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The highly anticipated Pirates – Nats recap

May 21, 2009
A while back, I was able to watch a baseball game that pretty much summed up every summer since elementary school. Well, last night’s game had quite the same feel.

The Pirates won 2-1 on a wild pitch in the top of the 9th… Just think about that for a second.

While the winning part may not be familiar, the ridiculousness is. I think the two teams left a junior college on the bases.

It definitely defined the Nationals season. The bullpen for Washington is now 1-15. They have 4 more losses than the entire team has wins.

In more important news, the Capitals head coach was sitting a few rows in front of me. I guess he does have a lot of time on his hands…


Battle of the Titans

May 20, 2009

For those of you in the DC area, you probably have no idea that a battle of epic proportions is currently raging down by the Navy Yard. Yes, two buzzsaws of Major League Baseball, the Nationals and the Pirates, are in the midst of a four game series.

The teams are a combined 29-48. The Nats have a .289 winning percentage… .289!!! They’ve already dropped the first two games against the Buccos, who are inching ever so slowly back to .500. They are three games below that mark, or as we say in Pittsburgh circles, “Three games back.”

But really, the only reason this is being mentioned here is that your humble editor will be in attendance tonight. Please pray that those rabid Nats fans don’t tear me apart for wearing my Andy Van Slyke jersey. I guess I could always rock out this shirt…

Weekend Recap

April 20, 2009

Lot’s of sports stuff going on this weekend with playoff hockey, playoff basketball, baseball, prep for the draft next weekend, and tons of other sports stuff.

1. Let’s get this out of the way now: Playoff basketball started this past week and there were some surprises. The Celtics lost to the Bulls in a heart breaker, the Heat lost to the Hawks by a lot, the Sixers came back from 18 to beat the Magic and yada yada yada. I can’t wait for this to be over. The NBA is clogging up SportsCenter.

2. Playoff hockey has been in full force, and we have not been disappointed. The Pens have been punishing the Flyers until last night when the Flyers cut the Pens series lead in half. The Bruins have been making a mess of the Habs, and rightly so. Other teams that no one on this blog cares about also played. They’re still fun to watch, though.

3. Now some of you may be thinking that I have some kind of inferiority complex since I talk about the Yankees a lot. But here’s the truth. I am a Red Sox fan. I grew up in Yankee country. I now live in the heart of Yankee country. I don’t really like where I live. There are too many stereotypical New Yorkers. And yes, they are annoying. So here’s the point: When the Yankees lose 22-4 at home to the Indians, you can bet your sweet ass I’m going to bring it up.

4. The Sox seem to have regained their form (fingers crossed) and are coming back to .500 in a hurry. They beat the Orioles thrice this weekend and have one more game tonight. I think you know what I’m looking for, but like a pitcher with a no-no going, I dare not speak it’s name.

5. The best team in the MLB just beat the worst. Shocker. The Nats now fall to 1-10 on the season and are having some major troubles. Apparently Elijah Dukes was late to the game Sunday because he was signing autographs at a non-MLB sanctioned Little League game. The Nats have said that if he is late one more time, they are going to option him to Triple-A. Over-under on this happening is set at four days.

6. The Miss USA pageant was this weekend apparently, seeing as how it is on the front page of my home page. Miss North Carolina won, furthering my claim that NC has the hottest girls in the country. We’ll avoid the fact that this pageant business is one of the stupidest things in the world and that there is no way that it is not setting the women’s cause back every time it goes on. The girls have to be hot, they have to look good (but not too good) in a bikini, and they have to have the most scripted, thoughtless, and cookie-cutter answers to the biggest meatball questions in the world to win. This is really just a dumb competition that means nothing, except on the day after. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion show is more meaningful than this crap.

On a related note, there was some controversy when one of the contestants was asked about gay marriage, and she said in no uncertain terms that she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. This led to a shouting match in the lobby after with one man saying this:

“It’s ugly,” said Scott Ihrig, a gay man, who attended the pageant with his partner. “I think it’s ridiculous that she got first runner-up. That is not the value of 95 percent of the people in this audience. Look around this audience and tell me how many gay men there are.”

Touche, Scott Ihrig. You win this round.

Hope you had a nice weekend outside, because up here the weather was awesome. Unfortunately for you (and me) it might be time to open that door and creep outside to get some color on your pasty white skin. Wear suncreen.

The Nationals are from the block

March 17, 2009

Julian Tavarez, the free agent from the Red Sox just signed with the Washington Nationals yesterday, and even he thinks what he did might be pretty stupid.

“When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, and you’re just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J-Lo. And to me this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It’s 4 in the morning. Too much to drink. So, Nationals: Jennifer Lopez to me.”

That’s right, Julian Tavarez just compared the Nationals to a 600-lb ugly chick you go home with at the end of the night because you have beer goggles. At least your concession stands are known to be the best in the league. Good for you, Nationals. Good for you.

Nationals just keep getting better

March 2, 2009
(New one on the left, old one on the right)

The Nationals recently unveiled their “improved” mascot, Screech the Eagle. This has got the be the last thing that Jim Bowden did before he resigned, right? I mean this is just one huge middle finger to the Nationals as far as I’m concerned. It’s not like the original mascot was a tough-looking guy who you were scared of but then again not many pro mascots of successful teams are. Look at Wally the Green Monster, Mr. Met and Steely McBeam for example:

These guys aren’t the most frightening felt covered friends in the world, let’s be honest. But their fans love them and there really is no need for a “redesign”. I think the old Screech the Eagle got the job done and every child who went to a Nationals game slept well that night.

Though now looking at it, the new Screech the Eagle does scare the crap out of me, but in a more “deranged chicken who just found out what you do with her eggs” sort of way. And I don’t think that’s the direction the Nats really were looking to go.

The Washington Fats

May 12, 2008

The Washington Nationals problems offensively can be shown no better than this. It is sad when a vast number of your key and role players have a lower batting average than they do official weight.

  • Nick Johnson
  • 237lbs – .223

  • Wily Mo Pena
    268lbs – .219
  • Austin Kearns
    238lbs – .208
  • Paul Lo Duca
    213lbs – .200
  • Ronnie Belliard
    214lbs – .197
  • Johnny Estrada
    254lbs – .179

  • Two players are closing in on this dubious stat as well

  • Ryan Zimmerman
    228lbs – .240

  • Willie Harris
    186lbs – .196

  • This is not including 300 pound Dmitri Young who has only 2 at bats

    As of 5/11/08 the nationals average weight for position players was 230 and the team batting average was .237. When your team cant even carry its own weight while batting there are serious problems that aren’t just with the pitching staff.