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Thanks, Holdes! Plus Comcast Apology and the Lineups [Update Again!]

You can't make this stuff up. Even Steinberg couldn't make this stuff up.

UPDATE
Steinberg has updated his item about the "holdes" ball. He's not convinced the photo is a fraud, necessarily, but he'll relentlessly pursue the truth to the ends of the earth.
END UPDATE

Plus, Comcast issues a statement:

"We sincerely apologize to any customer who may have missed a portion of the 9th and 10th innings of last night's Nationals game. The interruption was the result of a unique set of circumstances that included a more than two hour rain delay coupled with extra innings, causing the channel to revert to its usual programming. Once the issue was detected our engineering teams worked to restore service before the end of the game, and we have since put a new fix in place so such a situation does not occur again. We again apologize to any customer who was impacted."

And now, the lineup. Mark Viera notes that Willingham is back in LF. On Tuesday, Manny said he'd be in RF and that Dunn would remain in LF. Willingham made an error last night in his first career appearance in RF. Viera promises more later.

Nationals
Guzman, SS
Gonzalez, 2B
Zimmerman, 3B
Dunn, 1B
Dukes, CF
Willingham, LF
Kearns, RF
Nieves, C
Lannan, P

(No Reds lineups as yet.)

Reds
Hairston - 3B
Taveras - CF
Phillips - 2B
Gomes - LF
Hernandez - C
Bruce - RF
Gonzalez - SS
Rosales - 1B
Owings - P

By Tracee Hamilton  |  June 11, 2009; 1:12 PM ET
 
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Comments

I hope it's nothing more than Nick getting a day off.

Other than that, Dunn should be in left, and Willingham can just suck on right field and like it.

Dunn's going to be here next year, and if there's any sanity to our roster at all, he'll be in left field, so the Nats should just leave him there and stop jerking him around the outfield.

Posted by: joebleux | June 11, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I would rather have Dunn in RF. Dunn here next year is no given. He could be traded. However, I would sign him to a 3-4 year extension.

Posted by: brothbart | June 11, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Can they do ANYTHING right?

From Rossevelt, to Holde, to Natinls, ...

Posted by: natbisquit | June 11, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Intriguing lineup.

Nick's been cold the last couple of games. Maybe they just thought to give him a day off because of it.

Kearns should *never* be in the starting lineup...except for Syracuse.

I'm glad to see Gonzalez getting some time. He's performed well as a pinch hitter and should be an upgrade over Hernandez/Belliard defensively.

Posted by: souldrummer | June 11, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"So much for Josh in RF - lineups are up in the new post."

This is clearly driven by Johnson getting the day off and Dunn playing first. It would be stupid to put Willingham in right and Kearns in left. (My quibble would be why play Kearns at all? I'd have Dukes in right and Willie Harris in center.) The real question will be whether Willingham still plays right when Dunn's not at first.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 11, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

You could try Alberto Gonzalez in right field. Might be a lot better fielding wise than any of the 3 starting corner outfielders at this point.

The Nats look more like an American League team, a plethora of "DH" types.

Posted by: periculum | June 11, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Dunn at 1B has nothing to do with Willingham's error yesterday. It's because they need to get his *ask* out of the outfield.

I knew what we were getting with him. I've been patient. Grateful for the HRs. But he looks AWFUL out there. If the ball's not hit straight to him, forget it.

And his throws? My gawd, I've never once seen him do a running, crow-hop throw. He always lobs it in, la-di-da, even when runners are motoring around the bases.

It was the winning run that Dunn should have at least stopped, if not caught altogether last night, that put him at 1B today, not Willingham's error.

Posted by: NatsNut | June 11, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I have a gut feeling that Willingham dug his heels earlier in the season about playing right, and that Dunn was the good guy who say "ok, I'll take one for the team and play out of position".

I'll have to say, Jwilly certainly looked awful enough there last night to justify his trepidation.

