Nats crush Hoyas 15-0

It is a busy morning here at WWN Center, so I’ll just put up headlines and video.

Washington Nationals blast Georgetown HoyasFlorida Today
Smoker Thrust Into Grown-Up SituationThe Post
Bergmann happy with first showingThe Wash. Times
Nats Bergman in controlThe Free Lance-Star
Milledge Aims to Earn Go-Ahead on Base PathsThe Post
Rauch always wants inThe Wash. Times
Nationals’ Hinckley enjoying dream lifeFlorida Today
Spring ReportThe Wash. Times
Strike Idea to Rename Navy Yard, Graham SaysThe Post
Mets not happy about ex-Met Milledge’s commentsNewsday
Step Right Up, And Greet The New MetsThe Post

Austin Kearns video:

Jason Bergmann video:

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It’s National Chili Day!

WTOP passed along some very important news this morning — today is National Chili Day! To celebrate, Hard Times Cafe is giving out free bowls of chili. They have locations throughout suburban Virginia and Maryland. They will have a D.C. location in Nationals Park too.*

I’ll see if I can get more details at lunch time.

UPDATED 6:55 p.m.: I went to the Old Town Hard Times to get my free chili. It turns out you have to make a purchase to get the free chili. Not a big deal, since you want something to drink with chili anyway. I had a Hard Times draft root beer with a bowl of Texas chili. Not bad for under $3 total. I was disappointed with the slow service though, it took several minutes for the bartender to acknowledge me. Had I not been getting a mostly free meal, I would have been out of there.

*I still need to comment on the recently announced ballpark food offerings. I’ll get to that soon.

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Changes for our Nation’s Capitals

You could say that Olie Kolzig responded well to news about a new competitor for the #1 goal spot. With Cristobal Huet acquired for a mere 2nd round pick (which was acquired in the Brian Sutherby trade), Kolzig’s reign as the undisputed #1 goaltender in D.C. is over. Tuesday night, he had 34 save performance in a 4-1 victory over Minnesota — he will not go gently into that good, good night it would seem.

The Huet trade, while creating a three goalie situation is a great one on paper, even if Huet is just a rental, though signing him is a possibility. The Caps have plenty of room under the salary cap and could use a younger #1 goalie.

The Caps also got Sergei Federov for d-man Theo Ruth, currently a Notre Dame player. Again, a good trade on paper even if Federov is just a rental. He should provide some of the spark missing with Michael Nylander out for the year.

Shipping out Matt Pettinger for Matt Cooke appears to make sense since both players needed a change of scenery. I don’t even care about the Joe Motzko-Alexandre Giroux trade.

On paper, the Caps appeared to strengthen themselves, without sacrificing the future, for a tough stretch run. They have 18 games to pick up 5 points on Carolina for the SE division title. Game on!

Caps Introduce Huet, FedorovThe Post

Capitals bring in the cavalryThe Sporting News

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This just in: Take Metro to ballpark

District to Limit Visitor Parking Near BallparkThe Post
Stadium’s plan discourages drivingThe Wash. Times
MARC FISHERSeriously. Take Metro.The Post
If you are not a season ticket holder with a parking pass don’t expect to drive to the ballpark area, take Metro (rail or bus) instead. If you really want to drive, you can park at RFK Stadium and take a shuttle bus to Nationals Park.

JDLand.com’s Near Southeast DC Redevelopment site has a section about Stadium Transportation and Parking that is worth a look.

Team Still Feels The Love From An Old FriendThe Post
Chico struggles during first outingThe Wash. Times
LHP Matt Chico emerged from last night’s outing vs. Florida (a 3-3 tie) without giving up a run, but threw only 16 of 32 pitches for strikes.

RHP Garrett Mock, acquired with Chico in the LIVAN! trade, pitched two innings, giving up an unearned run. He is not expected to make the majors this spring.

Chico was the latest player featured in an washingtonpost.com video:

For Johnson, An Exhibition Of Pure JoyThe Post
Johnson avoids another collisionAP/Florida Today
1B Nick Johnson played his first competitive baseball game since Sept. 23, 2006 last night. Johnson told 3B Ryan Zimmerman that he “Slept in my uniform last night.” He also fielded a fly ball much like the one that resulted in his collision with RF Austin Kearns. By the way, Jim Bowden is already hinting a trade of either Johnson or Dmitri Young.

Nats Lose First Battle Over New StadiumWTOP
The District defeated the Nationals in arbitration over “ancillary items at the new stadium, such as golf carts, fork lifts, and medical and office equipment.” That will save the city $4.2 million. I don’t understand why the team was trying to get that from the city.

Do you wonder what it is like to be a sports photographer?

washingtonpost.com’s Nationals RSS feed made its monthly/quarterly appearance in Google Reader at 1:18 a.m. this morning. I had 41 total headlines dating back February 10.

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Will there be a Terrible Towel on his coffin?

Legendary broadcaster Myron Cope dies at 79Post-Gazette
The Maryland Bureau Chief tipped me off that Cope who was “so bad, he’s good” as a long-time Steelers broadcaster died today at age 79. He was credited with inventing the Terrible Towel.

I remember on Thanksgiving Sunday we were driving back from seeing family friends in Michigan and we found a Steelers game. We agreed the broadcasters were awful. Later, through the magic of NFL Films, I became more familiar with his work and became a fan of him. Not a Steelers fan though (except for Super Bowl XL).

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Exhibition season begins today

Let the games beginFlorida Today
The first spring training game of the season is tonight at 7:05. The Nationals head to Jupiter to take on the Marlins. Tomorrow afternoon, they host Georgetown University. Matt Chico will pitch the first two innings.

Johnson to make debut todayThe Wash. Times
1B Nick Johnson plays his first game since he broke his femur in a collision with Austin Kearns on Sept. 23, 2006.

Hill takes mound with no discomfortThe Wash. Times
Nats playing it safe with HillFlorida Today
Oft-injured RHP Shawn Hill threw live batting practice for the second time yesterday, drawing rave reviews. He also indicated that he felt no discomfort after the session.

López Begins His Climb From Last Year’s DepthsThe Post
Did you know that Felipe López had an awful family? I did not. Anyway, he has said that last year is already behind him. Problems with family, though not immediate family, contributed to his terrible 2007 season. He is battling for a job in the middle infield where there are three players for two positions.

THOMAS BOSWELLNationals Park: Best of a Bad LotThe Post
Wow, a column about the Nationals from The Post. Boswell is very grumpy about the ballpark situation, setting himself up for a “wow, everything is really great, they overcame it all, blah blah blah, column” after Opening Night.

Spring training reportThe Wash. Times
I am pleased to learn that 33 is unofficially retired for Frank Howard. Frank Robinson‘s 20 is also not being given out either. In fact, those two numbers and one other are the only ones below 93 that are not being used in camp. The other number? Well, let’s just say if you hoping to see Robert Fick‘s 13 hanging on the outfield wall, you can still hold on to that dream.

GWU Team Will Be First Up at New StadiumThe Post
The first game at the ballpark will be George Washington University vs. Saint Joseph’s University on March 22. It will be the dry run before the dry run on the March 29 against Baltimore.

I guess I have to post the Jim Bowden Segway video:

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