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Odalis Perez Chooses the Nats

Yes, boys and girls, Mr. Perez is officially in the fold. The Nationals signed him, I'm told, to a one-year, non-guaranteed minor league deal that will pay him $850,000 if he makes the team. The offers from Washington and Boston were not very different, I'm told, but Perez obviously felt like he had a better chance of making the Nationals' rotation than the Red Sox's -- despite the uncertainty over Curt Schilling.

And as I said earlier, this move is all about depth, and the person it affects the most is Matt Chico. Nothing wrong with a little spring competition.

Feel free to return to the discussion of the outfield and particularly Elijah Dukes.

UPDATE: Here's your general manager, Jim Bowden, on the Perez signing:

"He will have an opportunity to compete for a spot in our rotation. He gives us depth to protect us against injuries and also gives us depth so we are not forced to rush our young starters if they're not ready. Will he come back to his form of a few years ago? Not sure, but with Manny, Randy [St. Claire] and Jose Rijo, if there is a chance of bouncing back at this young age, this is the environment for him to do it in."

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 19, 2008; 1:15 PM ET
 
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I'm a fan of this move. Here's hoping he goes 3-0 with a 1.50 era in the first month and gets traded for a nearly major league ready future all star shortstop.

Posted by: VT Nats Fan | February 19, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Someone tell him he can have Pedro Astacio's old locker in Viera.

Posted by: John in Mpls | February 19, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

So does our beating out the Red Sox give us more MLB gravitas?

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 19, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe it but I'm concurring with a Hokie. I have no problem with the FO signing these guys at almost basement rates because if they don't cut the cheese in the bigs then send 'em down (yes, that means you Brett Boone) and let them play with the youngsters and teach them how to be a big leaguer; however, if they do stumble upon a horseshoe (more likely, a box of Lucky Charms) then it makes us so much more attractive at the deadline. Jim knows what he's doing (when he is sober), and stockpiling talent - even mediocre - is never a bad thing as long as you don't go bankrupt. So here's to one or two striking oil, and most of them being packaged together for a good prospect in July.

Posted by: Corey | February 19, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

He had one good season, and one or two decent seasons in his career.

Stupid: gets half a million as does Boone3?

Posted by: johnbear | February 19, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

well, the get a half mil if they *make* the team. they're not on the roster, they're not guaranteed spots.

Posted by: 231 | February 19, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I believe that "cut the mustard" may be the expression in question?

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cut the cheese

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 19, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

He might not be the worst pitcher in baseball, but he's in the discussion.

Posted by: .390 | February 19, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I think we are seeing Bowden unleashed. After the drunken whoring--oh I forgot, that was his fiancee--in South Florida he was on a short one. Now somehow the team finishes a few wins over expectation and Kasten has let him go frigging wild. If he trades Nick Johnson to keep Young then he has slipped more than his leash. We can expect more bs from the Boones and his Cincinnati connections. That promises to make us a better team for sure, but it is all the only cards the man has to play. Pathetic.

Posted by: Julia's Dad | February 19, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Solid pick-up natsfan1a, "cut the mustard" way more appropriate - I promise to not use any language of that sort unless referring to the injury history of Jesus Colome

Posted by: Corey | February 19, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

haven't you noticed already? nobody trades during mid-season anymore...

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I'm a fan of this move. Here's hoping he goes 3-0 with a 1.50 era in the first month and gets traded for a nearly major league ready future all star shortstop.

Posted by: VT Nats Fan | February 19, 2008 01:25 PM

Posted by: mm | February 19, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Sheinin will be on XM channel 175 at approx. 2:45 pm w/charley steiner.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | February 19, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I think this is a sharp (cheddar) signing.

Livo would have been more like a Velveeta signing.

Perez is three years younger and at least $4 million cheaper than Livo. They both made $7-8m last year; Livo will get $5m from the Twinkies, plus up to $2m in incentives, while Perez will get $850k and that only if we need him. Livo has been a much more reliable pitcher over the course of his career, but for 2008, and considering the money involved, Perez is a better bet (also helps he's a LHP).

