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The New York Media Tee Off on the Nats

No, look closely, the uniform is just folded over. (By Bill Kostroun - AP)

Man, imagine what these people would be writing if they lived in D.C.

Ken Davidoff in Newsday: The Nationals are so horrible that a Yankees loss to them is virtually inexcusable....Their manager, former Mets coach Manny Acta, is a dead man walking, left dangling by upper management. Their former general manager, Jim Bowden, apparently thought that you could make a team composed solely of first basemen and outfielders, and he's also reportedly under investigation by the feds. In all, the Nationals largely have been a joke of a franchise since moving from Montreal for the start of the 2005 season....If you're a team with championship aspirations, and you're fortunate enough to get the Nationals in town for three days, you have an obligation to stomp on them."

N.Y. Daily News: "For the past week, the Yankees have been playing high-pressure games against the Red Sox and Mets. How could the Bombers possibly get revved up Tuesday night for the lowly Nationals? For a while, it appeared they hadn't, but a late rally that has become a staple of the 2009 Yanks gave them a 5-3 win and saved them the embarrassment of losing to a team challenging the 1962 Mets for baseball futility."

(And also, "For most fans, anything short of a sweep of Washington will be considered a bad series for the Yankees.")

N.Y. Post: "Down a run in the seventh inning, the Yankees turned things around for a 5-3 win last night in The Bronx, and avoided humiliation to the hapless Nats, who are on pace to win a measly 41 games....[Sabathia] logged 7 2/3 innings of three-run ball, is now 6-4 on the year and might end up with more victories than the Nats get on the road all season (they're 6-24 away from home). Basically, CC might be better than D.C.....Zimmerman's throwing error from third allowed Damon to reach second to open the third inning and he later scored on a Cano single. Hey, the Nats, who lead the majors in errors, went two innings without a miscue. What did you expect?"

New York Times:
"The Nationals dropped to 16-46, worse by one game than the bumbling 1962 Mets at the same point in the season. Their manager, Manny Acta, faces daily questions about his job security, and they have no healthy starting pitchers over 24 years old."

Star-Ledger: "How embarrassing would it have been for the Yankees to lose to the woeful Washington Nationals Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium? Pretty embarrassing, probably, and it nearly happened."

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2009; 12:13 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Hey New York baseball writers, you can all go F yourselves with a steroids covered bat. There should be plenty of them lying around in your clubhouse.

Posted by: MeatSweats | June 17, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Right on NY Media. If only our small time reporters here in DC had the loins to stand up and deliver some nice wordy punches to the team's management and owners, we might actually get them to respond. The Lerners and Kasten are cowards. They took something that had the potential to be so great and made it into something shameful. I never thought I would say this, but Danny Snyder is a much better owner than the Lerners - now that is saying something. I think its time to petition the Lerners to sell the team to another local owner and let's start over.

Posted by: schrute | June 17, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

No sympathy here. Any team nicknamed the "Nats" is pretty much begging an out-of-town writer to stick a G in front of their name. Add in a true stinker of a win-loss record, and...

Wouldn't it be fun to turn the New York baseball writers loose on Capitol Hill for a day?

Posted by: northgs | June 17, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you, Dan, in not liking some of the shots that out-of-town media take at the Nats, but there's only one thing in these excerpts that I feel is a cheap shot, Davidoff's claim that the Nationals "largely have been a joke of a franchise since moving from Montreal for the start of the 2005 season." In 2005, they went .500 and were in the pennant race until the last couple weeks of the season, and in 2006 and 2007, they didn't have much talent but played hard. (Their farm system was a joke in those early years, but that's another story.) It's only in the last two years that they've reached joke status.

Otherwise, making fun of the Nats for being historically bad and making lots of errors is just kind of the truth.

Posted by: TheFingerman | June 17, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Silly man, if they lived in DC they wouldn't write about the Nats.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 17, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

(I'm pinch-hitting for Coverage is Lacking.)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 17, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

NY writers just gave themselves the Kiss of Death. Nats are going to win one.

