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He's Not Fast, But He's Not On The DL.

Even on his best days, Josh Bard moves at dial-up speed. But now that the Nats' catcher is dealing with a sore right groin -- first aggravated while planting on first base in a June 27 game at Baltimore -- his running pace is almost a flailing walk. Summer amusement park lines move faster than Bard.

"There are a lot of guys who are banged up," Bard said. "I'm just really slow, so it looks worse."

As Bard tries to grind through his injury without a disabled list trip, his baserunning provides only a visual suggestion of the challenge. Before games, he goes through an elaborate stretching routine that includes yogi postures, plenty of twisting, and a particular sit-down stand-up exercise conducted as a seatbelt-like strap holds his legs together. He's taking what he described, without elaborating, as "heavy medication." Bard, too, sat out during a four-game stretch (June 28-July 1), hoping the time off could jump-start the recovery. But he'll need more time. Today, Bard is received his first off day of the series. And chances are, he'll sit out the final game before the all-star break, thus allowing him another four-day stretch of inactivity.

"I think those days are gonna do wonders for him," Manager Manny Acta said.

Despite his hobble, Bard has managed, in recent games, to achieve the baserunning must-dos. Saturday, he scored from second on a single. Tuesday, he stretched from first to third on a single. Still, he also slammed a ball off the right-field wall, just about five feet shy of a homer, and ended up only with a single. Straight out of the batter's box, Bard appeared to be in a home run trot. Not so, he said. "That's about what I've got in the tank right now," Bard said laughing. "I'm not a home run hitter, so I don't pimp home runs."

Later, he explained his motivation for wanting to avoid the disabled list.

"They're paying me to play, not to sit on the friggin' bench," he said. "I think that if we want to change the culture around here it comes down to wanting to be out there, playing the game the right way. When I first came up, I saw guys like Ellis Burks taking three hours before the game to get on the field, taking injections in his knees, draining them, and he didn't have anything left to prove but he loved the game and wanted to play. Brian Giles played with a broken kneecap for two months with San Diego, and when I see guys like that, I mean, a little strained [groin] doesn't seem like that big of a deal. It's not trying to sent a message. If you want to last in this game, you've got to go out there and play."

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Others receiving off days on this "getaway" day: Cristian Guzman and Nick Johnson. In the shuffle, Adam Dunn is playing first base, Alberto Gonzalez is playing short and Austin Kearns is getting the start in RF, as Josh Willingham slides back to left.

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Two reading links.

Check out Dejan Kovacevic's profile of Lastings Milledge, who's down in Bradenton, Fla., relishing a start with his new organization.

Over at the Baseball Insider blog, Sheinin explains how Willingham is on the verge of history.

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Pitcher Matt Chico, working his way back from reconstructive elbow surgery, was reinstated from the disabled list today and has been optioned to Class AA Harrisburg. Really, this is just a technical procedure. Chico was already with the Senators, albeit on rehab assignment.

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The weekly MiLR, courtesy of Bill Gluvna. Check out the week Class A Hagerstown C Derek Norris had. Bryce Harper is a poor man's Derek Norris.

MLR 7-8-09.pdf

By Chico Harlan  |  July 8, 2009; 2:29 PM ET
 
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Comments

Love those comments by Bard! I was down on him early in the year for his defense (which I still don't love), but his bat has been heating up, he seems to work well with our young catchers, and given those comments, he's really a gamer and has a great work ethic. I like that.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 8, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Also, props to Willie for staying in the game yesterday. I don't imagine he was feeling great after that ball took a bad hop.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 8, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Quoting Lastings Milledge, from the piece linked above, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

"I have to push myself a little bit more. It's not enough to thrive on talent alone. I think I worry about the bigger things of the game rather than the smallest, like hitting the cutoff man, keeping the double play in order... a lot of little things I overlook that keep me from being the best player I can be."

WHAT?? You think that hitting the cutoff man is a small thing? NOT hitting the cutoff man costs bases... it costs runs. Not hitting the cutoff man is the difference between the big leagues and the GCL.

Believing that it is a small thing is exactly why you (Milledge) are where you are right now.

Sheesh!

(I don't miss him)

Posted by: wigi | July 8, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

yogi postures huh? Quite a serendipitous if unintended reference to the cartoon character who speeds away from park rangers faster than our man Josh Bard runs bases in the best of health.

