Does Snelling prefer "Wallaby Court"???
So I promised yesterday to write at least a little about Kangaroo Court, the mock trial the Nationals undertook for about two hours behind closed doors before yesterday's win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. I promised, and then I completely forgot.
(I did, however, deliver on the news of John Patterson's engagement to former Miss D.C. Shannon Schambeau. He popped the question last Thursday. Seemed very happy about it. Read a very little more about that in the Reliable Source. (And if Steinberg had ever taught me those nifty link tricks, I would provide a link to the Reliable Source (which appears in the print edition of the Washington Post (only $.35)) without much trouble, but he never did, and therefore I also cannot link to Ms. Schambeau/Mrs. Patterson's personal Web page either so you'll have to find both of them on your own.)
Robert Fick, predictably, had a prominent role in Kangaroo Court, in which offenders are fined for such transgressions as fraternizing with the opposition, being late, cranking inappropriate music and God knows what else. But Fick was reluctant to talk on-the-record about specifics. He clearly, though, couldn't believe that many longtime Nats -- such as first-time court clerk Brian Schneider -- had never been involved in a Kangaroo Court. I was standing outside the clubhouse during the tail end of it (not eavesdropping, really, I wasn't, I had to talk to someone in there and I needed to wait it out) and there was much laughing going on inside. The coaching staff wasn't in on it, though I had been told that Manny Acta was going to be a prime target for fines because of his chummy relationship with several New York Mets. Acta confirmed that he expected to be a target, but he was in his office while court was going on (and as I walked past to head upstairs, he yelled, "Let's go win a ballgame!" and clapped his hands once, as if this was maybe August and a pennant race and not March and the Grapefruit League).
Anyway, Schneider emerged from the meeting with a long list of fines and said he had fun. Acta said that most good clubhouses -- and when he was with teh Mets the last two years, they had good clubhouses, no question -- do that sort of things. "It keeps guys loose and let's them know when they're out of line," Fick said.
(And, of course, the day couldn't pass without some references to one of the most famous Kangaroo Courts of all-time, the one in the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse in the early 1970s in which one Frank Robinson served as the judge, complete with a mop upon his head for some gray hair. There's a pretty hysterical photo of that somewhere.)
Anyway, we're here in Jupiter today. Nationals v. Marlins. Don't have lineups yet. I know Kearns and Zimmerman were not on the travel roster, nor was Schneider, who was supposed to rest his tweaked hammy. I believe the team bus just rolled in. Tarp is being removed from the field, but there were some major league downpours on I-95 headed south. We'll see if we can get this one in.
Oh, one more thing: Did anyone watch "Washington Post Live" on Comcast SportsNet last night? It's from 5-6:30 p.m. (yes, again, that's right, 90 minutes of Mike Wise, which is roughly 89 minutes too much). I'd be curious as to what anyone thought. It should be a great venue for local sports discussion, and Zimmerman was one of the guests last night. We sports writers, however, are no TV stars, so I can imagine it being ... well, awkward, too. Thoughts?
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