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'That, My Friend, Is Very Broke'

Wondering how the Nats' starting rotation is shaping up? Want to complain about MASN's HDTV coverage or The Post's print coverage? Need more analysis using OPS and VORP? Well, this post is not for you ...

However, if you wanted to see Elijah Dukes's golf swing, you've come to the right place. Kudos for our man Jon Forsythe for getting this over the weekend.

-- Jon DeNunzio

UPDATES:
- Dan Steinberg writes about the Dukes video on the D.C. Sports Bog.
- Steinberg also has a post on concessions at the new stadium

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 25, 2008; 12:03 PM ET
 
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Comments

the fat old white guy to his left is HORRIBLE

Posted by: HoyaParanoia | February 25, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

hahah ED's got a sense of humor! That was a very cool personal addition to the NJ - awesome to watch.

Posted by: BigNatsFan | February 25, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

that is some good stuff

Posted by: longterm | February 25, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Until Elijah Dukes runs over a puppy, steals candy from a toddler, or commits some equally heinous indiscretion while employed by the Nationals, I am prepared to really like the guy. I have seen nothing at all to suggest he is other than contrite for his terrible past behavior, and that he really wants to do well here.

I for one am going to give him a major benefit of the doubt until he proves me wrong.

Posted by: Deep Fried Screech | February 25, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Funny stuff. Thanks for helping us get to know him. Just what us fans need.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 25, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Joe-

That was great! More, please. We can go on and on about players personalities based only on what is in the press, or on what other people say. Little insights like this are great additions to round them out better. Knowing a player or two might read the site does the same.

What better time to catch guys like this than now? Good luck, Elijah, and thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Positively Half St | February 25, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Great stuff Joe, thanks! Liked the sense of humor. Also impressed at the analytical mind he was applying to the golf swing. His swing looks decent. I bet when he gets one straight, it goes a mile.

Shouldn't forget that he has done some rough stuff in his past but we all have and I'd love to see this guy keep his life on track. Definitely rooting for him.

Posted by: Avar | February 25, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Who's this DeNunzio character?

Posted by: Ross F | February 25, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

DC Sports Bog:

"The most important news of the month has finally arrived, with the Nats announcing the complete list of their local food vendors a few minutes ago. Here they are:

Ben's Chili Bowl, Boardwalk Fries, Cantina Marina, Gifford's Ice Cream, Krazee Ice, Kosher Sports, Hard Times Café, La Piccola Gelateria, Mayorga Coffee, Noah's Pretzels, and Red Hot and Blue."

Posted by: NatsNut | February 25, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"Shouldn't forget that he has done some rough stuff in his past but we all have"

Give the guy the benefit of the doubt and forgive and forget, but don't say something like that. I've managed to live my 30 years without having the police called on me for domestic abuse issues, or running to my girl friend's business and threatening her.

Posted by: Chris | February 25, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

hmmm... competing chili vendors...

Posted by: 231 | February 25, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Hard Times >>>>> Ben's (and I live in the neighborhood)

Posted by: Scott in Shaw | February 25, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I have a Hard Times at home, but not Ben's. Of course, Ben's will have lines so long that I will end up at Hard Times, anyway.

Posted by: Positively Half St | February 25, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people on these boards were upset that they gave Dukes a chance feeling that he was a bad role model for the people of Washington. The opposite is true as well. What if he turns things around, shows that counseling works and that people can change...then he becomes a great role model for the people of Washington. Let's hope he becomes a great role model...and a monster with the bat!

Posted by: derwink | February 25, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

empty your pockets. now put everything in your front left pocket. problem solved.

Posted by: longterm | February 25, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Finally, an argument of real import around here.

Ben's is so much better than Hard Times.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | February 25, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

rob neyer weighs in on a zimmerman extension...

http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=3264059&type=blogEntry

as far as bens v hard times, while i prefer hard times, both are good and which i choose may depend on lines and location.

Posted by: 231 | February 25, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

You forgot the key part

"Now stick this tee up.....

...behind your left ear."

Let's hope one of our backstop doesn't earn the name Tin Cup too much - well, it is better than "Clank".

***Now is when those of you who haven't seen the movie just think I'm an idiot...which I'm sure a lot of you who have seen it still think that (and rightfully so)

Posted by: Corey | February 25, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

get back to the Elijah talk. This was A GREAT Video

Posted by: elijahfan | February 25, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Stan Kasten's favorite brisket from Capital Q didn't make the cut this year. I wonder what he will recommend now?

