Thursday, July 21, 2011

Beltway Baseball Live - 7/21/11



Thanks to everyone who watched today's live edition of Beltway Baseball at 1 p.m. Chase Hughes and I discussed plenty of topics, including the upcoming July 31 trade deadline, Chien-Ming Wang's pending arrival in D.C. and Stephen Strasburg's soon-to-be-pending return to Nationals Park. And as always, we answered your questions on the Nats.

If you missed the show live, no worries. Here's the entire episode, split into two parts, for your enjoyment. You can watch Part II below...

87 comments:

Doc said...

WOW! 6:00 AM Mark! Talk about an early start!

It was noted on one of the more recent broadcasts, that Davey was the Nats' guy that originally scouted Jesus Flores for the team. Apparently with the 21 HRs that he had for that Mets' A team, and Gary Carter's recs.

Does Davey still think that Flores has it?

Also, speaking of Kid Carter, would the Nats consider having a special day for Gary Carter, given his current health issues?

Water23 said...

What is the status of draft signings?

Jimmy said...

Lance Nix might get traded and would Michael Morse move back to left and Marrero get a call up?

Another_Sam said...

I'm still a Morse skeptic and doubter. I'm thinking that he can't play anywhere except first base. I hope the brass remembers that he was a pretty much a bust until moving to the right side of the infield.

Unkyd said...

I have Beast at "1B/utility". +D, at 1B, decent bench value, elsewhere. As a starter, you want him at 1B. His bat is f'real, and that far outweighs any advantage LaRoche has with the glI've...

Does LRoche figger to be well enough to trade, come ST? One year on his contract, and I don't recall the $$ being prohibitively onerous...

Luqman Sh-Hersi said...

I am amazed how the Nationals have been performing during the season. I liked how Rizzo said they are still looking towards the trade deadline. My question is will the Nationals be buyers or sellers in the trade deadline to either improve the roster by building more arms in the bullpen or sell players to other teams like they have done in years past? What does the Nationals need to do to have a strong second half? I am looking forward to your response.

Nats Fan in TX said...

Why has the team defense slipped under Davey Johnson?

Bups said...

I am very disappointed in Davey Johnson. The team is four under .500 since he took over despite a soft schedule. He seems lifeless and acts like an 80 year old.

Anonymous said...

How much value do you think the Nats can/will get from Marquis? If you had to guess, where does he end up and what do we get for him?

Anonymous said...

What long term value do you put on Zimmerman? Good defender but ole's the hot one's to his side. Can't trust his throws in general. Nice bat but prone to long unproductive slumps. Plus he's injury prone. I don't think he's an $18 million player. Maybe trade him while valus is high and count on Rendon?

Sec 3, My Sofa said...

Are the Nats planning on lobbying for Espinosa for ROY?

(Honestly, I wonder if they know how, but that's not a question.)

goldglove silverslugger said...

As opposed to long, productive slumps?

Big Cat said...

What is that saying that Bill Parcells had. "We are what our record says we are" Well, while improved, the Nats are a sub .500 ballclub. The pitching was magnificent the first half, but has slipped lately. The hitting will probably come around some this second half. Lord knows it couldn't get much worse. Rizzo has us on the right path though. I feel that old goat Manuel knew what he was talking about when he said we were 3 years away

Anonymous said...

Not to beat a dead horse... but any predictions as to how or when...or even if Werth breaks out of his horrendous season long slump? Im hoping you guys may have some insight... thanks.

Nats fan from North Jersey
(to be a little less anonymous)

Big Cat said...

Golly whiz.....Wewrth swung at a first pitch and hit the ball hard a couple times. As Eck said "...it plants the seed in their heads." Good going Eck, now go get your paycheck.....a job well done!

Anonymous said...

I remember Cal Ripken changing his stance 2-3 times a year. Sometimes drastically. What would it hurt to push Desi and Ramos a couple inches closer to the plate and close up their stance a little

NatsLady said...

There were comments yesterday on Werth in the clubhouse and his interaction (unpleasant) with some fans.

Can't speak to either, but, my own observation was that when we were winning, he was the first out of the dugout to high-five other players, that he consistently encourages Bernie in centerfield, and that he's been mentally "in" every game.

It speaks volumes to me that Morse was there first to congratulate him yesterday. Morse, who isn't paid 1/10 of what Werth is getting, is glad for his good at-bats. Doesn't strike me as the team resenting Werth or anything like that.

