Nats blow Chico start, lose by a run in Pittsburgh

Six shutout innings from Matt Chico were not enough for the Nationals to tie the season series with the Pirates. Saul Rivera gave up two runs in the seventh and after a six pitch eighth, Jon Rauch loaded the bases and gave up the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Check out the lead from The Post’s gamer:

PITTSBURGH, June 29 — The frustrated fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates are scheduled to stage a walk-out at PNC Park on Saturday night, a display of protest over more than a decade of institutional mediocrity.

They might, though, have picked a more stout opponent against which to cry out, because the Washington Nationals are among baseball’s most accommodating teams right now. Friday, they lost for the fourth straight time, blowing a two-run lead and succumbing in a 3-2 decision to the Pirates that was finally decided on Jose Bautista’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.

That Barry Svrluga can write.

More from The Wash. Times: Nats come up short

Ronnie Belliard is the new #2 hitter (The Post) while Felipe Lopez falls to 7th. Why so high for FLop (The Wash. Times) I wonder.

The first thing my wife said when she arrived home last night was something along the lines of “what are those stupid uniforms the Pirates are wearing.” Yes, the Pirates wore red sleeveless jerseys last night. I don’t know why. At least they do it on Friday night and not Sunday afternoon like the Nats. More than any other day, Sunday should be the day to wear traditional uniforms. We weren’t the only ones who noticed (The Wash. Times)

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Big11Ten officials, Spainer talk up network

PSU, Big Ten Network make casePatriot-News
PSU prexy Graham Spainer and Jim Delany, Big11Ten conference commisioner, met with the Patriot-News editorial board as well as the State House to talk about the Big11Ten network.

When it comes down to it, the Big11Ten Network is really overplaying its hand. I think very little of its programming is appointment television, so I don’t expect to see a lot of Penn State fans with torches and pitchforks if they can’t see men’s basketball on a February Tuesday evening. The Big11Ten is sticking it to its own alumni and fans by demanding over a $1 per subscriber and insisting it be on basic cable.

The story linked here is packaged as a David Jones column, but it is straight news. I’m hoping he has a column later, perhaps Sunday.

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Cooking with William & Erica, Vol. 6: Ye Olde College Diner Grilled Stickies


My brother and his fiancée were quite eager to share with us some exciting news — Ye Olde College Diner Grilled Stickies are available in Fairfax County at Wegman’s (teh best supermarket in the world!111!). They were kind enough to buy me a small box. I figured throwing a couple on the grill would be a great way to welcome Fritz back to the States.

Grilling stickies is pretty self-explanatory. Cut them into equal sections and hope they don’t break apart.

Place them right on the grill and turn them over as they start to get toasted.

Yummy!

Photography by Fritz

Nota bene: Technically, this was just cooking with William since Erica was at work/gym.

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If losing is their business, then business is good

I was not aware, but am not surprised, that the Nationals organization has the lowest winning percentage in all of baseball according to today’s Thom Loverro column in The Wash. Times. Sure, they are not the worst in the majors (thank you Cincinnati), but when the minor leagues are included nobody does it better when it comes to losing. Should we be concerned? Sure, but remember the goal of the minor leagues is to develop players, not win. The people in Columbus, Harrisburg, Hagerstown, and Potomac might not agree with that completely though. Up in Vermont, they may be okay with the way things are going since the Lake Monsters have a winning record.

The Nats head to Pittsburgh this weekend for a three game series. Few teams can match the host Pirates for losing over the last 15 years and the fans are rebelling by staging a walkout (Post-Gazette) during Saturday night’s game.

I need this series, I am down 2 to 1 in a mayors bet with the Maryland Bureau Chief.

Today, John Patterson will finish his odyssey (The Post) to find a doctor who can correctly diagnose and treat his injured elbow.

Jim Bowden’s weekly dictation in The Wash. Examiner was moved to today.

Also in today’s The Wash. Examiner Ryan Zimmerman lists the five pitchers he finds the toughest: Tim Hudson, John Smoltz, Derek Lowe and Brandon Webb.

Zimmerman also did a Q&A with nationals.com yesterday.

There is yet another national newspaper (The Times) looking at Dimitri Young’s redemption. H/T Three Girls With Heart.

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Daily News recalls the summer of ’77

My favorite New York tabloid, the Daily News, has an excellent enterprise section about the city’s tumultuous summer of 1977 called The Bronx is Burning. Four topics are covered extensively

The section is very extensive, so don’t try to bite it off all at once unless you have a couple of hours to kill. It will be updated a few times throughout as well.