If you can't cut the cheese, stay out of the kitchen!

Posted by: Bob L. (Cheese) Head | February 19, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Ok, here comes MY senior moment. Is VT Nats Fan a Hokie or is he from the Lake Monster area. With our farm team up north, I always assumed VT stood for the green mt. state not VPI. Boy, am I going to be red faced if I've been wrong all these months. In any case, Go Nats, Go Lake Monsters and especially Go Hokies.

Posted by: Medium-sized Mac | February 19, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"He might not be the worst pitcher in baseball, but he's in the discussion."

Mr. Perez has NO business in this converation . . . I OWN this monicker

Posted by: Gal Revels in Pee | February 19, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking Vermont as well.

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 19, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"So does our beating out the Red Sox give us more MLB gravitas?"

I would think just the opposite. Much better chance for OP to crack the rotation here than in Boston.

Or he just couldn't stand the sound every two bit right handed hitter in the AL clanging line drives off the Monster off him. (Man Ram gives his thanks as well)

Posted by: W Pretzel | February 19, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

he's a Hokie.

Posted by: his sister | February 19, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Nats start to believe their own bad press. All of a sudden they go from "the plan" to "we are ready to win now". Silly signings to build depth, and we don't want to rush people, come on. Chico, Lannen, Mock, Ballister, Detwiller, Clippard might not be household names but neither were those starting pitchers for the Detroit Tigers in 2005.

I would rather see Chico and Lannen w/the other three waiting in the wings take thier lumps then to watch the same old scrap heap players (Perez, Astacio, Ortiz, Williams, Simontacchi etc.)use the Nats as the proving ground that thier career's are OVER!

Posted by: Tippy Canoe | February 19, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the Bowden bashing. I've seen teams waste millions on pitchers with records like Perez's. No he may never be a 15 game winner again, but if you get enough of these guys, SOME of them will pan out. Maybe Perez will be better than Lannan, Redding, Chico and Bergmann or some of the others vying for rotation spots.

Plus Patterson and Hill are not proven to be healthy by any stretch.

Yet another good pickup. All gain, no pain.

And Julia's Dad: if you have led a perfect life, I guess that does give you the right to harp on that one Bowden incident. But he has not done anything like that since then, so let's give him the break he more than deserves. He is obviously working hard and effectively for the Nats.

Posted by: EdDC | February 19, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Julia's Dad,

... on Dmitri and Nick, I tend to (dis)agree with you. If either one goes, I'm happy with who stays; if they both stay, I'll be curious to see how that all plays out; if they both go, I'd be gobsmacked.

... I tend to agree with you about JimBow and the Red Menace. It's one thing to have some insight into another team's business; it's quite another to be unable to cut the apron strings.

... but to be fair to JimBow, ST is really the only time he has to play. When the season begins, it'll be Manny's turn, so right now, Jim has got to do all he can to earn his bread. Because:

When you're lost in the rain in Viera
And it's Eastertime too
And your rotation fails
And Cincinnati don't pull you through
Don't put on any airs
When you're down on Continental Avenue
They got some hungry sports writers there
And they really make a mess outa you

Posted by: natscan reduxit | February 19, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Julia's Dad - I don't disagree with the spirit, but I have a hard time getting that worked up over two non-guaranteed minor league deals that may end up costing the Nats <$1m - if you think back to this time last year, a lot of the same stuff was said about Meathook - not saying that this Boone-doggle will work out the same way, or that Odalis will do anything than throw up (and I do mean throw up) a 7 ERA, but Bowden's got talent for dumpster diving (2005 Loaiza, Meathook). Both of these moves seem to me to be "possible longshot upside, no downside" kind of deals.

Posted by: Ryan Dylan (Jimbo, just allow me one more chance) | February 19, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Ed, wasn't it you who called Bowden leatherpantsboy?

I'm still cracking up about that one.

Posted by: NatsNut | February 19, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

That'd be the lyrics to "Just Like Jim Bowden's Blues," eh Natscan? =)

Posted by: Ryan Dylan (with a hat tip to Natscan) | February 19, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Can't understand why anyone would be upset about this signing. No risk. I think smart teams make these moves even when they're pretty stocked. If they hit, then you can trade them for what you need, if not, you loose nothing. Good signing.