Posted by: HogsHaven | June 17, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

What? These other cities have writers and readers who expect more out of a baseball team than simply turning on lights at a stadium in the summer allowing them to sit outside for a couple of hours? NY should just be thankful they have team(s) and not worry about how badly they beat other teams. That's all that counts, right? Just having a team? And they have TWO. Double the fun. Why be so down, NY?

Posted by: makplan20002 | June 17, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

CC Sabathia makes about 7 times what our entire pitching staff makes. I would hope he would have more wins.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | June 17, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Sabathia also weighs more than the entire Nats pitching staff put together!

Posted by: RedBirdie | June 17, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Good one, redbird!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 17, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The Yanks also lost 2 out of 3 to the NATS in RFK in 2006. Dan, old bean, please replay tomorrow the NYC Press after tonight's win by the NATS.

Posted by: adhardwick | June 17, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

That may have been my fave series ever, ahardwick, especially the last two games.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 17, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

You could argue some of the media comments are the equivalent of kicking puppies, and it's painful. On the other hand, I spent nearly a decade in both the Philadelphia and New York markets -- areas with genuine baseball cultures --and they wouldn't tolerate the drivel that passes for MLB here.

One wishes Boswell, instead of meekly standing up for Acta, would possess some of the vitriol of Bill Conlin circa 1989 (when he regularly lit into the then-dreadful Phillies front office he mockingly called "the Gang of Six"). P.S., Boz: anyone who would refer to Stan Kasten -- someone seemingly more concerned with the presidents' races than this dreadful team -- as an "adult" should look into covering golf full-time.

Unfortunately, once interleague play ends in two weeks, the Nationals will be shunted aside by local sports media so we can focus on what's really important -- the status of the Redskins' backup outside linebackers. Attention Washington sports media: you people are ignorant.

Posted by: VPaterno | June 17, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

What is the media ignorant of? Not writing about a team that 10k people watch at night and maybe 8k actually show up at the park. Maybe the coverage criticisms were valid in the past, but not this year. They dont deserve any coverage. I wouldnt be upset if MASN just started showing MASH reruns instead of all games, not just those delayed by rain.

I hope the NY media keeps bashing us. I hope we break the Mets record for losses. Bad publicity is better than no publicity, right?

Posted by: makplan20002 | June 17, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I find it hilarious that several of the readers on here truly believe that A) DC sportswriters aren't critical enough of the Nationals; and B) that if they were more critical, the team would somehow in turn win more games.


Posted by: Barno1 | June 17, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

the yankees and mets combined spend more money in one year than the nats have spent in the past eight years. and the nats have the same number of world series trophy's in the past 8 seasons as the yankees and mets combined. the ny writers should worry about their own over paid, under acheiving teams and not our low cost, under acheiving team.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 17, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Steinbag gets off on this stuff as do the majority in the WAPO sports dept. NY, Boston, Philly, Chicago, LA, St Louis love their teams, people in those cities wouldn't have put up with what we have here. This turns out to be the perfect storm for the local media. Team stinks, no reason to foster a baseball culture and the rest of the country gets to take pot-shots with little or no resistance.

The former Sports Editor EGRuiz was no fan of baseball and certainly no fan of the Nats. Funniest line ever came from the WAPO ombudsman a few years ago "Baseball is an expensive proposition to cover full time". No sh*t sherlock, guess you had a 33 year free ride hanging around that once a week sport.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | June 17, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Love that photo! I wish all the Nats players had an extra set of legs!

Posted by: caryoreilly | June 17, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I like how the Nats seem to follow the trash up with wins in NY.

Posted by: sitruc | June 18, 2009 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Here's one for Mr. Davidoff: In a year of the improbable, the inexcusable has happened. Go NATS!!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 18, 2009 6:33 AM | Report abuse

We might be a joke, but some day, when we are a winning team and everyone is sporting a Curly W hat a la Yankees or Sox fashion, I can say I supported that "joke" 100% back in the day. I'm OK with that.

Posted by: justmyopinion11 | June 18, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I'll second that, justmyo. We'll recognize each other on the bandwagon by the lack of pink hats.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 18, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, you fancy, high and mighty New York reporters must be feeling a mite foolish right about now. What a bunch of pompous d-bags.

Posted by: futbolclif | June 19, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

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