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A Streak-Related Correction, and Some Morning Reading

Thanks to everyone who pointed out in the comments section of yesterday's post that I made an error in pinpointing the game in which Ryan Zimmerman could break Joe DiMaggio's record. Your assumptions were correct: I failed to account for the day-night doubleheader against the Phillies this Saturday (a makeup game from a previous rainout) and thus went one game too far on the schedule.

This is important, of course, because No. 57 would be on June 11 at home (4:35 p.m. first pitch) against the Cincinnati Bowdens Reds, as opposed to June 12 on the road at Tampa, as I originally wrote. (We must also point out that the date could change if there are any additional rainouts, or if Manny Acta decides to give Zimmerman a day off between now and then.)

Now then, let's see a show of hands: How many of you have already bought, or are preparing to buy, tickets for June 11?

As for morning reading... Let's begin with the gamer from last night, and let me just point out the byline -- Steve Fainaru, who graciously filled in on short notice after Chico's grandfather passed away -- and ask this question: Where else but here at The Post can you get a baseball game story written by a Pulitzer Prize winner? Steve, a former Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Globe, also contributed this notebook, which, I'm guessing, was somewhat less exhilirating for him than dodging bullets in Iraq.

Over at Baseball Insider, I've got The List, which looks at some lesser-known active streaks compiled by Nationals players.

And finally, here is one statistician's estimate of the odds that Zimmerman will break DiMaggio's record. If I'm reading this right, those odds are 1 in 1,960.

By Dave Sheinin  |  May 13, 2009; 9:49 AM ET
 
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Seven
Seven
Eight

That's how many runs the Nats have scored in their last three games.

Zero

That's how many wins the Nats have in their last three games.

Something just ain't right ...

Posted by: erocks33 | May 13, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

June 11, heck, how about the upcoming homestand?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 13, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

continuing from an earlier thread ... @kfisher:

1) No argument about Cabrera. He needs to go immediately.
2) Stammen, while putting up good numbers in AAA, may be better than Cabrera, but how much better? He is a pitch-to-contact pitcher (very few strikeouts) and with this Nats defense, I could see a typicla Stammen line of 5 IP, 6 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO. Probably but much better than Cabrera's typical outing, so I don't think it's a money issue as to why Stammen isn't up yet.
3) Kearns avg is what most expected it to be, hovering around .250. His OBP, though, has been hovering around .400 most of the season. Dunn plays first because Nick needs a day off from time to time. Don't forget that Nick is one stumble away from going on the DL again.
4) No manager will argue balls and strikes with an umpire. That's an automatic ejection. And that will not help any team whatsoever.

Posted by: erocks33 | May 13, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I love all of you Trade Nick Johnson people. Trade him because everyone knows he's a hangnail away from missing the rest of the season. Oh by the way, we can trade him for a young, power-hitting, Corner OF or 1B stud. Why would any body give us much more than a decent prospect. Nick is no-sure thing, and he's a 5 month rental with his contract?

Posted by: comish4lif | May 13, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Far be it from me to mess with a Pulitzer Prize winner's prose, but I would add one more word to his gamer, as indicated in the brackets below:

"The Nationals suddenly found themselves ahead by a run going into the bottom of the ninth with Beimel, the latest selection from Acta's [Russian] roulette wheel of closers, standing on the mound."

Posted by: GalRevelsInPee | May 13, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Dave,

Speaking of corrections, can you explain how, in your last post, you listed Rollins as having had a 38-game streak, but then you said that Rose and Keeler share the NL record at 44? This is not consistent; Rollins ended '05 with a 36-game streak, and then got hits in the first 2 games of '06. Keeler finished 1896 with a hit in the final game, and then had a 44-game streak to start 1897. Baseball always recognized Keeler as having a 44-game streak (and not a 45-game streak), which was the record that DiMaggio broke in 1941.

