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A Few Pre-Game Notes

* I talked for a while on Saturday afternoon with Ryan Zimmerman, current FoF, about Stephen Strasburg. Zim's thoughts here are particularly relevant -- probably more worthwhile than anybody else in the clubhouse -- because 1.) he's totally invested in the Nats' franchise, having signed a five-year extension earlier this season and 2.) he has an unusually sharp sense of (and even an interest in) baseball's business side. Also, he was a former first-round pick himself.

One comment from Zim: "When it comes down to it, Strasburg has to think about, 'Can I go to bed if I turn down $15, 16 million dollars -- whatever it is -- to pass up the opportunity to play for these guys?' That's a lot of money. I don't understand what he thinks will be better next year. If we don't take him, who's gonna take him next year? Pittsburgh? San Diego? San Diego is not gonna pay him more. Absolutely his leverage will never be higher. Everybody wants to play where they want to play; everybody wants the ideal situation, but that's not the point of the draft. You can't tell people where you want to play. At some point, do it like everybody else has already done it. I agree, he's one of the better college pitchers ever to pitch, but he hasn't proven anything yet."

* Another note about Zimmerman, whose 16-game hitting streak ended on Friday night:

According to the Elias Sports Bureau (by way of Nats PR man Mike Gazda), Zimmerman is the first player in 10 seasons to post a 30+ hitting streak and a 15+ hitting streak in the same season. The last player to do so was Luis Gonzalez, who, while with Arizona, posted a 30-game hitting streak and a 16-game hitting streak in 1999.

* Ross Detwiler has now started 22 games this season -- six with Class AA Harrisburg to start the season, then 10 with the Nats, and most recently six with Class AAA Syracuse. Only on Friday, though, did Detwiler finally win a game. Just incredible. Detwiler pitched six scoreless innings in Syracuse's 4-3 defeat against Rochester. Here are his season numbers:

Harrisburg -- (6 starts) 0-3, 2.96 ERA, 27-1/3 innings
Washington -- (10 starts) 0-5, 6.40 ERA, 52 innings
Syracuse (6 starts) 1-2, 3.62 ERA, 27-1/3 innings.

* Friday night, Ronnie Belliard hit a homer. So did Wil Nieves. Unlikely power sources? Absolutely. Belliard was batting seventh in the order, and Nieves, who'd hit just one prior career home run, was batting eighth. For the Nats, such bottom of the order power is especially uncommon. This year, the team's 3-4-5 hitters have accounted for a larger percentage of its homers than any other 3-4-5 tandem in baseball.

Courtesy of Kevin Hines, Elias Sports Bureau:

Top five teams, ranked by percentage of homers from 3-4-5 hitters

Washington -- 66% (73 of 111)
St. Louis -- 60% (72 of 120)
Minnesota -- 59% (76 of 128)
Milwaukee -- 56% (74 of 131)
Houston -- 55% (54 of 99)

By Chico Harlan  |  August 15, 2009; 6:22 PM ET
 
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Comments

Who hit a homer after Belliard last night?

Posted by: tallbaby2121 | August 15, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Who? Wil Nieves.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 15, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

This sobering note about the Strasburg negotiatons from Stan the Plan Man....

WASHINGTON -- Nationals president Stan Kasten acknowledged Saturday there is a "very real possibility" the team will not reach an agreement with No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg despite offering him a record-breaking contract.

The Nationals face a deadline of midnight on Monday night to sign Strasburg, a right-handed pitcher from San Diego State whose fastball has been clocked at 102 mph.

He is represented by uber-agent Scott Boras, who has the top three players in this year's draft -- all of whom were unsigned as of Saturday afternoon.

"With 48 hours to go, I simply have no idea whether we're going to be able to reach a deal," Kasten said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Kasten said the Nationals offered Strasburg more than the record $10.5 million pitcher Mark Prior got from the Chicago Cubs after being the second pick in the 2001 amateur draft.

Washington's offer came more than a week ago during a face-to-face meeting in California that included Strasburg, Boras, Kasten, Nationals acting general manager Mike Rizzo and team owners Ted and Mark Lerner.