Posted by: Avar | February 19, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

the key to signings like this is not guaranteeing contracts or roster spots. if you can do that, the risk is minimal, at best.

Posted by: 231 | February 19, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

You keep putting $2. on longshots and sometimes you hit. If you lose, you haven't lost much. So, I also don't see the harm in these signings. JimBows track record shows he has an eye for these type of moves. Hey, why not.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | February 19, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Hat-tip to Capitol Punishment! (Maybe more appropriate in this case than in others.)
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"He might not be the worst pitcher in baseball, but he's in the discussion."

Mr. Perez has NO business in this converation . . . I OWN this monicker

Posted by: Gal Revels in Pee | February 19, 2008 02:18 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | February 19, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who doesn't get the Gal Revels in Pee moniker?

All I can think of is just saying get a GRiP in reply.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 19, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The Red Sox are stacked, and they wanted him. In fact, they could have gotten him. They are the best organization in baseball.

Posted by: Andrew Stebbins | February 19, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

perez dominates on mvp baseball 2005. killer changeup.

Posted by: theraph | February 19, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

re: GRiP. Anagram for Levale Speigner (c.f. google).

Apparently Levale's mom is NJer. Who knew?

Posted by: joebleux | February 19, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Gal Revels in Pee is an anagram (or whatever you call it when you mix up the letters in a word to form another word) that Capital Punishment came up with last year for Levale Speigner.

Posted by: Section 419+1 | February 19, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't say that about me!

Posted by: Regale Evil Pens | February 19, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Of 90 win fame- Well, maybe, even by my standards, a bit of a stretch. But and if the team is healthy, I'd bet on 86 or 87 wins. I just don't think it'll be healthy. Read Patterson and Hill...But if.
Outfield debate-ah, there lies the rub. There is sooo much potential there. I'm of the mind that some of it will be realized sooner than later. The outfield will determine the Nat's offense this year and I'm a thinking people will be pleasantly surprised (Nat fans, that is)with the results.
O.Perez? What happened to him? He looked very good at one time. Then not much. Any hope the old Perez is still lurking there and RSC will find him?

Posted by: Jeeves | February 19, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Perez signing: I like it.

There are those who will say the Nats should have done it six months ago and paid ten times the price, but I guess the FO will just have to live with the consequences of their bad timing.

Posted by: Hendo | February 19, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Right as usual, Hendo. They said all along (and Barry reported) that they wouldn't sign a big ticket free agent, but that they might wait out the market and pick up what was left. Perez is no worldbeater but he could be a league-average veteran lefthanded starter in 2008; good value for the money. And if Chico and Lannan beat him out for that spot, well that's good for the program as well.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | February 19, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I figure that if Perez wins a spot he has returned to decency, and if he doesnt then no harm done...someone more deserving will get the spot.

Posted by: Andrew Stebbins | February 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

For from our field of four what hits may come,
When they have shuffled off that summer field,
Must give us pause.

(With apologies to the Bard.)

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Outfield debate-ah, there lies the rub.

Posted by: John in Mpls | February 19, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

When you are talking to Hokies, it's definately "cut the cheese". Go Terps.

Posted by: 6th and D | February 19, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

There we have it. Post of the day!

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When you are talking to Hokies, it's definately "cut the cheese". Go Terps.

Posted by: John in Mpls | February 19, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone say this is a bad signing?? Its not even a "signing!" Its a non-guaranteed minor league deal, doesn't affect the 40man roster, doesn't affect our salary figures unless he makes the roster (and even if he does, he costs about as much as any other post-arbitration basement paid veteran).

And about affecting depth of our prospects; he would be at AAA, which as anyone knows is not the marquee prospect proving ground but rather a holding shed for spare parts for the big team. All important prospects are at AA. AAA is retreads, guys in their 30s ready for temporary callups.

Lets Look at our probable AAA starting rotation (given that the Nats have no injuries and have Patterson, Hill, Bergmann, Chico and Lannan opening day).