Posted by: joebleux | June 11, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"It was the winning run that Dunn should have at least stopped, if not caught altogether last night, that put him at 1B today, not Willingham's error."

Wow, I have thought many times this year that Dunn should have caught a ball that he missed, but I don't see any way he could have caught that ball last night, that was a solid hit.

Posted by: skippy1999 | June 11, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

There must be a game coming up today. Radar shows storms starting to build along the I-81 corridor. Where's your MASN?

Posted by: BGinVA | June 11, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Those lineups are good...
But from VIER(R)A .... EVEN BETTER!

Posted by: PNatsFan | June 11, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention that benching Nick to punish AD would be odd, to say the least.

Posted by: joebleux | June 11, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

A lot of DH types? Only Dunn could earn a job as a DH.

Posted by: soundbloke | June 11, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I still believe Dunn is a better outfielder than Willingham, that isn't saying much, but Willingham looks awful out there. He has a big problem with reading the balls. Dunn might be slow but atleast he can read the ball off the bat and make an adequate attempt. Willingham is a Church/Kearns combo and should be traded. We don't need him.

Posted by: brothbart | June 11, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

ok, maybe it is just a break for Nick. But still...

Posted by: NatsNut | June 11, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I can not believe in all the buildup to Dunn coming here, not one writer put down one sentence about how awful an outfielder and how many runs Dunn would cost a team defensively. Did anyone actually watch this guy play? Did anyone on the Nats watch him? Now you know why not one National League team ponied up for the dude. What's amazing is that no American League teams came asking cause he is an absolute natural for that league. May be the worst fielder I've ever-- EVA-- seen.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"But Comcast subscribers in the DC area were stuck watching Sen. Tom Coburn on C-SPAN2. Cox subscribers in Fairfax County encountered a fishing show."

Perhaps I got the better end of that deal, being a Cox subscriber.

Posted by: BGinVA | June 11, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Forget firing Manny, the person in charge of marketing this team has to go. How many things can they produce that are misspelled? Honestly.

Posted by: baltova1 | June 11, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Dunn, Willingham, Milledge, Guzman.....who are the freakin Nats scouts that watched these guys play? Did defense never come into the conversation? Do our scouts understand the concept of DEFENSE? Who the freak are our scouts who thought these guys were the answer?

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Interesting summary of the Nats' recent draft history from Baseball America:

with the exception of Zimmermann, many of the players from a 2007 draft rated by Baseball America as baseball's best crop that year didn't quite make the impact Washington hoped for last season.

The Nationals' 2008 draft wasn't nearly as productive, as they failed to come to terms with No. 9 overall pick Aaron Crow, who was widely regarded as the best righthander in the draft. Both sides drew lines in the sand and didn't start to compromise until hours before the Aug. 15 deadline. They couldn't bridge the gap between $3.5 million and $4 million at the end, leaving Washington with a compensatory pick (10th overall) in 2009—to go with the No. 1 overall choice it earned with its poor season.

The Nats didn't land Crow, but they did get a pair of high-ceiling prep outfielders in second-rounder Destin Hood and 15th-rounder J.P. Ramirez, who both received seven-figure bonuses. Still, Washington spent $3 million less on the draft last year than it did in 2007.

Even the Nationals' progress in Latin America was stunted. They announced their intention to be major players on the international scene by signing infielder Esmailyn Gonzalez for $1.4 million in 2006, but they didn't sign any international player for a six-figure bonus in 2008.

Posted by: EdDC | June 11, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

doveline, what's your address? I'm volunteering to come give you a hug.

Posted by: Section506 | June 11, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

What MASN should do is provide two full time channels to the cable companies. Of course, some of them might balk at having to carry both channels, but they could sort that out based on what their subscribers demand. A Nats-only and an O's-only channel as some people want would only be possible if MASN did two full time programming feeds. Indeed, if they did that it might resolve some cable companies' issues over having two channels from MASN. They could run the Nats channel in the DC market and the O's channel in the Baltimore market, as God intended.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 11, 2009 12:56 PM

Hey Nunof1,
Does your system mean I would get O's or Nats in Frederick Co., MD. I only watch Nats, wherever I can find them on Comcast and I have neighbors who only watch O's, so your system would not work.