I love this guy. He seems like a guy who's either going to slide to the other end of the dugout in a Manager's uniform or into the color commentators seat in the play-by-play booth once his playing days are over.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | July 8, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I bet noted catcher Lawrence Peter Berra did a few yogi postures in his day. And back then he didn't even have that insurance...

Posted by: section417 | July 8, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

What insurance, Yogi?

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 8, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

didn't a swayback horse pulling an ice wagon pass bard on the bases?

Posted by: surly_w | July 8, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Interesting comment by Bard as to what constitutes "changing the culture around here." Intentionally or not, seems like he is calling out his team mates. I do not think complacency was a big issue in the Frank Robinson, Jose Guillen era.

Posted by: advocate2 | July 8, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"I do not think complacency was a big issue in the Frank Robinson, Jose Guillen era."

Unless you count sleeping in the dugout during games, of course.

Posted by: section417 | July 8, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Still trying to vizualize the Yogi posture ...

... Hey, Boo Boo how about a pic-i-nic basket?

Posted by: natbiscuits | July 8, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

nice hands there. dunnkey.

Posted by: surly_w | July 8, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Kearns hits into a double-play - what are the odds?

Posted by: lowcountry | July 8, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was bad that Zim had hit into 16 double plays, but I believe that was Kearns 12th of the season

Posted by: BigTrain | July 8, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

For the love of God can we please DFA Kearns asap?

Posted by: FloresFan | July 8, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Milledge doesn't get his act together, we can read that same article from a different town every spring for the next 5 years. I have a vague recollection that it appeared this spring in some D.C. outlet.

Posted by: markfromark | July 8, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Really, Kearns just hit into a DP? Shocking!

Posted by: slewis1 | July 8, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

From Wikipedia: "Yogi Berra picked up his famous nickname from a friend, Bobby Hofman, who said he resembled a Hindu holy man (yogi) they had seen in a movie, whenever Berra sat around with arms and legs crossed waiting to bat, or while looking sad after a losing game. Years later, the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Yogi Bear was presumably named after Berra (the cartoon's creators denied it), something Berra did not appreciate after he started being periodically addressed as Yogi Bear."

So it would seem that yogi postures must be kind of like the super-secret handshake of the catcher fraternity.

Posted by: section417 | July 8, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

What on God's green earth is Austin Kearns doing on a major league roster, much less starting? Was it for that heads-down baserunning play last night? Sheesh...

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 8, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Add this to the reading list. It's a NY times article on LAD's work trying to figure out which players will break down due to injuries.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/sports/baseball/08injuries.html?_r=1&ref=sports

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | July 8, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Millege showing up on time? ASKING for extra work after practice? Maybe he has changed! Not that these are steps he would have taken in the Nats' system.

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | July 8, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

What on God's green earth is Austin Kearns doing on a major league roster, much less starting? Was it for that heads-down baserunning play last night? Sheesh...

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 8, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I thought the belly flop was a nice touch.

Posted by: Cartaldo | July 8, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone watching the game please tell me what Dibble said after Spilborghs threw Morgan out at 3rd? How many times did he mention Hawpe?

Posted by: dclifer97 | July 8, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Careful, dclifer, or we'll start to think you're just jealous of Mr. Dibble's attention.

Posted by: Scooter_ | July 8, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Not watching the game, but have Charlie & Dave streaming here at work.

Spilborghs just made another tremendous play by catching Hernandez's deep foul pop fly, reaching into the stands. C&D noted the luxury of being able to rest Hawpe, and still have someone like Spilborghs, capable of several fine defensive plays in his own right, to back Hawpe up.

Posted by: faNATic | July 8, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Wigi, you beat me too it.....Recall this past spring training when I pointed all this Milledge crap out to many of you.....Now do you believe me....even Lastings says hitting a cut off man or holding a runner to a single to set up the Double Play is "little stuff"

Posted by: JayBeee | July 8, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Kearns? Wasn't he sort of good at one point?

Posted by: PattyinSJ | July 8, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I think Chico jinxed the starters with his article the other day.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | July 8, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Take the earns out of Kearns and you're left with the K. At least that would be better than a double play.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 8, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Good night, Gracie.

Posted by: Bethesdangit | July 8, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

So much for afternoon baseball....oh, I forgot, the Cubs and Braves are playing. yawn nighty night Dets

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 8, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

OK, NOW can we take him out?

Posted by: PattyinSJ | July 8, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

This is so frustrating. We can't even manage to score a run on a guy with a 4.87 ERA?

