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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Nationals sign Matt Stairs

By Adam Kilgore

The Nationals signed pinch-hitting specialist Matt Stairs to a minor league team contract, the team announced this afternoon on its official Twitter feed. Stairs, who turns 43 in February, will be invited to major league camp and compete for a spot on the Nationals bench as a left-handed power hitter to be used late in games.

Stairs holds the major league record with 23 career pinch-hit home runs and ranks 11th all-time with 99 pinch hits. He has played for 12 teams in a career that began with the Montreal Expos in 1992.

Stairs, who can play first base or a corner outfield spot, appeared in 78 games in 2010, 61 as a pinch-hitter, for the San Diego Padres. He hit .232/.306/.475 (average/OBP/slugging) with six home runs in 99 at-bats. He was also routinely lauded for his positive effect on the Padres' clubhouse.

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Comments

No! Seriously? The team better not keep him around, but their obsession with veterans probably outweighs that.

Posted by: evanszy | December 14, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Eh, if they keep him as a left handed power bat off the bench (i.e. the last position player on the roster), then cool, I could see him winning a game with his bat...

But, obviously, that is all he is good for...

Please sign Laroche so you can start worrying about filling in your other gaps (i.e. starting pitching)...

Posted by: Ghost7 | December 14, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

The guy can hit. On a minor league deal, why not.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 14, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Why not? Let's see if we can do better than the bench we had last year.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | December 14, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure even Halladay and Lee will be in the dugout before Stairs comes out to bat most days in 2011. I can already see Stairs taking Lidge deeeeeeeeeep for another curly W.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 14, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey, he's got to be better than Kevin Mench. And who knows, maybe he'll turn into this year's Dmitri Young, only older and not so fat.

Posted by: FeelWood | December 14, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Is he toolsy? We don't want him if he's not toolsy.

Posted by: wahoo2x | December 14, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I'll see your Cliff Lee and raise you a Matt Stairs!!(LMAO!)

Posted by: dargregmag | December 14, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Nothing says Nationals better then the annual winter "deep dive" for useless bench warmers,reclamation projects and shoulder reconstructs. Can you please over-pay and sign LaRouche? How about shipping off half the servicable farm for Grienke and Garza. Now you cooking with gas Mr. Pants.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | December 14, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

From AK's previous post: "The Nationals could make their push for a true No. 1 starter next year, when they can pair him with Strasburg and truly contend with the Phillies' arms."

It is not acceptable to plan on losing. Predicting that the club has no chance to compete because they don't have the players and then not getting a player who gives them much more of a chance to compete is moronic. Whining that the Phils or Braves are sooooo much better than us on paper, so we should not even try to compete until some date in the future is utterly crazy. I guess that if Werth or Zim blows a knee next year we’ll put it all off another year or so. Or if the Nats are playing pretty well and Ryan Howard goes down and the Phils cannot score much behind those arms and are not invincible, then we’ll be OK with not having improved the club now to have a chance to be in the race against them. Defeatism is not the answer.

They need to act as if in a vacuum, just make the club better and do it now. They desperately need an Ace to be legitimate in 2011, they just need to make that happen. They have the resources -- no more excuses, no more pushing the timing of the Plan's implementation back because other clubs that we play are trying to get better too (who would have anticipated that!?) The club promised us they'd add what they sorely lack, the biggest need of the club, an Ace. It is time to act.

And how about this they get Grienke now, they have Stras come back AND they make a push for a third guy next year in 2012.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 14, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Selig, you can go ahead and put in that engraving order for the Commissioner's Trophy today. It's spelled N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-S.

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 14, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks but no thanks AK. I think you're overthinking this.

The Nationals shouldn't worry about what anyone else does...they should only worry about improving this club. While signing Cliff Lee is important to the Phillies, what's important to this organization is to stay the course and add a top of the rotation pitcher as well as a bona fide, big league first baseman that has some defensive tools and a left-handed middle of the order bat. Period. Nothing else matters.

Posted by: dmistretta | December 14, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, Morse just lost another job.

Posted by: hansenjo | December 14, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

We've found our stairsway to the top!!

Posted by: cokedispatch | December 14, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

It's a minor league deal, I don't see a problem with this signing.

However, we have a huge hole at first, hopefully filled by LaRouche.

We need a veteran MI. Going into the season with an unproven rookie in Espinosa at 2nd, young and erratic Desmond at SS and Gonzalez as the backup is not a good idea.

We need a solid starter hopefully filled by Pavano or someone similar or what the hell, both.

And we could use a proven closer in the pen.

