Friday Links to Finish Up March

March 30, 2012
A few links for your Friday

Monday Morning Links

November 14, 2011

Before we get back to the business of talking about baseball, the Washington Post has a great article detailing the kidnapping and rescue of Wilson Ramos. It’s a really good read.

The Sporting News just put out their Nationals Hot Stove Report. It’s got a few notes aad potential free agent tidbits, but I totally agree with their summation: “The Nationals still are a year from playoff contention, but the franchise’s first winning record since 2003 is a realistic goal”

Chris Jaffe of the Hardball Times reaches back to the Expos era to detail the career of Charlie Lea a pitcher who left us too soon.

Nats on the Radio

March 2, 2010

Baseball starts in a few days – in the meantime, we get used to having these personalities back in front of us. Not just the GM and the manager, but the younger guys who actually get to play the game. Some of them are boring, say the “right” thing all the time, and some are a little more interesting.

Adam Dunn

My favorite guy to listen to on the team right now is Adam Dunn. He’s got an attitude that belies the amount of work he actually puts in, but his humor is pretty infectious. Don’t be mislead – everything I’ve read says that this guy puts in the time and works his butt off. He’s just got a very laid back attitude. The Junkies interviewed him this morning, so go ahead and take a listen. Here are some of my favorite parts:

“I’m not Canseco, man, I’m all nat-u-ral.”

Asked what his best game as a high school QB was:
“You could just pick any Friday night in the fall”

Describing his offseason workouts:
“I did alot of motivational speaking to ’em… just a bunch of crazy stuff that won’t help you any way shape or form in baseball but will get you in shape.”

To me, the most interesting he said:

“My wrist was jacked up, man, towards the end of the year and I didn’t do anything for about a month, month and a half.” Read the rest of this entry »

A Few Links on a Friday

February 26, 2010

Do you know that spring training games start next week? First game is on Thursday. It’s a little less exciting when you’re one of the half a dozen teams that knows it aint making the playoffs. But when you have a legitimately great prospect playing, at least you know what the sportswriters will be talking about.

As the games begin and the team sorts itself out, I will have more to say, analyze and conjecturify. In the meantime, here are a few interesting links to read today:

The Khalil Greene story – it’s not what you might think, and you hope he can figure it all out.

The positive side of Livan – I will still utter multiple harumphs when his name is brought up

Big Donkey know Jui-jitsu – For stamina and flexibility, apparently, although a 6’6″, 275 lb guy who has been trained in martial arts may also be helpful. Apparently he’s working on his fielding, too.

Sabermetrician infiltration outside of baseball – An interesting link on a sabr-type analysis for NCAA basketball. I like what it says about the Terps.

In other local non-baseball news – This better happen. Not for the sake of the bad team, which is cursed for eternity, but for the sake of the good team, which doesn’t need to move homes or change ownership.


The Rainmaker – Hey, it’s sports related!

Off Topic

May 5, 2009

I try to stay on the Nats beat here. I don’t really even know what a beat is, but I think it means the things I write about. Anyway, there has been alot of talk about ARod recently, and I think he’s got kind of a bum rap. You know, for an out-of-touch egomaniac who hasn’t shown up in the playoffs. Seriously, watching him play quite a bit, I can promise you that he’s more clutch than most people think, smiles more than you’d expect and overall less of a meanie than he is portrayed. So rather than dedicating alot of my own words to it, I figured I’d link a couple that I liked and actually agreed with:

First is an article by my favorite blogger, Steven Goldman, on how he really doesn’t think Selena Roberts knows baseball or is a good reporter, and that she shouldn’t be trusted at all. It’s here in the Pinstriped Bible.

A tongue in cheek article from ESPN Page 2’s Jim Caple: In defense of Public Enemy No. 1.

Leaving No Margin for Regret

April 3, 2009

Chico Harlan from the Washington Post wrote a great article today on Kory Casto. It’s one of the human interest pieces, so if you’re looking for OPS or VORP, don’t follow it. But otherwise, I definitely recommend reading it. It’s nice to remember there are people playing, especially when it’s so easy to say “this guy sucks” or “so and so shouldn’t be in the majors.” Not that we, as fans, should stop assessing these players and trying to figure out what is best for the team. But we should always do it with the knowledge that these are lives and livelihoods were are talking about. Best of luck to Kory Casto, whether or not he makes the squad, and anyone else who gets tossed around or aside.

New Logo, Philly Phriends, Beer, etc

March 28, 2008

A couple of things to end this last week before real games start. First of all, you may have noticed a new logo on the top. That is mostly because I have been asked, along with many other Nats bloggers, if I wanted to be mentioned on MASN’s pregame show, Nats Extra. The idea is that each day they will mention a blog or two, and what we wrote about. I think it is pretty cool that the “big media” or whatever you want to call it is acknowledging those of us who are just passionate fans writing about them for fun, and realize that we may have something to contribute. So thanks, MASN, for that. Anyway, they wanted the website’s logo to put up on TV when they talk about TNR, and I figured the old logo, with a bunch of pictures I stole from various other websites, needed to be trashed. Thanks to my computer geek friend Adrian, who does all kinds of design for a living, for helping me make my idea look much better than what I originally had.

Philly Talk

I was asked to give a preview of the Nats for a Phillies podcast. Being interviewed was definitely fun although a little weird. I answered questions accurately and to the best of my ability, and when he asked me to come up with a # of wins for the Nats this year I was kinda put on the spot. I came up with 76 or 77, which although is doable, may be a bit high. I did caveat that by saying if they could find a constant rotation. I’ll stand by my prediction if that condition is met. We’ll get Pat from Philadelphia Baseball Review to give us some input when we have some Phillies questions. In the meantime, check out my interview at the Philadelphia Baseball Review. I’m not sure if my audio is up yet, as soon as it is I’ll post a link, in the meantime you can check out site, it looks at all area teams, not just the Philies.  Addendum: The audio is up and here is the link:

Stadium Beer

I felt it was worth mentioning, despite my aversion to regurgitating other people’s stories, that the Nats WILL indeed be serving beer at their ballpark. Actually, the DC Sports Bog has a list of what the options are going to be, and I think its important for everyone to know. Some thoughts:

  1. If they are looking for a good local brew, Dogfish Head Ale has some great stuff
  2. I am looking forward to trying the locally brewed Hook and Ladder, as well as Leinenkugel Home Run Ale (if it’s anything like Brooklyn lager’s Pennant Ale ’55, another baseball-themed beer, it will be my go-to drink at the stadium).
  3. If you are paying $6.50 for a 12 oz. bottle of Corona, you… have a very different palette than me.
  4. I am excited to see what Asian beers they have. No chance they have San Miguel (from the Philippines and one of my favs) but good chance I can get the delicious and originally German-made Tsingtao, a staple of my trip to China and most of my trips to Chinese restaurants.
  5. I agree with Dan, more local brews would be fun, although I’m perfectly happy with the close to 30 brands that he has listed.

Finding the Nats

Just a reminder, if you’re looking to find the Nats, there are several places to get them. If you’re local, you can watch all the games on MASN with a handful on MY20, and MASN will be showing 40 games in HD on the MOJO network. The story’s all here. If you are local, you won’t be able to catch them on MLB.TV, but if you travel alot with a laptop, I’ve heard great things about it. Also, if you’re into the radio, you can catch every single MLB game, without blackout restrictions, on XM Radio. The nice thing about that is I believe you can login to their website and listen over your computer (hello, afternoon games at work). As for regular radio, or terrestrial radio as they say now, they’ll be on 107.7 FM and 1500 AM locally. Happy watching/listening.