MIKE STANTON TRADED; FRONT OFFICE IN LIMBO

Nationals trade Stanton to Red SoxThe Wash. Times
The Red Sox sent two minor leaguers to the Nationals for three days. Mike Stanton’s service; he is a free agent after the playoffs, which he is not eligible to participate in.

Since Stanton is a former Yankee, there is finally a reason to pay attention to the Yankees-Red Sox series.


Nats’ Leaders Stay the CourseThe Post & No certainty for manager, GMThe Wash. Times
The ownership situation has Tony Tavares, Jim Bowden, and Frank Robinson wondering about their future.

I expect Robinson to be retained, but Tavares to leave. I fear Bowden will stay though.


NATIONALS NOTEBOOKHernandez Has No Plans to End His Season EarlyThe Post
¡LIVAN! leads the league in pitches thrown and will probably be tied for starts. If he goes 7 or 8 innings, he will probably lead the league in innings too.

Also, Brad Wilkerson had an off year, but is still going to have less strikeouts than last season. Hopefully, he can recover in the offseason and come back healthy. I do not want to see him traded; I would hate for him to have to find a new bank.


Nats Ownership Might Be CorporateThe Post
Jeff Smulyan may invest some Emmis Broadcasting cash into the Nats if he buys them. Of course, he may be using the Nats as a front to buy the Reds (Capitol Punishment). Count me as someone who wants to believe that is true.

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W&OD TRAIL — CLINCHED!

On Sunday, my brother and I rode the length of the W&OD Bicycle Trail from west to east. It took us about 5 1/2 hours with stops. Needless to say, we are hurting after cycling 44.5 miles in one day.

I had wanted to ride the whole thing at once for quite some time, so I was really happy to have pulled this off. Thanks go out to Mom for driving us out to Purcellville and picking us up in Shirlington.

Some observations about the trip:

  • If you have ever been at the Shrlington end of the trail, you know that it ends with little fanfare adjacent to the industrial Four Mile Run Drive corridor. A small sign indicates that the trail ends.

    At the Purcellville end, there is not even a sign, which is pretty anticlimactic. There is a nice set up though with a park and the Trail’s End bicycle shop.



    Photo by Barbara Yurasko

  • Purcellville seems to be a nice town that is balancing history with suburbanization fairly well.
  • The western part of the trail is very narrow at times, making it a little too close for comfort if you are passing someone.
  • There was an enormous fire just west of the big rock quarry between Leesburg and Ashburn. It had to have started mere minutes after we passed.
  • Joe’s Dog House in Herndon (just past the halfway mark on the trail) makes a decent chili dog, which as we all know is an essential foodstuff for this kind of exercise.

    The town itself is quite nice too, having built a town square around the railroad, and kept it up.

  • Seen on and around the trail: 2 snakes, 5 deer (near Vienna), 3 dead voles, one rabbit.
  • The amount of bridges and underpasses built for the trail in the last 15 years is amazing. Reston is now much easier and safer to get through. An underpass is being built for the trail at Church Road in Sterling as well.
  • In the Vienna area, between Hunter Mill Road and Cedar Lane, we had to ride through a swarm of gnats.
  • We crossed VA 7 four times.
  • We crossed two interstate highways (I-495 and I-66) and two other superhighways (VA 7 and VA 267).
  • The steepest hills are at Buckhorn Drive between Reston and Vienna. The worst are the approaches to the Virginia Lane overpass at I-66.
  • There are three cabooses on the trail; Herndon, Vienna, Arlington (Bluemont Jct.)
  • Three old train stations (Purcellville, Herndon, and Vienna) are in good condition and still active. Another one (near Leesburg; I cannot remember which one) is still standing, but could use some restoration.
  • The last eight miles are the easiest.
  • All told, we rode through 3 counties (Loudon, Fairfax, Arlington) 1 city (Falls Church) and 4 towns (Purcellville, Leesburg, Herndon, and Vienna).



    Photo by Erica Yurasko

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  • HAPPY GOOSE DAY!

    September 29 is known as St. Michael’s Day, patron of grocers and bakers. (Also called Goose Day in some locations) – “If you eat goose on Michaelmas Day, you will never want money all the year round.”

    One reason for this belief is that Michaelmas (Archangel Michael’s feast day) was traditionally one of the English “Quarter Days”, when people would settle their rents and accounts. The settling of accounts was often done with a brace of plump geese from the spring hatching.

    Therefore, if you could afford to eat goose on this day (probably after paying rent with some of your fowl), you would probably not want for money in the coming year.

    When I was growing up in Central Pennsylvania, my family celebrated Goose Day every year. On this day, most of the restaurants in Mifflin County served roast goose for dinner. Snyder County also participated; I’m not sure if Juniata County celebrated or not.

    It is certainly a fun tradition.

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    THANK YOU, TONY!



    More from The Post: Williams Will Not Run for Third Term
    It goes without saying that the Nats are not his greatest legacy, but a major piece nonetheless. He restored dignity to a city where “the politics of failure had failed” by making government more accountable and the District more livable for everyone as well as a better place to work and visit. Yes, he could have done more and he was ineffective as a politician, but in the end, a technocrat/administrator/accountant mayor was just what D.C. needed.

    My (Nats) hat is off to you Mr. Mayor!

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