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Tonight's lineups


Erstad -- 8
Matsui -- 4
Berkman -- 3
Lee -- 7
Tejada -- 6
Blum -- 5
Pence -- 9
Ausmus -- 2
Rodriguez -- 1


Harris -- 8
Lo Duca -- 3
Guzman -- 6
Kearns -- 9
Belliard -- 5
Flores -- 2
Pena -- 7
Lopez -- 4
Balester -- 1

By Chico Harlan  |  July 12, 2008; 3:02 PM ET
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Thanks, Chico. You are dealing the posts today!

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 12, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Got new posted...

Enough griping about Bowden. I haven't taken the time to say good job Chico! These blogs have a way of evolving over time and I'm sure that it will only get better over time. I like your style. It's not easy to hit the ground running so to speak.

And for the record, I don't really know or care if the Lerners are cheap. I've been an Expos fan since the late 70s so these owners are still a step up.

And I'm glad that Washington got the franchise. Judging by these boards, there are some intelligent and passionate fans out there. Enjoy the team and the new stadium. (I also lost the Winnipeg Jets to that one hurt!)

And I believe in the Plan. Just look at the roster from the '94 Expos team. Lots of good drafts and minor league trades made them the best team that year until the strike.

And I am positive about their future. I think they're headed in the right direction.

From now on, I'll be a more Positive Expos Fan! :)

Posted by: Expos Fan | July 12, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, I figure now's a good time to remind people to sign the Fire Jim Bowden petition:

Posted by: | July 12, 2008 2:40 PM"

I signed it!

Posted by: Norval Turner | July 12, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, I figure now's a good time to remind people to sign the Fire Jim Bowden petition:

Posted by: | July 12, 2008 2:40 PM"

So did I!

Posted by: Steve Spurrier | July 12, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, I figure now's a good time to remind people to sign the Fire Jim Bowden petition:

Posted by: | July 12, 2008 2:40 PM"

The Lord allowed me to sign it too!

Posted by: Joe Gibbs | July 12, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, I figure now's a good time to remind people to sign the Fire Jim Bowden petition:

Posted by: | July 12, 2008 2:40 PM"

Hey, how come nobody asked ME to sign it? I finished 8-8!

Posted by: Marty Schottenheimer | July 12, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

So I crank up the old computer to hit the Internets and finally read the story on last night's Nats game on the Post web site. And when I go to the home page, what do I find? A link to a Brett Favre story. Two links to the story on the paralyzed BMX rider. A link to the DC boxer going for the title today. But no link to the Nats. None. Zilch. Nada. Nice commitment, Post. Chico, maybe we can just give you our email addresses. That way, we'll actually have a chance to find the coverage. Jeesh.

Posted by: baltova | July 12, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Expos Fan, I, too, got new-posted, and judging from your post, this is unnecessary, but I wrote it for you, so here it is. Enjoy the winter in Chile!

Expos Fan - I don't like or dislike Bowden. I don't know him. I have met and like Stan Kasten, although we disagree about his love of Don Sutton and his cold-blooded firing of Tom Paciorek, who was half of a great, light-hearted announcing team with Bob Carpenter, whom Stan treated shabbily last season. The reason I bring this up is that Stan and Paciorek worked together and were friends in Atlanta. Stan had no trouble firing him. Bob Carpenter is a great play-by-play guy (MASN and the Nats were besieged by those who agree with me), a family guy who needs a job to pay for his kids' college. Stan had no trouble firing him, even when he had no replacement for him. If Jim Bowden is in any way hindering the progress of this team, Stan will have no trouble firing him. But Steven on Capitol Hill calls for the firing of another human being, names his blog after it, and uses every opportunity, be it a 10-0 shutout or a bus wreck, to repeat the same tired arguments about it. If I didn't honor you as an Expos fan who has been shafted by MLB and, to quote mjames, "the skunk Lorea," I would not have posted this, because, frankly, Steven on Capitol Hill shares with O's Exec a troll-like thirst for attention, a desire to direct traffic on this blog to them, a "look-at-me!" quality that those of us who want to talk about baseball or anything other than them find tiresome. I love most of what I've seen so far since baseball's return, am grateful to the front office for it, and wish the best for them. I would love to see a Braves-like decade of with the Lerners and Stan Kasten enjoying public acclaim and rewarding Jim Bowden by making him a VP of the team, like Beinfest or Schuerholz. Those who wish otherwise are missing out on how nice it is over here compared to the dark side.

Posted by: flynnie | July 12, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

baltova- I noticed the same thing this morning, and, frankly, on many mornings nats games are not under sports but are under local news. I assume that the absence of a link is because Jon Nunzio, the online Sports editor, is on vacation. But it is ridiculous for Steinberg to b!tch about the lack of Nats hits when there are no or poor links from the front page.

Posted by: flynnie | July 12, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

That should have been Braves-like decade of dominance. Having been a Braves fan since 1957, there are many Braves-like decades which I would wish on no one.

Posted by: flynnie | July 12, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse bring up some excellent arguments, especially about Kasten. I have to remember that Bowden doesn't operate in a bubble. He has Rizzo and an entire staff out there to help him.

Today is really the first day of winter that we've had...rainy, damp and cool. It's still better than winters in northern Canada though! :)

Go Balester! Go Nast!

