. Dan called Russell Rankin, the entrepreneur behind the fleet.
Turns out Chrysler Financial repossessed the e-cruzers after a missed deadline, but Rankin is trying to work things out and hopes to be up and running again before this weekend's series with the Braves. "We're confident we'll be there Friday," he said.
* Reader Bryc3 e-mailed me weeks ago about the Nats' crazy-good performance when attempting to avoid a series sweep. Buster Olney picked up the cause, noting that when facing a sweep, the Nats are 11-7 and average 5.7 runs a game. In all other games, they're 11-44 and average 3.9 runs a game.
But the issue gets far more fascinating when you look only at three-game series in which the Nats lost the first two games. The first three times that happened this season, form held, and the Nats lost game 3. Since then? W, W, W, W, W, L, L, W, L, W, W. So the last 11 times the Nats have faced the final game of a three-game series, with a sweep on the line, they've gone 8-3. I challenge you to find another type of game (besides "games in which the Nats outscored their opponents) in which the Nats have gone 8-3 or better.
* The Marlins thing? Golly. I believe it's 0-7 against the Floridians this year, and 3-21 over the past two years. That's a .125 winning percentage. Since the 2006 season, the Nats are also 8-23 in Miami. That's a .258 winning percentage.
* Nyjer Morgan? Well, he recently said Pittsburgh fans are "the best," so I'm not sure what to make of that. "I'm gonna keep doing my thing for the 'Burgh," he also said last week, while making a strange hooting sound. On the other hand, he liked wearing that Homestead Grays shirt above, saying "It's a huge thing to put on the uniform and represent Josh Gibson." So that could work.
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