I know MLB made a bogus decision in '05 that Rollins' streak would continue. But if that's the case, shouldn't Keeler be credited with a 45-game streak? Who cares about a record held by Rose, anyway? ;-)

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 13, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I've got tickets the Reds game on the 11th -- they were the LAST pick in my season ticket draft haha...wouldn't that be something if they turned out to be for the record-breaking game!

Posted by: HenryStin | May 13, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

ESPN.com's Buster Olney is crediting The Big Dunnkey's presence in the lineup behind him as one of the big reasons for his 30-gamer.

http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4162906&name=olney_buster

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 13, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the streak info, Dave.

Benjie Molina gave Guz a great run for his money in terms of being the last player to walk this year. In particular, his steely determination in refusing to be walked by Cabrera was nothing short of amazing. What an epic confrontation -- the unwalkable hitter vs. the unstrikeable pitcher. A battle for the ages.

Posted by: joebleux | May 13, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

comish4lif

I think you are right. No one is calling for Nick. I would like to see a prospect of some sort come our way, maybe a Daryl Jones or a Gorkys Hernandez. The thing is that people will complain that this is a poor return. Even though Nick is little more than,as you say, a high risk five month rental. The risk you run is trade him now and risk looking stupid if he stays healthy or, risk waiting until July when a contender might need a little extra bat.

Personally, I say get what ever you can for him.

Posted by: soundbloke | May 13, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I originally mistook Fainaru for the guy from the SF Chronicle who co-wrote "Game of Shadows."

Posted by: Juan-John | May 13, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

keep nick! you think our defense is bad now? watch our defense crumble and offense suffer without him. of course if we are just trying to be 100% sure of next seasons 1st overall pick...by all means, trade him for someone who will never make the majors.

Posted by: longterm | May 13, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

CIL, interesting take on the streaks. i didn't know that.

Posted by: longterm | May 13, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

We traded in unused season tickets from earlier in April for the June 11 game. But not because we counted ahead. I'd be ecstatic if he gets into the low 40's.

Posted by: psubman | May 13, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

WaPo Fainaru is the brother of the Game of Shadows Fainaru.

Posted by: comish4lif | May 13, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Buster Olney

Ryan Zimmerman's secret weapon: Adam Dunn

http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4162906&name=olney_buster&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fespn%2fblog%2findex%3fentryID%3d4162906%26name%3dolney_buster

Posted by: dclifer | May 13, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dave, for your work in recognizing the blistering Zimmerman (blistering the rawhide, that is).

Posted by: JohnRDC | May 13, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

It's a no-brainer. Keep Nicky. Re-sign him unless there's another guy who really can play first. Right now, Johnson is the only competent first baseman the Nats have. That should make him untradeable. But, beyond that, he's a terrific first baseman, and a very good hitter.

Why would you want to trade such a person? His injury history? Pshaw. His leg was shattered. During his comeback, he had a lot of healing to do, including removing some of the steel they put in there. Then, he tore a muscle in his hand. He's not made of glass. There's no reason to expect a new injury. He's as healthy as anyone on the team, and no more likely to get a new injury.

Posted by: fischy | May 13, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

As far as Nick is concerned: assuming that the Nats want to re-sign him for a few years (and I think that is a big assumption), do we really think that Nick is interested in re-signing with the Nats anyway? I could see him wanting to sign elsewhere, especially perhaps with an AL team in contention, where he can also DH as he gets older.

I think this has to factor in the trade consideration; because he missed almost all of last year with the wrist injury, I don't think he would be able to qualify as even a Type B free agent after this season. If there's no shot in re-signing him, it's either trade him or get nothing for him.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 13, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

fischy, Nick's injury history goes way beyond the 2 that you mentioned.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 13, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

10-21 Fire Acta

Posted by: Brue | May 13, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"t's a no-brainer. Keep Nicky. Re-sign him unless there's another guy who really can play first. Right now, Johnson is the only competent first baseman the Nats have. That should make him untradeable. But, beyond that, he's a terrific first baseman, and a very good hitter."

