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R.I.P. Capitol Punishment, 2004-08

More than a year ago, I wrote a story about what seemed to me to be the inordinate number of Nationals blogs given the team's profile nationally and even in DC. Anyone who reads this space closely knows that, of all those blogs (and there are several good ones), Chris Needham's "Capitol Punishment" was my favorite.

I say "was," because Chris announced on said blog that he would be putting down the pen (or is it scalpel?) and discontinuing his service. Thus, Capitol Punishment is no more.

This is a sad day. I told Chris that I considered him my ombudsman. If I made some half-arsed analysis, he'd call me on it. Ask's Bill Ladson if he's ever been called out by Capitol Punishment. Chris came with the hammer, and it was almost always well-deserved. (And when it wasn't, well, let's just say I emailed him and let him know why I was so grossly inaccurate in my assessments.)

Capitol Punishment was funny, analytical, sarcastic, snarky -- a more irreverant, dare I say better, version of Nationals Journal. It even had Stan Kasten reading and calling Chris from time to time.

Anyway, congrats to Chris on a good run from someone who thinks he has an understanding of why he's giving it up.

Just pulled into the press box at Minute Maid Park. Nationals taking extra hitting: Paul Lo Duca, Ronnie Belliard, Johnny Estradda, Wil Nieves, with Aaron Boone in the field and several pitchers working out in the outfield.

Roy Oswalt against Odalis Perez tonight. Lineups at some point.

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 7, 2008; 3:49 PM ET
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