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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Nats Insider: Zuckerman: New clubhouse dynamic

I remember when Googie’s Go-Go bar pulled their karaoke machine and lost a ton of biz (plus Nipples Nagurski taking her speculumbago act to NYC didn’t help).

Perhaps less noticeable—though not less notable—were the departures of two well-respected veterans: Mark DeRosa and Michael Gonzalez.

DeRosa may not have appeared on the field much last season while batting various injuries, but the 37-year-old utilityman held considerable influence within the clubhouse. Serving almost as an extra coach before, during and after games, DeRosa took several teammates under his wing, kept things loose with his karaoke machine and sharp wit and even helped inspire the Nationals to victory in Game 4 of the NLDS after reading a passage from Teddy Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” speech.

Gonzalez may not have held as much sway across the clubhouse, but he did hold a significant position within the Nationals bullpen, a seasoned lefty who helped set an example for others and was always available for advice and counseling.

Repoz Posted: February 09, 2013 at 09:09 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: February 09, 2013 at 01:05 PM (#4366098)
DeRosa took several teammates under his wing, kept things loose with his karaoke machine and sharp wit and even helped inspire the Nationals to victory in Game 4 of the NLDS after reading a passage from Teddy Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” speech.

Gee, I wonder what he read before Game 5?
   2. McCoy Posted: February 09, 2013 at 01:29 PM (#4366105)
A Secret Garden.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: February 09, 2013 at 05:14 PM (#4366171)
Ich bin ein Berliner
   4. OsunaSakata Posted: February 09, 2013 at 06:07 PM (#4366197)
   5. Bug Selig Posted: February 09, 2013 at 06:38 PM (#4366213)
"Tales of tanking a season by limiting your star pitcher's innings in the least intelligent way possible."

Big hit in Washington, I hear.
   6. Dan Posted: February 10, 2013 at 05:45 PM (#4366681)
"Tales of tanking a season by limiting your star pitcher's innings in the least intelligent way possible."


If winning 98 games constitutes "tanking a season", then I'm guessing 29 other clubs in baseball will be looking to tank their seasons in 2013.
   7. McCoy Posted: February 10, 2013 at 06:15 PM (#4366707)
If winning 98 games constitutes "tanking a season", then I'm guessing 29 other clubs in baseball will be looking to tank their seasons in 2013.

How many games did the 1919 White Sox win? Were a lot of teams looking do the same thing in 1920? Well, besides the White Sox that is.
   8. BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik Posted: February 10, 2013 at 07:15 PM (#4366737)
How many games did the 1919 White Sox win? Were a lot of teams looking do the same thing in 1920? Well, besides the White Sox that is.


I dunno. How much do you think Mike Rizzo got from the Russian mob?

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