LARKIN, BALLPARK SITE PROBLEMS

Nats Remain Interested In Larkin as a BackupThe Post

GM Jim Bowden still wants Barry Larkin to join the Nats.


Ballpark property owner files suitThe Wash. Times

A business near the ballpark site is suing the District for blocking renovation permits since 2003. Expect to see more of these before it is all said and done (which will hopefully happen). This is just another reason why getting opening day there by 2008 is unlikely in my mind.

MARLON SMITH UPDATE

Smith still seriousPatriot-News

Still no word on why Marlon Smith is hospitalized at Hershey Med.


YOU KLINGON B@ST@RD…

…you killed my radio station. Actually, the WHFS that was beloved was already long gone before the format abruptly switched to Spanish at noon yesterday. The former alternative powerhouse had become “mallternative” by the late 90s and selling out to Infinity Broadcasting did not help matters. Also, I don’t mean to imply that HFS was my radio station and that it was a vital part of my life, it just fits the joke. I listened to it and I even went to the ’96 HFStival (which until last month, was my last trip to RFK Stadium) and bought the YKB t-shirt (I think I still have it), but had pretty much ignored it since college, so this is not really a big loss. However, I still think that I will provide this tribute to the HFS of yesteryear, but not yesterday.

Come to think about it, one time in college (at Penn State Hazleton), it came in loud and clear, even though I was 200 miles away. That was pretty cool, now that I think about it, I recall it being a big deal at the time, so maybe HFS was a bigger deal than I remember.

More from The Post: WHFS Abruptly Changes Format, The Wash. Times Adios, WHFS & DCRTV.


LATEST FROM QUEENAN

Joe QueenanThe Snob’s ComeuppanceThe Times

As a child growing up in a plangently blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia, I aspired to being hailed one day as the most pretentious person in the entire Delaware Valley. Alas, I quickly realized that I had set my sights too low. The first time I borrowed “The Child’s Suetonius” from the local bookmobile, it became clear that I had not only outstripped my peers for pure affectation, but was already one of the most highfalutin individuals in the City of Brotherly Love…

He may be lamenting that in terms of pretension, he’s a lowly Houston Astro in a city of New York Yankees, but ultimately, he is still just showing off a lot.


THIS TIME I GOT THE DATE RIGHT

Happy Birthday Fritz.

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LOAIZA, RFK, WTEM

Nats Dealing With LoaizaThe Post

GM Jim Bowden is talking with P Esteban Loaiza who was great in 2003 and terrible in 2004. He could be the next Denny Mclain! We also learn that the Mets may play the Nats on April 3 for the exhibition game.


On trackThe Wash. Times

A day after The Post visited Allen Lew, The Wash. Times visits RFK. Getting the renovation done on time is a tall order.

Nationals close to deal with WTEMThe Wash. Times

It sounds like it is just a matter of time before the contract is signed. No word on the announcers though. My vote is for Frank Herzog. Also, DCRTV reports that the O’s radio deal is being held up over broadcaster Jim Hunter, not the Nats.

CRY ME A RIVER

Laura VecseyWaiting for settlement hampers Orioles on free-agent frontThe Sun

Another “woes us” article from another Sun columnist about the plight of the Baltimore franchise. She would be drinking the Kool-Aid that Peter Angelo$ would be selling if only the uncertainty caused by D.C. baseball had not “forced” him to stop selling it. What Angelo$ should be doing, rather than badmouthing the D.C. fans that supported him for so many years is be thanking them and telling them that they are still welcomed, rather than insulting them every step of the way and moping through the offsesaon. He may want to get Cal Ripken to sign a contract too, rather than let the D.C. owners put him in charge. Most of all, he should also be grateful that MLB is giving him anything when they have no legal obligation to do so. In Monday’s chat house, Michael Wilbon simply said, “he’s a fraud.” Well said, Wilbon.


NEW BLOGS

I am adding a couple of blogs to the right navigation area.

  • The first one is DCist. You may have seen it on Ryan Moore’s Distinguished Senators; they linked to him the other day and vice-versa. They are part of a network of -ist sites that started in New York. Last week, a post about US 29′s journey through the District linked to my long-neglected DC Highways page, a legacy of my days as a “road geek,” so Ryan is just playing catchup with me. ;-)

    It had only been six years since I updated the page — until yesterday when I suddenly thought it important. I also need to add lots of stuff to that Beltway @ Yurasko.net page to make it into more of a links/portal page. Someday.