Kasten wouldn't reveal the exact amount of Washington's offer nor would he say what, if any, counteroffer Boras had made. But Kasten characterized Boras' approach as "advocating a new methodology for evaluating draft picks" -- changing the way a draft pick's worth is determined.

"This kid is so impressive. We have nothing but the highest regard for him. If he wants to come and begin his career right now -- and do so with the largest contract ever given to any drafted player in the history of Major League Baseball -- we can help him accomplish that," Kasten told the AP. "But if this is more about changing the whole way an industry does business, then we won't be able to reach a deal."

Failing to sign Strasburg would be a blow to a franchise that finished last in the majors with 102 losses last season -- which is why they had the top pick in June's amateur draft -- and has the worst record in baseball in 2009, again on pace for 100 losses. Washington also recently lost rookie starter Jordan Zimmermann for at least a year because of a torn elbow ligament.

A year ago, the Nationals had the No. 9 overall pick and selected pitcher Aaron Crow of Missouri, whom they did not sign. Crow went back into the draft this year, was taken 12th overall by Kansas City, and had yet to reach a deal with the Royals as of Saturday.

If there's no deal between Washington and Strasburg, he would go back into the 2010 draft, and the team would be awarded the No. 2 pick in 2010.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 15, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Nationals president Stan Kasten tells the AP there is a "very real possibility" the team will not reach an agreement with No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg despite offering him a record-breaking contract.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 15, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

nothing new there, leetee.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Say, I don't know whether anybody told you folks this, but in baseball you're not allowed to trade a draftee for one year after he's signed.

Just thought you'd want to know.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | August 15, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Who hit a homer after Belliard last night?

Posted by: tallbaby2121 | August 15, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Who? Wil Nieves.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 15, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse
""""""""""""
classic

Posted by: theredskin | August 15, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

MLB Network was just talking about our favorite ump, Larry (Jerk) Vanover. Apparently, he's causing trouble at OPACY tonight, as Angels skipper Mike Sciossa is ticked at him after Vanover yelled something to his pitcher after an inside pitch to Felix Pie.

Speaking of the men in blue, how weird is it that two Reds have been called out tonight for bunting a ball and then having the ball bounce up and hit them while in play? Dusty Baker was ticked!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 15, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm glad Dribble looked in the rule book for those outs because I sure didn't know the rule.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

When it happened in the first, Carpenter sounded like he had a pretty good knowledge of the rule, though Dibble did look it up after the second time to clarify whether a batter had to have either one or both feet out of the box when the ball hits him to be ruled out (and the answer is only one foot needs to be out of the box).

I think the Reds got hosed on the call the second time - the ump got help the first time, but not the second time and the replays are questionable. At least we're not the only team that is victimized by bad calls.

Posted by: BGinVA | August 15, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was poor fielding. Ya gotta have the ball.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Yes! Gonzo has busted it open for us!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 15, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Now, this is fun. Go, Gonzo. But that was nasty, hitting Dukes like that.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Tough times for the Reds (WaPo point of view?).

I mean, way to go Washington!! Hope this busts us out of our batting slump. Still, it's pitching and fielding we need to be able to depend on in the long run.

Posted by: poncedeleroy | August 15, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the way Kasten is sticking it to the Post by breaking his silence with the AP rather than with Boswell, Sheinin or Harlan.

Posted by: nunof1 | August 15, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Dibs & Carpy know the rules better than the duo on the Reds TV broadcast. They thought that the batter had to be entirely out of the batters box, though they really weren't sure. Kudos to the Nats crew for getting it correct.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 15, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Heads up defense by Dunn and Belliard! Way to go!


WTEM would say: Not sure how this affects Redskins pre-season. (So out of the loop!!)

Posted by: poncedeleroy | August 15, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Kip Wells is not a Nat anymore. These long at-bats have to be painful to watch for the Reds fans...

Posted by: BGinVA | August 15, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

All right! Dukes with some revenge for the HBP - bases-loaded triple!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 15, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

BG, my thought EXACTLY. Don't mess with the Duke.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

"Dibs & Carpy know the rules better than the duo on the Reds TV broadcast."