Is Stan Kasten without brisket like Barry Svrluga without Panera? And why no Panera in the ballpark?

Posted by: Section 419+1 | February 25, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if I'd go so far as to sign my posts "elijahfan," but stuff like this video is really helping me get to that point.

Posted by: cautiously optimistic | February 25, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Coffee!Coffee!Coffee!
And good stuff on top of that.

Don't see a pizza place. Lord, I hope we are not stuck with S.C. pizza again. Ledo's please. Let's go with the local tradition.

Also, a gelato place!!!! I may be in heaven.

Now all I need is about 85 wins.

Posted by: Catcher50 | February 25, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE IT!

Posted by: VT Nats Fan | February 25, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

... NJ is an open book all the way, but there are times when it serves as a direct communication tool, when nothing else exists. With that in mind, would you all allow me a personal message to Jeeves, who addressed me thus:

And Natscan, we definitely have to get together and discuss this team.

... that would be a good thing to do on a beautiful summer day on the beach. BTW, you can reach me at: reduxit@gmail.com

Do you play golf? Hey Brudenell, here we come.

... sorry but I'm afraid I'm one of the two remaining non-golfers in the world. The other one lives somewhere in Iceland, I think.

By the way, my wife is a New Brunswicker, up Campbellton way.

... and did you notice the new guy on the list - Greg, from Miramichi? I tell you, we're taking over.

Thank you all for that.

... and now a note directed to all National Journalistas. I want to apologize for my recent back-sliding when I used the 'E'(xpos) word. At the end of last season, I wrote, and felt strongly, that the Nationals had successfully stopped being the Expos, had risen to the level of their own identity. That was clear to me then, and of course, it is even more true this spring. The fact is the Expos are gone; it is now surely Nats all the way.

Go Matt Chico! Go Nats!!

Posted by: natscan reduxit | February 25, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Instead of that $10,000 a table Nats Dream Foundation Dinner or whatever it is out at the new hotel on the river. We need to organize a NJ Captains Choice tourney with all proceeds going to the impACTAkids Foundation (or however Manny spells it). Dibs on Elijah - all I have to do is bring my 56-degree and putter.

Posted by: Corey | February 25, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm not going to interrupt this Dukes post (my goodness that's good stuff from Jon Forsythe our video guy down here) to bring you news you already have on the food, etc., at Nationals Park. I do want to let you know, however, that I'm working on finding out answers to the questions about MASN in HD and their spring training schedule. Will let you know when I have said answers.

Pursuing a story on cable television: Tremendous. In Viera, even better.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | February 25, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Someone will be buying the naming rights by opening day, right? Does anyone really think the place will be called Nationals Park when the first pitch is thrown?

Posted by: Jim B. | February 25, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the video-great work1

Posted by: Omar Minaya | February 25, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't mean to pry, but... THE Omar Minaya?

Posted by: no one famous | February 25, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

they've already said that they don't expect naming rights to be in place until 2009. so yes, i think the first pitch will be in "nationals park."

Posted by: 231 | February 25, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"... sorry but I'm afraid I'm one of the two remaining non-golfers in the world."

In case you were wondering, I'm the other.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | February 25, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back Barry!

Dave's been very solid in your absence, which leads me to bring this forward from a prior post:

I'm with Geezer, who said "No choice - turning away baseball coverage because we don't want to share our sandbox."

What we have here is a talented MLB reporter who has been assigned to go cover other camps and wants to know if we would be interested in reading about what he finds there. Why say no to that?

Sure, two separate blogs would be great, but that's not going to happen overnight, if ever. So the question before the house is, do we want to hear from Dave on his upcoming tour? The correct answer is yes.

Now, do we want to hear about Detroit's fourth outfielder and backup catcher? Perhaps not. It might make sense to have some, or even many, of the stories relate back to the Nats in some way. For example, I would be interested in reading about Arizona or Colorado or Cleveland, on the grounds that those are young playoff teams from a year ago that followed something akin to The Plan. I would also be interested in hearing about talented prospects that are blocked by established MLB players, i.e., potential future pieces of The Plan. Info on other NL East teams would also fit the bill, it seems to me.

