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In-game chat: Nationals vs. Braves

Join Dave Sheinin later for a discussion about tonight's game between the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves, pitcher Stephen Strasburg's 10th start for the Nats.

By Alexa Steele  |  July 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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The Sheinin boondoggle continues....

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | July 27, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see the speculation when players are kept out of the lineup

Posted by: SCNatsFan | July 27, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

CiL, did you once apply for a Post writing job, only to be rejected? Or did a Post writer steal your girlfriend, perhaps?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 27, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

uh....neither, 1a. I'm quite comfortable and happy with respect to both the professional and domestic aspects of my life. What bothers me is that The Post's coverage of Nats and baseball still sucks after 6 years. Svrluga freely recognized that the coverage needed to improve. And yet it has become much worse since he left the beat.

And now The Post's so-called baseball writer is using his gig for his personal benefit so he can write a book about Strasburg, while providing little benefit to Nats fans who subscribe to and pay for the paper that pays his salary. Sheinin is going to be at the ballpark tonight to cover Strasburg? How about a second article in tomorrow's paper, writing about some aspect of the game and Strasburg's start? Sheinin has been on the road for all of Strasburg's recent starts, and we haven't gotten a second article one time. Maybe in another month we'll get another "feature" about Strasburg. Which is filler for Sheinin's book, anyway. Awesome.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | July 27, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting the degree to which the Post seems to be staking its corporate future on Stephen Strasburg - not to mention the way Sheinin is mortgaging his own writing career on Strasburg's continued success. God forbid he gets hurt and the mother lode dries up. Barack would need to devise another stimulus package just for bereft Post employees!

Just look at the non-sports section examples of the Post's Strasburg milking:

- Food section coverage of the various restaurants serving Strasburgers

- Today's article about Strasburg's mechanics in the Science and Health section. (Written by #1 Post seed Eli Saslow's main squeeze Rachel. Here's a quote from her article: "We were not able to ask Strasburg any questions. Exact words from a Nationals spokesman: 'Welcome to the clubhouse. You can interview anyone not named Stephen Strasburg.'" If only a Nats spokesman had said to her boy Eli "Welcome to the clubhouse. You can interview any players, managers or coaches not wearing Phillies attire.")

- In the Post's online-only On Leadership blog today, the Federal Coach Tom Fox wastes 12 paragraphs on the topic "High performers: How to manage your Stephen Strasburgs." (I guess we know Riggleman won't pay any attention to it if he does happen to read it. Never once does the article suggest "Load up your lineup with the likes of Willie Harris on days Strasburg's not playing, so he'll look even better on the days he does.")

My God, when will it stop? With Redskin-on-the-Street interviews asking various players who would win a cage match to the death, Strasburg or Albert Haynesworth? Sally Quinn dissecting Strasburg's belief set in her On Faith blog? Is this a case of the Post once again becoming relevant, or losing any shred of relevance it once may have had? Discuss.

And as for Sheinin, since he has revealed that Strasburg keeps a list of those who have wronged him and exacts revenge on those who do, is he at all afraid that his book might reveal something Strasburg doesn't like, and his garage door might end up looking like that guy's who gets in a snowball fight with Randy Johnson in the Geico commercial - or worse? Is Sheinin giving Strasburg final editorial approval on the book before it comes out?

Posted by: FeelWood | July 27, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know what injury is keeping Strassburg out of the game?

Posted by: thegraneys | July 27, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Nothing against the man, but if this is the beginning of the end for SS, I will watch with interest the angst and half price sales of SS gear.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | July 27, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Look on the bright side, we could be reading about Snyder's leadership, Haynesworth's diet and Shanahan's management of McNabb. We usually spend summers in Washington with the Redskins coverage following the formula of "tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em; tell 'em what you tell 'em and tell 'em what you told 'em" -- then repeat. I, for one, am happy to see coverage of *any* pro team other than the Redskins *anywhere* in the Post.

Posted by: miseaujeu | July 27, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"He did understand," Rizzo said. "Those are the decisions I get paid to make. We're going to err on the side of caution. I'll make the decisions and take the heat for it"

What heat? YOu're the manager and your pitcher isn't able to pitch and you're saying "I'll make the decisions and take the heat for it?" The heat would come if the pitcher wasn't healthy enough to pitch, you pitched him anyway, and he got hurt. But you don't get heat for pulling an injured or hurt or otherwise unready pitcher.

A bigger concern is, he's 22; he's a professional; the team already said they'll stop pitching him whether it was August or September once he reached a certain number of innings pitched, even if they were in the pennant race. It sound more like he can pitch like a major league pitcher but they don't want to treat him like one.

Posted by: Dungarees | July 27, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Like many other "suckers" I spent money tonight to see Strassburg. Where I come from taking money for one thing and producing another is called Bait and Switch. How many times do they think they can get fans to the stadium and then renege on the promise? Maybe then name of the team should be changed to the Washington Liars.

Posted by: alterego3 | July 27, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

The response of the fans at the game tonight when Batista was announced as the starting pitcher was disgusting. Part of that is the annoying habit of the PA announcer not announcing the home lineup before the Nats take the field, but still, unfortunate as Strasburg's being a late scratch was, there are 24 other players on the team to come out and see. And they did pretty well too.

Batista scattered three hits, one walk, one HBP and six strikeouts in 5 innings. The Nationals shut out the Braves. Could Strasburg have done much better tonight?

Besides, the team has been saying for ages they're going to put a chokehold on the kid's innings pitched this year. If he didn't go tonight, maybe that's one more start for him come September. Nothing wrong with that.

I truly felt ashamed to be sitting among those "fans" this evening. I didn't think such a lack of class existed this side of Philadelphia.

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