On the radio, Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler thought the rule went the other way, i.e. the runner had to be completely out of the box. Doesn't matter since the decision couldn't be contested.

Bases clearing triple for Dukes! Think our bullpen can hold them?

Posted by: poncedeleroy | August 15, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Pour on more "Belliard bashing" ... its really working!!!

This team does not look like "a fluke" ... things really do seem to be coming together?

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, against the Pirates, Diamondbacks, and Reds, anyway. Although--the three against the Marlins were a welcome bizarro.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Not Belly-bashing per se, but has anyone noticed how hot the Nats got since St. Austin Kearns went on the DL? Can he stay there through September?

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 15, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Why not? We can have Kearns do a good long rehab stint starting as single A Potomac and work his way back up. He aught to get back to the Bigs say about October 2nd.

Posted by: bigmook | August 15, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, we can't switch to Kearns-bashing. For one thing, we (collectively speaking) never stopped in the first place, and for another, it won't help Kearns get going, as it obviously did for that bum Belliard.


Have I mentioned lately, "Jimmy, it's on!"?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey, anybody know when we got rid of Kip Wells. I didn't realized he left the Nats organization.

Posted by: bigmook | August 15, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

He was DFA'd on June 24, bigmook.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Sec3mysofa: Thanks.

Posted by: bigmook | August 15, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm not reposting, I'm improving the ROI on my valuable ideas.
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Hey, speaking of wackos coming out of the woodwork, who's for Tuesday's game, center field seats, must wear porkpie hats, dark glasses, and loud shirts?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 6:58 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't thank me, thank Google and Wikipedia.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Is just me or is anyone else sick to death of the GEICO Caveman "Let me be myself" commercials.

So much so that I change the channel now when those commercials come on.

Posted by: bigmook | August 15, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

bigmook, don't get me started. I'm thinking of buying a car just so I can NOT use Geiko.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Love those Nats! On another subject (WAY OFF TOPIC!): My 83 YO Mom is driving me crazy. She asks me every day about how the grounds-crew puts the dark curly-W in the back of the pitcher's mound! Every game! Several times a game she calls and asks! "Why doesn't it wash off when the water down the mound or in the rain". Can anyone with knowledge enlighten me?

Thanks!

Posted by: NickfromGermantown | August 15, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Kasten says: "We think he's not just a draft pick -- we think he's a special player, which is why we extended ourselves as much as we did, and will continue to entertain any other issues or concerns he might have in order to get him signed," Kasten said. But he also said there is a "very real possibility, with 48 hours to go, that Stephen may choose not to sign with us. We remain hopeful. But ... all of baseball history, both long-standing and our own recent history with Jordan Zimmermann, has cautioned us about the risks inherent in signing any young player, particularly pitchers."

Last year Kasten said similar things about Crow. Yet such comments were dismissed as mere negotiations. CBS Sports says:

"Strasburg has been labeled a once-in-a-generation talent. He went 13-1 this season, leading Division I pitchers with a 1.32 ERA and 195 strikeouts. Last month, he won the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player in the United States, and was the only amateur on the U.S. Olympic baseball team that won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games."

Well, maybe it is no big deal if he doesn't sign. Real generations are once every 20 years. But baseball generations are only once in 10 years. The Nats won the lottery with SS. Maybe they won't cash in. However, the Nats may only have to wait another 10 years before they get another chance to win the lottery. Hope no other team beats them out 10 years from now!

It's a tough decision between paying out too much money and having a potential staff ace.

Posted by: EdDC | August 15, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Not Dunn's fault, but it's a good idea to tell the pitcher "I'm NOT THERE" before the AB.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

JD and Adam need a little more work (or communication) on that play.

Posted by: bigmook | August 15, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Nick, it's like marquetry, but with dirt instead of wood. It's actually quite expensive to do, there are very few of these craftsmen left, most of them in Italy.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

"Last year Kasten said similar things about Crow. Yet such comments were dismissed as mere negotiations."

MERE negotiations?? WTH does that mean? It's ALL negotiation. There is nothing else happening BUT negotiation between the two.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, he's making up for the errors by pitching a nice game (so far).

