‘THIS IS A GO’

Stadium Cost Rises But Stays Below CapThe Post
Project Passes Legal Hurdle; Architect Picked
PHEW! This was what had me very concerned. The good news is the big financing estimate from Natwar M. Gandhi, chief financial officer, for the site acquisition and cleanup is within the parameters set in the final legislation. The heroic Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) had this to say in the original version of this article from last night:

This is a go. This is what we’ve been waiting for and now we can start to move aggressively to acquire property, do environmental cleanup and infrastructure and design. All have to be completed by April 2006, so we can get in the ground and get started…No question there will be a debate over the numbers. But we have a process. We followed the process and the stadium is a go and we can move ahead expeditiously.

Adrian Fenty (D-Ward 4), continued to be critical of the project. Linda Cropp (D, at-large) wants to save as much money as possible.

Check this graphic for a breakdown of costs.


HOK Sport to design Nationals’ homeThe Wash. Times
HOK, designer of 10 of the last 14 ballparks is the chosen one. They are taking about stone and glass in the design. I am all for the stone, but skeptical of the glass.

Exhibition game unlikely to sell outThe Wash. Times
Why not? Folks, we have been waiting for this for 34 years! If you don’t already have tickets, go get some.

More from The Wash. Examiner: City hopes to knock it out of the park


Nats chop down Braves in extra inningsAP/The Wash. Examiner
¡LIVAN! pitched eight innings of one run ball and had two RBIs. There was trouble out of the bullpen though. Joe Horgan blew the W for ¡LIVAN!, but J.J. Davis had a walkoff HR to seal the win.

Also of note, Julio Franco is alive and playing for the Braves. I think he started with the Philadelphia A’s.

Also see Blanco, Davis In; Baerga Out? (The Post) and Blanco seems to have made roster (The Wash. Times)


Guzman’s Turn to Lead OffThe Post
Top Spot in Order Remains A Problem for Nationals
Cristian Guzman is fairing no better than Endy Chavez at the top of Frank Robinson’s clipboard, so it should be no surprise that The Wash. Times article is called Wilkerson likely choice to lead off.

MLB, O’s Agree On Sports NetworkThe Post
Shared Ownership Would Include Nats Broadcasts
Details have emerged in the ongoing coddling of Peter Angelo$. It looks like Channel 20-WDCA will get over seventy games this year. Apparently, a new network is being called Mid-Atlantic Sports is being formed and will initially be owned by MLB and Angelo$. No figures on who owns how much though.

More from The Wash. Times: Nationals’ TV picture clearing up

More from The Sun: Orioles, MLB reach tentative deal on TV network to show Nationals and D.C.’s Channel 20 gears for broadcasts of Nats


Thomas BoswellWhen You Crunch the Numbers, The Nats Don’t Get CreamedThe Post
I almost missed this column. Boswell thinks we are in for a lot of one-run games.

A GM must make the tough decisionsFlorida Today
Jim Bowden is talking to Scott Brown (’94 Journ) again.

Tim KurkjianNational pastime belongs in nation’s capitalESPN.com
We don’t need national columnists to validate the existence of baseball in D.C. to us, but it is still kind of cool.

O’S FANS JUMPING SHIP

You can add Basil Tsimpris of Nationals Inquirer to the list of people who wanted to be Nats and Orioles fans, but had to jump off the black and orange ship that is sinking like so many Pride of Baltimores. He can no longer support the Birds because of the behavior of Angelo$, who is intent on seeing that a self-fufilling/defeating prophecy comes true.

Tom Boswell’s had an excellent column about Angelo$ destroying the Oriole Way and running everyone (John Miller, Mel Proctor, Davey Johnson, Cal Ripken, etc.) out of the organization/ballpark. You have subscribe to the Nationals newsleter to get it, which is worth doing if you are a Nats fan. You can also try going here to read it. The link will probably be good for a week, until the next newsletter goes up.

I am not an Orioles fan, but when I was younger, I could say that I was one. That ended when the Yankees woke up from their slumber and I focused all my energy on them, rather than sharing any with Baltimore. That being said, generally I only wish for them to finish behind the Yankees, not to fail and go belly-up. I like their ballpark and what it meant for the sport. The city is an interesting place and I admire the pride the people take in it and the state of Maryland in general. So, when I call them a sinking ship, I do it to point out just what Angelo$ has done, not to cruel.

I have been boycotting Camden Yards for a few years now because of his behavior. I was ready to return this year to see the Yankees play, but after insisting that I “did not exist” and then demanding that he and only he is entitled to my business, I cannot see giving Angelo$ another penny ever again. It is a shame, I enjoyed my many trips to Camden Yards. Perhaps the next Baltimore owner will fix the situation and we can have a friendly rivalry where I can feel comfortable giving that organization my money. It did not have to be this way, but Angelo$ left me (and many others) no choice.


SAY IT AIN’T SO SVRLUGA!