Posted by: HALjr | June 11, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I've never heard of the guy playing catcher.....is he a HR hitter?

Posted by: buckwheaton1 | June 11, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

kearns continues to find his way into the lineup, not good

Posted by: bford1kb | June 11, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

To answer your questions out of order doveine:

1) No, defense was never consideration.

2) This guy
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/04v6e0VgIg1Qr/340x.jpg

Posted by: soundbloke | June 11, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Do any of you season ticket holders have one of the balls Steinberg writes about? Some folks are saying on Steinberg's blog that theirs didn't have a typo. Can anyone give me some help?

Posted by: traceeh | June 11, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

My buddy has one without a typo

Posted by: JDB1 | June 11, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

We've known all along our OF defense was pitiful. It was a huge concern in spring training with Milledge and Dunn. I assumed the infield would be better though with Zimmermann and NJ. But 2B has been a hole all year. Up the middle we are an embarrasment. Poor catching, poor MI, while rotating Corners into CF. It's terrible.

Posted by: longterm | June 11, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

From my observations, I agree with brothbart that Dunn is better in the outfield than Willingham. The latter has an amazing amount of trouble reading fly balls. And neither is a legitimate first baseman either.

Thinking ahead to next year, I say our best option is to trade Willingham, keep Dunn in left, sign Nick to some kind of incentive-laden, performance-based contract, and go from there. The hole in right or center (depending on where Dukes plays) can hopefully be filled by Maxwell, Bernadina or a free agent (Xavier Nady?).

Posted by: jcj5y | June 11, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Didn't get one this time Tracee. But I never got my MP3 player from '07 either....

Posted by: NatsNut | June 11, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

doveline, what's your address? I'm volunteering to come give you a hug.Posted by: Section506

I think I could use a hug. And then an answer as to who exactly our scouts are and are they educated in the concept of defense.
Remember DEFENSE folks? It's what happens when you're not at bat. There's another aspect to baseball besides hitting. And teams that advance to the playoffs are uncanningly aware of this. Unfortunately the Nats are not.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

rookie pitchers sure could use a steady defense behind them.

Posted by: longterm | June 11, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

not sure if this was mentioned here...

but Trevor Holder was "completely shocked" to be selected "several rounds" before he was expecting to be selected.

http://www.ajc.com/services/content/printedition/2009/06/11/draft0611.html

Posted by: MrMadison | June 11, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

2) This guy (Jim Bowden) Posted by: soundbloke

Bowden was the GM. He wasn't a scout. As horrible as Bowden was and he was bad, there were supposed to be scouts out watching these players and then reporting back to Bowden. Do we have any scouts? Wasn't Rizzo supposedly a scout? What was his job?
Ok if youre keeping score, Manny Acta, Stan Kasten and all our scouts should be fired.
Only R-Dibbs and Ray Knight should be spared from the purge.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

dovelevine, do you honestly belive our scouts didn't notice the defensive flaws in these guys? Anybody with the ability to see ESPN knew they were poor fielders. Somebody had to decide that it was worth putting up with their lousy defense and that would be the guy on the Segway.

Posted by: baltova1 | June 11, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"Remember DEFENSE folks? It's what happens when you're not at bat. There's another aspect to baseball besides hitting. And teams that advance to the playoffs are uncanningly aware of this."

Nah, I think offense is more important. You can't win if you have 0 runs.

