Are the Yankees Truly the Most-Despised Ballclub? – Wall Street Journal
A Nielsen Co. algorithm has determined my two favorite baseball teams, the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees are the sixth and fifth most hated, respectively.
By the way, the Yankees took a series (The Times) from the most-hated team*, the Orioles, in Baltimore with a 4-0 shutout.
*The Nielsen algorithm is clearly flawed, it says the cowardly, subsidized Orioles are 8th most hated. Then again, it says the Boston Red Sox are #2.
Livan Hernandez’s renaissance is key component in success of Nationals’ pitching staff – The Post
Another great ¡LIVAN! article that talks about how slow he pitches, how fat he is and how much he loves D.C. The questions I wonder though are why ¡LIVAN! loves D.C. so much and is so happy to be on the Washington Nationals? I am eager to get the specifics.
Well, there is the “what is he telling guys about playing hurt?” question too.
Remember how Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said they needed someone with a “hockey mentality” and then brought in former hockey player Nyjer Morgan the next day? That got me thinking about the Washington Capitals woes that cost them the Eastern Conference quarterfinals this year. They weren’t going to the net to get dirty goals. Outside of Mike Knuble and Brooks Laich (who in addition to scoring a goal Wednesday night, changed a Caps fan’s tire on the Roosevelt Bridge – DC Sports Bog, The Post), the Caps are finesse guys who score from afar with beautiful goals that are youtube hits.
I’ve got several suggestions on moving forward.
1.) I think I’ve figured out how they get the pretty boys to get dirty, let’s call it the “broomball mentality.”
Broomball, played on a hockey rink, is pretty much just like it sounds like — using a broom (or broom like tools) to get the ball in the net. It is a sloppy game completely lacking in finesse and all about working hard for lucky bounces and close range shots. Traditionally, it is played with an open net, but for these guys, they’ll need a goalie. Let’s get Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom playing a little broomball every week — they’ve got the broomball equipment at Kettler Capitals Iceplex after all.
2.) get another Mike Knuble type (because there are sooooo many available)
3.) a big time defenseman (because there are sooooo many available) and maybe shop around Semin and Mike Green, trading one of them if there is a good deal. Dumping Thomas Fleischman is the easy way out and that won’t really shake things up too much, though it probably wouldn’t hurt to do.
4.) Lastly, get Morgan involved! When he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he hung around with the Penguins and that seemed to work out well for them. Where was he this year? I want to see him wearing a Tony Plush Caps sweater next season.
I’m not sure if I’m serious about #1 or not. #4 obviously, is a silver bullet.
Ask Boswell: Nats’ start, Caps playoffs and Redskins – The Post
“Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell will be online Thursday, Apr. 29 at 11 a.m. to take your questions about the start of the Nationals’ season, the Caps’ playoff series against Montreal and the Redskins offseason.”
So, what gets more attention, Caps angst or the Nats being over .500?