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In between the finish of yesterday afternoon's game and the start of this morning's game (well, first pitch is at noon), Manny Acta decided to fill his free time with another baseball game. Along with bullpen coach Rick Aponte and a few others, Acta took a cab to Comiskey for the ChiSox-Rays game.

As far as Acta could remember, it was only the third game he's seen as a fan in the last decade or so. And he'd forgotten a lot about what it's like to watch baseball from the stands.

"Every flyball people are getting up, people are getting up to buy hot dogs and beer!" Acta said.

What about just watching baseball?, he was wondering.

He called the experience "neat," though, and admitted feeling a little envy about the home run totals in the White Sox lineup. He took a cab back to the hotel in the eighth inning to beat the crowds. Oh, and only two people recognized him all night. Both were Brewers fans, who presumably thanked him for the fun times in early August.

Now, back to Acta's own team... (By the way, Angel Hernandez, Odalis Perez's famed arch nemesis, is umpiring at first base today. Manny had a meeting with Odalis at the beginning of this series and instructed the lefty to keep his cool.)


Bonifacio - 4
Harris - 7
Zimmerman - 5
Milledge - 8
Belliard - 3
Flores - 2
Kearns - 9
Hernandez - 6
Perez - 1


Soriano - 7
Theriot - 6
Lee - 3
Ramirez - 5
Johnson - 8
DeRosa - 4
Soto - 2
Fukodome - 9
Dempster - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  August 23, 2008; 12:23 PM ET
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He mumbles a lot

Posted by: Aaron Crow being interviewed live | August 23, 2008 12:17 PM

Few notes from Aaron Crow interview:

He said he knew Washington was going to draft him.

He said towards the last 3-4 days he was with his advisors the whole time. He let Hendricks do all the talking, but said Hendricks relayed it back to him.

Before deadline came he knew he'd be better off next year in another situation. He said he knew this before the deadline.

He said he believes any of the other 29 teams would have handled his situation better. He said something about the way the Nationals spoke to him and his family. It sounded kind of personal.

He said they had it planned out what he wanted. He knew coming down to the deadline that he didn't feel comfortable in this situation so it wasn't a difficult decision. He said over the days prior to the deadline he had his mind pretty well made up. Bottom line the guy had no intention in coming here (at least not the final week).

He said he would prefer if the Nationals stay away from him and not draft him next year. (Stupid question).

Overall the interviewer stayed away from tough questions.

Posted by: Aaron Crow being interviewed | August 23, 2008 12:28 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 23, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

put willie at cleanup!

Posted by: natsscribe | August 23, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

at last

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | August 23, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a typical day at Nationals Park, if the fans who've been seated in front of me are any indicator (so does the leaving before the game is over, which I never do - zing!).

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 23, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Should be, uh, interesting with Hernandez at first.

Let's get some runs!

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 23, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Odalis gives up the big homer.

Posted by: OOOOOOO No | August 23, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Odalis is struggling today. Not good.

Posted by: BSG | August 23, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering if he was getting squeezed by Angel H's friend behind the plate, or if he was just not in control.
Didn't want to jinx him by commenting, but Aramis took care of that... Oh, Odalis.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 23, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

That is a rough 4 innings so far. He might be done

Posted by: Anonymous | August 23, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I think most of the Nats starters should be long term relievers - 3 innings and out!

Posted by: charlie | August 23, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he gets moved to the pen after Sept callups? I'd rather see Estrada or Jordan Zimmerman or Clippard starting in his place.

I'm suprised Odalis is still on the team. Thought for sure they would have been able to move him for a low level prospect.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 23, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Just listened to the interview with Aaron Crow.

My take as a Nats fan?

Crow sounds like a bit of a meathead - shall we say not the spiciest pickle in the jar?
Crow was obviously disappointed to be drafted by the Nats rather than someone else - and consequently decided to ask for an unreasonable bonus
He comes across as (a) greedy, (b) ill informed about the process, and (c) poorly advised by his agents.
He doesn’t want to be picked by the Nats again next year - ‘I’d prefer it if they just stayed away’.

My take on the situation - the Nats are relatively close to blameless here - maybe they could/should have researched harded up front and found out that Crow basically had no intention of signing with them. Poor little (hoping to be) rich kid.

Bowden et all obviously know how to work the draft - look at the last 2 years, the above slot bonuses, and the late signings they’ve pulled off.

The ‘blame for not signing’ here lies with Crow and his agents, and not the Nats. You almost get the feeling that if the Nats had ponied up $4.5m then Crow would have come up with some other reason for not signing.

I’d never wish an injury on someone - I’m not that sick - but let’s just say I hope he suffers a dramatic loss of velocity and performance for non-health related reasons…..

Posted by: Kirkie | August 23, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

How's Belliard doing at 1B? Are the throws that awful that he's getting pulled off the bag, or is it the short glove arm?

"Ronnie Belliard is having an adventure with throws to him today as Anderson Hernandez pulls him off the bag then the sacrifice bunt by Dempster has Odalis Perez almost sailing the throw over Belliards head."

Posted by: cat daddy | August 23, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

re: Kirkie

That was the same take I had on the interview. It kind of sounded like there wasn't much the Nats could do to sign him especially the last few days. He said he was uncomfortable and pretty much had his mind made up.

I don't wish the guy injury. I just hope he gets drafted by a bad team like the Padres or Seattle. but mostly I hope he gets less than the $3.5 mil the Nats offered.

By the way, the Nats would never redraft the guy, but I read that he is going to file paperwork to make sure the Nats don't draft him again. If you are drafted and fail to sign you can block that team from drafting you again the next year. It was kind of a dumb question to ask him especially after the guy seemed very happy to not be a NAt

Posted by: No Way Jose Rijo | August 23, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

re: Cat Daddy

I think its partly bad throws and partly Belliard not being a 1B. He is small. When Derek Lee reached it looked pretty funny to see Belliard standing next to him.

Posted by: NatsVerse | August 23, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Minor League report during the game said Larry Broadway was named the best defensive 1B in the IL. I know they don't think much of his hitting, but given the fact we don't really have a 1B on the team I wonder why they never called him up.

I'd say he will never make it in this organization if they didn't use him this season

Posted by: Nats Verse | August 23, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Thanks NatsVerse. I know a nice tall and long 1B can make up for rushed throws by the infielders, but it seems to be happening too often from our alledged defensive standouts. Not picking 'em out of the dirt is one thing, but getting pulled off the bag is on the thrower, imho.

Posted by: cat daddy | August 23, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Interesting piece of material on Acta's visit to Comisky.

Posted by: Nats703 | August 23, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Chico, can you interview the area scout for Crow? He could answer a lot of questions from the start of the scouting process to the draft day to August 15th.

Posted by: Tom | August 23, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Do you all remember when JD Drew pulled a similar "Crow" on the Phillies?

When the Cardinals played the Phillies in Philadelphia they started pelting him with AAA batteries when he was playing the Outfield.

Crow's a jerk, plain and simple. Another guy that doesn't want to play for a last place team. It's happened before.

Posted by: Andrew | August 25, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

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