Posted by: Section506 | June 11, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

BTW you want a good blueprint on scouting? Check out the Os---Adam Jones, Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, Brian Matusz, Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold. And I didn't even mention Tillman. Talk about a team scouting correctly and now finally turning it around with excellent youth who can pitch, hit and play defense.
And Adam Jones will be the best player in baseball before long. He's a modern Willie Mays.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News:

"National Weather Service reports a Severe Thunderstorm watch in effect until 8PM tonight & a flash flood watch in effect until 4am on June 12th, 2009 for the Metropolitan Area (District of Columbia)."

Posted by: NatsNut | June 11, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Nah, I think offense is more important. You can't win if you have 0 runs.Posted by: Section506

You're kidding me right? Good pitching and defense beats good hitting any day. Otherwise the Texas Rangers would be 5-time world champs. And where's my hug?

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Mine has no typo, I got it a couple weeks ago, I like it. I'm all for anything slamming the complete lack of direction this team has shown under the Lerner ownership, but the Fail series is stretching a little thin.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | June 11, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I think that it is a Baltimore address, 506.
____________________________
doveline, what's your address? I'm volunteering to come give you a hug.

Posted by: Section506

Posted by: lowcountry | June 11, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"National Weather Service reports a Severe Thunderstorm watch in effect until 8PM tonight & a flash flood watch in effect until 4am on June 12th, 2009 for the Metropolitan Area (District of Columbia)."
Posted by: NatsNut |

Don't know if Boz coined it, but if he did he should copyright it---our new stadium--Nationals Ark.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

What MASN should do is provide two full time channels to the cable companies
================================
The problem with this is that they would have to provide four channels. Two for standard def and two for HD. The Nats are hard enough to watch in HD. When they are on MASN2 it is excruciating!!

Posted by: twinbrook | June 11, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Watches don't really mean much, but ok. If a warning comes out, then it deserves breaking news status.

Posted by: amorris525 | June 11, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I like Gonzales and Guzman on the field together, but I think they should switch positions. Guzzie is no longer a SS. His range sucks now and his arm is just as erratic as its ever been. If we move him to 2B, then he's one of the 2B's in the NL.

I blame the overall lack of defense on Manny though. Too many guys are playing too many positions with no continuity. Since Dunn's an everyday player, he should have an everyday position - and that's the manager's call. Why not play Belliard at first on days Nick is out of the lineup (like today) and keep Dunn in LF for all 162.

ps. Kearns should be waived. The money he is owed is wasted regardless.

Posted by: sec307 | June 11, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Fairfax County and the Metropolitan Washington Area until 8 p.m. Thunderstorms coming through the area have the potential of producing damaging winds and large hail. The heaviest rainfall can produce as much as 1 inch of rain per hour.
The flash flood watch is still in effect.

Posted by: BGinVA | June 11, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

>>Guzzie is no longer a SS. His range sucks now and his arm is just as erratic as its ever been. If we move him to 2B, then he's one of the (BEST) 2B's in the NL.Posted by: sec307

Now there's a suggestion that makes sense. That's thinking outside the box. What say you guys? I like it.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Haha, as long as it's not a Philly address!

dovelevine, if you look at World Series winners, they only seem to have average error counts, never stellar. We haven't done this yet for fancy SABR stats, like UZR, so I don't want to do any more than suggest the possibility that pitching, then hitting is a bigger determinant in predicting World Series championships.

Posted by: Section506 | June 11, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

>>ps. Kearns should be waived. The money he is owed is wasted regardless.

What? You didn't like him walking up to the plate in the 11th, taking 3 strikes without lifting the bat off his shoulders and doing the dance the entire city has come to love, the "Kearns K Double Stroll" (head down optional) back to the bench.
Cmon now, gotta love that.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 11, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"Hey Nunof1,
Does your system mean I would get O's or Nats in Frederick Co., MD. I only watch Nats, wherever I can find them on Comcast and I have neighbors who only watch O's, so your system would not work."