Yesterday, we learned that Nationals Journal, featuring Barry Svrluga,the greatest beat writer in Washington Nationals history, is closing up shop. It will be missed.

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BATTLE OF THE BELTWAYS

BASEBALL ’05The Post
The season preview comes out today. The lead article begs the question What Does It Take to Make Two Teams Hate Each Other? Well, I may be going out on a limb here but perhaps when one team unilaterally holds up the TV deal for the other and makes unreasonable demands all along the way, there might be a little room for some animosity. I might even root for Boston vs. Baltimore this year.


WTTG Would Air Nats GamesThe Post
According to sources other than Jim Williams the deal in the making has Channel 5 getting a whole load of Nats games. We shall see.

No deal yet between Orioles, MLBThe Wash. Times
More on the proposed deal, it looks like Peter Angelo$ will make out pretty well. Boo!

Army May Team Up With the NationalsThe Post
Service Considering Sponsorship at RFK
Could the city be getting in bed with the military industrial complex? What will the activists think?! And why not the Navy, the service Bobby Kennedy was in? Stay tuned.

Chavez demoted to New OrleansThe Wash. Times
CF Endy Chavez has been sent down to AAA New Orleans. There has been joy in the blogging world that the experiment to make Inning-Endy a leadoff hitter has ended — for now. Ryan Church is now the prospective #1 batter.

More from The Post: Nats’ Bats Are Out of Order

Analysis from Thomas Boswell of The Post: Leadoff Man Has the Tools But Not a Clue


Tony KornheiserThe Post
Wow, Mr. Tony takes the time to honor us with a column about our team. It looks like he even put a little effort into it this time too.

Clarke named Nationals PA announcerThe Wash. Times
We have a p.a. announcer now. Jim Clarke, a former DJ and New Orleans Saints announcer is the guy. You may have also heard him at Lake Braddock High School.

More from The Post: Nats Choose New Orleans Announcer


City Plans Strict Enforcement Of Parking Restrictions Near RFKWRC-TV
Why would park at RFK anyway? We have the second best subway in the country, might as well use it.

RFK Stadium on schedulenationals.com
Upgraded facilities to be completed by April 3
Good news about stadium renovations. I also saw elsewhere that there are still a lot of tickets available for Sunday’s exhibition, so you should buy some tickets and go.

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SOMEBODY NEEDS TO GO UP TO BALTIMORE WITH SOME “NEGOTIATION BATS”

EditorialMr. Angelos’s Foul BallThe Post
Once again, Peter Angelo$ is the subject of a Post editorial. This one is aimed at MLB though, insisting they get the Nats on TV now, lawsuit threats be damned. This is a joke. We must continue to boycott Peter Angelo$. I would say it is a LOCK that this is going to court.


Angelos, Baseball Still Haggling Over TV DealThe Post
To really get an idea of what is going on, Thomas Heath talks to an advertiser who says he is hearing from Comcast and the Orioles about TV spots, both organizations claiming to be the one who will control Nationals games.

Area TV may not carry openerThe Wash. Times
It could happen, don’t put it past Angelo$ to hold it up and steal from us our glory. He does not care that he will lose Washington completely if he does it. What a hateful man.

Castilla eyes quick returnThe Wash. Times
Vinny Castilla is playing a couple of minor league games as part of his recovery from a hyperextended knee.

More from The Post: Castilla Ready for Live Pitching


Nationals’ Armas Put on Disabled ListThe Post
Tony Armas Jr. is going to miss at least three starts, maybe four.

Slow Start for RFK Naming RightsThe Post
I think the headline should be “Late Start for RFK Naming Rights.” We only heard about this over the weekend, less than three weeks before the home slate opens. Maybe they should have started earlier…

There is also a photo of the field. It looks good. They are putting up green paint on the back wall, which reminds me too much of Fenway. What was wrong with the dark blue?


Letters to EditorBrevard’s field of dreamsFlorida Today
Vierans take exception to Marc Fisher’s column that amounts their um, place, as a wasteland. It turns out they love their WalFarts and trailer parks.

David BrooksWhose Team Am I On?The Times
A Times columnist is straying from his lifelong love affair with the Mets for the Nationals. Welcome aboard!

The Nationals site is finally pointing to the right store again.

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BAD WEEK FOR PSU HOOPS

Big Ten’s leading rebounder leaving down-and-out Penn StatePatriot-News
C Aaron Johnson is leaving Penn State. The former walk-on led the Big11Ten in rebounding this season. He has a lot to say to Dave Jones.

This is another big loss for the cagers and head Ed DeChellis, who has lost seven players in the two years he has been at the helm.