Get crackin' Rizzo, fill out that ML roster and spend some more of the Old Fart's money before he wakes up from his nap.

Posted by: Section505203 | December 14, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

WTF? I mean really, WTF?

Batted .194 and .232 in the last two seasons, with a total of 11 HRs in those two seasons.

Those look like Willie Harris numbers, except he's ten years older than Willie. And he's strictly an outfielder - mostly LF. What, is he going to be a late-inning defensive replacement? Pinch runner?

WTF?

Posted by: gilbertbp | December 14, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

>I'll see your Cliff Lee and raise you a Matt Stairs!!(LMAO!)

Posted by: dargregmag

>Nothing says Nationals better then the annual winter "deep dive" for useless bench warmers,reclamation projects and shoulder reconstructs. Can you please over-pay and sign LaRouche? How about shipping off half the servicable farm for Grienke and Garza. Now you cooking with gas Mr. Pants.

Posted by: TippyCanoe

Go Pants Go! Go Pants Go! Burn them roster spots on a forty-three year old pinch hitter baybee!!!! Phase 2! Oh but Dunn is a defensive liability. Not Matty Stairs - no way! He'll work great for those double switches, only problem is, he'll have to go buy a glove he hasn't played in the field in so long!

Posted by: Brue | December 14, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Disdain for pants
Boorish rants
His voice lilts
He wears kilts

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse


(sorry about that)

;)

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 14, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't get this one Rizzo. If you have to sign a Matt, what about Diaz from the Braves, now Pirates? I don't see how a one trick pony like Stairs helps us much. As another mentioned, Willie Harris can serve in the utility role quite well. Some like LaRoche at 1b and I can live with him, but I'd rather have Nick Johnson back, or perhaps Derrek Lee if the price is right...

Posted by: JpJp | December 14, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Go for it, biscuits.

BTW, Brue, they aren't burning a roster spot on Stairs. It's a minor league deal. But don't let the facts get in the way of your rants. You never have in the past.

Posted by: baltova1 | December 14, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Statistically, the Nationals had the weakest bench in the league last year. Our pitchers routinely go 6 innings before being pulled for a pinch hitter. Offering a minor league deal to a proven pinch hitter that can be used on a near daily basis is a good thing and at the very least should get a few more hittable pitches thrown to our number 8 hitter.

This is an easy one. If he makes the team, he makes the team. If he does not make the team, somebody else beat him out.

What's the problem?

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 14, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh, no! The Nats can't seriously be giving up on the awesome Kevin Mench, can they???????

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | December 14, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Calm down, folks. They signed him to a minor league contract. He has low average and can't run and field but always has decent OBP and good power. He's a bench lefty on a team short of lefties.

I just don't see how you can be that upset about this one. He's not even getting MLB minimum. Low-risk, low-medium reward. Not a big deal.

Posted by: 202character | December 14, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

(scratching head)

Posted by: BobLHead | December 14, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Whenever I see someone posting about bringing back Willie Harris I want to click the 'report abuse' link

Posted by: SCNatsFan | December 14, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

No harm in this signing as a minor league deal. But this isn't what we need to see, which is why the blowback from fans. The fear of a one splash signing followed by still yet another round of dumpster diving is rising.

Posted by: NatsFly | December 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

>WTF? I mean really, WTF?

Batted .194 and .232 in the last two seasons, with a total of 11 HRs in those two seasons.

Those look like Willie Harris numbers, except he's ten years older than Willie. And he's strictly an outfielder - mostly LF. What, is he going to be a late-inning defensive replacement? Pinch runner?

WTF?

Posted by: gilbertbp

How dare you.

They're getting younger and more athletic. Pants thinks that anyone younger than him is 'getting younger'. Get it? It's all relative, isn't that right, herd?
Waiting for the 'Brandon Webb no-risk minor league contract with a chance to make the big club when he finally throws 25 consecutive pitches off the mound over 75 mph' news. They're not worried about his velocity, he's got a great power sinker. Just like Shawn Hill. Get in there Pants! Get in there!!!