    Okay back to the other blogs…

  • Nationals Baseball — yet another Nats blog, this one from a (the) former Expos blogger.
  • Nationals Review — another Nats blog, but it also includes old-timey photographs of the area.
  • Adubs’ Nats Blog — No, not Anthony Williams, but Anthony Wilson.
  • CentreSquawker — A State College blog from a CDT reporter.
  • Rodney Anonymous — The former frontman of the Dead Milkmen. He is passionate about a lot of stuff we might not agree with, but is always interesting. You probably ought to read this one at home, every now and then.

    I also tweaked the design (I’m not done yet either) a little bit.


    HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRITZ

    WWN Guest Editor Fritz Hamme is celebrating a birthday, so happy birthday to him.


    CAGERS GUARD AT HERSHEY MED

    PSU’s Smith in hospitalPatriot-News

    Soph guard listed as serious after fainting Friday

    Uh oh. Marlon Smith is the most experienced guard on the squad and apparently a pretty good guy. Hopefully, he will be okay. The university is expected to release more specific information today, as of now, no one is talking.

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  • NATS NOTES

    Nationals Rekindle Interest in a PitcherThe Post

    Having lost out on the Odalis Perez derby, the Nats are looking at signing P Esteban Loaiza.


    BEAM ME UP!

    Supreme Court denies appeal for ex-congressmanAP via USA Today

    That lovable scamp, Jim Traficant, an ex-Congressman from Youngstown, Ohio currently doing time for bribery and racketeering, was denied appeal by the Supreme Court. You may remember this folk hero for his flamboyant speeches (which frequently ended with “beam me up!”), absurd wadrobe, atrocious hairpiece and hysterical Congressional Web site. Visit freetraficant.com for more.

    One time I asked a very conservative family friend who had moved to greater Youngstown about him and he simply deadpanned, “typical Democrat.” Too funny.

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERICA

    She’s 24 for those of you keeping score. Enjoy your day sweetie.


    STADIUM HEAD PROFILED

    Head of Stadium Project Has His Eye on the ClockThe Post

    Allen Y. Lew, chief executive of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission is profiled. He previously worked on the new Convention Center, which had it’s share of cost overruns, but opened on time. Also, the cost of renovating RFK went up because they will have less time to get it done and will have to pay OT to workers. This was of course caused by the council constantly delaying the legislation.


    NADER SPEAKS ON NATS AGAIN

    Ralph NaderGreen Bay on the Potomac: Why D.C. Should Own the NationalsThe Post

    After chiming in a couple of times in The Wash. Times on ballpark funding, consumer advocate, perennial presidential candidate, and District resident Ralph Nader suggests in Sunday’s Post that D.C. buy the team and illustrates how it could. He cites the Green Bay Packers and others as an example of how it can work. The upside is that the District gets to reap the rewards of building the ballpark and the threat of it moving is removed. This is not a unique idea (the Nats AA team, the Harrisburg SENATORS are owned by that city), but I doubt MLB has any interest in this sort of thing happening. While I would not mind owning a piece of the team, I do mind the chuckleheads of D.C. politics getting any more fingerprints on the franchise.

    Thank you Mr. Nader, for performing the task of loyal opposition in a thoughtful, respectable manner by providing alternatives and suggestions, rather than threats of protests and shady political maneuvering. Maybe you need to run for a seat on the D.C. council instead of president.


    COLLEGIAN IS BACK

    Just thought I would let everyone know — especially Cliff — that I have already read The Collegian’s first edition of the semester.

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    OPENING NIGHT?!

    Game times have been added to the Nats schedule and upon inspection we learn that the first home game will have a 7:05 p.m. start. This is just silly, a home opener, especially a presidential opener should start in the daytime. Hopefully, they will see the folly of their ways and move it to noon. In the end though, they could have it at 4 a.m. and people would be begging to get in and the TV ratings would be excellent.

