Saturday, March 9, 2013

VIDEOS: A different Nats in 2013



In this video Mark reports on the Nationals entering 2013 with a new perspective after making the playoffs and falling short in such dramatic fashion. He speaks with Jayson Werth, Jordan Zimmermann, and Steve McCatty among others on how much the young players learned from their first experience in postseason baseball.



In this second video, Mark called in to Geico SportsNet Central to compare and contrast the personalities of Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. He goes into how Harper is already beginning to transcend baseball and could become the player everyone associates with the Nationals.

Please also check out these stories from CSNwashington.com:

**Danny Espinosa: 'The shoulder feels unbelievable'
**Nats to face Nolasco on Opening Day

28 comments:

NCNatsie said...

Anyone in Viera today, we'll be in 103 Row 5 Seats 9-10. Very difficult to post from here given my situation. Trying. Anybody see Rizzo almost get hit by a screamer yesterday?

MicheleS said...

Hmmm.. interesting observations on the playoffs. Don't want to read to much into what they said, but you could tell the inexperience was a factor.

Bryce will be a bigger star than Stephen just by the nature of there personalities. It's probably a good thing, so far (she says hopefully) Bryce can handle the 24/7 spotlight and Stephen can just be Stephen.

NCNatsie said...

Nats who looked good yesterday: Henry, Espi, Harper, Corey Brown, Clip, Soriano, Micah Owings. Ughs for JZimm, Rendon, pretty much the rest of pitchers and starting lineup.

NatsJack in Florida said...

NCNatsie.... I sit 10 seats over from Rizzo and the Lerners.... Rizzo played the good soldier and threw himself in front of Mark to protect the boss.

I'll swing by and say hello today.

Section 222 said...

Boy that Steve McCatty guy must have been hitting the anti-aging clinics down there.

NatsLady said...

NCNatsie, how did Patrick McCoy look? I gave him a C only because he went two innings. I don't think he's a real candidate for the roster, I suspect he's just hanging because Davey needs someone to "mop-up" against the minor-leaguers at the end of games.

Lefty grades

http://ladyandthenats.blogspot.com/2013/02/lefties-for-hire-as-of-382013.html

NCNatsie said...

Local columnist in Florida Today - Space Coast newspaper quotes Davy saying Garcia may pitch in two days and still has plenty of time to make the team.

NCNatsie said...

NL, I think you've got it just about right. There's no gun shown for the fans down here, so it was a little hard from my vantage to be sure what anybody was throwing. He gave up what, one run in two innings? Yesterday, that was pfb by comparison, but then again he was only facing AAA hitters, so I think a C is fair.

ehay2k said...

Man,I need to watch more games.I can't seem to put the right the faces to the names anymore!

And Suzuki looks like hell!

NatsJack in Florida said...

NL.....McCoy has no shot.

natscan reduxit said...

[off topic just a bit]

… okay so the WBC is in full swing. ... yahoo (yawn). Sorry but I just don't get it … yet.

... clearly, it's a given that the World Series is a misnomer. There's nothing global about it. And in that vein, I have always believed it will be a good thing when there IS such a thing as the best baseball team in the world, proven by winning such an international event. But that time hasn't arrived ...yet.

... there are a few good, maybe great, baseball players from any number of countries other than the USA; I'm personally thrilled by the ones who are Canadian. But the fact remains there are not enough of them from enough countries to make a "WBC" mean anything … yet.

… when there are, and when a 'real' WBC takes place, you can bet it won't happen in early spring, nor will MLB have any say in how the other teams play the games. If it does, the validity of the thing will be lost.

… until then, Go Nats!!

Theophilus T. S. said...

The question for NatsJack and the other minor league mavens is whether McCoy has a shot in the future. He seemed to me to have a nice motion and some movement on the ball, but his success in the 9th came on stuff that was high in the zone or slightly above the strike zone. Rizzo can spackle over the LH spot in the BP for just so long and then will really need to spend FA money or find someone within.

NatsLady said...

NCNatsie, we pretty much agreed that the velocities shown by MASN were way off anyway, so you didn't miss anything.

NatScan--I wrote my impressions of watching the WBC as a Nats fan last night. Part of the problem is we are ingrained to root for OUR guys. I have more interest when the Neatherlands plays to watch Bernadina than Team USA when our guys aren't out there and Jimmy Rollins is.

baseballswami said...

Any media coverage of the game today ?

NatsLady said...

The reason we need a lefty "specialist" is because Davey wants one, and that should be good enough (even though St. Louis went almost to the WS with only one lefty--Scrabble--and he's not that great).

If we don't get a lefty, Davey will be waving his arm at Clippard, and Clip will wear down.

sjm308 said...

I think I learned something this morning. I am paying way too much attention to what is being written by NI commentors during spring training. Someone questioned Ramos and I believe even said he was favoring his knee and that Davey pulled him early. After my Nats Inside read I go to the actual paper and in the Post was the following "Postive Signs for Ramos" - I will paraphrase but the words "nimbly dived to his right to catch off-speed pitches", and "looked comfortable and agile" were in this small article. Nothing about a limp or favoring the leg at all. Not saying the Post beat writer is looking at things through rose colored glasses but I just trust this report and feel better about Wilson's road to a solid season.

baseballswami said...

I have not heard that Davey wants a left specialist. Did he say that? All I have heard him say is that we don't need one. He has never seemed to use lefties as loogies. Anyone of interest sitting out there waiting for a home? I heard one if the MLB guys say that the more power pitchers you have on your pen, the less you need a lefty match up guy.

NatsLady said...

Swami, yes, he did. I'm off to work and don't have time to dig up the quote but it wasn't that long ago.

NatsLady said...

This means he will be signing a lefty tomorrow

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GM Rizzo #Nats told us that they're not actively looking but if they acquired a LHR at some pt, it'd have to be someone they controlled

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

speaking of lefties, Will Ohman released today.

Positively Half St. said...

I wonder what Will Ohman did other than pitch bad to 1) be sent to the minor league camp in the middle of a game, and 2) be released from the minor league camp so quickly thereafter? It makes you wonder if he rubbed Davey or Mike Rizzo the wrong way.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Maybe he requested it once it was clear he wasn't making the 25.

Positively Half St. said...

Yeah, but HOW did he request it?

Just joking. That scenario makes the most sense.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Or maybe Werth didn't like him.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

And then there was the unpleasantness with his hamstring.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

And if USA doesn't beat Italy tonight, we won't have to worry about Gio getting hurt in the WBC.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Game thread? First pitch in about 20 minutes...

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Thanks, Chase.

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