What I think is this, the man wants to WIN, period. He doesn't take it as a "job". In contrast to Willie Harris (who I DO like and miss), he probably doesn't sleep well at night when things are going bad. Willie took a lot of guff for saying he sleeps fine after a loss if his mother is okay.

You can't have it both ways.

Would be interested in Mark's impressions on Werth as a teammate, if he can share them.

Scooter said...

A fine question, NatsLady. Little side note: I think Morse was "there first" because he had just scored on Werth's homer. (he was on first)

sjm308 said...

I realize this is supposed to be postings with questions for Mark but I wanted to clarify to NatsLady that my comments were not about Werth being a good/bad teammate but specifically how he treated a group of young female fans who were happy just to see ballplayers for the first time in person in a hotel lobby. It was not a classy act to say the least.

NatsLady said...

sjm, thanks. There were some other postings about Werth having "cleaned up his act" in the clubhouse in Philly. Not going back through hundreds of postings to find it, but kind of struck me because of all the "Werth is a great veteran presence" talk we had from Nats this spring.

natsfan1a said...

Like NatsLady, I can't speak to clubhouse or player-fan interactions, nor can I speak to what motivates any individual player, and I'm also not much inclined to take a third party's word on such things. That said, I did also notice the Morse-Werth post-dinger interaction on the broadcast last night. Morse made a couple of passes to tap Werth's helmet for him (as Morse does to himself after hits), and Werth finally tapped his own helmet once. I recall reading that Morse had long admired Werth and (if memory serves) even sought him ought for advice, so perhaps that factored into MM's reaction as well. Regardless of motivations, was nice to see, imho.

natsfan1a said...

Disclaimer: I did not read the game thread last night and thus did not see sjm's comments or any of the Phillies clubhouse comments that were referenced (Although, do I really care about the Phillies clubhouse, either past or present? I think not. But I digress.). My comments above were general in nature and related to my personal inclinations regarding second- or third-hand information or anecdotal evidence. I prefer to form my opinions/impressions based on my own observations and/or research. Of course, others are free to do the same. Your mileage may vary. This offer void where prohibited. Smoke 'em if you got 'em. Etc. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

NatsFan1a's legal department said...

Offer not good after curfew in sectors R or N.

Captcha: "prejoys"
One can hope.

gonatsgo said...

Is there anyone, anywhere on any blog, newspaper, tv, etc. who has the cajones to ask why Matt Stairs is still taking up a roster spot? Pudge coming back soon - I guess Flores will go back to AAA - not saying he doesn't need it. Some of the pitchers have appeared to struggle working with him. Follow up to Bups above - why is Davey Johnson having so much trouble handling the pitchers?

NatsLady said...

Another topic: What is Detwiler's role, and why isn't he being used more?

Silly word is "chantirr" -- I guess that's me (singer).

natsfan1a said...

Thanks, legal eagles. You can just put that one on my tab. ;-)

My question: what is the team road record when CSN sends Mark on trips, as opposed to when they don't? Okay, not really.

ummm...your best guess as to who could/would fill in the rotation when Z'nn is shut down and if another Nats starter (cough...Marquis) is traded?

Harper_ROY_2012 said...

Thoughts about moving Desmond and Livo to Arizona now that Stephen Drew is out for the season and get some building block pieces in return??

al m said...

Regarding Worth. He is on our team for many years and therefor I want him to do well and was happy he hit yesterday. BUT first hand, at the Nats dream foundation gals, I saw him turn down kids and adults asking for an autograph or picture with him. Not while he was eating or doing something, just when he was sitting. Every other Hat, and they were all there, signed and took pics with the fans who had paid alot of money to be at the event. That says much about the kind of person he is. Several other things happened there but I'll leave it at that.
Al M

NatsLady said...

Honestly, I know they pay a lot of money to Werth, and I know it's obligatory that he show up at these events (like in the tux a few weeks ago), but it's clear he's not that type guy. Me, I HATE those kind of events and if I were Werth, I'd give back big bucks not to have to do them, put it in my contract.

Well, he can't, it's part of big-league baseball. But I for one would rather have him hit .320 than sign even one autograph. That's just me.

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Sec 3, My Sofa said...

gonatsgo said... Is there anyone, anywhere on any blog, newspaper, tv, etc. who has the cajones to ask why Matt Stairs is still taking up a roster spot?

What did they say when *you* asked them?

natsfan1a said...

Ditto, especially that last paragraph (and fwiw Zimm doesn't always sign, either, which I believe is due to some sort of contractual constraint).

