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This afternoon's lineups

San Diego

Venable - 8
E. Gonzalez - 4
A. Gonzalez - 3
Kouzmanoff - 5
Headley - 7
Ambres - 9
Hundley - 2
Kazmar - 6
Baek - 1


Hernandez - 4
Harris - 7
Zimmerman - 5
Milledge - 8
Dukes - 9
Casto - 3
Gonzalez - 6
Nieves - 2
Perez - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  September 21, 2008; 12:53 PM ET
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Allow me to dissent on the picnic. I thought it was pretty poorly organized.

First, the line to get on the field was ridiculously long, and the reason was because they forced everyone to go through the entire rotation. For example, even if you were a limping old man, or a young couple with a baby, you had to "run" the bases before you could see the bullpen, etc. It would have been better if the people who wanted to visit the dugout could do so without having to do everything else. It was the longest line in the whole stadium.

Second, the autograph/photograph system was absurd. They set up five tables at which two players would sit and sign autographs for 30 minutes. This took place for two hours. They didn't tell you which two players were coming, there was no method to the rotation, after 30 minutes they would just get up, leaving those in line to be stuck with whoever showed up next, and not every player signed autographs. In fact, with the exception of Dukes, Flores, Guzman and the middle infield menagerie, none of the "stars" signed autographs. The "face of the franchise"? One half hour stint at the photo station, where you couldn't get autographs (unless you were sly, like me). Instead, at least two of the 30-minute autograph slots were taken by the announcers and the coaching staff (I got a Tolman, yay! /sarcasm).

Would it be so hard to set up tables with every player signing for an hour or so? It works for the Capitals.

Finally, Austin Kearns is a d*ck. I heard from some Nats employees that he didn't want to sign autographs at all, and when a table was empty for 15-20 minutes (that's good planning!) they basically dragged him to it to reluctantly sign by himself, where he didn't look at people and occasionally mumbled.

On a positive note: the weather was beautiful. The concessions were open and lines were short. Manny Acta is hilarious. Mike Hinckley, after his scheduled autograph session, just walked around the entire concourse stopping to chat and sign autographs with whoever happened to stop him. That, my friends, is a class act, and what baseball is supposed to be about.

Posted by: Scott in Shaw | September 21, 2008 12:39 PM

Posted by: Scott in Shaw | September 21, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

do the nats really want strasburg so bad they are willing to get swept by the most anonymous team in baseball? could they sign him even if they draft him?

Posted by: natsscribe | September 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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