We win a series then get swept. Its the story of the nats season. Take 1 step forward then 3 steps back. No progress.

I really like Manny and will always be a fan of his, but its time to cut the cord. We need some dramatic changes. This team is going nowhere fast. Trade NJ, and Guzman for whatever you can get.

Posted by: FloresFan | July 8, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

how nice of the nats to allow the rockies to hold batting practice for paid spectators these past three days.

Posted by: surly_w | July 8, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I'll miss NJ and Guzman, but I think you are right, FloresFan.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | July 8, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Right before that at bat I was looking at Det's numbers. They are pretty ugly.

1.66 WHIP, 33% quality start ratio, 1.58 K/BB ratio.

He may be the guy to go to the pen if Beimel/Villone get traded or when Shairon is ready to return (no BBs for the 'Cuse last night).

Posted by: WebberDC | July 8, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Whatta revoltin' development this is.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 8, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"There is a lack of effort going on on this team right now. It's gonna be a long three months."
-Rob Dibble, 4:46 p.m.

Posted by: Bethesdangit | July 8, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Boy do the Nat's Suck.

Posted by: Cartaldo | July 8, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Here's what i'm hoping,that we sent Martis down because he's part of the bigger picture the future if you will of this team, because Detweiler looks like krap and he hasn't won a game yet while sporting a damn near six point era.I was pretty much steamed when Martis went down thought it was a chicken sh#t move on Rizzo's part given the fact that you got pitcher's up here who haven't won a game.That's pretty much why i'm for sending Manny packing,it can't happen fast enough for me.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 8, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Am I reading the box score correctly, 3 errors already? 2 by Dunn a dropped foul ball by Nieves? Sweet.

Posted by: Cartaldo | July 8, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"There is a lack of effort going on on this team right now. It's gonna be a long three months."
-Rob Dibble, 4:46 p.m.

Posted by: Bethesdangit | July 8, 2009 4:46 PM


Someone should email that to the Lerners, Kasten, and Rizzo. What a f-ing joke this team is. I'm done being the optimist.

Posted by: FloresFan | July 8, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

and for comic relief two headlines from nats.com

"Acta more confident in Nats' defense" and "Nationals expect stronger second half."

Posted by: surly_w | July 8, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Comic relief is usually when the Nats go to the bullpen.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 8, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

nobody can accuse dibs of being a house man.

Posted by: surly_w | July 8, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

DP and K by Kearns - check
PH Belliard K - check
3 errors - check
leadoff batter in 2 innings reach, neither makes it past 2nd - check
flailing rookie SP gets rocked 2nd time through the order - check

Posted by: goexpos2 | July 8, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

It just occurred to me...with each ugly loss, Strasburg's signing bonus increases.

Posted by: dclifer97 | July 8, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

dclifer97: It likely occurred to Mr. Boras a looooooooong time ago.

Posted by: Bethesdangit | July 8, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

it also occurs to me that with each ugly loss strasburg is going to be less likely to sign here.

Posted by: surly_w | July 8, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Coors Field reminds me a lot of Griffith Stadium. The Nationals reminds me of the craptastic Senators teams that used to play there.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 8, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

the broncos have added a safety and it's now 8-0.

Posted by: surly_w | July 8, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

They aren't signing Strasburg

Posted by: RickFelt | July 8, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

That's funny Surly, I thought they went for 2.

Posted by: WebberDC | July 8, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Then why does Dibble keep using the 'we' term? OOh yeah, cause Mark Lerner told him to (a la Thom Lovero's column on Dibble).

Posted by: you-dont | July 8, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Kearns is up. Do I hear 6-4-3?

Posted by: smill411 | July 8, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

austin powerless made it to first on a walk. don't fall down!

Posted by: surly_w | July 8, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the score, I thought it was a TD and a two-point conversion. We need to get the ball into the red zone for a change.

On the bright side, it might be neat to get to see Strasburg pitch for the St. Paul Saints next year.

Posted by: JohninMpls | July 8, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Could a record-breaking embarrassment of a bad season actually be good in the grand scheme of things?

Posted by: goexpos2 | July 8, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

only if it was a team other than this one.

Posted by: surly_w | July 8, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

the nats got the safety back.

Posted by: surly_w | July 8, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Orioles about to make Sano an offer. Blue Jays cut Ryan even though he's owed $15 million more. Ah, to have a well run organization...

