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RePo'd Carts, and Lannan on the Bandwagon


By Gene J. Puskar - AP

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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2009; 3:11 PM ET
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Comments

"A couple quick Nats notes, unless you'd rather hear about Charley Hoffman...."

Who, now?

Missed Lannan's radio stint but IMO he's right (as you are) about the bandwagon.

Good pull on the Grays pic. The team did play in both Pittsburgh and DC. FWIW, I believe that the Nats have tended to win when wearing the Gray throwback unis.

The Nat Cave would be an awesome name! Naming rights, shnaming rights - let's just start calling it that now.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 30, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

"Grays" throwback unis.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 30, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

That is a strange hooting noise. I lol'd.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 30, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Nyjer? Please!

Posted by: Lindemann777 | June 30, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"Turns out Chrysler Financial repossessed the e-cruzers after a missed deadline"

Jesus, what else can go wrong in Near Southeast??

Posted by: Kev29 | July 1, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Repossessions, repossessions, everywhere. At least we can guy them back at www.repofinder.com

Posted by: MikeDudical | July 1, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

F you Lannan and you bandwagon comments. Acting like the 6k people who show up are the only real fans out there and the 35k that might show up one day are all bandwagons. Its not like you guys are .500 and not drawing a crowd.

YOU GUYS ARE TERRIBLE. People would come if you resembled a competitive major league team. I'd love you go watch a game, but you guys suck and it frankly isnt worth spending major league dollars for a minor league team.

Piss off

Posted by: makplan20002 | July 1, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

weird typo in my post. should be "I'd love TO go watch a game"

Posted by: makplan20002 | July 1, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

makplan20002, going and supporting the team is what going to games is about. Sure they'll have more fans if they are winning, but if no one goes, how the hell do you expect to keep a team in DC?!

As much as I hate to see the Nats lose all the time, I go for the love of the game as well. Good baseball is good baseball, whether the home team is playing it or not.

Posted by: lummox1 | July 1, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

F you Lannan and you bandwagon comments. Acting like the 6k people who show up are the only real fans out there and the 35k that might show up one day are all bandwagons. Its not like you guys are .500 and not drawing a crowd.

YOU GUYS ARE TERRIBLE. People would come if you resembled a competitive major league team. I'd love you go watch a game, but you guys suck and it frankly isnt worth spending major league dollars for a minor league team.

Piss off

Posted by: makplan20002 | July 1, 2009 12:34 PM

John Lannan was making the point that he wants new fans to come out and watch a winning team - that's what they're striving for. If they're "bandwagon" - so be it.

Lannan has been the Nats most consistently watchable and steadiest performer for nearly two seasons now. He's hardly the problem.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 1, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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