Posts Tagged ‘Washington Nationals’

Welcome to BaseballTown USA, Jayson Werth!

Opening of new Nationals moneyballer Jayson Werth's interview yesterday afternoon on sportstalker WJFK:
LaVar Arrington: "One thing that people might not know about you: You were a track star!"
Jayson Werth: "I think you're talking about my sister."

Save Rob Dibble!

Is it too late for a telethon? A car wash? A blood drive? A war? Anything to save Rob Dibble from getting run out of town?
Yeah, it's probably too late.
Dibble has been away from the Nats broadcasting booth since shortly after Stephen Strasburg screwed up the commentator's counsel — basically "suck it up!" and play [...]

Evidence Now Shows That Nats Should Have Given Refunds When Strasburg Was Scratched

Yesterday on "The Sports Reporters," the great Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin discussed the sudden dropoff in attendance for games when Stephen Strasburg pitches. Only 21,695, which the Washington Post called "the smallest crowd to watch Strasburg pitch in the majors," showed up at Nationals Park on Sunday for his latest appearance. This following a [...]

Who Ends Up Ahead, Strasburg or Haynesworth?

Everything I need to know about D.C. sports in the summer of 2010 I learned from "Tortoise and the Hare."
The lead players in the two biggest sports dramas in the market are exchanging roles.
Stephen Strasburg's physical condition became a big question mark out of nowhere. Now he's leaving games early, and leaving fans to wonder [...]

The Needle: Trapped in the Metro Edition

Woman Locked in Metro Station: Not only did a sign on the platform at the Virginia Square-GMU Station incorrectly display a notice that a District-bound Blue Line train would arrive in 9 minutes, but when the station manager locked up for the night earlier this week, he didn't seem to notice Chrissy Shugars sitting there. It [...]

Oprah Offered Refunds, So Shouldn’t the Lerners?

Fans booed at Nationals Park when the curtain went up and they learned that Miguel Batista would be playing the role of Stephen Strasburg for last night's performance against the Braves.
Batista delivered a line as well as Strasburg would have: Five innings, no runs, three hits, six Ks.
I wasn't there in person and hadn't paid [...]

Being Rob Dibble

For the One Armed Bandit that is the print platform of Washington City Paper, I wrote this week about Rob Dibble. Pick up a copy, read the column, drink at every bar that advertises with us, feed the beast.
I visited with Dibble a few weeks ago at Nationals Park, hours before Stephen Strasburg faced the [...]

After the Boys of Summer Have Gone: The Clark Griffith League Has Disappeared!

"Darn you, Cal Ripken!"
How often do you get to say that? I'm saying it a lot lately.
To wit: For the current print edition of Washington City Paper, which, coincidentally or not, is made of the very same material as the $100 bill, while the internet version is made of nothingness, I wrote about the disappearance [...]

Heat and Ink Don’t Mix: A Cautionary Tale About Rob Dibble’s Tattoos

The Great Dan Steinberg™ delivered some great Web TV earlier this week. He Steinographed™ an episode of Nationals’ broadcasters Ray Knight and Rob Dibble Playing the Feud™ on MASN after Stephen Strasburg’s™ last outing.
Knight had offered counsel to the young superstar – he’s got to learn to throw balls when he’s way ahead in the [...]

Stephen Strasburg Is ‘Jeezus’…But Who Wins If He Takes On ‘God’?

Stephen Strasburg has given us the feel-good story of the summer.
He's made everybody happy! Almost.
The only discord I can detect comes with his nickname. He's "Jeezus." The Great Dan Steinberg used the handle in digital print in the hours after the First Coming of Strasburg. (Technically, I guess our new #37 is only the Nats' [...]

Mike Wise Is Really Getting Married?

Mike Wise went on the WJFK airwaves Wednesday and said he had to pay off a bet with co-workers. The Washington Post columnist and sportstalk host called his girlfriend during his radio show and, while others at the station could be heard giggling and begging both parties not to make the biggest mistake of their [...]

The Friday Limerick Review

This Friday, a welcome distraction
And proof that the sport has gained traction:
The all-out bonanza
doth merit a stanza
The World Cup swings into action!
And speaking of sports-laden dross
I s'pose that young Stephen can toss
They call him The Savior
Because his behavior
Brings Pirates to ruinous loss
Not everyone had a great week
Dear Helen, oh why did you speak?
She used to [...]

Harlem Globetrotters Trying to Cash In on $tra$burg?

Folks everywhere, this space included, are poaching Stephen Strasburg's notoriety.
All grills except ESPNZone's are cooking up Strasburgers. David Letterman hopes to get a rating higher than Strasburg's ERA when he brings the Nats' pitcher on for a Top 10 reading next week.
And, um, blogs, present company included, are forcing obscene amounts of digital inches of [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Strasmania Edition

Good morning, Washington. Today’s Wednesday and the sun has left us. But don’t despair. At least foxes aren’t attacking you.
The messiah returned yesterday, arriving in the form of a 21-year-old man with a buzzed head and a 99 mph fastball. And you thought he would show up on a donkey?  Stephen Strasburg made his major [...]

Will DC’s Silly Scalping Laws Be Enforced for StrasburgStock?

A buzz about a regular season baseball game! Have we died and gone to Boston?
Last Friday night, before the Cincinnati game, scalpers along Half Street SW SE and outside the main entrance to Nationals Park were already asking fans for extras to tonight's game. Strasburg's so huge he's created a whole new industry: Advance [...]