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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