I’m still sorting out the vacation induced cobwebs, so I probably won’t be full speed until tomorrow morning. I’m still baffled by the Dimitri Young-at-$5 million-a-year signing (The Post). Sure, he is hitting this year, but it is downright naive to think he can continue at this pace over the life of his contract. I want to know how spending $5 million annually on a fat DH playing in the NL fits in with The Plan? It isn’t obvious to me right now. I also wonder if Ronnie Belliard is kicking himself for signing a contract extension that was so low. Fire Bowden!
In the meantime, Cal Ripken was inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend. Even Tom Boswell took time to comment on the occasion! I’m back and I don’t care about old Baltimore baseball players. I care about guys with WASHINGTON on their uniforms. Sometimes interlocking NY’s too.
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Bacsik Delivers For Nats – The Post I missed the game last night, what with me being out to see The Simpsons Movie, but it was still wonderful to come home and discover that the Nats enjoyed a glorious victory.
Traffic to go up and away – The Sun Now that the Springfield Interchange is completed in Virginia, Maryland is playing catch-up when it comes to complicated interchanges between I-95 and a beltway. North of the city, the I-95 (John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway)/I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) interchange is being rebuilt with “skyramps” to carry High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. Total cost: $450 million to $500 million.
The existing interchange is essentially a directional T (Kurumi) that has been doubled up. Fun fact — all the thru lanes at this interchange cross over the opposite lanes, so the oncoming traffic is briefly on the right side.
I’m skeptical of HOT lanes in general and since these are only 10 miles long, I have to wonder if they will just complicate matters even more. Those two HOT lanes will be have to merge with four lanes of through traffic (around milepost 72) which then go down to three lanes around milepost 77.
I’ll be passing through there this weekend so I’ll note if there is anything interesting at that interchange.
Utley breaks right hand – The Inky Chase Utley suffered a broken hand when he was hit by a John Lannan pitch. The Phillies All Star second baseman expects to be back within a month.
Nats’ Young to Get 2-Year, $10 Million Extension – The Post Dimitri Young is not worth $5 million a year, period. The Nats are really overpaying. This will make it harder in the future to sign players for anything but way-too-much. I wouldn’t expect anybody to give a hometown discount anytime soon either. I guess The Plan is dead.
Washington 7 PHILADELPHIA 6 (CBS SportslineBoxscore)
Another day, another Nats comeback, another 9th inning loss…wait, they held on? Chad Cordero only gave up one run in the ninth with a two run lead?! Sweet.
It appears a crazy game. I only got to hear the 1st and 9th innings because I’m in that demographic Lee D’Elia really likes. Anyway, the Natmosphere has a new enemy — Hunter Wendelstedt. The umpire threw starting pitcher John Lannan for hitting two Philly batters. On the radio highlights, Dave Shea Jageler got pretty animated in his disgust. Don Sutton wasn’t too happy on the TV side either, according to the 3 girls with ♥. Capitol Punishmenthad a theory as well.
Based on what I have seen today, I have concluded that Wendelstedt hates:
puppies and kittens
ice cream on a hot day
I don’t think we can ever let him live this down.
Good thing the Nats won, because being down 6-2 would be pretty hard to come back from; I think 5-3 is much better. Congratulations on winning this series Cliff, just remember, the Nats came back last year.
I’m not a SABR guy, but until this year his stats were trending down. Prior to this season, he last hit near .300 in 2003. This year is an abberation. If he can hit near .300 though, he’ll prove valuable.
He is a DH stuck playing first in the NL.
There are some positives though:
Isn’t Larry Broadway or Kory Casto
Has outgoing, fun-loving personality that could make him the first really marketable African-American player the Nats have had. If I’m Stan Kasten, I’d have Young giving a lot of face time to diabetes related foundations and D.C. neighborhood groups and schools.
It will be interesting to see what happens, perhaps there will be a news conference this afternoon around 4 p.m.