Dear God, have we come to this? Have we let the misery of a terrible bullpen convince us to mortgage our future for five to ten less errors that won't matter when our pitchers can't throw strikes?

Flip 'em. It'll only make the future come faster.

Posted by: Section506 | May 13, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"The 30 game hitting streak no one knows about"

Ask a casual baseball fan who owns the record for the longest hitting streak of all time and probably 50% might get the right answer. Fast forward and ask the same question regarding who has the current longest hitting streak in baseball and you will probably get a shrug of the shoulders or the the usual suspects i.e. ARod, Pulholz, Big Poppi, Jeter, Wright.......blah, blah, blah. No, its Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals. Who?

Ryan Zimmerman is carving out his piece of baseball immortality and no one even knows its happening. For Zimmerman, the problem lies in were and who he plays for. Right now DC is amped on hockey and rightfully so. In a few months the Redskins will reappear, as if they ever disappear. His team the Nationals continue to struggle to win games and draw fans. Afer just 4 short years baseball in DC is virtually invisible.

After the Nationals played the Giants on Monday night local bay area scribes crowded around Zimmerman to get his take on a remarkable performance against Randy Johnson and he thoughts on hitting in 29 straight. One bay area writer remarked after the interview, that he was surprised by low number of writers or reporters from DC following Zimm. Nationals Color Analyst Rob Dibble during his radio program on XM-MLB-175 made similar remarks about the lack of coverage that Zimmerman was getting, he said he understood the national medias relunctance to cover the story but the local DC media is inexcusable. Jody MacDonald, Dibbles co-host remarked, "if Zimmerman played in NY the media crush would create a circus atmosphere in the clubhouse".

For long enough the Nationals have been described outside of DC as the "lowly Nationals", the "worst team in baseball". The "face of the franchise" is paying dividends and much to his delight or misfortune no one even knows about it.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | May 13, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I also traded unused tickets in for the 6/11 game, good game to take the kids with the 4:30 start time, if Zimmm keeps getting hits every game I might have to leave the tots at home.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | May 13, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I like Dibble even more than I did before on the basis of his above-referenced comment about local coverage.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 13, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"How many of you have already bought, or are preparing to buy, tickets for June 11?"

*************

Me.

Posted by: NatsNut | May 13, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

"10-21 Fire Acta

Posted by: Brue"

First intelligent thing you've ever said here. October 21st is probably a good day to begin evaluations as to whether it would make sense to re-hire Acta. Advocating that he be fired immediately, as you've done until now, is stupid. Fire him now and you get a one or two week bump, if you're lucky, and then more of the same under your interim guy. If you're unlucky, like the DBacks, you don't even get a bump when you can whatshisface and replace him with A.J. Hinch. And look how useless whatshisface was - he's been gone less than a week and I already forgot his name.

Posted by: GalRevelsInPee | May 13, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

As a long time Orioles fan, I can only shake my head about Cabrera. Some things never change. He's a great kid and competitor but he simply as no control and probably never will. ROCK THE RED!

Posted by: blackandred777 | May 13, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

We can't fire Manny on 10/21. Won't that be in the middle of the NLCS?

Posted by: ramgut | May 13, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

No offense to Ryan Zimmerman, but having 27 people above you makes it not nationally newsworthy, yet.

Get to 35, breaking into the top ten longest streaks, matching (that bigot) Ty Cobb, and 9 games away from Pete Rose, and then I'll start complaining about coverage.

Posted by: Section506 | May 13, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The DC media's non-obsession with the streak so far is not surprising to me. The two papers aren't going to send anyone other than their beat reporter to the West Coast, streak or no streak.

The one sports radio station is owned by the Skins owner. And even before he bought it, they had no interest in covering baseball. Why should they start now?

The local TV stations have about what, 3 minutes for their sports reports? After Caps and Skins, there isn't enough time to mention anything else.