AAA: Redding, Hanrahan, Clippard, Detwiler and OPerez.

Meaning they've cut loose/demoted to the bullpen the likes of Simontacchi, Diaz, AMartinez, Claussen, Bowie, Michalak and Speigner..

Who exactly in that group of cuts/demotions are our prized prospects??

Posted by: Sec131 | February 19, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Medium sized mac - I am a hokie and that's where the name comes from. I have been to vermont and it was quite nice, never caught a lake monsters game but there's still time.

Go nats! Go Lake Monsters! Go Hokies!

Posted by: VT Nats Fan | February 19, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Sec131, while I agree that AAA mainly serves as a holding space for call-ups to the big leagues in times of need, I think that the inclusion of Detwiler on that list of "non-prized prospects" may be questionable.

I don't think that anyone doubts that Detwiler's one of our more premier prospects. It'll be interesting to see where he lands to start the season (AA or AAA), as that may have shed some light on how readily the big team calls him up in (hopefully nonexistent) emergency situations, as opposed to letting him develop over a longer period of some type.

Posted by: faNATic | February 19, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Aside from being wrong, this is what we were talking about a few weeks ago when we seemed to agree, collectively, that ad hominem attacks were out of bounds.

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I think we are seeing Bowden unleashed. After the drunken whoring--oh I forgot, that was his fiancee--in South Florida he was on a short one. Now somehow the team finishes a few wins over expectation and Kasten has let him go frigging wild. If he trades Nick Johnson to keep Young then he has slipped more than his leash. We can expect more bs from the Boones and his Cincinnati connections. That promises to make us a better team for sure, but it is all the only cards the man has to play. Pathetic.
Posted by: Julia's Dad | February 19, 2008 02:05 PM

Posted by: whoa there, big fella | February 19, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

"Now, crack, cracked cheeks; and break, wind, break!
We'll die at sea, or live on land, for History's sake!"
(With apologies to the Bard, and FST.)
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I believe that "cut the mustard" may be the expression in question?
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cut the cheese
Posted by: natsfan1a | February 19, 2008 01:49 PM

Posted by: From "Anything You Want To" | February 19, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

doesn't make much sense for detwiler to be in AAA. there's more talent in AA and that's likely where florez will be, too. AAA is the parking lot for your 4th OFs and the like. AA is where most of the real talent learns their craft.

Posted by: 231 | February 19, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Q: What do they call the person who graduates last in their class in med school?
A: "Doctor."
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He might not be the worst pitcher in baseball, but he's in the discussion.
Posted by: .390 | February 19, 2008 01:51 PM

Posted by: Yeah, but he's IN it. | February 19, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

justin huber of the royals is out of options and, at least according to MLBRumors.com, they may move him if he doesn't make the club.

http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/Justin-Huber.shtml

i know we have flores, and i don't know anything about this guy other than the minor league stats i linked to, but those aren't bad offensive stats there. and it looks like he may have been moved to 1B anyway. so maybe, at worst, he could be a long-term bench guy to be the third C and 1B.

just a random thought before i head to happy hour.

Posted by: 231 | February 19, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Our Washington Nats are beginning to look like the " Motley Crue " of baseball - Retreads, 'Roiders, has-beens, wannabees ; here's to another "interesting" season in '08 ! As said in many other threads here, it's a "no-lose" situation, if O.Perez doesn't work out, cut him loose ! If he does, it's another coup for Jimbo a-la Dimitri Young !
Like this a heck of alot better than Brett Boone trying for an already overcrowded 2B situation !
Later People !

Posted by: CDNNatsFan71 | February 19, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Thanks! CDNNatsFan71! Way! To! Use! Those! Exclamation! Points!

Posted by: e | February 19, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Motley crew-Ah yeah, Ye blocks ye stones, ye worse than senseless things.

Posted by: Jeeves | February 19, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

That might be taken the wrong way. Casius was not referring to said blogs or bloggers-rather to all the general riff-raff that is being assembled.

Posted by: Jeeves | February 19, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh Great Sheinin:

What's the status of all those players with visa issues?

