Last week, Gene Weingarten announced that he was taking a package from The Post, but would continue to host Chatological Humor monthly and write his “Below the Beltway” column weakly err weekly.
Yes, I took it because I wanted to. Generously, The Post offered to hire me back, on contract, to do the same job I am doing now, whatever that is. But I’m 57, and want to start on some book and movie projects before I get even older and feebler and the DNA in my brain further deteriorates to the point that I can”t even finish my own senten
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I’m not really going anywhere. I accepted a partial contract, and will still be writing my weekly column, which Tom The Butcher, also on contract, will still be editing. Tom and I will still be working on The Post Hunt. Mostly what’s different is that after July 1, I’m no longer doing big magazine stories or The Gene Pool, which is the discussion group you all tend to deride because you don’t understand that the golden future of journalism is unedited ranting and gnashing by citizen journalists.
So, boo, I like chat on a weekly basis and the long magazine stories tend to be much better than the weekly column. The Gene Pool was stupid. His final weekly chat is going on right now. I’ll miss stuff like this on a weekly basis:
Okay, this has been quite a few days for celebrity deaths. First Ed, then Farrah, then Michael. Just when we thought we were done with the mourning … Billy! Still, that last one felt so … right, like when they added “Bobby” to “Abraham, Martin and John.”
I guess I am the only one who thinks Michael Jackson was essentially a shallow disco phenomenon, generously talented but mostly a product of cynically manipulated personal style and shrewd marketing, personally abhorrent in a number of significant ways related to racial identity and sexual proclivities, and not worthy of all this adulation, particularly by the media, whose hemorrhage of unquestioning accolades is suspiciously self-serving. Okay, just checking.
Hey, man, I’m unmoved by Jacko’s demise too, but that’s harsh, the guy was scary talented.
Harris, Stammen Benefit From Extra Deliberation – The Post Willie Harris looks to be the leadoff hitter for the foreseeable future, bumping the heart of the order back a spot. Craig Stammen, who was to be sent to the bullpen, will stay in the rotation for now. Shairon Martis is back in AAA — a good place for him. His early 5-1 record was a soft 5-1.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Remember the “Rookie vs All Star” commercial with MissChatter talking about John Lannan, the rookie going up future Hall of Famer John Smoltz? Anyway, that ad was not far from my mind last night as Nationals rookie Jordan Zimmermann faced Red Sox newbie Smoltz last night. This time though, it wasn’t close as Smoltz faltered in the first inning of his first 2009 start. The Nats batted around the order, scoring four runs. That proved to be an unsurmountable deficit for Boston as the Nats extended their lead several times before Tyler Clippard gave up a two-run homer late. Final score 9-3.
Zimmermann pitched well, throwing 109 pitches in total with something like 77 for strikes. He even overcame some shoddy second inning middle infield play without any damage. The offense was powerful with Willie Harris going 3-4 and hitting a homer up into the second deck in right field. Ryan Zimmermann made three highlight reel plays at third as well. Also, Nick Johnson got hit by a pitch in the shin forcing him out of the game.
The park was lively and the Red Sox fans were surprisingly well behaved, pink hats and all.
In the section I wound up sitting in, the ushers would not let people back into the stands with a batter in the box. They’re learning in NatsTown!
I heard several Michael Jackson songs, including “Billie Jean” on the organ. Too bad he was probably a pederast, because he was a very talented performer.
I think this was only the second time I have seen the Nats win at Nationals Park, raising my all-time record there to 2-5-1.
Olsen slated to rejoin staff, pitch Monday – The Wash. Times So, who gets sent down to make way for Scott Olsen? I’m expecting Craig Stammen. Also, I hope Olsen gets a pretty short leash, maybe a couple of starts.
Ask Boswell: Nats, Wizards and Orioles – The Post “Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell will be online Thursday, June 25, at 11 a.m. ET to take your questions about the the Nats, Wizards, Orioles, the latest sports news and his columns.”
I am curious what kind of mood he’ll be in today with the Nats losing three in a row. I guess he was trying to call out ownership in the column yesterday, but it was a pretty weak attempt.
Nats Give Up Six to the Sox in Loss – The Post One mistake spells trouble for Stammen – The Wash. Times Perhaps it is not wise to taunt David Ortiz. Prior to last night’s game, Nationals Journal ran the headline “Big Papi Not So Big and Scary.” I think Craig Stammen, who delivered the 3-2 fastball by that wound up in the seats in the fourth inning would beg to differ. Manny Acta said that was the ball game — C Wil Nieves called for a change-up and Stammen didn’t shake him off and go with his fastball. Will Stammen learn from that experience? We’ll see but probably not for a while, with Scott Olsen appearing to be healthy after rehabbing with AAA Syracuse, Stammen seems the most likely to be demoted.
The Nats tried to rally, erasing three runs from the 6-1 defecit, but could not get it down. Ryan Zimmerman just missed a game tying homer by a few feet as well.