So it's sad for me to see a great story happening right now for the Nats and none of the local media truly covering it. As for the national media, I think they were just waiting for that magical "30" to pop up before they decide that it's a real story for them to pursue. I just hope that now they won't throw Zim off whatever routines he's been on the past 30 games ...

Posted by: erocks33 | May 13, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

fischy, AMEN!

They gotta keep Nick. Watching Dunn struggle at playing first base makes my brain hurt.

Posted by: twinbrook | May 13, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

There's an interesting piece up at B. Prospectus today about hitting against Strasburg - interviews with a few who've been successful.

Posted by: macman3 | May 13, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Better hope the streak doesn't end this afternoon or else any excitement resulting in increased ticket sales is out the window. Stop all this talk about June 11th, wake me up when it gets to 35+.

Posted by: bendersx6 | May 13, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

the guy was referring to our horrendous record, not oct. 21........

Posted by: amorris525 | May 13, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"We can't fire Manny on 10/21. Won't that be in the middle of the NLCS?"

Good point. The Mets will be sitting manager-less on the sidelines then, but they wouldn't be able to snap him up until after the World Series.

Posted by: GalRevelsInPee | May 13, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

an average, bad bullpen would make this team dangerous, but until then we are now the texas rangers, who likes pitching anyway? dammit

Posted by: bford1kb | May 13, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Youklis just went down. Now is the time for drastic moves. Trade Nick for Lester and a reliever. Make a freakin move that matters already!

Posted by: dovelevine | May 13, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

No kidding, amorris? May I kindly introduce you to a concept called "snark"? It's a widely favored approach to blog commenting in the 21st century, particularly after one's team suffers gut-wrenching losses on a nightly basis and this pain is compounded by having to wade through broken-record commentary the day after.

Posted by: JennX_ | May 13, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"wake me up when it gets to 35+." so in five games it's important but not yet, those last 21 are the real test? 36 would make him top ten of all time, and professional baseball has been around awhile

Posted by: bford1kb | May 13, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

um, you might want to get your snarkdar adjustment checked out...

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the guy was referring to our horrendous record, not oct. 21........

Posted by: amorris525 | May 13, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 13, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Youk is on the 15-day, retroactive to May 5... so really just a few days out. Do you really think the Red Sox want to deal anyone of value to get a new first baseman for a few days?

Posted by: JennX_ | May 13, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

amorris525: actually, "fire Acta" is what comes out whenever Brue bangs his forehead on the keyboard. The rest is pretty random and shouldn't be over analyzed.

Posted by: joebleux | May 13, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh. Jenn-X beat me to it.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 13, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Haha, 1a. :) I should also add that snark may also be triggered by lack of sleep-- which many of us are likely suffering from today.

Posted by: JennX_ | May 13, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Score one for joebleux.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 13, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Good point, Jenn-X. Glad that today's is a day game!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 13, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or did anyone else notice that this year they haven't announced who the bobbleheads will be? My guess would be Dunn for one. Not sure who the other would be. Was this done on purpose because they don't (for example) want to give away a NJ bobblehead when he is a Red Sox?

Posted by: twinbrook | May 13, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Do you really think the Red Sox want to deal anyone of value to get a new first baseman for a few days? Posted by: JennX_

You never know till you ask. But the Nats have to start making real moves. You gotta deal some of your chips for some real players. Not a bunch of nobodys that nobody has heard of. Now.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 13, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The Red Sox are not moving Lester for Nick Johnson, that would be crazy. BUT, Nick's value is as high as it might ever be right now and there are clubs that should be in the mix for him. The Nats have to move him, if there is any kind of decent offer out there. This is as up a side as Nick has and at 30 with his health history, he's not a guy in the cards for this club next year or beyond. Maybe they move him to a contender and he gets a shot at competing in the playoffs -- I would like to see that.

Posted by: dfh21 | May 13, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

joebleux, brilliant

amorris525: actually, "fire Acta" is what comes out whenever Brue bangs his forehead on the keyboard. The rest is pretty random and shouldn't be over analyzed.