    Also, yesterday, the spring training schedule was released, so I guess now you know how to plan your 1 1/2 month Florida vacation. Also, it would be much cooler if they had spring training at Space Ghost Stadium rather than Space Coast Stadium. Think about it, at the very least you could have the Zorak Parking Lot, Moltar’s Grill, Brak’s Hot Tub and the Kid Comet playground. Lokar would have to work the p.a.


    I added a countdown clock as well as more links and eye candy to my Nats portal.

    Club history left behindThe Wash. Times

    Only the stats from Les Expos will come with the Nats to D.C. None of the other history, like retried numbers and artifacts, will make it. Naturally, there will be references to previous D.C. teams, but how is not yet determined. Also, Youppi will be staying in Quebec and is not expected to be out of work for long.

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    ABOUT 98 DAYS UNTIL OPENING DAY

    Nationals Retain The Team’s MVPThe Post

    Wilkerson Agrees to One-Year Deal

    The “last Expo” and D.C. hero in waiting, Brad Wilkerson has signed a new 1-year deal that will keep him out of arbitration. Also, the team is finalizing a deal with Clear Channel for radio broadcasts and MLB is working on appeasing Peter Angelo$. WTEM (not WJFK) is likely to handle the Nats broadcasts and who knows what will happen with Baltimore’s owner. Speaking of Angelo$, Tom Boswell compares and contrasts him to George Steinbrenner in a column today.

    More from The Wash. Times: Nationals re-sign versatile Wilkerson & DuPuy, Angelos bargaining again


    Tavares keeping busy in D.Cnationals.com

    An official team Q & A worth reading.

    Still Tallying the Hits and ErrorsThe Post

    You may have already seen this on Nationals Pastime. Guess who is loaded for bear and wants to prevent the ballpark from being built? If you said Mayor-Councilmember Marion Barry(or Mayor Barry for short) you were right. He is threatening protests along the way and voting no on every contract. Oh, I almost forgot the file photo.

    WWN AWARD

    A few Nats blogs have been giving out year-end awards. Most of them have been sarcastic, which is what we all wanted to see, isn’t it? Anyhow, I offer one serious award:

    Best Nats relocation reporter: Eric Fisher, The Washington Times

    This is too easy, Fisher was on top of the story like no one else. He also made some impressive appearances on local radio.


    NHL 2004-2005 IS DEAD

    NHL Cancels Meeting With Board of GovernorsAP via The Post

    No hope for hockey fans this season, maybe next. Oh well. Also, the Caps wunderkind Alexander “Kwame” Ovechkin hurt his shoulder but it is not serious.


    HAPPY VALLEY ON ICE

    You know that winter weather that has being missing us for some reason? Well, it hit the alma mater pretty hard yesterday. Penn State Live, which is put together by University Relations, has a photo gallery up that includes the massive elm tree that came down in the middle of the intersection at College and Pugh. It took out some traffic lights, but fortunately no people or cars.


    TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING

    As Hybrid Cars Multiply, So Do Carpooling GripesThe Post

    The carpool lanes on I-395 have some many hybrids that the benefits of these lanes has been lost. VDOT has an out though, this exemption ends in June 2006. There will be passion on both sides, but ultimately, I think the hyrbids get booted.

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    NATS NEWS

    Nationals Add to Staffs On and Off the FieldThe Post

    The coaching staff has been filled up. Also, the team is apparently in negociations with Clear Channel to broadcast games on WJFK. This makes no sense because WJFK is owned by Infinity. Expect to see a correction by 10 a.m.

    More from The Wash. Times: Nats add former Orioles to staff


    City Says RFK Work Going to Small, Local BusinessThe Post

    Sounds good to me. The Wash. Times adds Labor group eyes cut of RFK.

    Angelos talks to resumeThe Wash. Times

    MLB is again talking with prospective welfare mama Peter Angelo$ about a deal to protect Baltimore for free market pressures.
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    MORE NATS NEWS

    Nats Seek Opponent For RFK ExhibitionThe Post

    An exhibition game is scheduled for April 3 at RFK with proceeds going to a foundation for D.C. youth the team will set up. The catch is that they do not have anyone to play yet and may have to have a college team come in. I think that they could just play pepper for a few hours and get a good crowd this year. Next year, hopefully they can get another team or even a split series with the Orioles. Just imagine, the Nationals invite the Orioles and they don’t accept, bloggers like me will get to post headlines like “O’s to DC kids: Drop Dead.” Yes, sometime this blog is ultimately just an outlet for my yellow journalism tendencies…

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    TAKE THAT BRAD!