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Barney Calame does not endorse Murdoch owning the Journal

Last month I attended the annual Bart Richards Award ceremony at the National Press Club. The College of Communications at Penn State presents the award annually for media criticism. I had intended to blog about it sooner, but I lost my notes. I haven’t found them yet, but I figured waiting to find them could be a fruitless enterprise.

Byron “Barney” Calame, public editor of The Times, won the 2006 award:

In the series of six columns Calame submitted for the award, he examined specific issues with reporting and stories that appeared in the Times. Among his submissions was a Jan. 1, 2006, column that reported that Times executive editor Bill Keller and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. refused to respond to Calame’s questions regarding the content and timing of a Dec. 16, 2005, article about an eavesdropping conducted by the National Security Agency. His columns touched on a variety of topics as he focused on how Times reporters and editors did their jobs.

Prior to his time as The Times public editor, Calame retired as deputy managing editor of the Wall Street Journal. Following his speech, I was surprised that no one mentioned the “elephant in the room” that is Rupert Murdoch’s bid for the Journal during the Q&A session. I was able to speak with him for a couple of minutes and naturally I asked him for an opinion. Calame politely indicated he did not favor Murdoch purchasing the paper.

I will try and find my notes from Calame’s remarks and blog about them another time.

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Nats lose 13-0 in Atlanta

ATLANTA 13 Washington 0 (ESPN Boxscore)

Up until last night, the Nationals had won every game that Micah Bowie had started. That is no longer true. He gave up six runs over 3 1/3 innings. Three of the four relievers gave up runs with Billy Traber allowing 5 over two winnings. Brutal stuff.

The Nats were outscored 23-3 during Atlanta’s three game sweep.

Nats Show Nothing in AtlantaThe Post

Nats’ offense stays dry in southThe Wash. Times

1B Dimitri Young will likely be the club representative at the All-Star Game (The Wash. Times) in San Francisco next month. Tim Kurkjian of ESPN writes about Young’s resurgence too.

The Nationals will platoon two weak hitting centerfielders, Ryan Langerhans and Nook Logan, in the leadoff spot.

Post columnist Marc Fisher is skeptical of the upcoming Faith Night at RFK Stadium, seeing it as a reminder to an episode in the 2005 season involving the baseball chapel (The Post). He adds:

Baseball is a secular church, an elaborate belief system with its own symbols, martyrs and gods. As Michael Novak has written, sports offer rituals and liturgies, “teach religious qualities of heart and soul,” and provide significance and order to our lives.

In the end, I don’t think this will be a big deal.

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Interesting covers on today’s tabs


I don’t ever recall a pitcher being called “evil” for walking in the winning run. Then again it did mean Peter Angelo$ won, so the Daily News might be onto something.


I avoid Paris Hilton coverage as much as I can, but I have to give it up for this cover by the NY Post.

Are you taking notes, Wash. Examiner?

Oh and yesterday, both papers had “Tigers Cub” along with the same photo of Tiger Woods and family on their covers. I didn’t post about it because one paper treated it with a full page, while the other was just an inset. It wasn’t specific enough to fit in yesterday’s newshole.

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7 out of 101 and 2 out of 10

ESPN Page 2 has a list of 101 things all sports fans must experience before they die. I have 94 to go.

20. The Stanley Cup playoffs (late spring, various NHL cities).

Sure it was the first round, but I did this in 2002 twice, both at MCI Center, both Capitals losses to Tampa Bay.

34. MLB Opening Day (April, various cities).

2005: Nats at Phillies*
2006: Nats vs. Mets
2007: Nats vs. Marlins*

*Actual Opening Day

41. An NBA game from courtside (winter-spring, any NBA city). You’ll never again say they don’t hustle.

1992 – Bullets vs. TrailBlazers – my mom got us company tickets.

61. Midnight Madness (October, all over the country). An annual late-night party at campuses across the country. (Say hi to Larry Eustachy if you see him.)

1999 (maybe 1998 too, I don’t remember) at Penn State – It was technically “Late-Night Madness.” You can debate whether this really counts though since it was Penn State and that was during the good old days when the were mediocre.

90. Little League game (spring, early summer, everywhere).

I played two years of little league.

96. NCAA women’s volleyball championships (December, rotating sites).

Early round — Penn State vs. UCLA at Rec Hall. Penn State went on to win the championship that year.

99. A Harlem Globetrotters game (many dates, many cities).

13th birthday the Capital Centre. They beat the hometown Washington Generals.

Things to avoid:

2. NFL exhibition games.
Three times, all Redskins

vs. Dolphins
vs. Browns
vs. Steelers

4. Baseball old-timers game.

1988 at Yankee Stadium


Glaring omissions

Army vs. Navy
Yale vs. Harvard (I’ve been to three)

h/t The Dude Abides

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