Also, isn't the goal of the Dream Foundation event to raise money for charitable causes? If so, then it went to a good cause, even if everyone didn't get an autograph. So there's that.

NatsLady said...

Honestly, I know they pay a lot of money to Werth, and I know it's obligatory that he show up at these events (like in the tux a few weeks ago), but it's clear he's not that type guy. Me, I HATE those kind of events and if I were Werth, I'd give back big bucks not to have to do them, put it in my contract.

Well, he can't, it's part of big-league baseball. But I for one would rather have him hit .320 than sign even one autograph. That's just me.
July 21, 2011 12:37 PM

The Great Unwashed said...

There's a lot of questions about Werth lately so I'll add my own.

I'm no hitting coach, but I've noticed that when Werth swings, he ends up almost kneeling down on one knee. It's bizarre. I've never seen anything like it and that body position would seem to take the power out of your swing. That may explain why he hits a lot of catchable fly balls.

Has anyone else noticed that, and Mark, do you have any comments about that, or his work with Eckstein in general?

A DC Wonk said...

why is Davey Johnson having so much trouble handling the pitchers?

Loaded question that makes a presumption there, eh? Then we can follow with "when did you stop beating your wife?"

NatsLady said...

Mark, enjoyed the online show very much, except I couldn't always hear you. Heard the other guy just fine.

raymitten said...

Interesting comments about Werth at the gala. I wasn't there - but I can tell you that I met Werth at spring training and he was unbelievably nice. He approached me, shook my hand, chatted for a minute and signed a baseball and jersey. And he did this with no one around; it would have been just as easy for Werth to have blown me off -- no one would have ever known. But he didn't.

I'm a huge Riggleman supporter, and as such I can tell you my Werth fandom is certainly tentative at best these days, but I can tell everyone first hand that my personal fan encounters with him in Viera were incredibly positive.

natsfan1a said...

Missed the live broadcast but will be interested to watch the video later.

Steve M. said...

From response to the conditions at Pfitzner Stadium Nats High A from Prince William County's Mr. Stewart:

“Rizzo ought to focus on doing his job, which could probably use some improvement,” Mr. Stewart said, voice shaking. “He’s talking out of his rear end. … He doesn’t know what’s happening because he didn’t bother to check.

“Frankly, he’s not a good manager. He’s received a lot of criticism for his performance for the job he should be doing. He should stick to the job he’s supposed to do instead of getting involved in something he doesn’t know about.”



This is my favorite line "He’s received a lot of criticism for his performance for the job he should be doing." I wonder if Mr. Stewart has read some of our opinions (criticism) on Trader Rizz! Harsh words!

NatsLady said...

Yeah, well, Mr. Stewart, I've been to the Pfitz on a day when it rained. If you were doing YOUR job, Bryce Harper would have spent some time there, why wouldn't he??? And if you don't clean up your act (and your stadium), Stras ain't coming there either.

Dawn said...

While I have never asked for an autograph in my life, I know people who do with different results. Went to a fan/player banquet a few years ago and a high profile (serious AL Cy Young candidate this year)was present and signing autographs. I was standing in line with my nephew and just wanted to shake his hand, he had pitched in the WS the previous year, the guy in front of me had 2 balls to sign, he signed one, the pitcher smiled and said that was his limit. I thought it was arrogant until I saw that same fan hand the extra ball to his son in line behind me. The kid had changed his hat & shirt and was in line with his third ball. The pitcher muttered under his breath "it takes all kinds". My nephew got his handshake and the other fan and his kid probably had 5-6 balls they turned around and sold, no percentage went back to the pitcher of course. It is part of the gig and I never judge players unless I see the rudeness first hand.

NatsLady said...

Gotta go out and face the heat, so here is my last thought on the autograph subject:

I've only gotten one autograph in my life, and that I regretted-- a semi-famous British composer/conductor who clearly expected a crowd of autograph seekers and would have been offended if everyone didn't come forward, so I followed the crowd. (I've given autographs when asked.)

But I've never understood why performing or playing isn't enough. If you perform or play well, you are totally focused on that, before and during, and you are exhausted and drained after. You have given everything, why do you have to give more? It's like fans want to suck everything out of you. I don't get it.

(And that's not even considering the previous poster's comment about selling autographed balls).