    Wizards Go Distance, Top Nets in 4th QuarterThe Post

    That’s right Brad, your Nets got taken to school by my Wizards — their lethal power is causing you sweet pain, oh sweet pain.

    Actually, I doubt either of us care quite that much. Still, it was pretty cool to see the home team beat someone. This was only my third NBA game and it was the first time Les Boulez had won. It was looking bad there for a while when Vince Carter kept making alley-oops, but treys started raining down for the Wiz. They also had a lot of steals, especially in the 4th quarter to seal the game. Highlights include 30 points from G Larry Hughes and mascot G-Wiz finding Sonny Jurgenson in the stands during the kiss-cam segment.


    NATS MISS OUT ON PEREZ

    Nats lose Perez; set spring slateThe Wash. Times

    Had GM Jim Bowden been wiser with signings, the Nats could have gotten this guy.


    Thom LoverroAt least the Nats should be funThe Wash. Times

    Just having a baseball team in D.C. will make it more fun to be a Nats fan than a Yankees fan. Here, we can live without the high expectations and just enjoy the team. If you are a Yankees fan, there is no substitute for a World Series victory, anything else is a failure. I will let you know if Loverro is right at the end of the year, since the Yanks and Nats are my two teams.

    PENN STATE FOOTBALL

    PSU class of ’09 shaping up into something specialTribune Review

    More praise for this year’s recruiting class. Also, QB Anthony Morelli says he expects to start this coming season. We shall see.


    Scott wants to stay, butThe Morning Call

    Parkland High grad is happy at Penn State, but not if he’s redshirted.

    No surprise here. My advice to Austin Scott is to work really hard and do well in school. Those two things will keep him in action.
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    QUICK HITS

  • I have not been posting as much lately for a number of reasons. The big one is that the two primary topics, the Nats and Penn State football are pretty much dormant right now. Another one is I have been so busy seeing so many people and doing so many things that took away time from blogging, sleeping, etc. However, I am getting back into the swing of it and will be posting more stuff other than just Nats & PSU. I never planned on this becoming a single topic blog, it just kind of happened that way sometimes. rest assure, I will still be providing the first glance at the Nats headlines everyday, as soon as they come back. In the meantime, updating may be a little sporadic, but should be just about every day.
  • Erica and I are taking her brother to the Phone Booth tonight to see the Wizards vs. Jersey. It will be their first time to a Les Boulez game, while it will be my second at MCI Center, having seen them (courtside) at Capital Centre in 1992. Until recently, the Wiz were second in the SE Division, so perhaps there was an upside to joining the Caps (who?) as representatives in a division that makes no geographic or historical sense. We do not measure ourselves against Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami, etc. It has always been NY, Philly, Boston, etc. Those southern towns are just more modern, cleaner Baltimores in the big picture.
  • New Year’s was great. We visited with Sam, Brad, and their wives up in Columbia and rang in the new year with a tasty meal at Aida. The next day, Erica and I hosted 16 people for a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch new year’s meal of pork and sauerkraut. Things are finally setting down and people are starting to go home.
  • In SoCal, the Angels have changed their name to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This is a real Mickey Mouse move, akin to the Orioles becoming the Washington Orioles of Baltimore, though Angelo$ is probably wishing he thought of previously. I am glad the Anaheim city council is suing the team (USA Today), I hope they win. While naming your team after an overgrown suburb like Anaheim is pretty lame, it is less grody to the max than pretending to be from somewhere 30 miles away, especially when that suburb builds you a stadium (twice). At least the Patriots had the sense to become “New England” when they left Boston. You could make similar arguments for the Redskins and Giants playing in different states than their “hometown,” but at least you can see the cities they represent from their stadia.
  • Journal Newspapers Inc. is creating a free tabloid (The Post) for D.C., like the ones they have for Northern Virginia and Maryland. I always thought The Wash. Times should go tabloid, but now that there is this new one and Express from The Post it is too late for Rev. Moon.
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