It would be totally up to your cable provider how they want to handle having two MASN channels. They could put both on their basic tier, put one on the basic tier and the other on one of their premium tiers, or put both on a premium tier. Or they could just carry one channel and not the other. Presumably the various cable systems would decide what to do based on the preferences of a majority of their customers - as they do when deciding whether or not to offer any channel for that matter. It's a perfectly workable system.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 11, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"Do any of you season ticket holders have one of the balls Steinberg writes about? Some folks are saying on Steinberg's blog that theirs didn't have a typo. Can anyone give me some help?"

My ball has no typo. Clearly the one in the picture is a factory second, like those pennies with Lincoln's head on backwards. The guy should hold onto it - it might be worth something some day.

Either that, or they screwed up and made mine right and all the others wrong. Somehow I doubt that.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 11, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

dovelevine: "I can not believe in all the buildup to Dunn coming here, not one writer put down one sentence ... how many runs Dunn would cost a team defensively."

Well, since you seem to know, maybe you could tell us. How many runs HAS Dunn cost us?

Then you could go to baseball-reference.com and look up his runs created and see whether or not his presence in the lineup and on the field adds runs or subtracts them, compared to anyone else we have or might have been able to sign on the offseason.

Take your time. I'll be sitting here, waiting.

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 11, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

amorris525, your snark(ra)dar needs calibrating. ;)

"...If a warning comes out, then it deserves breaking news status."

Posted by: amorris525 | June 11, 2009 2:47


Posted by: NatsNut | June 11, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Tracee: "You can't make this stuff up."

Given the number of people on Steinberg's bog who are saying their glass ball is just fine, I suggest there may be someone with PhotoShop at work here.

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 11, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Scouts evaluate tools. Gm's tell him what to find, and make the deals.

Posted by: soundbloke | June 11, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

dovelevine, I found this Boz article in a brief search:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/23/AR2009012301740_pf.html

It includes this sentence: "Late last season, Lerner told me he was cool to Dunn, put off by his strikeouts and deficiencies in left field. And Lerner doesn't change his mind easily. Dunn, 29, who made $13 million in Cincinnati last year, is key. He's not Teixeira, but he's very much what the Nats need -- a lefty bat -- for almost $150 million less in total dollars at risk. "

I'm sure you could find others. As I recall, no one mentioned Dunn's name ever without also mentioning defensive liabilities and strikeouts.

Posted by: Section506 | June 11, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Or it could be a prototype. Or, perhaps, someone could have modified the ball after the fact? Maybe in this case it was made up? Ah, the joys of journalism in the Internet age.

---

Tracee: "You can't make this stuff up."

Given the number of people on Steinberg's bog who are saying their glass ball is just fine, I suggest there may be someone with PhotoShop at work here.

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 11, 2009 3:12 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 11, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"the Fail series is stretching a little thin."

You know, an organization that brought the world such epic failures as the Janet Cooke episode ought to really think twice about anally labeling every little typo made by some other organization as an EPIC FAIL. People who live in glass houses, what goes around comes around, instant karma's gonna get you and all that.

If I was the Nationals, I'd be sending someone up onto the big scoreboard at Nationals Park in the middle of the night to change a particular ad to read "The Washington Past." Then see how long it takes anyone to notice and how they label that fail.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 11, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

MASN and Comcast are why I listen to 90 percent of the games on radio. I can't always hear Charlie and Dave, but I know where to find them.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 11, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

haha the Nationals are such crap.

Posted by: MarylanDChris | June 11, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

FoF's stats are the best arguement to the value of Adam Dunn. I was not a Dunn supporter before he came here but he's made me a believer that his pros far outweigh his cons.

40 homer guys don't grow on trees and I think the Nats should extend him as soon as possible. Give him three or four more years on top of next year and then we'll have the 3 and 4 spots locked in for the foreseeable future.

Posted by: sec307 | June 11, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

i thought spring training was over two months ago. at least the reds brought some of their frontliners on this trip to Viera.