Posted by: Expos Fan | July 12, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Manny, don't be fooled by WMP lumbering into 11 putouts the other night against Arizona. He's still a void in your lineup.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 12, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

expos fan?

conde nast?

Posted by: natsscribe | July 12, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Just wanted to give all of the 33K+ who came to last night's game a big way to go, guys! A friend told me that more than 10K walk-up tickets were sold for a traditional non-attraction like the Astros. I took my brother to the stadium box office about 1 p.m. to get his $10 ticket for tonight's game and they were all sold out. Looks like another big house at the park tonight.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 12, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else watched Ken Rosenthal's Full Count video on where he mentions the Nats as an "intriguing dark horse" to land Matt Holliday? He says we have the prospects to make the deal happen and the resources to sign him long-term.

Posted by: res21 | July 12, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

i hate to sound like i'm supporting bowden, cuz i want a new GM, too. and there are decisions he's made (or hasn't made) that i wasn't thrilled with. but i hate seeing the specious arguments against him...

"I have to remember that Bowden doesn't operate in a bubble. He has Rizzo and an entire staff out there to help him."

exposfan, this is true in *EVERY* franchise. you could have the best GM in baseball, but if he had a crappy staff, he'd fail. just like any other executive, one of the most important parts of his job is to hire good people to give him good advice and to be able to delegate decisions to. so saying "but rizzo helped him" isn't necessarily a disparaging comment. a bad GM wouldn't have hired rizzo.

again, i'd actually rather see rizzo in *bowden's* position, but that's on kasten/lerners, not bowden. at least bowden made the right hiring decision w/rizzo (and dana brown and others).

and if he hadn't hired good staff like that, his most ardent detractors would bash him for hiring poor staff. which makes it a no win situation. if he hires good people, then detractors will say, "it's not him making good decisions, it's the good people under him." and if he doesn't hire good people, it's "he needs to hire better people."

Posted by: 231 | July 12, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I think we could go around and around and around again on the Bowden issue but we're really not privy to who hired who or who pushed for what trade.

231, do you know for a fact that it was Bowden who hired Brown and Rizzo or was it Kasten or the Lerners or someone else?

I would love to know who pushed to get Flores (Acta?), who pushed to get Rizzo and Brown, who initiated the Livo (Bowden or Rizzo?) trade.

Only then will we ever get a clear picture of Bowden's effectiveness. That means I'm backing off of these discussions because it is clear to me that none of us really have all of the information.

Perhaps Chico can help us on this one. An article on the inner workings of trades and drafts and hirings would be GREAT! It can be Chico's version of Nats Money Ball.

Posted by: Expos Fan | July 12, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

MLB Trade Rumors linked to a Ladson article saying about 10 teams have called about Rauch, mentioning EE#4 specifically. That site also linked to a NY Post article suggesting Kearns would be a good fit for either NY team. Finally, lot o' Guz stuff out there.

On the EE#4-related rumors, Lugo was placed on the DL and Lowrie is up. Curious how long Lugo will be out and whether Lowrie pans out. If Lugo is out a while and Lowrie does not get the job done well enough, you might add them to the Guz rental rumor mill. You could make up a pretty complete menu of guys you could ask for back, ranging from AAA all stars (Van Every, Thurston, and Bailey come to mind) who probably are not elite prospects to lower level position players with high potential.

Posted by: ptbnl | July 12, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Kearns' mom | July 12, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

While Holliday is intriguing and would certainly be a step up over WMP, my main concern is his home/road splits (and I will admit I have not reviewed them, just going off what I heard on ESPN a while ago). He's a great hitter in Colorado, a good hitter on the road. So, depending on the package of prospects and salary, he could be an interesting possibility. I would not give up a premium package for him.

What's your take on Holliday?

Posted by: joNAThan | July 12, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Holliday would be great here, but he's under contract for a few more years, right? Why would Colorado want to trade him? He's a building block.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | July 12, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I hope I'm not turning into some evil one trick pony. I can live with no trades in the next month, although I'm not sure I could live with a bad trade. What I can't accept is not signing the top 25 draft choices. More would be even better. If JB doesn't sign them I'm going to hold my breath and write bad things.
Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | July 12, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Holliday's away stats aren't too bad but his home stats are great.

I think the only guy that really needs to go would be Lopez. A change of scenery might be good for him and from the sounds of this board, he's just dogging it.

I'm a big believer in chemistry and working hard. Plus there's options to replace him in Belliard and Orr.

Posted by: Expos Fan | July 12, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I have witten some about the terrible play of our beloved Nats. Not as well, and certainly not as often as many, but I have written.
Perhaps I should take a Coperican view and realize we are not some isolated dark hole of MLB ineptitude. Five teams are wtihin striking distance of our bottom rung (San Fran, CO, SD, CLE, and Seattle). Maybe we're not so unique afterall. Would it be more Natsluck to be this bad and end up picking sixth next year?
Oh well, it is so much better than having no at all team to call our own.
Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | July 12, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

More on Holliday:


Home: .370/.430/.676 w/ 59 HRs and 212 RBI in 863 AB's

Away: .281/.343/.466 w/ 30 HRs and 126 RBI in 854 AB's

Posted by: joNAThan | July 12, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm up...and look at the byline.

Posted by: New Post | July 12, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse


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