Posted by: Juan-John | February 19, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow we have nearly the whole team, and we get to enjoy stories of the new guys who may amount to nothing. Odalis Perez needs to prove himself for sure, with a non-guaranteed contract. If he makes it, he needs to have a good year to go for the payday.

Sounds good to me. I love Livan, but he would have required a guaranteed contract. So, let's see who has a better year, Odalis or Livan. I am talking about Spring Training, too. If they both stink, Perez goes to sell shoes somewhere, while Livan safely collects his salary. If they both make the team, we get a whole season to make the comparison.

Whether on a chat or on NJ, I made the same point about Livan vs Chico last year. Livan went 11-11 on a playoff team, and Chico went 7-9. Chico has more years in him. At the very least that was a draw, and we still have Garrett Mock, as well.

With the snowbirds back on NJ, we have a more robust conversation than ever, and I can't even tally all the people who entertained me today. I can say, though, that Jim Bowden certainly entertained me the last few days. I don't know how I will handle the boredom when he is someday replaced (as all are eventually).

+.5St

Posted by: Positively Half St. | February 19, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Sec131: I think its a lot more likely for Detwiler to start the year in AA.

I think our AAA rotation will be comprised of Redding, Clippard, Lannan, Balester, and Mock.

All have a good chance of being on this club at somepoint this year.

Posted by: Andrew Stebbins | February 19, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

... great comments +.5St. Well said.

... other good news: only seven days (and a bit) until on-field action against competition. Come 27th, come.

Posted by: natscan reduxit | February 19, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Personally I'm counting down to the 25th. No offense Dave, but you're not satisfying me with the frequency I'm accustomed to.
;)

Posted by: NatsNut | February 19, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

That one had me laughing out loud, o mystery Bard. :)

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"Now, crack, cracked cheeks; and break, wind, break!
We'll die at sea, or live on land, for History's sake!"
(With apologies to the Bard, and FST.)

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 19, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

If you can't laugh at yourself, laugh at other people.
Tin Yurl: http://tinyurl.com/yqjhp3
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That one had me laughing out loud, o mystery Bard. :)

Posted by: Oh, you guys are sooooo craaaaazee. | February 19, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I think Odalis is a great signing. The way I see it we need that kind of depth because it helps keep from overextending these young arms. We have Paterson, Hill, and Bergmann, all coming off injuries. And now with this kind of depth when the big 3 start to get arm fatigue we can sit them before a minor injury turns into a major one. And that's not to mention, we have a bunch of young arms (Chico, Clippard, Lannan, Detwiler) who will get overworked if we don't have somebody like Odalis. Perez doesn't have to be great. He just has to be .500 and get the game to the relievers. And who knows, he might do more than eat innings.

Posted by: Jack | February 19, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Had we signed Odalis Perez at this point last season he would've been our number two starter - and quickly been bumped up to number one after JP's performances. We've come a long way in a short time. It is a good signing. He might just become the "innings eater" that we were seeking.

(It is good to be back - my computer went on the blink just as pitchers and catchers reported. Talk about cruel and unusual punishment!)

Posted by: lowcountry | February 19, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

... glad you're back with us, lowcountry. Your point about Perez's value to us this year as compared to (what it would have been) last is very well made.

Go Nats!!

Posted by: natscan reduxit | February 19, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Had the Nats signed him last year, he would have HAD to be the #1 starter, he was making almost $8M.
Perhaps an indicator of how far HE's come.
Just sayin.
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Had we signed Odalis Perez at this point last season he would've been our number two starter - and quickly been bumped up to number one after JP's performances.

Posted by: lowcountry | February 19, 2008 09:39 PM

Posted by: CE | February 19, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

No more, I promse...well, except this one for our pitchers.
Pitch the pitch I pray you
As Randy pronounces it to you
Slidingly from the hand
But if you blow the throw
As many of the others do
I had as sooth that Livo tossed the ball

Posted by: Jeeves | February 20, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link, Bard. I hadn't made the Firesign Theater connection.

Nice, Jeeves.

In other news, I enjoyed the Nats news in today's .35/.50 edition. Just hope that Escobar is not allowed anywhere near Bowden's Segway.