Posted by: surly_w | June 11, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

hmmm, the Bog has the following update:

UPDATE
A Nationals spokeswoman said the team mailed out about 4,000 of these gifts and hasn't received a single complaint. The team will replace any defective items that any season ticket holder received. The spokeswoman said the feedback the team has received about the balls has been overwhelmingly positive. The balls were gifts to season ticket holders who paid for their seats by a certain date, the spokeswoman said.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 11, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Did they bury the lede?
How early was that date, that there were only 4,000 of these sent out?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 11, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I would agree about the positive feedback on the season ticket holder gift ball. It is a very attractive item. Much nicer than the stadium models they gave out last year, which were kind of cheesy.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 11, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"BTW you want a good blueprint on scouting? Check out the Os---Adam Jones, Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, Brian Matusz, Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold. And I didn't even mention Tillman. Talk about a team scouting correctly and now finally turning it around with excellent youth who can pitch, hit and play defense.
And Adam Jones will be the best player in baseball before long. He's a modern Willie Mays."

So let me get this straight. You cite Jones, Markakis, Reimold, Weiters, and Bergesen and then 2 guys still in the Minors.

I could do the same with the Nats entire staff, Zimmerman, and Flores. If you like I can Throw in Strasburg and Storen, And a few others. Easy on proclaiming the O's a success just yet especially when their pitchers have less experience then even some of the Nats.

Posted by: JDB1 | June 11, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"Did they bury the lede?
How early was that date, that there were only 4,000 of these sent out?"

To get the ball you had to pay in full by Dec 15th or so, as opposed to spreading your payment out over several months. I would imagine a lot of the more expensive ticket accounts chose to stretch out their payments rather than get a little crystal ball gift.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 11, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Irrelevant, maybe, but good to know, especially in the doubleknits.

from the scouting report on SS:
"Strengths: The plus stuff, especially the fastball. Size, strength, mound presence ... a complete package."

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 11, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Strasburg, Jayson Stark has an interesting column on ESPN's site: what would the Nationals have gotten if they could have traded the first pick (and the right to take Strasburg)? It sounds like not nearly as much as we would have thought.

Some sample comments: "I don't know that I'd be willing to give up centerpiece players until one of these once-in-a-lifetime pitchers actually proves to be a once-in-a-lifetime pitcher."

"I keep hearing people say he could be your second or third starter in the major leagues right now. Well, I heard that about David Price, too. And David Price had a full year in the minor leagues, and he's still scuffling in the big leagues."

Others were more positive: "For a guy like this, I'd be willing to talk about three or four very good prospects, and maybe even a piece off my major league roster, depending on how important that piece is."

But most weren't buying the hype: "I see no way you'd give up an everyday, impact, big league player," said an executive of a fourth club. "You'd be crazy to risk that for a kid who's never played [professional baseball]. Let's say they're talking to the Orioles about Adam Jones. I'll ask you this: If you put Adam Jones back in the draft right now, who would go No. 1 -- him or Strasburg? I'd say Adam Jones."

Here's the link: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&page=rumblings090611

Posted by: baltova1 | June 11, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Nick is probably not in the lineup because he probably had some season ending injury that we have yet to be informed of....because obviously this team can do without his bat and trade value.

On the positive side of things, I think we will pull off a victory tonight. This is my gut feeling and I am sticking to it.

GO NATS! YA!

Posted by: Cartaldo | June 11, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"...to change a particular ad to read "The Washington Past." Then see how long it takes anyone to notice and how they label that fail."


Hahahahaha... That's showing up as a bright read blob on my snark(ra)dar, and I like it. Nice one, nunof1.


As for Dunn ... I always considered him a cut-rate Texiera. And hey, at least he's a friendly guy.

Go Nats!

Posted by: ihatewalks | June 11, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Today's the third straight day of no MASN2 on Comcast in Arlington. I called up Comcast's local number at 5:30 and was told that they're working on it.

Ugh!

Posted by: ericp331 | June 11, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

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