There was a special a while back on how the grounds crew mows the curly W into the outfield, but I don't recall mention of the pitcher's mound.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Sec3mysofa: Google/Wikipedia again?

Or are you my life line call on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", when the baseball trivia questions are asked?

Posted by: bigmook | August 15, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Really glad that JD got a "low pressure" game ... he probably was feeling a bit skittish with all the "tommy john" bashers around. Noting that Burnett was apparently willing to share but JD wasn't.

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

the curly-w on the back of the pitcher's mound? Tell her that its all Belliard's fault. He loogies up a big spittoon and pours out into the shape. Its pretty sticky and fairly water resistant.

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

STAT trivia question?

How long has it been since a Nat has had six at bats or more in a game?

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"Strasburg has been labeled a once-in-a-generation talent."

We've been over this and over this, and in two days, we'll go on to the next phase, whatever that winds up being. But the hysteria--we blew past hype *months* ago--is a bad development, IMO.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Can't believe Rosales didn't fall into the stands catching that one.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

If they do not sign SS, the Nats organization seems to me to be setting a bad precedence, 2 years in a row they don't sign their #1 draft pick. They do not appear to be willing to pay the "going rate" for their top guy. Besides the fact that we have worst record in baseball, the college players and their agents just might be getting a HINT that the Nats are CHEAP.

Posted by: bigmook | August 15, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Sec3mysofa: Thanks so much! Both of us are longtime Senator fans (from 7th and Florida and beyond). Never fans of the O's but watched them. (Only game in town.) Now we both love our Nats, win or lose. Now maybe we can talk more about averages, ages, and rbi's. Again, thanks!

Posted by: NickfromGermantown | August 15, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Who is the "once-in-a-generation" pitcher playing now? Santana? a Rule 5 guy. Sabathia? 1st round, but 20th overall. Back further--Roger Clemens? 1st round, but 19th overall.

Abraham Lincoln used to ask, "If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?"


A: Just four. Calling it a leg doesn't *make it* a leg.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I can't do this to him.

Nick, I was being facecious. There are no Italian dirt-marquetry old-world craftsmen.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Of 2nd baggers: Morse has 16 home runs this year all in AAA and is hitting well over .300. Seth Bynum is hitting .265 with 16 home runs all in Syracuse.

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

But big props to the fans, who helped him, instead of fighting their own guy for the ball. See how they cleared out? Good fans.
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Wow. Can't believe Rosales didn't fall into the stands catching that one.
Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:13 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

In the AP story, StanK calls Strasburg a "special" player. Isn't that what he called Soriano too?

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 15, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

JD Martin : 93 pitches. Does he get another inning?

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Unlike, say, the ass in Atlanta, who quite properly got run for interfering, even though he didn't really cost anybody anything--that ball would have been caught.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

jds, probably. Lots of people do.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

"Nick, I was being facecious. There are no Italian dirt-marquetry old-world craftsmen.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009"

Hey now ... that's my family marquee! My mom used to say I was from the sporcaccione family.

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

@sec3: I know. But what I'm asking is that StanK's internal code for: "He's way too expensive for us. I can't even come close to approaching Uncle Teddy and asking for approval of that contract."

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 15, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

good one, P.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

See how they cleared out? Good fans.
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Yeah, no beer thrown.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

jdshultz, I don't think so. For one thing, we don't have any idea at all what "that contract" is.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Bad sign: Sunshine Bobby and Double Dribble are babbling the company line about Boras "trying to change the way business is done in baseball." Apparently, the StanK Talking Points Memo is out there.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 15, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and since Dibble just mentioned Tim Lincecum--48th round. Forty-eighth. Round, not selection. Round. And if SS is in fact better than Lincecum, as Dibble says, I'll chip in for the contract myself.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I think people who are going to be facetious should learn how to spell it. :)

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Carp and Dibble are having a good discussion regarding the SS saga. It's interesting that they even pre-empted a pitching change break to continue their dialogue. They both agree that the Nats are doing the right thing by not giving into Boras. Two more days and this will all be over one way or the other.