PAY TO PLAY said...

al m said... Regarding Worth. He is on our team for many years and therefor I want him to do well and was happy he hit yesterday. BUT first hand, at the Nats dream foundation gals, I saw him turn down kids and adults asking for an autograph or picture with him. Not while he was eating or doing something, just when he was sitting. Every other Hat, and they were all there, signed and took pics with the fans who had paid alot of money to be at the event. That says much about the kind of person he is. Several other things happened there but I'll leave it at that.
Al M July 21, 2011 12:32 PM


Al, I copied a description of the gala below and it doesn't seem to me to be the type of event for kids. I am sort of surprised there were kids there as I looked through photos on the Nats site and didn't see any children so if they were there I am sure there weren't many kids. Isn't the gala more of a meet & greet and shake hands and maybe take photos?

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/community/foundation/index.jsp?mc=photos&event=gala2011

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation will celebrate the Big Leagues at the annual Dream Gala. This year's Hollywood-themed festivities will take place at the spectacular Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor on Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Meet the stars-the Nationals players, coaches and other luminaries-during the cocktail reception and silent auction at 7:00 p.m. An elegant dinner with live entertainment and dancing follows. The evening will be capped off with a VIP After Party in the resort's sleek Pose nightclub.

Anonymous said...

Those quotes by Corey Stewart are just pathetic. Ad hominem attacks by an elected representative are uncalled for and disturbing. I don't know what exactly the Commissioner of the County Board of Supervisors job description entails, but I am pretty sure it doesn't involve second guessing the GM of a professional baseball team.

Rizzo comes off looking very collected and professional in that article, while Stewart looks like a total loose cannon. An embarrassment for PW County, IMHO.

PAY TO PLAY said...

Anonymous said...
Those quotes by Corey Stewart are just pathetic. Ad hominem attacks by an elected representative are uncalled for and disturbing. I don't know what exactly the Commissioner of the County Board of Supervisors job description entails, but I am pretty sure it doesn't involve second guessing the GM of a professional baseball team.

Rizzo comes off looking very collected and professional in that article, while Stewart looks like a total loose cannon. An embarrassment for PW County, IMHO.

July 21, 2011 3:11 PM


See, you know his name and title. Corey Stewart is getting his 15 minutes of fame. He may also be a baseball fan and have some legitimate criicism of Rizzo. He didn't elaborate so that may be in his next rant.

I do agree that Stewart came across looking bad in this and many independent sources have said the Prince William field is in bad shape. It cost them Bryce Harper. I actually feel bad for the owner as he doesn't own the stadium.

Possibly this is all political maneuvering by all parties to get the taxpayers of PW County to fund a new stadium otherwise I could see the Nats finding a breach of contract and other legal maneuvers to get out there and find another venue.

A DC Wonk said...

Anonymous said...

Those quotes by Corey Stewart are just pathetic. Ad hominem attacks by an elected representative are uncalled for and disturbing.


No kidding. Does he think Rizzo's the cause of so many games called because of unplayable fields?

He's acting like a politician that's trying to cover his patooie.

Sec 3, My Sofa said...

Patooie. Expectorate it.

natsfan1a said...

Steve M and P2P, where can this article of which you speak be found?

(And I LOL'd, sec3. Had I been imbibing, I would have spit it out all over my monitor.)

NatStat said...

I always thought it was, 'patootie'.

Ah, well, patooie, patootie---they still need to be covered.

Gonat said...

natsfan1a, It was in the Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/20/potomac-nationals-field-a-source-of-three-way-spat/

natsfan1a said...

Thanks, Gonat, and good point, NatStat.

Gonat said...

Al M./P2P, on the Dream Foundation Gala, I was there and there were less than 5 kids there. Yes, if someone pays the $500 a head I guess they can bring kids although it is an adult event.

After the dinner was over, I saw some people got their programs and books signed although it is the first time at a gala that I saw players signing but that seemed to be discreet and alright. I did see an older gentleman at the cocktail hour who had a team baseball he was getting signed which did raise a few eyebrows.

Now on one hand it doesn't say "no autographs" but there is a time and place for everything. I can tell you that I saw Werth and his wife talking to non-players and seemed to be having a good time.

A DC Wonk said...

Sec 3, My Sofa said...

Patooie. Expectorate it.


My first out loud chuckle of the day.

Tcostant said...

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/20/potomac-nationals-field-a-source-of-three-way-spat/

Mark'd said...

Good stuff on an off day. Watch the Dexter Fowler hilights for the most amazing missed Suicide Squeeze steal of home you will ever see.

A DC Wonk said...

Mark'd said...

