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An Accent Takes A Beating

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Some time this morning, Nats utility infielder Kory Casto was taking batting practice on one of the side fields at the team's complex here. The only bad news about this was, the particular field where Casto was hitting happened to border the parking lot where team officials and media members park their vehicles. After one swing, Casto fouled it off to the right -- and heard a crash.

Everybody yelled, "You got 'em!"

Of course, nobody yet knew the victim.

Some investigation fixed that up.

Casto's foul had gone through the driver's side window of a white Hyundai Accent.

Which happened to be the Budget rental car of MLB.com writer Bill Ladson.

"I am shocked. This is the second time in three years this has happened," Ladson said. "The first time it happened in '07, and the guy, Chris Snelling, hit a foul bad, a Nationals guy, an Australian, he hit a foul ball that smashed my front window. This one smashed my front side window. Completely smashed. The ball went inside."

A crestfallen Ladson retrieved the ball -- it was resting, in a bed of shrapnel, on the seat -- and jokingly asked Casto to sign it.

Casto wrote, "Sorry, Bill. Kory Casto."

"He says it's not the first time," Casto said, trying to force out the words through laughter. "My advice to Bill is to get a new parking space."

By Chico Harlan  |  March 3, 2009; 1:08 PM ET
 
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reposted:

In regards to NJ: What is the conventional wisdom of the denizens of this blog about signing/trading NJ if he were to have a productive season.

If he is healthy, hitting well and being his usual stellar self at first base, what will happen?

Are we that close to seeing one of the kids be ready by 2010 that trading NJ for prospects and/or young ML ready talent?

Posted by: TimDz | March 3, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Uhoh. Casto better not start striking out, or he'll get even more on the Rocket's bad side.

Posted by: Uncle_Teddy | March 3, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Are we that close to seeing one of the kids be ready by 2010 that trading NJ for prospects and/or young ML ready talent makes sense?

Forgot a few words...maybe the question will make sense now...

Posted by: TimDz | March 3, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

heh heh. Bad luck for Biff.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

A healthy Nick Johnson is such a rare commodity, that I think you have to trade it immediately for whatever you can get -- probably higher-risk prospects. At this point, even if Johnson did become dependable, his utility to this rebuilding team is drastically diminished.

Then add in Dunn and Willingham and, well, try to get value for the good guy.

Posted by: Section506 | March 3, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

This is fantastic!

Posted by: NatsNut | March 3, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Today's live boxscore:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2009_03_03_itaint_wasmlb_1

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Hah! Lannan gets the start and guess who's behind the plate? Hunter Wendelstedt.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Ooh, now with picture. Excellent, Chico, excellent. :-D

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I think this is the best post of ST so far.

Posted by: NatsNut | March 3, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere in Fort Myers*, Brad Wilkerson is laughing

* the spring training home of the Red Sox who signed him to a minor league deal this off-season

Posted by: Brian_ | March 3, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, NatsNut.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a breakout year for Casto.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere in Fort Myers*, Brad Wilkerson is laughing

* the spring training home of the Red Sox who signed him to a minor league deal this off-season

Posted by: Brian_ | March 3, 2009 1:27 PM
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Do you think Brian Schneider may give a little chuckle? Probably not, as that isn't his style or did Bill the Lad also make ill comments on Brian's style too?

Posted by: dmacman88 | March 3, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't think we'd get more for Nick Johnson in a trade then someone along the lines of Frowney. IMO not worth it, even if we got someone to eat Nick's salary (which I also doubt).

Let him play out his contract and see what worth he can still make up.

I know I keep beating this horse, but we do NOT have too many outfielders (except for WMP who I give a .00001% chance of making the 25 man roster), havinng Dunn, Willingham, Milledge, Dukes and Kearns is about the depth you WANT to have, why give that away now?

Think of it this way, if we trade Nick and then Willingham, Milledge or Dukes gets hurt, how many of you will be screaming bloody murder that Kearns is starting?

Posted by: estuartj | March 3, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The "Glass Half Empty Department" regularly parks their cars just on the far side of the fence in left center field. Nobody ever hits it there.

Posted by: wigi | March 3, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Kory Casto....fan appointed ST hall of fame inductee.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 3, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Huh. I just naturally assumed from the headline that a story about the P.G. County police had been misplaced here...

Posted by: joebleux | March 3, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

This boxscore is kind of interesting.

Lannan has gone 3.0 IP, with 0 R and 0 ER, 1 BB, and 1 H

But the Italian team has 1 H, 1 BB, and 1 R.

Also, the scoring summary says the Nats have yet to bat.

Oh, and Zimmerman has a 2B and Milledge a 3B

Posted by: Section506 | March 3, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Nah, Joe, it was an Italian accent. Smashing!

Posted by: BobLHead | March 3, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Catching up...

Anybody but John Hart as the GM. He's Bowden without the work ethic. Yes, the Indians were good when he was there, but I'm pretty sure most of the guys were drafted before he became GM. He's in the "all hat, no cattle" category.

If AH is the regular 2B, we should expect him to hit about BA- .235 OBA - .295, SLG - .310. The DR league is AAA at best most of the winter until the big leaguers start playing regularly.

Nothing but cheeriness from me today.

#4

Posted by: db423 | March 3, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

That's what I thought of when I saw the headline, BobL, but I didn't want to say.

Definitely some discrepancies in the box, 506. Also, parts of it update but not others. I thought that Milledge had an RBI double and an outfield assist?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey, maybe Biff was in charge of updating the box and got distracted? Nah.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Ah, looks like it's updating more fully now.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

And Chico has a game update. Also, well played, Wigi.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

How eerily ominous that the broken portion of the window left behind the silhouette of a horse's head.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | March 3, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

At least Ladson found the ballpark and knew who Kory was - he's making progress....

Posted by: goexpos2 | March 3, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Cue the theme from The Godfather, Ted.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh no I didn't!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 3, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Bernadina singled and got picked off, then Whitney struck out to end the second (Zimmerman got the other hit off DiFelice).

Then Desmond singled to lead off the third, and Nieves and Hernandez failed to convert, leading to a two-out double from Milledge, scoring Desmond. Zimmerman tripled in Milledge, and was himself tripled in by Dukes, probably along with Nick, although the box score is lacking on this point because Nick is not shown with a hit or a walk, or a run scored, even though we somehow have four runs, and Dukes has two RBIs.

Posted by: BobLHead | March 3, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Mwah hahahahahahah! This proves Casto is a placement hitter, too!

Posted by: PDutro | March 3, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

In all my years of going to minor-league games, I've only lost one piece of auto glass, and that a rearview mirror on my (then-fairly-new) '88 Beretta at (then-brand-new) Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick. (I will likely never have to worry about being parked that close at a major-league game.)

Congrats to Casto on his hitting, and condolences to Ladson on his ill luck.

Posted by: Hendo1 | March 3, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to Casto's wife to post for the poor guy. Shows how well he is going to do this year. Please cut Casto already so he can go live in Sherwood.

Posted by: nationals15 | March 4, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

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