Posted by: BGinVA | August 15, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Boras is on record as wanting to do to the MLB draft basically what Reagan tried to do to the Soviet Union--make them spend more than they can possibly cover.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Someone tell GameCenter its JD not JP Martin.

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh, here comes the arsonist.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Its great when your pitcher goes 2-4 in a game. Its good to be a fan of JD.

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

how did I ... Oh. And I'm usually so fastideous about spelling.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Can Kensing lose a 10-1 lead? As Nats fan we know the answer is yes.

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

sec3, I don't use a spell-checker. Don't mess with me.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

As Woodie Guthrie used to say, "Take it easy, but take it."

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

What I can't believe is that someone as fastidious as TPlush would have anything but grass stains on his uniform.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't use spell-czech.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

You mean, besides the chew stain on his shoulder?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Guess he's going to try.
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Can Kensing lose a 10-1 lead? As Nats fan we know the answer is yes.

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 9:40 PM |

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Kensing, you stink!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 15, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

You are taking Hitler's word on that???
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You mean, besides the chew stain on his shoulder?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:46 PM

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I think we may have our next candidate for the bullpen in Syracuse...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

The ghost of Hanrahan returns at the waxing of the Belliard moon.

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

WHY WHY WHY did Riggleman leave him in??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Kensing = The New Gascanrahan

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 15, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Get Kensing out of there, Riggs...

Posted by: BGinVA | August 15, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Fair point, Lady.
: D

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

DFA, DFA, DFA ... bring up the prospects: Clint Everts ... has to be better than this.

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, this game was a blowout and now it's a lot closer than it was. If you bring in a pitcher with a 10-1 lead and he can't get the job done, he doesn't belong here.

Posted by: BGinVA | August 15, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Clippard = The New Ryne Duren

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 15, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

OK, I think the Logan Kensing experiment 2.0 is officially over. It's DFA time again. Bring Martis back - please.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | August 15, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

If the Nats lose this game, and JD takes out the bullpen, no jury in the world would convict him. IMO.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

or on any MLB team, for that matter.

Posted by: BGinVA | August 15, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

although, I gotta say, he did seem so sincere...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Sec3: While I realize there is much "Snark" and good-natured banter on NJ, I ask ,in good faith, for information so that my Mom and myself could be better informed. I also realize that what I ask was not on topic and not really game related. That being said, I guess, being an old-timer, I just put too much confidence and trust in this blog. Trust me, I won't make that mistake again!

Posted by: NickfromGermantown | August 15, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Ouch . . . Kensing breathed life into a Reds team that was down 9 runs . . .

Let's go Clippard!

10-1 felt miles better than 10-5, we need some solid hits to regain momentum in this game.

Let's go Nats!

Posted by: oneleggedNatsFan | August 15, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Kensing? Or Hitler?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Nick, if I knew, I would honestly tell you (because that's the teacher in me), but I don't. I was fooled too by that answer, it seemed plausible. Don't give up on us!

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Nats_Lady. I appreciate that. I will still read the blog but it will take a long time to trust what I read!

Posted by: NickfromGermantown | August 15, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Nick, I meant no offense.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

And, Nick, your question may not have been game-related, but it was definitely NATS-related, which is the purpose of the blog. We spent one whole afternoon on show business, but... I digress.

Now you got me curious about that W.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Tell you what, NickfromGermantown. I'll find out for real and let you know.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Brother, Sunshine and Dribble are really laying it on thick on Strasburg. I think the whole deal is dead.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 15, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Nick, I second N_L's comment, if I knew the answer I'd definitely chime in, and was also "suckered" by the answer...

I just have to chuckle at the inventiveness of it. Hopefully the "true" answer will surface soon, as it now has my curiosity as well!

Posted by: HotNats | August 15, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

"Brother, Sunshine and Dibble" -- wasn't that a movie with Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, and Richard Pryor?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Thanks again Nats_Lady. Sec3: No offense taken. Just disappointed.

Posted by: NickfromGermantown | August 15, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Master painter

Mellor, at Fenway, is the master. He has written a book, Picture Perfect (Ann Arbor Press), which offers instructions on mowing techniques for sports landscapes. Photos of his patterns have toured in art exhibits.