Above all, though, inside info from Dave, with a dose of snark and/or humor, and a soundtrack? Count me in.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | February 25, 2008 03:18 PM

Posted by: Bob L. Head | February 25, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Now, after stating my opinion rather stridently above, I have subsequently realized that many commenters were answering a different question than I was, namely, whether we would be interested in hearing about other MLB teams on this blog _on an ongoing basis_, as opposed to solely during Dave's upcoming trip. My answer to that is more in line with the majority here, which is to say, let's keep this blog focused principally on the Nats. With that said, occasional insight from elsewhere would still be appreciated, but perhaps not on a daily basis.

Posted by: Bob L. Head (again) | February 25, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

And, returning to the topic at hand, I was not a supporter of the Dukes signing. I have been coming around gradually, however, if a bit reluctantly. His presser and this video got me around the corner. Not that I'm about to buy a jersey or anything, it's just that I'm not reluctant anymore, I'm ... hopeful. Or something like that. I guess I thought he'd come off as a bit of a thug, or as moody, or reticent, or at best, as rehearsed -- repeating a bunch of platitudes without necessarily believing or even understanding them. Quite the contrary, he seemed intelligent and engaging. I've opened the door for Elijah and now hope he will enter.

Posted by: Bob L. Head III | February 25, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I've watched the video about 5 times now. I'm still cracking up him talking about his abs sticking out and feeling good about that after golfing. Dude's funny.

Posted by: NatsNut | February 25, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"I do want to let you know, however, that I'm working on finding out answers to the questions about MASN in HD and their spring training schedule. Will let you know when I have said answers." (Barry)

Yes Barry, yes! Thank you!! I want to know what I'll be doing wed night - watching the Nat's first ST game, or crying on my sofa because it's not on!

Posted by: BigNatsFan | February 25, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

If you aren't certain about the name of the Nats stadium on March 30th... have you looked at the Stadium Construction Cam lately?

http://clarkconstruction.oxblue.com/clarkhuntsmoot/

Read the top of the scoreboard. My money is on "Nationals Park" for the 2008 season.

At Stan's Q&A a few weeks ago, he said that they'd announce the sponsor, when they found a sponsor that valued the stadium name as much as the Nationals do. Maining, they haven't found anyone to match their demands yet.

Posted by: Section 114, Row E | February 25, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Catcher50 exclaimed:

"Coffee!Coffee!Coffee!
And good stuff on top of that."

... but is it fair trade coffee? (Sorry, but I just couldn't help myself.)

Posted by: natscan reduxit | February 25, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

There has to be a lawyer out there that can bring an anti-trust lawsuit against MASN. I know MLB has an anti-trust exemption, but there is no way in he|| this part of it would stand up in court, because its impossible to claim this TV network isn't a business. IF MASN was owned by reasonable people (or if our rights were with comcast) We would probably have HD. This is getting absurd. In a town of a million lawyers where we sue over dry cleaning, can't someone sue for once over something that would matter.

Posted by: Jon | February 25, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

C50 - Are you Dunkins, or are you Starbucks?

Bob L - that'd be Vance Wilson and Marcus Thames, or maybe Brandon Inge for both ;-)

I, too, only took Sheinin's offer for his spring trip. IF there aren't 2 blogs in the regular season, then keep this one pure. But I really would prefer 2 blogs, or at least 2 chats.

Posted by: jon | February 25, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Coke or Pepsi products at the new park?

I can tell you they've lost a couple of hundred dollars from so far by not serving Coke at RFK.

As for MASN HD - those of you w/ Comcast I'd expect to see them pre-empt MOJO TV on the night they Broadcast in HD. MOJO is owned by Comcast and local centers have the authority to pre-empt it for other HD Broadcast. Given Comcast Capicity issues - that will probably have to do for now.

Verizon FiOS and DirecTv - I'm not sure where it will go, but they have ample capcity to add a station as needed/where needed.

Cox user - not sure, there is a capicity issue.

As for why 80 (really 74) I can't say, but my guess is they leased HD production capability for those games - it may have been all they could arrange for given there are a finite number of HD Mobile Production units. At some point MASN may buy their own to do home games (and lease additional production when you have overlapping Home games) but that will at least be a year away.

Posted by: HD Nats Fan | February 25, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I tend to be Starbucks. Problem is, if I walk into a Dunkins, I'm likely to walk out with an apple fritter, which I don't need. Starbucks' pastries are good, but not as tempting as Dunkin's

Posted by: Catcher50 | February 25, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

That's not a double post. I'm a lower case guy.