More from The Collegian: Forward Johnson to leave Lions

More from the CDT: Johnson latest to leave PSU hoops team


EditorialPortland owes fans, students explanation for players’ dismissalsThe Collegian
Another transfer from the Lady Lions is met with the typical silence from Intercollegiate Athletics. Information is tightly controlled at Penn State, especially with Rene Portland and Joe Paterno. When I was an undergrad, things got so bad in for the Lady Lions that The Times — the NEW YORK TIMES, picked up a Daily Collegian article on Portland. She weathered the storm though and in 2000, the Lady Lions went to the Final Four.

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TV DEAL ANY DAY NOW, YEAH RIGHT

Jim WilliamsOn media: Nats on TV soon to be realityThe Wash. Examiner
Williams is starting to lose credibility on matters of Nats TV. He has been singing the same song for weeks and still no deal. Other sources indicate that Angelo$ will get the TV rights.


Armas’s Injury Caps Nats’ Bad DayThe Post
Robinson Questions Team’s Intensity
Tony Armas, Jr.’s removal yesterday for a groin injury has been called “precautionary,” but of greater concern is the lackadaisical attitude the team is playing with of late, when they are not rained out, of course.

Nats face pitching choicesThe Wash. Times
Manager Frank Robinson says that all 14 pitchers in camp deserve to go north, but only 11 can. The Armas injury may open the door for John Patterson.

More from The Post: Six Pitchers, but Just Three Spots


Fading Image Of the Black BallplayerThe Post
I have not read this (or the magazine article) yet, but my father said it was a good article.

Marc FisherNats’ Broadcasters Blend the Cerebral With the VisceralThe Post
Fisher introduces us to Nationals radio team — play-by-play man Charlie Slowes and analyst Dave Shea.

NATIONALS FEELIN’ SO BRAND NEWNY Post
More press from a NYC tabloid.
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SPRING PRACTICE PREVIEW

Paterno must find 5 answersPatriot-News
The five key areas, in order are:

  1. PLAY-MAKING WIDEOUT
  2. QUARTERBACK
  3. THE KICKING GAME
  4. THE INTERIOR OF THE O-LINE
  5. FULLBACK

Of course this article was written before 3 knuckleheads on the line got kicked off the team, so you may have to move the O-LINE issue to the top.

More from the Patriot-News: PSU GAINERS/LOSERS


Robinson ready to take reinsCDT
The spring “Michael Robinson has waited for four years to be in this position” article.

Ron BrackenPaterno’s new to-do list: More footballCDT
The spring “Joe Paterno is more focused” article.

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OPENING NIGHT TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY

Nationals Ticket Distribution a Tough Balancing ActThe Post
VIPs, Average Joes Compete for Seats
In about five hours, tickets go on sale for the general public for opening night. They are going for $500 on ebay right now. It is a real headache for the Nats ticket office, but in the end, it is a good headache to have. It is probably easier to get tickets to see them opening day in Philly.

More from The Wash. Times: Nats’ home opener now just the ticket


Nationals NotebookWilkerson Has Yet to Hit StrideThe Post
Aw shucks, it’s no big deal, he’ll come ’round.

Fan favorite in waiting OF Brad Wilkerson is not hitting well. He says that he normally needs 60 to 70 at bats in the spring to get going, but thus far he only has 40 or so plate appearances.

Also, Mclean High School alumnus P Seth Grissinger has been shipped to Atlanta. He had already been sent down. I would have liked to see him make stay in the organization and make the squad, but it is apparently not to be, he just was not there yet.

More from The Wash. Times: Spring Report


Blanco Is Finding a ZoneThe Post
It looks like rookie IF Tony Blanco has made the team.

Win or LoseThe Washington Post Magazine
In Washington, the return of baseball is the triumph of hope over experience
Hey! They stole my line. I have been calling my blogging about the Nats a “triumph of hope over experience” since it at least August. If you can forgive them, check out this cover story detailing the history of baseball in the District, it looks pretty interesting. I will probably wait to see the dead-tree version tomorrow.


Nationals mark return of nation’s pasttime to nation’s capitalThe Capital
An article from the Annapolis perspective on the return of baseball. It profiles one fan who goes to every Sunday game in Baltimore but is buying a mini-plan for the Nats too. Just imagine if Peter Angelo$ had been reasonable about everything, there probably would have been a few thousand people just like this one.

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EVERYTHING IS COMING UP SVRLUGA!

Wife Waves as Washington Post Sportswriter Heads for DugoutThe Washingtonian
The Barry lovefest continues with this Svrluga profile by National Editor Harry Jaffe. Of note:

  • “I haven?t found a jerk in the locker room yet”
  • “Joey Eischen fits the bill of a crazy, left-handed reliever.”
  • Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, sports editor: “I went after Barry as soon as I had the chance.”
  • Sorry ladies, he is off the market, having married Metro reporter Susan Kinzie last June. Maybe some of the bloggers are on the market.

    You may also want to pick up the April issue because it has a feature story on how how the Nationals got here. It is a great article and just another example of how Jack Evans (D, Ward-2) is a great man.

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