Groundskeepers were blown away by his Red Sox logo and bat-and-ball design.

"The way he cut it, it's the most unique thing I've ever seen," says Heather Nabozny, the Detroit Tigers' head groundskeeper. "I'm still trying to figure out how he did it."

The intricate design is gone but is scheduled to return July 6 when Boston hosts Atlanta.

Mellor used to work in Milwaukee, where he striped a No. 19 in the County Stadium infield to honor Hall of Famer Robin Yount's retirement.

He's even used designs his daughters, 11-year-old Cacky and 7-year-old Tori, colored at home.

Cook practices patterns on residential lawns and Little League and college fields. Another favorite practice spot is a spring training complex at Jupiter, Fla., with 13 fields. "You can erase a field pattern if you make a mistake by just mowing back over the grass," Cook says. "Think of it like an Etch-A-Sketch. When we try a pattern on youth fields, if we don't like how it looks from the stands, we can easily correct our mistakes."

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I *do* wish they'd quit nattering on about the plainly blown calls on the bunts that hit both guys while they were obviously still in the box.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info periculum.

Posted by: NickfromGermantown | August 15, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh no here we go ...

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Logo on the pitching mound
By Don Walker
May 28, 2008


Viewers tuning into the Milwaukee Brewers games on Fox Sports Net Wisconsin may have noticed the logo of the team's Web site on the back of the pitching mound.

A team official said work crews using colored dirt put the logo, brewers.com, on the back of the mound beginning with Tuesday night's game against the Atlanta Braves.

Logos and trademarks are very important for sports franchises and help fans identify with the team. During the recent series against the Washington Nationals in Washington, D.C., the grounds-keeping crew cut a nice-looking "W" pattern in centerfield for viewers at home.

Posted by: BGinVA | August 15, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

OK, for the record, we're talking about this:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2247/2376407760_3db9915073_o.png

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Awesome, BG, thanksmuch

Posted by: HotNats | August 15, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks BGinVa, I can now sleep soundly tonight.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 15, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Note well: Clippard is not Kensing.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, BG.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

peri, i'm a big mike morse fan and god knows he could learn the position, but i don't think he has ever played second base. professionally, that is.


Of 2nd baggers: Morse has 16 home runs this year all in AAA and is hitting well over .300. Seth Bynum is hitting .265 with 16 home runs all in Syracuse.

Posted by: periculum | August 15, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 15, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Let Clippard be Clippard.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

my mistake. before this year for morse.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 15, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

He looks funny at the plate, though.
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Let Clippard be Clippard.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 15, 2009 10:15 PM

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks BGinVA, I appreciate your efforts!

Posted by: NickfromGermantown | August 15, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I guess it was too much to ask for a clean bottom of the 9th...

Posted by: HotNats | August 15, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Elijah.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Whoo-hoo, Zang Boom (away-game fireworks)!!!

Posted by: HotNats | August 15, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

42-and-75, and on a two-gamer. Let's Go Nats. Streaking. Who needs SS?

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 15, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I wish I could find more info about how they get the logo in the pitching mound, but no luck tonight. If I come across anything, I'll post it here. Night all!

Posted by: BGinVA | August 15, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Just looked at the video of Wright getting hit in the head in the Mets-Giants game. REALLY scary.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Dodger pitcher took a line drive to his head tonight...carted off field and taken to hospital. ouch. Think it was Kuroda

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 15, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it was Kuroda. Didn't see the video yet.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Knight just dumped all over SS on the post-game show. Man, they all got the same memo from StanK.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 15, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Off to watch the Mariners game. Night all.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 15, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Watching Nats Xtra, and Ray Knight just weighed in on the whole Stratsberg/Boras contract offer Ray is without a doubt old school saying Strasberg should take the offer and play,i for one couldn't agree more in my mind Strasberg is driving a potential wedge betwween himself,potential teamates and future fans, given the nature of this country's economy and the high rate of unemployment that exist in almost every facet of life it would serve young Mr.Strasberg and his agent well to sign the Nats offer and get a very lucrative career underway.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 15, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

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