As for whether MASN's monopoly can hold up, I'm not an anti-trust lawyer (I do other stuff), but I think all professional leagues (not just baseball) have the ability to sell / assign broadcasting rights. MLB received somthing of value when it gave Angelos the broadcasting rights. He compromised a potential claim against MLB. My guess is it holds up.

C50 - I see Mayorga and that you are pleased.

Posted by: jon | February 25, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

it's coke at the new stadium (thank dog).

Posted by: 231 | February 25, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"... but is it fair trade coffee? (Sorry, but I just couldn't help myself.)"

Mayorga's website doesn't say if their coffee is fair trade or not. But it does say this:

"The overwhelming majority of Mayorga coffees-approximately 95%-- are verifiably shade-grown."

and this:

"At least 75% of the coffees that we import are Rainforest Alliance certified."

Is that good enough?

Posted by: Section 419+1 | February 25, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Not to wish ill on anyone, but get Dukes back in to see the Doc quickly. If his Abs are sticking out after playing golf he may have a reducible hernia in his abdominal wall. Not a doc, but just pointing out one of those easily missed early signs. Of course my abs and hernia look more like the guy swinging next to him.

Posted by: Section 311 | February 25, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

No, if I'm going to buy one jersey this season, it's going to be Jason Bergmann's!

(Did it work? Is he posting yet?)

No, seriously, I'm really excited about the prospect of Bergie pitching at the three spot in the rotation. I can see him as an innings eater, a la Loaiza in 2005 (only hopefully with more run support).

-----

Not that I'm about to buy a jersey or anything, it's just that I'm not reluctant anymore, I'm ... hopeful.

Posted by: John in Mpls | February 25, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

It might stay Nationals Park for a bit, too. They could end up selling the naming rights to the field, so the name would be something like XM Radio Field at Nationals Park.

The Nationals were working on a similar deal in 2006 that would have resulted in US Army Field at RFK Stadium.

Neat to see the second ad up on the scoreboard, too. Some might argue that the Nationals don't get enough Post coverage; at least the Post gets decent Nats coverage.

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Read the top of the scoreboard. My money is on "Nationals Park" for the 2008 season.

Posted by: John in Mpls | February 25, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

320 interviewed Stan, who reportedly said "We've needed to completely rethink the music and completely rethink the things that go on between innings." Hope springs eternal ....

Posted by: Bob L. Head | February 25, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Two more quick points.

Did anyone else notice the official site has gone from "Pledge Your Allegiance" to "Welcome Home," with the W being of the curly variety? (Mabye someone's been reading Talking Chop?)

Forgive me if this has already been noted, but I think it's interesting to speculate how the shadow at Nats Park could affect play. Around 2:00, that shadow starts creeping in on the hitter, which could make give Patterson's pitches some more "hop." It would happen early in the game, so it should benefit starting pitchers during day games.

If you want to watch The Shadow, check out February 21st on the web cam. That seemed to have been a sunny day in our nation's capital.

Posted by: John in Mpls | February 25, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

(raises hand) I'm a non-golfer, too (and a non-gopher, but that's another story...)

---

"... sorry but I'm afraid I'm one of the two remaining non-golfers in the world."

In case you were wondering, I'm the other.

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 25, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Not golfers-Gee, no wonder you guys(gals) have so much time on your hands to blog. Not that that's a bad thing. Just ask my wife.
Expos-An interesting concept this. I've followed the Expos and their farm system for many years and that team is now this team, my team. Funny how Toronto doesn't even count.
Natscan-You'll be hearing from me.

Posted by: Jeeves | February 25, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Glad to have you back, Barry! Has the raccoon reported to HSCS yet? Raccoons in the press box- hilarious. In Viera, even better.

Posted by: JennX | February 25, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Far Side cartoon: Courtroom, dog defendant on the stand, dog defense attorney, cat judge, cat prosecutor, all cats on the jury, all cats in the gallery.
Dog lawyer: "Now I ask you: is that the face of a cat killer? Cat chaser, maybe, but hey, who isn't?"

