Deadline day! Nats swept too

Soriano, Nationals Are Still WaitingThe Post
While everyone was speculating the fate of Alfonso Soriano, the Nationals were swept by the Dodgers in Hollyweird. LA had been swept in their previous two series.

More from The Wash. Times: Izturis, Dodgers finish off Nats

BoxscoreESPN


Soriano ‘worried’ as deadline nearsThe Wash. Times
After weeks of being Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky, the stress of being trade bait is finally getting to Soriano.

O’Connor Makes a DetourThe Post
Upon being demoted, 3-7 P Mike O’Connor complained of arm pain and went on the DL. It is amazing how much you start hurting when the minor leagues are in your future.

Kearns absorbs shockThe Wash. Times
Austin Kearns is starting to get used to the idea that he plays in Washington, not Cincinnati. If I see him in the grocery store, I’ll ask him who he likes it here.

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Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your RSS feed, Vol. II

I have added a whole bunch of blogs to the navigation. Some of these bloggers I have had the pleasure of meeting at recent events.

Washington Nationals

Nats320 – Nats320 is a blog by a group Washington National season ticket holders in section 320. We are the friendliest and LOUDEST section in RFK. We are famous for our CHEERING. We are the ones who started the Jose Guillen cheer “Jose Jose Jose Jose, Jose Jose” to the tune of the famous soccer chant “Hooray, Hooray,Hooray Hooray, Norway!! Hooray, Norway!!”

WFY sez: Great site, lots of photos. I should have gotten this up sooner.

Church of Baseball – Reds fan by birth. Nats fan by residence. Baseball fan by the grace of God.

WFY sez: Sister Daedalus is enduring the reign of Jim Bowden for a second time.

BeltwayLand

Mr. Irrelevant’s Sports Blog – Brought to you by Sports Bloggers Live host, Cold Pizza guest, Technorati luminary and D.C.-area superfan Jamie Mottram

WFY sez: Jamie is a juggernaut in the sportsblogging world who throws good happy hours.

Bleatings From a Caps Nut – A perspective on the Washington Capitals, the NHL, D.C. Sports teams, and the world of sports in general from a barely hinged observer.

WFY sez: CapsNut has been around for one week and it has already been Off Wing-ed. One thing though Vince — open up the comments!

AwfulAnnouncing – I’ve been telling friends for years that I was going to start a site where I vented my frustrations on Sports Announcers, Color Commentators, and SportsCenter Hosts. This is that attempt…hope you enjoy. (and if you don’t please send good hate mail) While this is the attempted purpose it will most certainly break from form every other day. Please feel free to send in your own musings on sports, and if I (the almighty) deem them worthy, I will post them for the world to enjoy.

WFY sez: He’s fed up with ESPN, can’t say I blame him.

Beyond DC – Profiles of the city’s neighborhoods and landmarks, along with suburban sites.

WFY sez: I stumbled onto it looking for Carpool’s Web site.

FreeRide – The blog component to The Post’s Express tabloid.

WFY sez: This is run by one of the founding editors of DCist.

Sour N Sweet – The gooey middle and the rough underbelly of life..or something

WFY sez: I met Sweet (along with DC Sports Chick) at the Metroblogging DC 2nd Birthday Picnic. Cool chick, cool site. She also recognizes that if you are going to put up Piñata videos on YouTube, you have to start with yourself before others. Does that make sense?

The peoples

I added two of my Metroblogging DC co-authors Wayan Vota and Don Whiteside. Wayan is a world traveler, serial blogger, and non-stop party. Don is a witty observer of the human condition who makes nice mirrors. These probably may not be worksafe.

Now if we can only get a few of you that are on the fence to get it together and get your blogs off the ground, we’d really be on to something.

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Let’s all go to the August 9 Nats game

Generally speaking, 4 out of 5 self-identified WWN readers like happy hours. Baseball is also quite popular. With this in mind, I propose we combine the two activities on Wednesday, August 9 at 7:05 p.m. for the Nats vs. Marlins game. My plan is for those interested to get together and all buy Nats tickets in the same section of $7 seats. Yes, it could be risky putting so many of us in one place, but I am certain that continuity of the Natmosphere will be maintained by those living outside of the immediate D.C. area. Let me know if you are intersted, my email can be linked at the bottom of this post. My overall plan is to meet up around 6 p.m. at the Armory and storm the ticket office. It may be a crazy idea, but it just might work.

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That crash you heard was Tony Armas’ trade value

Nationals Trade Stanton, Then Get Routed by DodgersThe Post
Tony Armas, Jr. pitched terribly and diminished his trade value. The rest of the Nats did little else and lost 12-1 in La-La land. I hope you did not stay up to watch it.

More from The Wash. Times: Dodgers end Nationals’ streak with rout

BoxscoreESPN


Nats start road trip with a tradeThe Wash. Times
GM Jim Bowden made his annual Mike Stanton trade yesterday. In return Washington gets Giants prospect Shairon Martis. Yes, THE Shairon Martis. He pitched a seven-inning one hitter for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and currently has a 6-4 record with a 3.15 ERA for class-A Augusta.

Look for Stanton to be resigned in the offseason.


Good Fielding Has Quieted Soriano CriticsThe Post
Alfonso Soriano has proved to be a decent leftfielder and with time he may become a very good one — for someone else.
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Soccer: Much Adu about nothing?

One of my goals for 2006 was going to be attending a regular season game of every Washington team from the traditonal big four leagues, MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL. In 2005 I had seen the Wizards beat the Nets in January, the Nationals a dozen times over the summer, and the Capitals a couple of times in the fall. I did not expect to see the Redskins during the regular season (I saw them in preseason vs. Steelers), but tickets fell into my lap for the final game. In short, mission accomplished, a year early.

