JACK: NEVER MIND THE $20M

Evans: No need for $20M for D.C.The Wash. Times
Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) says that the District “does not need it and at this stage should drop it.” The “it” is the request for $20 million from MLB for the ballpark. Jim Graham (D, Ward 1) disagrees. More of the same from the D.C. council.


MARC FISHER: Grinches Try to Steal BaseballThe Post
Fisher blames the council for the lease problems. T(h)om Loverro of The Wash. Times agrees with Fisher and actually makes some decent points for a change until he starts saying Maryland should chip in. It’s a little late to be suggesting a regional stadium authority now, isn’t it?

National Disgrace Bud Selig is not helping matters though, he is sending a letter to the mayor (AP/WJLA) about their concern for the lack of progress on the lease.


Selig Meeting With Potential Nationals Owners This WeekThe Post
Oh, how thoughtful of Selig to meet with Yusef Jackson. I think he has two ownership groups left to meet with 14 months after the team was awarded to D.C. Now that is progress!

Nationals will play 15 games in VieraFlorida Today
Actual team news — the spring training schedule has been released.
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TRAVESTY!

Being a Nationals fan can be tough at times. We were largely deprived of watching our local nine on television and when we could, we had to listen to Ron Darling. We also heard nothing about the Nats on the so-called “sports radio” station and the official Nats station had a terrible signal. Throw in a lack of ownership, poor concession service at RFKave and of course, Peter Angelo$, and we are the one-eyed, club-footed stepchild of MLB fans.

The offseason has been no better, even worse in many regards with the ballpark lease in doubt, MLB still keeping us from getting an owner, etc. However, the greatest indignity did not come from the National Disgrace that is Bud Selig or the politics of Linda Cropp. No, this indignity came from an unlikely source, one that even championed the very person that has been slighted, back in spring training.

I’m talking about Washingtonian magazine.

Now I like Washingtonian, I even subscribe to it. It has a few good articles each month along with a good list of coming events in a handy dead-tree format. It is nice reminder that “Washington” is not just about self-loathing hipsters who have only lived here for a few years and is not limited to a few trendy/gentrified neighborhoods.

The December issue, which recently arrived in my mailbox, has a list of the “50 Best & Most Influential Journalists” and a shockingly,

BARRY SVRLUGA IS NOT ON IT

. Really, they overlooked him; completely dropped the ball like Preston Wilson in centerfield.

This troubles me greatly. Svrluga firmly established himself as “The Man” this season. His excellent writing, sharp wit, charming live discussions, and yes even his fondness for Panera made the return of D.C. baseball that much sweeter. To ignore his contributions is downright irresponsible on the part of Washingtonian. Did Jorge Arangure Jr. somehow get a vote? Many letters to the editor need to question the collective wisdom of Washingtonian and praise of St. Barry.


From Washingtonian before it lost it’s way.

It was not always this way. Barry used to be the golden boy of Post Watch, getting a nice article prior to the season. Why? Why? Why — Washingtonian would you deny this man’s greatness?

“BITTER DAY FOR BASEBALL IN THE DISTRICT”

D.C.’s Stadium Lease Talks StumbleThe Post
Yesterday’s committee hearing did not go terribly well for fans of a Anacostia waterfront ballpark. MLB has not agreed to pay $20 million towards the ballpark, though a couple of news reports indicated that they had. MLB President Robert DuPuy is threatening to take D.C. to arbitration over the lease if it is not completed by Dec. 31. Thomas Boswell is angry that this kind of nonsense is keeping the Nationals from being players in the free agent market (more later). I am mad because MLB is being incredibly greedy for over nickles and dimes, but what should I expect when commissioner Bud Selig is a National Disgrace.


District near a financial agreement with MLBThe Wash. Times
Nothing I read in this article made me think they were closer to an agreement, they still think that MLB is giving financial concessions. That reminds me, whatever happened to Eric Fisher? I do not see his byline anymore.

Nats Lose Loaiza To the AthleticsThe Post
P Esteban Loaiza, who had a better than expected 2005 season will be wearing green and gold next year. The Nats really had no chance of keeping him with the ownership situation in flux. The Nats know have two proven starters returning from last year’s squad.

More from The Wash. Times: Nats lose starter Loaiza to A’s


JIM WILLIAMSON MEDIA: ‘Big Show’ returns … sort ofThe Wash. Examiner
Scroll past all the Dan Patrick/Keith Olberman (that’s so 1995) stuff to find out potential Nats radio arrangements. Of course, take it all with a grain of salt, since Jim Williams wrote the column.

A co-worker of mine who had season tickets last year got his invoice yesterday. Given the current situation, he is not sure he wants to get season tickets again.

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Metro gifts — anybody buying?

metrocentershirt.jpgLike other major transit systems, WMATA sells a line of merchandise. The online store includes, maps, mugs, trinkets, and the “Metro at 25″ coffee table book, among other things. Also available are black t-shirts from a few stations; Archives – Navy Memorial, College Park – U of MD, Metro Center, Pentagon, Shaw – Howard U, Smithsonian, Union Station. Customizable t-shirts, mugs, and mousepads are available for all stations, but the t-shirts are white instead of solid black.

While NYC Subway t-shirts have their fans (I have seen people wearing them in at least three cities not named New York), I have yet to see anyone with a Metro one. I wonder why this is — lack of history/cachet of WMATA? Nobody knows that you can buy an Medical Center t-shirt? No stands in stations (a la Boston’s T) or elsewhere, like museum gift shops? You can’t get the coveted Medical Center t-shirt in black?

Would get your neighborhood’s Metro station t-shirt?

Retconned from Metroblogging DC

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