Posted by: joebleux | May 13, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Section506 | May 13, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Also as far as Manny goes, our defense is wretched. And that's on him. It hasn't improved at all. If he has to do infield practice so be it. Do it. But this guy isn't helping the team at all. They are regressing rather than improving. And again that's on the manager.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 13, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

from the notebook: "Acta laughed off the notion of sending Cabrera to a sports psychologist, saying that only "a minor adjustment" was needed."

Well, SOMEBODY needs to have their head examined for keeping this guy here.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 13, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

>First intelligent thing you've ever said here.

And yet I still get a whole paragraph from you.

Fire Acta

Posted by: Brue | May 13, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, SOMEBODY needs to have their head examined for keeping this guy here.
Posted by: Sec3mysofa

I treat Cabrera days like a day off. Won't even watch on those days. Not worth it. Like groundhog day. No point. Just catch up on work and reading. Anyone who watched any Os games last year could have come to this conclusion. Obviously the Os did. Pretty sad state of affairs.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 13, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

>from the notebook: "Acta laughed off the notion of sending Cabrera to a sports psychologist, saying that only "a minor adjustment" was needed."

Well, SOMEBODY needs to have their head examined for keeping this guy here.

Acta's an imbecile.

Posted by: Brue | May 13, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

If the Nats had someone else who could play first base, I could maybe get behind the trade Nick movement -- though I seriously doubt they would get a pitcher in return who is worth anything like what Nicky is to the team. However, the Nats do not have a serious replacement. Is Dmitri ready to go? Haven't heard a peep about that -- and, if he were, I'd rather see them trade Young for a mediocre reliever.

IN a few years, Marrero might be ready to play the position. Right now, if they deal Nicky, you'll be longing for the days of Paul LoDuca.

Posted by: fischy | May 13, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

How do you think they are gonna fire Acta when they couldn't even fire Bowdon. Only reason he's gone is it took an MLB investigation. Otherwise he'd still be here. This team is frozen. They can't and don't make any moves. It's pathetic.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 13, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Regarding coverage: more and more papers are not sending their beat reporters on the road, to save costs. Then there's the layoffs among sports reporters: the Sun fired reporters _during_ a game, and the highly regarded Tony Kackson of the LA Daily News was let go.

Papers have cut the fat, now they're after muscle. Look for reductions among the WaPo sports before long.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 13, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse


Ok, positives - the offense is good and Zim's breaking out all over.

Now, having dealt with that. There's this. If baseball games were 8 innings instead of 9, the Nats would be 17-14. Really. No joke. Fully SEVEN times this collection of ne'er beens and castoffs has coughed up a tie game or lead in the ninth. Double bonus score - FIVE of those seven times they didn't just choke the lead away, they blew up, allowing more than 3 runs in the inning, ensuring that a comeback was nigh-impossible.

The litany: 4/17, 4/18, 4/19 against FL (Man, I forgot what a great series that was). Special bonus points both for 4/18 where they coughed up a three-run lead in the ninth, then allowed three MORE in the 11th to lose it AND for 4/19 where they TRIED to give it away in the 8th, only to have the Nats take the lead again in the bottom of the 8th, so they gave up 4 to make sure of themselves in the 9th.

4/22 - Lannan's 7 inning 0-0 gem is tossed away by Mock & Hinckley.

4/30 - This one should count double. First the pen gave away the lead in the 7th, but just in case they were thinking about overcoming that, they coughed up 5 in the 9th to break the tie and put it out of reach.

5/5 - The tie, which is another double bonus "blew the lead in the 7th, then again in the 9th."

And last night. That's seven games, seven times the offense did enough, the starters did enough, and the defense was not-terrible enough, and the pen gave it away in the ninth (to say nothing of the times they gave it away in the 8th or the 7th). You want to know why this isn't a .500 team even though it feels like it should be? That's why. And the bullpen, collectively, has 5 saves. Seven ninth-inning choke jobs, five saves.