Posted by: Brue | December 14, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

what is everyone's issue with this signing. We're not paying him anything significant and he's got a minor league contract. This signing is completely unrelated to any free agent acquisition we make in the future. There's a budget for major league free agents and there's a budget for roster fillers and guys who may or may not make the club in the spring

Posted by: RT99 | December 14, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

What is with every commented trying to out-snark the next? We gave a guy an invite to ST. No big deal. I wish we had Dunn still, too (even the Phils staff would want no part of Zim, Dunn, Werth, Hammet), but the sarcastic remarks on every move is getting old.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 14, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

What is with every commented trying to out-snark the next? We gave a guy an invite to ST. No big deal. I wish we had Dunn still, too (even the Phils staff would want no part of Zim, Dunn, Werth, Hammet), but the sarcastic remarks on every move is getting old.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 14, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Not Stairs!!! He's always going to be remembered as a Phillie even if he only spent 2 seasons there. Hit one of the greatest Home runs in Playoff history. Great guy!!! NATS are lucky to get him. He'll be a great lefthanded bat off the bench and a fill-in player plus a great bench guy for the young guys on the team. You people complaining about him are clueless. You don't need Guzman's and Will Nieve's and Kennedy's or Morgans or I-Roids. You need young guys and a few vets than can get you through. Good move, now get Garza, Grant Balfour, Adam LaRouche - a Nick Punto for utility and resign Willingham.

Posted by: Dog-1 | December 14, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

>what is everyone's issue with this signing. We're not paying him anything significant and he's got a minor league contract. This signing is completely unrelated to any free agent acquisition we make in the future. There's a budget for major league free agents and there's a budget for roster fillers and guys who may or may not make the club in the spring

Posted by: RT99

Pants is that you? You haven't returned my texts lately. I told you about wasting your time chasing menopausal men as roster fillers when you could be making a trade to actually help the team get younger and better!!!

Posted by: Brue | December 14, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

>I wish we had Dunn still, too

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq

Is there an echo in here? StunK, is that you? You never return my texts anymore. You're just jealous because they waited until you were gone to start Phase 2.

Posted by: Brue | December 14, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

What is with every commented trying to out-snark the next? We gave a guy an invite to ST. No big deal. I wish we had Dunn still, too (even the Phils staff would want no part of Zim, Dunn, Werth, Hammet), but the sarcastic remarks on every move is getting old.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | December 14, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's not like they have the capacity for fact-based arguments.

What I don't get is why everyone seems to want the Nats to build their team Yankee-style, buying every hot player on the market every winter. They don't seem to understand that the Nats can't afford to do it that way.

As for "dumpster diving", the Nats dove for Matt Capps last year, and turned him into Wilson Ramos. Josh Willingham was another "dumpster dive."

The snarks just don't understand two things:

1) Business

2) Baseball

Posted by: jboogie1 | December 14, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

@Brue:

You must love it when the Redskins trade away draft picks and blow away cap space for the Free Agent of the Year.

Posted by: jboogie1 | December 14, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"As for "dumpster diving", the Nats dove for Matt Capps last year, and turned him into Wilson Ramos. Josh Willingham was another "dumpster dive."

_________________________________________________________

Willingham was brought here via trade. Capps was a guy in his mid 20's Bullpen move. Neither was a dumpster dive. A dumpster dive is more like Paul "Captain Redass" LoDuca, Adam Kennedy, Daniel Cabrera, etc.

I don't understand bringing in "Old Man River" but, he is on a minor league contract so no harm, really.

Posted by: Section505203 | December 14, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

>@Brue:

You must love it when the Redskins trade away draft picks and blow away cap space for the Free Agent of the Year.

Posted by: jboogie1

Ain't no cap in baseball. There is, however, a luxury tax and revenue sharing. The Lerners are interested in the latter. See, the less they spend, the MORE REVENUE SHARING THEY GET. Why? Because the sorrier their team is, the less attendance they get! That's right - for instance, the Brewers got in excess of $80 million in revenue sharing just last year! Oh, and the Pirates and O's are two of the highest net profit teams in the majors!! Oh, and guess what? Ted Lerner's worth more than the Yankee and Red Sox owners COMBINED! Oh, and John Henry of the Red Sox just bought an English premiership soccer team for umpteen millions!!! But that didn't stop him from pitching a fit on how much of the revenue sharing was actually going to the teams that don't try to win! See, even the OWNERS are kept in the dark about how much teams like the Nats are ripping off the rest of the league.

What was the question again? Ted Lerner being worth 3 billion ain't enough to have a good team?

Posted by: Brue | December 14, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

What about a Kenny Lofton? He could mentor Nyjer and Roger as far as base staling and OF defense is concerned, just a thought.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 14, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Kenny Lofton? As a coach? Lofton is OLD and out of baseball for a few years now. 07 maybe?

The Nats need an Ace, a LH 1B, a Closer and some bench help. All of that is within their grasp and within a reasonable budget for this club. This should wish list should not be that hard to fill.

Sure, getting an Ace is very tough, but there are a couple available in trade right now (which is unusual), and next year who knows what Ace caliber guys will be avialble or what those guys will go for, which other clubs will be hard after them, etc.