Posted by: goexpos2 | July 8, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Make that a field goal, surly.

Posted by: faNATic | July 8, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

He swung! He swung at ball 4 and saved Tavares from a leadoff walk! Thank you, Rocky Batter. Thanks for that soft grounder to short. We're closing in on 'em! Only 8-3! Out 2! Nobody on! The Nats Juggernaut is ready to sail in the 8th and 9th! Here it comes!

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 8, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Only 9-3 now. Tavares hasn't walked anyone, and he's keeping it within 6. Perhaps he can get out 3.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 8, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Remember that time Manny Acta put Chad Cordero in to close a game against the Rockies when they were up by 5, just because he hadn't worked for several days and needed to get some playing time? And he lost the game?

Posted by: Section506 | July 8, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Tavares issues a walk. Well, wouldn't want to break the streak. 2 on, 2 outs and Garrett Atkins at the plate. Tavares hits the umpire! That'll teach you, blue! Out 3!! Time for the inevitable Nats win - only 7 runs needed.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 8, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes, 506, and that ushered in a horrible slump. Time to regress to the mean of about, oh, 50 wins.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 8, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Boswell is right. Blow this entire team up. Trade everyone you possibly can trade. We need all new players.

Posted by: rachel216 | July 8, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

tomorrow's headline

Recalling Garrett Mock has won 4 straight starts, posting a 0.66 ERA (2 ER/27.0 IP) in those outingsā€¦since being optioned to Syracuse on May 21, Mock has gone 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA (8 ER/39.1 IP) in 7 starts

Optioning Detwiler to SYR

Posted by: sjt1455 | July 8, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Trade with whom? No one would want these guys, unless you Jim Bowden got another somewhere.

Posted by: soundbloke | July 8, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

A quality out! Situational hitting by Gonazlez to advance Morgan! If only we got an four outs this inning. Zimm RBI! Morgan scores! What would have been a GIDP - really a perfecect double play ball - was an rbi out only because there was no one on first to double up. 9-4, bottom of the 8th. Only 6 more to go.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 8, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

That's a weird way to walk a guy to lead off the inning, Julian...

Posted by: JohninMpls | July 8, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

>Boswell is right. Blow this entire team up. Trade everyone you possibly can trade. We need all new players.

Can't blow the team up. Got to blow the manager up. They've quit. There is no hope otherwise.

24-58. Gotta suck on it and like it, Rache

Posted by: Brue | July 8, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

This is so frustrating. We can't even manage to score a run on a guy with a 4.87 ERA?

Posted by: FloresFan | July 8, 2009 4:34 PM |
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De la Rosa was on a roll coming into this game -- one of the hottest pitchers in baseball.

Posted by: fischy | July 8, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

10-4 and out, good buddy.

Posted by: surly_w | July 8, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

>10-4 and out, good buddy.

Roger. Copy that.

I feel myself turning into Carpy

Posted by: Brue | July 8, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

The Nats prove that misery loves company.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 8, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, they started the first half of the season by losing 12-6.

Starting the second half, they're still losing games by six runs, but they're not allowing (or scoring) as many. Good news for the pitching?

Sigh.

Posted by: JohninMpls | July 8, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

JiM

At least they're consistent.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 8, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Well. An instructive three-game exhibition of the symbiotic predator-prey relationship between the Colorado Velociraptors and the Washington Veal reaches its gory conclusion.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | July 8, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

It was August 24, 2007. The Nats were up 5-1. Manny sends in the Chief for some extra work. Tulo singles; Matt Holiday homers; 5-3; Rauch came in w/bases loaded, gave up the tying run, and then lost the game on an unearned run on an error by D'Angelo Jiminez. 7 game losing streak ensued, stopped by brilliant pithing by Joel Hanrahan in San Francisco.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 8, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

OMG -- Is anyone still tuned in to the WTOP feed??? I was too busy to get up and turn it off, but it was well worth it.

For some reason, they're running a tape of Ed Cole trying to recap the game, and he was cursing up a storm. Trying to say "Tulowitzki" -- Multiple uses of "sh!t" and a few f-bombs, too. I sure hope the FCC isn't tuned in....

