“WE’RE LETTING ALL THE PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON DOWN”

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Braves Sweep Up the NationalsThe Post
The Nats lost again, falling three games back after losing 5 – 4 yesterday. They did come back a little after going down 4 – 0 and 5 – 2, but in the end they just could not tie it up. Stick an L in front of Ryan Drese for this one.

Jose Guillen nailed it with the quote above.

More from The Wash. Times: Swept aside

BoxscoreESPN.com


NATIONALS NOTEBOOKGuillen Slides Into Spat With Braves’ JonesThe Post
Guillen unintentionally spiked Chipper Jones on a slide into third.

“I was walking back to my position and I got instant air conditioning in my crotch,” Jones said.


DirecTV touts Nats broadcastsThe Wash. Times
DirecTV hosted a Nats viewing party on the hill, naturally hitting rival Comcast hard. Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), who seems to have an opinion about everything these days, took some shots at Comcast too.

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WHEN YOU CAN’T WIN, YOU CAN’T WIN

Blogger ate my post and the Nats lost again

Q&#$?@! Blogger ate my post! That is what I get for getting started a little early. The Wash. Times is having HTML problems too, so I had to look at the source code. Truly, we have reached rock bottom. With this in mind, I think I picked a great time to go to see the NSO at Wolf Trap tonight.

Nats’ Poor Defense Accelerates SlideThe Post
Same old story, good starting pitching, little or no timely hitting, bad defense and a shaky bullpen. SS Cristian Guzman is one of the villains from last night; he made two bad plays. Does he need to be put on suicide watch? Should they bother?

More from The Wash. Times: Robinson cuts loose

BoxscoreESPN.com


Judge dismisses Comcast suitThe Wash. Times
I rather expected the statement from Peter Angelo$ to say “evil will always triumph because good is dumb.”

More from The Post: Judge Dismisses Comcast Lawsuit Against Orioles & More from The Sun: Orioles given clearance to air games regionally


NATIONALS NOTEBOOKThe Book Out On Cordero’s First PitchThe Post
It took about 40 appearances, but the opposition has figured out that closer
Chad Cordero
likes to start with a fastball.

Holding his own, Wilson still has edge at the plate; former B-E star shining after move to NationalsThe (Orangeburg, S.C.) Times and Democrat
I do not know that I would say Preston Wilson is holding his own at the plate. He certainly is not holding his own in the outfield.

Big-money folks in line to purchase Washington NationalsUSA Today
A long article on the pending sale of the Nationals, with a helpful who’s who breakout.

Outfield a ‘merry-go-round’The Wash. Times
The HTML is still broken on this article, but we know what it is going to say.

JIM BOWDENFor Nats, answers will come from withinThe Wash. Examiner
All fans like trades. Trades are sexy and fun and bring hope. We’ve had discussions with almost every club in the last 72 hours. But sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make.

Him Jimbo, ask the fans wearing the wishbone “C” hats if they love trades. I really don’t like this guy.

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ANGELOS DEFEATS COMCAST; MORE NATS STUFF

Judge Tosses Out Comcast Suit Against OriolesThe Post
The Nazis beat the Soviets in round one of the Comcast vs. MASN lawsuit. Sadly, I was right, this just what I predicted earlier this morning.

A few things I missed earlier:

A faceless crewThe Wash. Times
Nobody recognizes the Nationals around town. If you are named Cristian Guzman, this is probably keeping you alive.


BENJAMIN FORGERYStepping Up to the Plate for a Home Run OpportunityThe Post
The Cityscape columnist writes about his hopes for the ballpark.

NATS DROP GAME 1, FALL TO SECOND PLACE

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With Walk, Nats Tumble From FirstThe Post
Chad Cordero blew a save and Luis Alaya lost in the 10th to waste a great outing by ¡LIVAN! (8 IP, 1 R). That puts the Nationals in second place for the first time since June 5.

With two games left in the series, they can still leave Atlanta in first place, but that seems less and less likely.

How big is this series you may wonder? Well, The Times, as in The New York Times sent a beat writer to it.

More from The Wash. Times: Nats knocked out of first

BoxscoreESPN.com


Hits keep not coming for NatsThe Wash. Times
The nats still cannot hit, though John Smoltz is tougher than most of the guys the bats go silent aganist.

NATIONALS NOTEBOOKWilson Is Odd Man Out In OutfieldThe Post
Oh darn, Preston Wilson is sitting now that Brad Wilkerson is back in the outfield. Ryan Church took over in center, while Wilkerson resumed playing left.

Also, Marlon Byrd won his suspension appeal, so we don’t have to worry about having one less outfielder in the dugout.


Judge to hear TV feud todayThe Wash. Times
After months of mudslinging between Comcast and Peter Angelo$, the two sides finally face off in court. The way things are going for the Nationals, I half expect the judge to render a ruiling in favor of Angelo$ immediately. That is based on my “gut” — a la Frank Robinson — and not any legal expertise.

Johnson returns to starting lineupThe Wash. Times
The return of 1B Nick Johnson means that the “original” lineup is back for the first time since May 6. He went 0 – 4.

