The Nats return to RFK today for another exhibition with Balmer. I’m going to miss it in favor of cherry blossoms, but I’m not too broken up about it since I’ll be there for the real thing on Monday. What about you? The RFK Box Office will even be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow for those wanting to pick up tickets without the surcharge. You don’t want to regret spending a 75° day at the office when you could be at Opening Day, do you?
In yesterday’s Norfolk exhibition (The (Hampton Roads) Daily Press), the Nats fell to Balmer in Norfolk (ESPN Boxscore). The important thing was Matt Chico was okay (The Post), though he had to battle through at times (The Wash. Times). His circuitous journey to this point is the subject of a AP/The Wash. Examiner story today.
Nook Logan is (The Wash. Times)ready to go (The Post) which means Kory Casto will start the season in AAA until Ryan Church gets put on the DL for whining about smoke inhalation after saving dozens of orphans from a fire. Wuss.
By the way, both D.C. broadsheets have the exact same headline “Logan Ready for Opener” for the Nook story.
Did you know that the Nats have a their own Robin Ficker? Actually, they have two — Matt Krimm and Dave Hammerly. T(h)om Loverro of The Wash. Times recounts the two hecklers experiences with former Mets third base coach Manny Acta, now Nats manager. Krimm, who owns W. Curtis Draper cigar shop (Hammerly works there), has invited Acta to smoke a peace cigar. Acta will accept.
Frost venue frozen – The Collegian
Happy Valley’s “dry” night club, Frost, is still not open, putting it two years behind schedule. I wonder if it will ever open.
PREVIOUSLY: “Dry” bar coming to Happy Valley
State College, Penn State, nightlife, bars, alcohol-free
A minor redesign of washingtonpost.com debuted last night. They explain it here.
Overall, it is a pretty good redesign, it comes off softer than before without departing too far from their previous design. Other than some trapped white space around the promo modules in the first scroll and some serif fonts, they did a pretty good job. They haven’t really added much in the of functionality either, but since they were already embraced syndication and social bookmarking, washingtonpost.com was already ahead of many others.
This strikes me as a fairly short term solution before embarking on a more ambitious design.
washingtonpost, newspapers, redesign,
Ball-Wonk has issued The 2007 Nationals Progdown Blognostication Credibility Challenge. Here are my predictions:
1. Nationals season record. 62-99 (What can I say, I am an optimist…)
2. Nationals NL East division place and games back (if any). 36
3. Date on which Nick Johnson first appears in a Nationals game. May 15
4. Date on which Nick Johnson suffers season-ending injury. August 18
5. Nationals team leader in pitching starts, with number of starts. Hill, 29
6. Total number of starting pitchers used. 10
7. Number of ejections for Manny Acta. 2
8. Guzman’s batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging average. .265 .320 .380
9. Nationals home runs at RFK. 110 (Oops, forgot to divide by 2)
10. Paid attendance for the July 21 game against Colorado at RFK (our only Fox national broadcast of 2007). 28,937
Felipe Lopez errors: 26