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 20, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Theatre.

Also, Corey made post of the day!

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 20, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

"Also, Corey made post of the day!"

Odd. I would have picked Gal Revels in Pee myself.

Posted by: Section 419+1 | February 20, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Seeing as how we've been waxing poetic lately, the other day I picked up a new book that fans of poetry and baseball might enjoy:

Baseball Haiku: The Best Haiku Ever Written About the Game, edited by Cor van den Heuvel and Nanae Tamura

According to the book, the first American baseball haiku was written by Jack Kerouac. Who knew?

The book includes haiku and senyru. I liked this piece by Cor van den Heuvel (I dedicate it to Da Meat Hook):

after the grand slam
the umpire busy
with his whisk broom

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 20, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

This is getting infuriating. Almost 20 minutes of watching my screen automatically refresh and still no tickets. There can't be THAT many 20-gamers, can there?

Grrrr.

Posted by: NatsNut | February 20, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

So is anyone having any luck with the opening day pre-sale for STHs? I've tried 3 times to purchase tickets but I keep getting the following message when I click on "Buy Tickets": "We are experiencing technical difficulties completing your transaction. Please try again. If you continue to experience problems, please contact customer service or visit us again later." This is absolute BS in my opinion - I've now spent 15 minutes on hold trying to get through to their office. I'm going to be furious if I get shut out of my chance to get decent seats.

Posted by: BSG | February 20, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

No problems for me... got right in and out in about 5 minutes online.

Posted by: Matt | February 20, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

So Leatherpants is gliding around Viera on a bright red Segway featuring Curly Ws. How hilarious is that? It's something you would expect Will Farrell to do in a movie, right?

Posted by: Bob L. Head | February 20, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

BSG: I made it into a "virtual waiting room" that auto-refreshes every 15 seconds. I got in right at 8:58 or 8:59. Still nothing.

Posted by: NatsNut | February 20, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I have a 20 game plan. I got my 2 tickets (it took four of us) and it printed 4 times. I don't think that was intended. It seems like this is going to lead to scalpers heaven. I hope this ticket sale does not turn into a cluster****.

Posted by: mjwies11, Section 320 | February 20, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

You can view JimBow and his new toy here:

http://dcbb.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Bob L. Head | February 20, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I finally got my tickets..arrggh. 2 in the lower rightfield terrace section, which is okay I guess. My problem is that I entered a gift card number in addition to my credit card number - it said that in this case, it will charge the gift card first. The first time that I tried to buy tickets without entering the gift card number is when it went through. The Washington Nationals gift cards are a hassle - the people at the team store at Washington Square (at least when I went there last month) had no idea how to redeem it and I ended up not using it, and now this.

Posted by: BSG | February 20, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I got my two OD tix right around 9:00 with no problems. I will be in Section 204 that night before assuming my regular position in 420 for the rest of the season.

For the person worried about the ticket printing four times, I'm sure you realize that no matter how many printed copies of a ticket exist, and possibly even along with an actual ticket, only the first one that is used will actually work. They scan the ticket on the way into the park, and if someone shows up later with a printed ticket that scans for the same seat, it will be rejected. So yes, an unscrupulous scalper could print many copies of a ticket and sell it to many people, screwing all but one of them. But if this were to happen, the Nationals would know the original owner of the ticket, and that person would probably be contacted to face the music on the deception. Likely that person would be barred from ever purchasing tickets again. So if this scam was to actually work, it would only work once.

Personally, if I were ever going to buy a ticket from a scalper I would only fork over money for an actual card-stock ticket, not a print-your-own ticket. Even then, I think I would arrive at the game very early to be sure there were no problems with the ticket.

Posted by: Section 419+1 | February 20, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: 231 | February 20, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

So we can expect to see this on ebay in a month?
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So Leatherpants is gliding around Viera on a bright red Segway featuring Curly Ws. How hilarious is that? It's something you would expect Will Farrell to do in a movie, right?

Posted by: Bob L. Head | February 20, 2008 09:24 AM

Posted by: Cevans | February 20, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

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