Good stuff on an off day. Watch the Dexter Fowler hilights for the most amazing missed Suicide Squeeze steal of home you will ever see.


Can you post a URL? Sounds intriguing.

Mark'd said...

DC Wonk- it is in the MLB.com Rockies/ Braves highlights. I don't want to spoil it with a full description but it goes down as "I have never seen that before"

FS said...

Wasn't that play lucky? I mean suicide was on so Dexter was going to run anyway. Chacin missed the bunt but McCann dropped the ball so Fowler was able to score. Isn't that what happened?

Anonymous said...

I don't think AZ is going to come to Rizzo for help. If they can't afford what it would take to get Jamey Carroll? You think they could afford what Rizzo would ask for Desmond?

I don't see that happening.

Mark'd said...

FS - super lucky. Missed suicide squeezes are almost always scored as a caught stealing. I thought the ball bounced off of Mcanns mask and when I watched live thought it was a foul ball. Crazy play.

NatsLady said...

What about Milwaukee? Do they have anything we want? Don't they have problems in their infield?

Gonat said...

Remember that guy who annoyed the Nats in San Diego named Anthony Rizzo? He fell apart after the Nats left town and was sent back to the Minors.

Gonat said...

Mark'd, thanks for the heads up on the Dexter Fowler play.

Here is the video clip calling it FOUL:

http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=17131523&c_id=col

Gonat said...

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=rizzoan01&t=b&year=

Anthony Rizzo batting .143 Look at his game stats from the callup against the Nats and every game after that.

NatsLady said...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/21/ozzie-guillen-hit-foul-ball-rant_n_905642.html?asid=779df12e

Ozzie Guillen's latest rant (not for the faint of heart).

pos anon said...

Watch a great and underrated baseball movie--Three Wishes starring Patrick Swayzee. Must see for baseball fans.

Unkyd said...

So it's come to this..... Y'all are just running Desi up the flag pole, with a BOGO coupon pinned to his cap....

NatsLady said...

Unkyd --- Naw, we're just bored. We love Desi, we're trying to read Rizzo's mind.

Al M said...

I sat next to him for dinner at the Gala and his wife was very pleasant. I'm not going to post any more negative stuff on a public site. He's on our team and I would rather he hit .310 also. He's a Nat so I will cheer for him, but he is who he is.

FS said...

Marquis, Coffey and Nix will be gone. They can be signed later in the off-season, if we are interested. I would not trade any players we have control over for more than a year right now, not even Burnett. Oh yeah, I want to hold on to both Livan and Pudge.

If we really find the right deals for Clippard or Desmond, we should look to move them in the off-season, not right now.

Some nationals fans have complained about not having a manager who blows up in the media or shows frustration. Well Guillen is your guy buddies. Never seen anyone more [expletive] expressive! LOL

Mark'd, I still can't tell how it was not foul. did it just hit his glove?

Unkyd said...

NatsLady.... :)

sjm308 said...

Just read that we have finally cut ties with Chico as well as Gaudin. I can look this up but were both on the 40 man roster. If so, does that mean we are going to make moves in house or is this setting something up for a trade?

JaneB said...

Seems like the sound guy here wasn't quite awake...odd levels..
I hope Wang really is healthy. I guess we may not see Marquis at home again.

NatsLady said...

Don't see either Gaudin or Chico on the current 40-man. Do see some strange names...

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/team/roster_40man.jsp?c_id=was

NatsLady said...

Can we have Justin instead of his brother??? That was a NICE home run he just hit in AZ.

Gonat said...

NatsLady, I believe Gaudin was removed from the 40 man so the Nats have 39 currently since 60 Day DL players don't have to be on the roster.

Now they have room to add Wang back next week.

NatsLady said...

Gonat, that makes sense. I didn't count 'em up. Not quite THAT bored...

Drew8 said...

Notes from Game One of the six-game Richmond Harperama, an 8-5 Richmond win over Harrisburg.

For much of tonight's contest, Harper did not look hitterish or fielderish. He looked lost.

Playing before a sweltering, boisterous crowd of 9,560 the Kid went 1 for 5. While he wasn't charged with an error, he also misplayed two balls in left field, contributing to four Richmond runs.

Note to self: He's tremendously gifted. He's also 18.

Here's the rundown:

Top of the 2nd:

Harper is either kinetic, of just fidgety in his first AB against lefty Clayton Tanner, an Aussie. He fouls off a fastball, checks his swing on a ball, then shows bunt before going down on a weak comebacker. Second baseman Adam Fox follows with a homer to left.