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Shouldn't forget that he has done some rough stuff in his past but we all have...
Posted by: Avar | February 25, 2008 01:31 PM

Posted by: Just sayin | February 25, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

For me, I'll wait and see.
Seriously, what choice do we have? He doesn't work for us.
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I for one am going to give him a major benefit of the doubt until he proves me wrong.
Posted by: Deep Fried Screech | February 25, 2008 12:41 PM

Posted by: CE | February 25, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Can't say what's "good enough" for others, but Rainforest Alliance is primarily an ecology-focused group (see www.rainforest-alliance.org), not a social justice org, not to imply they don't care whether the workers make a fair wage, but it's a different point. Being shade grown is more about the ecosystem than the economic system. Fair Trade Federation Tin Yurl: http://tinyurl.com/2ecdge

We now return you to your regular baseball chat. Thank you for caring.

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"... but is it fair trade coffee? (Sorry, but I just couldn't help myself.)"
________
Mayorga's website doesn't say if their coffee is fair trade or not. But it does say this:
"The overwhelming majority of Mayorga coffees-approximately 95%-- are verifiably shade-grown."
and this:
"At least 75% of the coffees that we import are Rainforest Alliance certified."
Is that good enough?
Posted by: Section 419+1 | February 25, 2008 04:55 PM

Posted by: CE/ MIB | February 25, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Read Barry's new book for 2009: _Sonic Booms and Racoons -- Even Better._

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Glad to have you back, Barry! Has the raccoon reported to HSCS yet? Raccoons in the press box- hilarious. In Viera, even better.

Posted by: JennX | February 25, 2008 06:46 PM

Posted by: Coming attractions | February 25, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

It makes no sense at all NOT to want people who've done bad things to stop doing them. I hope he turns around too, for him and for us, and very secondarily for the Nats and baseball. Dukes may very well be seriously contrite; I wouldn't know.
But don't mistake a good sense of humor for a good person. I've known some stone cold killers who were great to hang out with, if you could get past that, and it wasn't you they were mad at.
**********
What if he turns things around, shows that counseling works and that people can change...then he becomes a great role model for the people of Washington. Let's hope he becomes a great role model...and a monster with the bat!
Posted by: derwink | February 25, 2008 02:22 PM

Posted by: MIB | February 25, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Good news: I just saved a bunch of money on a José Vidro Nationals home jersey, the one with the gold braid from 2005! Now if I only had a ticket...

Posted by: CE | February 25, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't speak "cool". What's the dork translation for "that is very broke?"

Posted by: NatsNut | February 25, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Dude, the video is great. If Dukes can stay on track I see this guy being the Clinton Portis for the Nationals. Dude could get his own show. "Swingin' Low, with Mr. Dukes" Have him just talking about whatever while casually swinging clubs. Maybe get him a co-host, someone funny, maybe a fat guy sitting in a golf cart. I can even think of a good location. Put him in the Golf course in South East shoot from an angle where we can see the stadium. Boom! great show idea. Hell you could have him swinging clubs in the stadium.

Also I love the three chili houses in the stadium. DC is Chili city and its damn time people learned that. Chili is america's stew, and this is the capitol of america, therefore we make good chili....

Posted by: 35332 | February 25, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't speak "cool". What's the dork translation for "that is very broke?"

Posted by: NatsNut | February 25, 2008 08:31 PM


Oh, I think he sliced it...

Posted by: 35332 | February 25, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Nut - He said "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." He then proceeds to hit the ball, and says, "That my friend is very broke," meaning that his swing could use some fixing.

Posted by: Translator | February 25, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks. Even funnier.

Posted by: NatsNut | February 25, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Nats won't be the first team to play at their own ballpark:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/25/AR2008022501901_pf.html

Posted by: Juan-John | February 25, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

3 chili houses? after bens and hard times, what's #3?

Posted by: 231 | February 25, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

FFF OOO UUU RRR !!! He do swing hard, don't he.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | February 25, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

... and now a mention of Gary Larson. Well now, this blog has definitely reached the ionosphere in terms of aside-from-baseball quality. What with fair trade coffee, Bob Dylan, dactylics, Sheinen's musical tastes, and now Far Side, you guys are gonna make me want to pull up stakes and move to DC.

Go Luis Ayala! Go Nats!!

Posted by: natscan reduxit | February 25, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

You know, I heard a bunch of Nats commercials on the radio in my ZipCar today--an indication marketing's ramped up. Season ticket relocation went off with few complaints (at least no rants in all caps). STHs got their opening day tix, again with few complaints. Season tickets are mailed out 5-6 weeks ahead of time. Kasten's quoted saying they're overhauling the music. The food vendors include Ben's. They're testing toilets and scoreboards. Man, they keep this up and we'll have nothing to gripe about. Parking's our only hope.