ANOTHER CHALLENGE FOR METRO TO TYSONS

Rail Route In Tysons An Uphill ChallengeThe Post
It is easy to forget that Tysons Corner is around 500 feet above sea level, as opposed to the Potomac River which is 1 foot above sea level. This presents quite a challenge for the engineers planning the new line from West Falls Church. The cost involved in doing this could sink the whole deal/ and then in five years, when it is addressed again, it would cost much more.

This is a bullet that needs to be bitten, the stalling has gone on for too long. Graphic: The Remaking of Tysons Corner.

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PRIVATIZING THE DULLES TOLL ROAD?

Today, The Post reported that a group of area road builders have proposed leasing the Dulles Toll Road for fifty years. Their price is $1,000,000,000 and they would get to keep all revenues. Virginia could use the windfall to help finance the Dulles Metro line, which sounds great, but color me skeptical. My gut tells me that it probably makes sense for the state to hold onto the road and the annual revenue it brings.

Previously, on WWN: SELLING THE TURNPIKE (last item).

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BIG SERIES AT HOTLANTA STARTS TONIGHT

Wasn’t it nice waking up this morning to something other than a Nats loss? Ideally, it would have been a Nats win, but a non-loss is as good as we can hope for right now.

My sleep last night got interuptted by a power failure and subsequent fire alarm, so I am just going to post headlines this morning.

The Post

  • Old-School Manager Stays Out Of Order
  • NATIONALS NOTEBOOKJohnson Could Be Activated For Tonight

    The Wash. Times

  • The Nats, at a loss
  • Catching competition runs deep for Nationals

    The Times

  • Braves and Nationals Find Their Own Levels

    AP/WVEC-TV

  • Wilkerson: Nationals need an attitude adjustment
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  • BLOODBATH

    Nats lose to ‘stros by 13 runs yet remain tied for first place

    Nationals Take a Beating From Clemens, AstrosThe Post
    Erica and I went to the Nats game last night with a group of friends. Meeting up turned into an enormus fustercluck due to problems with cell phones. That was the first sign something was amiss. Actually, the first sign was not being able to find Erica’s Nats cap. Anyway, we eventually did meet up, in the 2nd inning and it worked out in that regard. It was great going to the game with my old friend Ryan, whom I have known since the Carter administration and his friend Laura, plus my friend Brenda and her friend, Laura.

    The initial confusion made it hard to get into the game — thankfully. What a nightmare! I cannot fathom a team that was winning so much could start losing this often and so badly. Maybe there were too many bandwagon fans at the game, after all, as the uber-fans of the Nats Fan Club know, the johnny-come-lateleys have ruined the karma of RFK. Last night, there must have been 3,000 Boy Scouts there, so I guess the loss is their fault? Or maybe it is the fault of me and my friends, since at least two of them had never been to a Nats game before. I mean, we were late and all, and did not hang on every pitch while filling a scorecard along the way — we are just an affront to the entire sport, aren’t we? I better head over to Ballpark Guys and apologize…

    Anyway, I can now say I have seen Roger Clemens pitch. Lots of flashbulbs were going off when he was at bat too.

    Here are the photos from last night too. Basically, they include a couple of dorks surrounded by very patient and understanding women. Bless them. Despite the score and confusion, Erica and I had a great night hanging out with Ryan and Brenda and meeting Laura and Laura.

    More from The Wash. Times: Rocketing downhill

    BoxscoreESPN.com


    MICHAEL WILBONMonumental PresenceThe Post
    Kornheiser’s better PTI half writes his first column about the Nationals. It turns out Clemens loves Washington.

    McLane’s team finally goes to D.C.The Wash. Times
    A walk down memory lane — in the mid ’90s, Virginia baseball backer Bill Collins came very close to luring the Astros to the region, but the threat of that was enough to (barely) convince Houston voters to fund a new ballpark.

    Skeptical Guillen goes to the tapeThe Wash. Times
    RF Jose Guillen measured the distance to centerfield (412 ft instead of the 410 ft advertised) and the foul poles. He did not divulge the foul poles’ distance, though.

    NATIONALS NOTEBOOKJohnson Hopes To Return to Team TuesdayThe Post
    1B Nick Johnson, who was apparently the glue keeping the team together, is rehabbing in N’awlins this weekend. He could be back on Tuesday. We can only hope.

    Clemens lights up RFKThe Wash. Times
    More on the Rocket.

    Yet despite the outcome, all is not lost:
    Fritz : This is normally where I’d ask how the game was, but the final score looked very painful.
    wfyurasko: I am finishing the photo gallery from last night. I should have the blog updated within 10 minutes.
    wfyurasko: it was a bloodbath!
    Fritz : Gotcha.
    Fritz : I’ll have to give my folks fair warning of said possibility for tonight’s game.
    Fritz : Was it a mass exodus by the 7th inning stretch?
    wfyurasko: pretty much.
    Fritz : Damn.
    Fritz : Man, if this isn’t rock bottom, I don’t know what is. From a loss as humiliating as this, there’s gotta be nowhere to go but up.
    wfyurasko: rock bottom in first place.
    wfyurasko: there is still plenty of time to go down.
    Fritz : Touche!
    Fritz : Atlanta I presume is now in first.
    wfyurasko: we’re tied.
    Fritz : Really?
    Fritz : Wow!

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD

    It is my father’s birthday today. I doubt he will be able to read this because he is in a better place — Avalon! Sounds like an ideal birthday to me.

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