Bottom of the 2nd:

Harper ends the frame by catching a fly and tossing it to a kid wearing a Jeter jersey. Wrong hero, kid.

Middle of the 3rd

The PA announcer urges a certain fan to call his parole officer, adding: "It's important!"

Seriously.

A Mexican restaurant sponsors the video part of the scoreboard, so certain opposing hitters are pictured wearing an animated sombrero. At least it's not the Golden Sombrero. (Harper is spared this indignity.)

Later, Young Cheerful People(TM) toss plastic pig snouts into the stands. (Don't ask me.) It's the Bonfire of the Inanities.

Top of the 4th:

Tyler Moore comes to the plate and the PA guy plays the MTM theme: "You might just make it after all...." Cute. Guess Moore isn't pleased. He crushes his 22nd homer over the left field wall.

Tanner gives Harper a steady diet of breaking stuff. He strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 4th:

The inning starts well enough, then turns into an adventure. Harper glides to his right to catch a fly for the first out. Then he makes a fine running catch to his left.

But then, with two outs and two on, he appears to take a bad route on a liner down the left field line. He takes a step in, then steps back and raises his glove in a futile gesture. Two runs score. Juan Perez is credited with a double.

Bottom of the 5th:

Oh no. With two outs and two on, Harper breaks in on another liner by Juan Perez. The ball sails over his head and two more runs score. Perez is credited with an even more charitable double.

Top of the 6th:

Harper leads off the inning. Harrisburg trails 8-3. Facing righty Edwin Quirarte, he rips an 89 mph fastball to right, to break the 1-for-27 drought. Attaboy.

Stephen King homers to left, scoring Harper. It's 8-5.

Top of the 7th:

So much for the storybook ending. Following walks to Bill Rhinehart and Tyler Moore, Harper comes up with a chance to be the hero. I'm hoping he'll hit one off the diaper billboard above the right field wall. (Hit diaper, win steak?)

Alas, on a 2-2 pitch he chops some 86 mph slop to the first baseman.

Bottom of the 7th:

Nats fans behind the cage hold their breath for an anxious moment. Harper chases a fly ball into foul territory and slides into the barrier between the field and the bullpen. He stays on the ground for what seems like a standing 8 count, but he's apparently just catching his breath. Whew.

Top of the 8th:

Derek Norris guns out Perez stealing second. Norris is having a nice game, with his 52nd walk and a triple that shoots the gap in right.

Bottom of the 9th:

Harper closes out the game with an OK Corral at bat against Richmond closer Heath Hembree, who can bring it. Harper draws "ooohs" from the crowd by fouling back some 96 mph cheese, then lofts an 86 mph breaking ball to the warning track in left center.

First impressions -- Harper's like a young lion. He's not there yet, but you can see the potential, and he sure is entertaining.

P.S. He raised his average to .175.

Sec 3, My Sofa said...

Drew8: tl;dr, but the first part was very funny. I'll read it later.

Al M, good on ya, mate. Keep the vibe up. FWmhoIW.


"pakerd"
Don't know what to think about that.

NatsLady said...

Drew8, thanks, great report! Really makes you think about the amount of skill (not just talent) that goes into being an MLB player.

Sec 3, My Sofa said...

NL, I suspect you are one who knows show business is 10% show and 90% business.

Sec 3, My Sofa said...

"Harper is either kinetic, of just fidgety"

Did you mean kinesthetic?
Serious question.


nevermind. the captcha was "trash" and the next one was "verati"
The blog is confused.

Drew8 said...

Sec:

By kinetic OR just fidgety, I just meant that he's constantly in motion.

Sec 3, My Sofa said...

you can call me Sofa.

Fidgety. Ok.

natsfan1a said...

Didn't follow the link but am not a big fan of Ozzie's rants. Still recall the time he went off on that young pitcher. (Jerk. Oops, did I type that out loud?)

Sec 3, My Sofa said...

This wasn't one of his better ones--more profanely depressed and disgusted at his own team's lack of an approach at the plate, and general sleepwalking. He did make it a point to say, several times, that the KC pitchers were good, no disrespect intended, but his hitters were dogging it.

natsfan1a said...

Sean Tracey was the (White Sox) pitcher in the situation I was recalling. One version of the story was that Guillen went off because the kid got a groundout (after going inside on the batter twice) rather than plunking the batter. Pierzynski had been HBP twice earlier in the game. (And that's a problem why? Just kidding. Sort of.)

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2485365

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