Then again, there's always Screech and Clint...

Posted by: NatsNut | February 25, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Also, those wondering about the outside food and drink policy, here's what they will allow (subject to change, of course):

factory-sealed, plastic water bottles, no larger than 1-liter, only one per person. juice boxes are allowed. And all food items must be contained in single-serving bags within a soft-sided container or cooler that does not exceed 16x16x8 inches.

Other stuff is and isn't allowed (brooms, beach balls, etc), but that covers the food and drink.

Posted by: NatsNut | February 25, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't watch the vid at work... only at home. That was Great! If he flies right, Elijah could be a real star here in DC.

Posted by: Sec 314 | February 25, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Dukes swinging, on the 'Low ... Barry, you been scooped again!

Oh, and the sidekick? He just lost about 15 lbs. Better sign him up before they trade him.
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Dude could get his own show. "Swingin' Low, with Mr. Dukes" Have him just talking about whatever while casually swinging clubs. Maybe get him a co-host, someone funny, maybe a fat guy sitting in a golf cart.
Posted by: 35332 | February 25, 2008 08:48 PM

Posted by: MIB | February 25, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

The Grim Reaper in a loud plaid cape and hood: "I'm here for your golf game."

Posted by: Coverly | February 25, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

(apology in advance if this doubleposts)
Not sure how serious Corey is really, but "I think you're on to something, Wacker."
Planet NJ *should/could/would* do a bene for Manny's foundation, or maybe better the House of Ruth?
Show of hands? Who's (penciled) in?

(Jason, if this flies among the blogerati, can you liaison with the FO?)
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Instead of that $10,000-a-table Nats Dream Foundation Dinner or whatever it is out at the new hotel on the river, we need to organize a NJ Captains Choice tourney with all proceeds going to the impACTAkids Foundation (or however Manny spells it). Dibs on Elijah - all I have to do is bring my 56-degree and putter.
Posted by: Corey | February 25, 2008 03:16 PM

Posted by: CE | February 25, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

As for the Nats not being the first at their park- good move. Let GW play as a way to continue to build goodwill with the city. In addition, it gives the team a chance to see if there are any problems during game play which could be fixed within the following week.

As for Bret Boone and the drinking- well, it does make for a clean explanation for why he might actually play well again. If the problem has been removed, maybe he can get back to form.

As for Bartolo Colon signing with the Red Sox- he must really be bad off if both the Nats and Boston went for Odalis Perez first. Not so much a knock on Perez, but Colon has hit higher high points in his career.

As for Chico starting tomorrow's exhibition game- fine with me. For Pete's sake, I just want the games to start! Even without radio on Wednesday, I am bound to have streaming updates on my computer at home on the Nats' website, or ESPN. Once the exhibition games start, I won't even feel the need for the actual season to come on. The daily rhythm will at least have begun, and Spring Training games lead to a good month of intrigue.

Posted by: Positively Half St | February 26, 2008 6:40 AM | Report abuse

... someone noted that the Nats site has changed from 'Pledge Allegiance' to 'Welcome Home'. I noticed the new version just a moment ago, and have to say it is a 'welcome' change. To my admittedly left-wing mind, I found the old slogan just a bit too "Nationalistic".

Go Ronnie Belliard! Go Nats!!

Posted by: natscan reduxit | February 26, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

I imagine about 1% of the reader actually know what VORP is. And that may be high.

Posted by: Mike | February 26, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse


I imagine about 1% of the reader actually know what VORP is. And that may be high.

Posted by: Mike | February 26, 2008 07:31 AM

... I only know what it means because I've been a member of this discussion blog for a season or so. Unfortunately, now I also know the name "Bill James".

Go Ryan Langerhans! Go Nats!!

Posted by: natscan reduxit | February 26, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

New post--Svrluga!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Second all of that, MIB.

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It makes no sense at all NOT to want people who've done bad things to stop doing them. I hope he turns around too, for him and for us, and very secondarily for the Nats and baseball. Dukes may very well be seriously contrite; I wouldn't know.
But don't mistake a good sense of humor for a good person. I've known some stone cold killers who were great to hang out with, if you could get past that, and it wasn't you they were mad at.

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 26, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the bring-your-own info, NatsNut.

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 26, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

New post.

Posted by: natsfan1a | February 26, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me or does this video take forever to load? I want to see it but it is painful

Posted by: BigQ | February 26, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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