It has been 6 years of losing in DC, 4 years of very serious losing under the Lerners. It is well beyond time for them to simply fork out the money (even with Weth next year they are well below last year's payroll right now) and make some deals to assemble a club that has a chance.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 14, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Sure. Fat 43 year olds have great range at 1b too. Great addition.

Posted by: ElSith | December 14, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

ok people, relax. It's only a minor league contract. He won't make it a week, so quit whining.

Posted by: von_bluff | December 14, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

>@Brue:

You must love it when the Redskins trade away draft picks and blow away cap space for the Free Agent of the Year.

Posted by: jboogie1

"Ain't no cap in baseball."

No, but there is something called a budget. Teams like the Yankees, who can sell tickets for $80 instead of $8, whose broadcasting rights are not owned by the Orioles, have a much larger budget than the Nationals.

The last time I checked, the Nationals operating income (that's the amount of profit after ALL the expenses are paid and revenues are collected) was somewhere on the order of $20M. Since then, dropping Guzman, Capps, and Dunn have probably provided an additional $30M-35M. Subtract from that, the salary of Werth's contract and that's how much the Lerners are making off their purchase of the team.

The Lerners may be filthy rich but, even if you were a billionare, you'd still want a return on an investment that cost you (how much did they buy the franchise for?).

Posted by: jboogie1 | December 14, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

**April 2010**

Nationals operating income: $33M

Player expenses: $84M

http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/33/baseball-valuations-10_Washington-Nationals_337401.html

33 + 25(Salaray of Dunn, Guzman, Capps) = 58

58 - 20 (Werth's Salary) = 38M

Posted by: jboogie1 | December 14, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

"Ain't no cap in baseball."
....
The Lerners may be filthy rich but, even if you were a billionare, you'd still want a return on an investment that cost you (how much did they buy the franchise for?).

Posted by: jboogie1 | December 14, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Man I wish Dan Snyder owned the Nationals and not the Redskins.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 14, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I just love all the baseball experts who post here. I wish you'd all get jobs as scouts, managers and GMs, because the game would be so much better if you ran things.

Posted by: DKB755 | December 14, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

As dfh21, +1/2St, & others have already noted - Stairs signed a Minor-League contract, with a invitation to Viera, 2011. It's not a game-changer, and it wouldn't have raised more than an eyebrow or two if the Nationals hadn't "tweeted" the signing.

At this point in his career, Stairs does only one thing for a NL team - He pinch-hits (albeit with some power). In 2010, at the age of 42, he had six HR's in 99AB (1:16.5 HR/AB), still showed some patience at the plate (4.3 pitches per PA), and hit the ball reasonably hard (.475SLG, LD+FB%=61.7) [all per Fangraphs].

On top of that, he costs the team little more than a roster spot, should he make the opening-day roster, and that's not a given. He's a 'one-trick pony', but that doesn't mean he's not worth a look in spring training.

Posted by: BinM | December 14, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

They're getting younger and more athletic. Pants thinks that anyone younger than him is 'getting younger'. Get it? It's all relative, isn't that right, herd?
Waiting for the 'Brandon Webb no-risk minor league contract with a chance to make the big club when he finally throws 25 consecutive pitches off the mound over 75 mph' news. They're not worried about his velocity, he's got a great power sinker. Just like Shawn Hill. Get in there Pants! Get in there!!!

Posted by: Brue | December 14, 2010 2:33 PM

Brue - you are the comic genius of NJ. Dear Lord, I'm laughing so hard - "menopausal men as roster fillers"!- oh, thank you, Brue! My wife says thanks, too! 298 losses in 3 years, and lets give some love to dfh21 - great posts, from the heart!

Posted by: flynnie321 | December 14, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

jboogie, it's nice of you to be so concerned about the Lerners making a reasonable annual profit from their ownership of the Nats.

See, the Lerner clan could lose $50M a year, every year, on the Nats, for the next 20 years, and they'd still have $2 billion in the bank.

It's not like owning the team is "a public trust" or nothing. They play in a taxpayer funded stadium, charge major league ticket prices, and regularly make among the highest profits in all of baseball. That they also regularly have among the lowest payroll and the worst product / record is much less important.

It's comforting to know there are people like you looking out for the Lerners.

Posted by: Sunderland | December 14, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

@Sunderland,

It does look to me like the Nats ARE offering people big money (see JWerth contract, Texiera, and Lee). The problem is not many want to come and play for the Nats. Part of that may be that your perspective is shared by the players themselves. Part of it may even be the disaster of the combination soap opera / watergate known as the Washington Redskins. Many, like you, have a dim view of DC professional sports in general.