And here's the most depressing part - there's not a darn thing to do about it. Sure, we can shuffle through every failed starter on the Syracuse roster in hopes of catching lightning in a bottle, we can rush kids up, we can try Cabrera, we can sign Pedro and try to convince him to close, we can fire everybody, but at the end of the day, none of that changes the fact that this collection of guys routinely can't get it done when the pressure's on and there's nobody at arms reach who can. You can't build a whole bullpen in May/June, and trading ML pieces for stopgap middle relievers is a bad long-term strategy.

This team is going to give me an ulcer. I want to rehire Jim Bowden, just to fire him again for this.

Posted by: Highway295Revisited | May 13, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I want to rehire Jim Bowden, just to fire him again for this. Posted by:Highway295Revisited

BWAHAHAHAH. Perfect.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 13, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Just for the sake of argument (abuse is down the hall):
Assuming the Nationals win the pennant in 2014 (because they've done everything we geniuses told them in here), will the Washington Post not cover it because

1) it's football season
2) they laid off all the sports writers and used the AP feed, until the wire services all went belly up
4) they do so cover it--what do you think all those links to blogs are for?
3) Post? What Post? They went broke.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 13, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of posts, there's a new one.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 13, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

295's trenchant analysis notwithstanding, seriously, who COULD they have gotten?

KRod was no more coming here than that first-baseman guy (who is currently hitting .191, TYVM). Putz, maybe, although he's struggled some, apparently (but still better than anyone they have). The Chief, had they kept him, still isn't ready.

Who else was available?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 13, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I am having my techie guy install a FIRE ACTA button on the keyboard -- I will likely have a lot of need for that thing for a long time as the Nats seem just fine with Manny's sleepwalking through loss after loss.

As to "Nicky" (I like the little pet name, it makes so much sense seeing how Johnson has so endeared himslef to our hearts with his long dependable history of producion in Nats Town) meaning so much for this club, I do not agree. The guy has strung together 30 games, very nice ones, for the first time in forever. He is not some vital cog in our winning machine. Dunn, Willingham, Belliard, D. Young at some point, lots and lots of guys can play first base for aour last place club. Johnson is a nice player but he does not offer the power you'd hope to get from a 1B, he's gonna be 31 this season and he is made of peanut brittle. WHEN he blows a gaskget this year, I hope it happens when he is on another team.

Posted by: dfh21 | May 13, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The June 11 game is part of the 41-game partial season ticket plan, so I've got tickets for that afternoon.

GRiP, that is a brilliant edit, adding "Russian" to "roulette wheel of closers." I wouldn't be surprised to learn that when Fainaru read your one-word change to his copy he slapped his forehead and said "of course!"

Posted by: greggwiggins | May 13, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

How come nobody's mentioned Heinie Manush? Did I miss the references?

According to that always-accurate reference source Wikipedia, the longest hitting streak by a Washington baseball player in the modern era is 33 games, done in 1933 by Manush, the left fielder for the World Series-bound Senators.

The same reliable source reports that the longest ever hitting streak by a Washington pro baseball player is Gene DeMontreville, a second baseman who hit in 36 consecutive games over the last 17 games of the 1896 and first 19 games of the 1897 seasons.

Oh, and the longest in Expos history was a 31 game hitting streak accomplished by Vlad Guerrero in 1999.

Posted by: greggwiggins | May 13, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

If Manny has not been fired by Oct 21, we won't have to fire him. We can just not renew his contract - just like the Nats did with Frank.

As for the 10-21 record - I'd fire him after tonight's game. And start fresh with a new manager on Friday. And - for the life of me - I don't get the people who think that a new manager will make no difference at all - or at most for only 1 week. Do you really think that Manny is so good of a manager that no one availablle could do better?

Posted by: comish4lif | May 13, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

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