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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Zuckerman - Character test for battered, beaten Nationals

Span, Zimmerman, Fister, Ramos, Hairston out. Werth day-to-day. Who knew that Adam LaRoche would be the poster boy for the Nationals Institutes of Health???

boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM (#4685370)
Will the Washington Nationals jugger-not grind to a halt early in the season???
   2. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: April 13, 2014 at 12:31 PM (#4685375)
To think I left the ballpark immediately after Desmond's grand slam on Wednesday afternoon. In retrospect, will that turn out to be the high point of the Nats' season?
   3. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM (#4685389)
I can't believe nobody has drilled that fat meathead Uggla in the skull for what he did to Span. When is this team going to stand up for itself against these bastards and show some fight?
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:09 PM (#4685394)
"You RDBs should seriously quit whining and try just enjoying the game. If you're even capable of it."
   5. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:16 PM (#4685400)
@masnKolko: Here's your new Nats lineup: Rendon 3B, Harper CF, Werth RF, LaRoche 1B, Desmond SS, Frandsen LF, Espinosa 2B, Lobaton C, Gonzalez P

Nate McClouth the very late scratch. Too bad they're not playing in D.C. or they could just bus the entire Potomac Nationals team up to Nats Park to start.
   6. The District Attorney Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:22 PM (#4685405)
Losing four key players is always a problem. But -- especially considering that this team became notorious last year for having no bench -- they at least seem to have something to fall back on. Lobaton is a very good backup catcher. And, as amazing as this would have been to say a couple of years ago, the defense should improve with Zimmerman out. The man cannot throw the ball to first base. (They'll miss his bat though.)
   7. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:28 PM (#4685409)
Username proven once again.
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:34 PM (#4685411)
Eh, Bowden was due to shut down half those guys anyway.
   9. bfan Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:38 PM (#4685413)
I can't believe nobody has drilled that fat meathead Uggla in the skull for what he did to Span. When is this team going to stand up for itself against these bastards and show some fight?


I assume this is a joke since in game 1 of their series here, Freeman, Ugla and Upton were all hit by a Nationals pitcher, which is what started the targeting last season. The sports teams in Washington need to understand that the rest of the country doesn't treat Washington in sports as we do in the rest of our civic lives (take one in the ass from old DC, and then just smile and go about our business, as if nothing happened).
   10. Morton's Fork Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:40 PM (#4685415)
Gonfalon B: I'm sycophantic.
Joey B: I'm sick of his antics.
   11. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:44 PM (#4685417)
Re: #7-- You're objecting to your own words, B. for brains.
   12. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:45 PM (#4685419)
   13. depletion Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:51 PM (#4685423)
Kind of early in the season for a character test. They're tied for first with 151 left to play. At this point teams should still be in startup mode: keep everyone healthy, don't let anyone rot on the bench, try to improve upon individual player weaknesses.
   14. TerpNats Posted: April 13, 2014 at 01:58 PM (#4685430)
And the Braves aren't off to a torrid start in their non-Nats games. If they were, I might worry, but they are battered too, particularly in the rotation.
   15. Spahn Insane Posted: April 13, 2014 at 02:09 PM (#4685440)
There can't be an uglier mismatch of wits on BBTF than Gonfalon vs. Joey B.
   16. spike Posted: April 13, 2014 at 02:27 PM (#4685450)
Gonzalez and the Nats are taking a beating so far on test day - 3 runs in the 1st and 2nd, 6-0 Braves after 2... and Harper out on the basepaths AGAIN.
   17. flournoy Posted: April 13, 2014 at 08:26 PM (#4685660)
I hate to be left hanging in the dark! So did the Nationals pass their test??
   18. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 14, 2014 at 05:22 AM (#4685767)
There can't be an uglier mismatch of wits on BBTF than Gonfalon vs. Joey B.

That's sweet of you to say. But in fairness, the stalking gives me a huge tactical advantage.
   19. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 14, 2014 at 08:29 AM (#4685777)
The notion that Uggla intentionally hit Span Friday night is... Well, it's Joey. Of course he thinks that. Idiots gonna idiot.
   20. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 14, 2014 at 08:29 AM (#4685778)
I hate to be left hanging in the dark! So did the Nationals pass their test??


Hey, they're undefeated against any team other than the Braves, right?
   21. spike Posted: April 14, 2014 at 09:22 AM (#4685795)
i dont know about any tests but you'd think after last year they would be smarter than to go with 'but we're better than them!' again
   22. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 14, 2014 at 09:23 AM (#4685798)
I wonder if Danny Espinosa is impressed? (I hear the pitching coach(?) isn't.)
   23. DA Baracus Posted: April 14, 2014 at 09:50 AM (#4685810)
i dont know about any tests but you'd think after last year they would be smarter than to go with 'but we're better than them!' again


Mike Rizzo, exactly a year after last season's comments by Espinosa and Strasburg:

"We feel that we're better than this team. We respect them & respect the organization. We don't fear them."
   24. spike Posted: April 14, 2014 at 09:56 AM (#4685814)
yeah - thats what i was referring to. not sure what you gain with that. 'we think we can compete with anybody' seems like a better tack to me.
   25. DA Baracus Posted: April 14, 2014 at 10:09 AM (#4685822)
Or just cut the first sentence, let the rest speak for itself, which so far is that they're not.
   26. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM (#4685843)
Meh, it's bravado-talk. Worth what you paid for it.

The proof is in the pudding. We'll see where the rubber meets the road. They just have to go out and compete, just take things a day at a time. Can't think about the next series, gotta focus on this game. It is what it is.

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