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Nationals Journal: June 17, 2007 - June 23, 2007

How to build a champion

We have just seen who you want to be. The consensus in the Nationals' clubhouse last night: The Detroit Tigers are the best team this club has faced this year, and it's not even close. The reality: In 2003, the...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 21, 2007; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
 
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Ayala, Schroder arrive, Speigner, Abreu depart

This is what happens when you give up 24 runs in two nights. The moves are in, and they're a bit more interesting than we might have expected. But first, we have a Nationals lineup for tonight: Guzman -- 6...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 20, 2007; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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News! News! News!

So lots of news here, providing a sad moment as well as a nice opportunity for a kid who hasn't shown he's a big leaguer, but deserves a shot. First, Robert Fick's mother, Gloria Fick, passed away this afternoon after...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 19, 2007; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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News from up the Parkway (and a lineup)

As always, I really don't want to interrupt the discussion going on around the previous post, but there's a few worthwhile items. Check washingtonpost.com/sports in a bit. We'll have a story updating the Orioles' managerial search, which might be coming...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 19, 2007; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Three former Tigers, three different stories

With free agency the norm for more than a generation now, you can't have a series between two teams without some sort of connection, some player or coach going up against his former organization. This series is no different, but...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 19, 2007; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Here come the moves

So this just dropped in from the Nationals: "The Washington Nationals today reinstated left-handed pitcher Mike O'Connor from the 60-Day Disabled List and optioned him to Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League. To make room for O'Connor on the 40-man...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 18, 2007; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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The Nationals and Fragility (with "Where's The Podcast?" explanation)

Sitting here at a bar at the Toronto airport, having just finished watching Tiger Woods come a bounce or two away from forcing a playoff in the U.S. Open. (Time to note a Journal staff policy: You can have a...

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 17, 2007; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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