Its a tall order for Mike Rizzo to change that. But it does feel like he is making progress, making inroads in the right way.

The loss of Dunn was appropriate for both parties. Dunn will now (according to his video biographer Jen Royale) happily DH for the White Sox. The Nats will put someone at first base who can actually field the position. Since it looks like the Nats are stuck with mostly pitch to contact pitchers it is a requirement.

Even the Yankees and Rangers lost out on Lee? Be nice if the Nats had a Smoak ready to come up to the majors as the Mariners do at this point. But the may have a future Cliff Lee (Detwiler/Solis/Rosenbaum/McGreary), a future Halladay (Zimmermann), and they surely have a future Oswalt in Stephen Strasburg?

Still think Rizzo should be given a chance. He has managed to jump start the resurrection of the farm system. Now he is focused on the major league product in phase 2. Let's see how he does with 2 or 3 years instead of just one.

Posted by: periculum | December 14, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Matt Stairs -> Hitting and fielding coach for one Chris Marerro Syracuse bound. Success might entail getting a coveted active roster spot in September.

Someone has to try to get that boy ready to play in the majors.

Posted by: periculum | December 14, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm not ready to refer to Rizzo as "toten hosen" as easily as dear Mr. Brue and Mr. dfh21 who appear to both be "refugees" from the "pants land" known as Redskins Insider.

Posted by: periculum | December 14, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

BUT, the pressure is on for MIke Rizzo to prove he is no where near 'toten hosen'.

Ryan Zimmerman via Bill Ladson speaking about Jayson Werth:

"I don't worry about that stuff. I made it known that I want to play in Washington my entire career, as long as [the Nationals] continue to move forward and make us better," Zimmerman said.

"Within a short time span, [I want to be] very competitive and have a chance to really win every year. I mean it when I say it. If we can do those things -- compete, get better and get to that championship level, I have no problem staying here the next 10, 15, how many years that I play.

Posted by: periculum | December 14, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

In addition to leading the league in errors overall last year, the Nats had the most at Shortstop, fifth most at 1B, and 11th most at 2b.

The Nationals have a reasonable chance at reducing errors simply by hiring a first baseman with good defensive skills, getting continued improvement in decision making from Desmond, and having Espinoza at 2b for a full season.

The Nationals tied the Pirates for most errors in the majors last year with 127, but Atlanta and Florida were close behind with 126 and 123 respectively. Dan Uggla had 18 at second base and now moves to Atlanta. At present the Braves would have to be an early favorite for most errors next year.

You don't get actual style points for reducing errors, but better defense does lead rather directly to more wins.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 14, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Except at third base the Marlins look like a younger more improved team defensively. Because they are relying on prospects to rise to the major league level the offense might be less reliable. Given Florida's pitching you have to think they will compete with the Phillies and perhaps surpass them as the Rays did with the Spankees.

Posted by: periculum | December 15, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

I agree that the Marlins have potential, but unless they make additional moves they will start 2011 with many players playing out of their natural positions. Stanto will either be a beast or a the new Mark Reynolds. Coughlan needs to show 2009 was not a fluke. Morrison is a firstbaseman playing the outfield. And while Ramirez is an impressive talent, he is a head case.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 15, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Peric -- for the record, I have never made reference to Rizzo as anything other than Rizzo - no Senor Pantelones, Mr. Britches, whatever, nothing of the sort. That is someone else's thing, not mine. I may have called Rizzo a midling at best performer to date as a GM, but none of that pants stuff from me.

And please stop bulking me for whatever reasons you do into anything Skins related. The NFL is for the secretarial pool. I am a full STH since day 1 (4 seats, Section 212, Row C), Teddy has Tens of Thousands of my Dollars. You may consider me some kind of malcontent or cynic, fair enough, but I have earned it. When I start telling other psoters to go here or there with their commentary, you can tell me to go too. Fair enough?

Posted by: dfh21 | December 15, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Hey, as a former secretary and an all baseball, all the time type, I resemble that remark. The pointy ball game is not my thing. ;-)

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The NFL is for the secretarial pool.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 15, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

That said, feel free to comment away as far as I'm concerned, dfh.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 15, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

By which I meant to say, comment here at will, not comment on some other site instead. Eh, forget it. I think I need some coffee...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 15, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

So if you wish Dan Snyder owned the
Nationals instead of the Lerners,does that mean you'd like for him to have another team to run into the ground?

Posted by: seanmg | December 17, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

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