Posted by: fischy | July 8, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Yeah,blow this team up and keep the uninspired clueless manager I guess none of you get it, they don't want to play for Manny period end of story, but yet you have a so called president of baseball operations(Kasten) standing at the podium at the Nat.Press Club no less voicing support of Manny. Tom Boswell is shilling for the Lerners yeah blow em the hell up and start on another one hundred loss campaign i'm sure that will put more fanny's in the seats. There is no way in the world anyone with common sense will support another rebuilding "plan" not after this season. This has to be one of the worst examples of baseball(if that's what you want to call it.) i've ever seen every game is an exercise in how not to play the game. The Lerners must think the fans of this team are stupid or blind that's the only conclusion i can come to upper management would be wise to get their collective heads out of their azz and wake up and get Tim Foli out of Syracuse pronto and try to save this team from itself before it gets worse.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 8, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

The one could also have been on Detwiler's throw, but they gave it to Dunn.

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Am I reading the box score correctly, 3 errors already? 2 by Dunn a dropped foul ball by Nieves? Sweet.

Posted by: Cartaldo | July 8, 2009 4:52 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 8, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

If you haven't seen the movie "Winnebago Man" -- it's as if Cole is trying to re-create the infamous meltdown of the Winnebago commercial actor.

Posted by: fischy | July 8, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

fischy, all I got on 1500 was Courtside for the Caps. I wanted to hear an awesome rant. :-(

Guess I'll have to content myself with reading them. I'm sure there will be some on here. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 8, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Sorry. My bad -- I was listening to the 1050 WFED feed -- tuned there for last night's DC United match. Not 1500. I might have been the only person in the area to hear it. It ended just as I posted the second comment anyway -- they switched to the proper programming

Posted by: fischy | July 8, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

"Well. An instructive three-game exhibition of the symbiotic predator-prey relationship between the Colorado Velociraptors and the Washington Veal reaches its gory conclusion."

Posted by: Ted_Striker

Reminds me of Ben Franklin's quote on democracy: "It's two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for lunch."

We do seem to be the appetizer, main course and dessert for most teams.

Posted by: driley | July 8, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"Sorry. My bad -- I was listening to the 1050 WFED feed -- tuned there for last night's DC United match. Not 1500. I might have been the only person in the area to hear it. It ended just as I posted the second comment anyway -- they switched to the proper programming"

C'mon, internet, don't let us down!

Posted by: Section506 | July 8, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

The real sad truth about this year is that last season we really could blame the season's record on a deluge of injuries. This season the players, sans Flores, are actually healthy. They just can't hit, field or throw strikes.

I really do not see too many people on this roster that should be penciled in as starters in 2011. Zimmermann, Lannan and Zimmerman are really all that we have that are keepers. That would give a GM 22 roster spots to craft into a winning team at some point. I refuse to count Strasburg as a Nat until a) he signs and b)he proves he can pitch at a major league level. The one thing that I have learned this year is that I refuse to buy into any preseason hype whatsoever regarding this franchise. Four years is time enough to prove that you are heading into the right direction. Putting a team on the field now that will probably have 85% of its roster replaced in two years is not a sign of having planned at all to put a winning team on the field. More than Bowden is at fault--the Kasten/Lerner brand should be under the spotlight as well.

Posted by: driley | July 8, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Guess that you're the lucky one who got to hear it, fischy.

Dopey old Internet. Hey, maybe the North Koreans brainwashed him into ranting? Could be the Natsian Candidate or some such.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 8, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, if we can't have what we all want, A WIN - can someone u-tube the dog-cussing on 1050 AM? It's something. You came through, fischy!

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 8, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang...well, this morning I had a rather lengthy post on an internal rant I had after last nights' game...which I sorta just sanitizes and summarized...but dargregmag-yer gettin' close! You too, driley....ya now, in meditation circles, or spiritual practices, it's generally an accepted fact that you can't use words to "describe" or "know" the truth, God, ultimate reality, whatever name you want to call it. You can only experience it. This comes to mind only because the "reality of our team is the same-pathetic, horrid,frustrating, unwatchable(not that we still don't)...Man, mere words are just not enough to describe the deep,complete and apparently franchise-wide wretchedness of this ....this.....Arggh! I think you all know what I'm talking about-it's a shared experience...and mere words-they just don't do justice to this bunch, or our anger,despair, disgust.....
Go Nats

Posted by: zendo | July 8, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The line is "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty a heavily armed lamb demanding a recount."
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Reminds me of Ben Franklin's quote on democracy: "It's two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for lunch."
Posted by: driley | July 8, 2009 7:05 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 8, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

which is kind of silly, when you think about it.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 8, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

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