With that goal achieved my next one is to see a DC United match. They have been here for 11 seasons and not being a soccer fan and having never even played it (I played tackle football for several years), it was nothing that really interested me. Now, I am changing my tune. Since the Red & Black share RFK with the Nats, I figure I might as well check them and out and see why the ballfield is getting turned into a pitch all the time. I have been reading DCenters regularly since the spring to learn more about the squad and the sport.

I’ll throw this one out to the gallery, what recommendations do you have for seeing DC United? I am a soccer novice who wants the best possible introduction to the beautiful game. How long does a match take to play? What section would be the best for a newbie like myself? I have targeted August 26 as the day I intend to go.

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"Your attention please"

DAVE McKENNACharacter DevelopmentCityPaper
McKenna has a great column on Charles/Bob/Shelton/Baseball Adams, a Nats fan in 414 who acts as an unofficial socrekeeper/p.a. announcer. The NE resident used to do it in Balmer, but adopted the Nationals last season. He is more appreciated here. I am going to have to sit in that section one of these days. Chances are he is much better than the actual p.a. announcer.

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Nats sweep homestand, Soriano (probably) never coming back

Nationals Sweep Away the GiantsThe Post
The Nats won their sixth straight behind the pitching of Livan Hernandez (7IP 3R 5K) and hitting of Alfonso Soriano (1HR 2R 2BB). Both could be gone by the time the team returns to Washington. Thanks fellows.

The 6-5 win before just under 30,000 brough the Nats record to 46-56, not great but half a game behind Balmer in the battle for Beltways supremacy.

More from The Wash. Times: Nats ride trade possibilities to win


BoxscoreESPN

THOMAS BOSWELLAs Attachment Grows, Perhaps Soriano Should Stick AroundThe Post
Bos: “Please please please do not go.” Of course, telling that Soriano is pointless, it is Jim Bowden and Stan Kasten who are going to pulling the trigger. As painful as it may be, it is the right thing to do. Soriano has been at his absolute peak this month and will likely not approach these numbers again when the club approaches contention.

More on Soriano:

  • Soriano receives support at RFKThe Wash. Times
  • Rick Snider: It was fun while it lastedThe Wash. Examiner
  • As talk heats up, Soriano swings onThe Wash. Times
  • Soriano, Hernandez pledge allegianceThe Wash. Examiner

    After Scare, Cordero Gets The Job DoneThe Post
    Closer Chad Cordero has revereted to the dramatic ways of 2005. He rarely gets the stress free 1-2-3 inning that most elite closers do, yet he finds a way to get the job done. Yesterday, he gave up a two run homer to Eliezer Alfonzo.
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  • How many days until kickoff again?

    Penn State senior co-captains Paul Posluszny and Levi Brown addressed the media yesterday. They both don’t want to revisit the dark years of the program that they experienced as underclassmen. Here is the round up of articles:

  • Nittany Lions hunger for more successCDT
  • Brown has big plans for Nittany Lions | AudioPatriot-News
  • PSU Football: Captains stress no more losing seasonsPost-Gazette
  • Posluszny primed and ready to roar againThe Morning Call
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  • Nats only score 4 runs, win anyway before fifth consecutive 30,000+ crowd

    Nats Rally in 9th, Win 5th in a RowThe Post
    Woo-hoo the Nats came from behind to beat the Giants in the ninth.

    More from The Wash. Times: Nats deliver in clutch

    BoxscoreESPN


    Nats trade rumors for winsThe Wash. Examiner
    Despite all the trade rumors floating around, the Nats have been playing their best baseball of the season since the “Grand Reopening.” Coincidence?

    Face of the Nats’ First FamilyThe Post
    A profile of Mark Lerner, who is becoming the public face of his families ownership. Prior to the announcement his family had been chosen to buy the team, he had never been interviewed on TV or attended a press conference. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says that Lerner “has the most real-time connection to what’s going on in sports” amongst his partners. However, at last night’s Sports Bloggers Happy Hour, I learned that Lerner was completely unaware of the Natmosphere and blogging in general, so take the “real-time connection” with a grain of salt.

    Williams urges unity on stadiumThe Wash. Times
    The ballpark building tensions that we knew would come have arrived and Mayor Anthony Williams, depleted political capital and all, is calling for calm and unity. But why do that when you can score political points by grandstanding?

    No one wants a power outageThe Wash. Times
    D.C.’s great home run hitters have had a tendency to go away because the team moved or they were traded at their peak. LF Alfonso Soriano is days away from being the latest to be traded.

    Nats trade rumors for winsThe Wash. Examiner
    Despite all the trade rumors floating around, the Nats have been playing their best baseball of the season since the “Grand Reopening.” Coincidence?

    Escobar, Church remain unprovenThe Wash. Times
    Ryan Church and Alex Escobar have both hit well in recent call-ups but that means little because they are both girly-men who don’t play hurt like Jose Guillen.

    The Clock’s Ticking for HernandezThe Post
    well, we may have something more intersting than the winning streak or trade rumors:
    Former Nationals president Tony Tavares is being sued by an ex-employee who claims Tavares slapped him in the face.

    In the suit filed Friday in D.C. Superior Court, former director of ticket sales Joseph M. Deoudes alleges Tavares confronted him May 8 in Deoudes’s office at RFK Stadium and asked, among other things, “Do you want to fight me?” before slapping him.

    This must be like Christmas morning for one blogger.

    Also, Livan Hernandez may have made his last start for the Nats last night. He says he will be ¡LIVAN! again next season.


    Thanks to Jamie Mottram for putting together the Sportsbloggers Happy Hour. It was great to finally meet some of the people behind the blogs and talk shop.
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