Peter Angelos is probably really upset because Washingtonians are watching the Nats in record numbers and at a greater rate the Capitals or Wizards. Hopefully, this news has reached the committee that is going to give Bud Selig a recommendation on how much MASN has to pay the Nats for TV rights over the next five years. Angelos, who should not have had the Nats TV rights to begin with, has to be scared that the panel reviewing the Nats request for TV rights compensation will see this new information. It is a mortal lock that the dream of Angelos/Orioles no longer having the Nats TV rights will come true though.
The Washington Nationals losing a series is always disappointing, but double so when it is to the corrupt Baltimore Orioles for oft stated reasons like “evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.” The Baltimore fanboys in D.C. sports media are surely thrilled. Still, the Nats had a strong stretch through the seemingly most difficult part of the schedule (CSN Washington) and a solid 10-8 record in interleague play. They have a
Pitching continues to be a strong spot, perhaps historically strong (THOMAS BOSWELL, The Post), but a lot of that is coming from the #1 and #2 starters Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. Strasburg shuts down in September, so that’s a problem. Jordan Zimmermann continues to not get run support and I think that is taking its toll. Maybe we’re just spoiled as Nats fans which seems odd because we suffered through a lot of bad starting pitching for years. Hey, John Lannan may be back for some doubleheaders too (The Nats Blog)! Ryan Zimmerman got a cortisone shot because he’s got bone on bone in his shoulder (Federal Baseball). Ouch. I’d have sent him to the DL, the long-term risk of injury/aging of the shoulder should be the guide here. He hasn’t been hitting at all, so putting somebody else in there isn’t going to hurt and may help in the short term. I understand why he’s still out there though and don’t envy having to make that decision.
The Nats get the top of the rotation for the Colorado Rockies series in Denver. That will be interesting, seeing how they pitch in the thin air, but perhaps more importantly, how do they hit. Will they try too hard?
The next three games are unusual 8:40 p.m. starts followed by a 3:10 p.m. start on Thursday. Then, they go from the highest elevation in the majors to the second highest elevation for a weekend series with the Atlanta Braves.
Wow. Robin Ficker heckled Joe Maddon (DC Sports Bog), who responded with a ball smeared with pine tar and “Stick up for those you care about” written on it. Everybody wins! I’ll say it, Maddon saved a little face there. He had taken the task of taking attention off of the player who got caught a bit far. See you in October!
Tweeter was down yesterday. If Davey Johnson was on it, I’d tweet at him the following Peter Angelos and MASN tags because this was a disappointing revelation (CSN Balmer), but it probably endeared him to half of the D.C. sports media who have the same feelings.
Would it have killed the Rays to wear a traditional gray jersey at least once?
How I Did It: Jerry Murrell, Five Guys Burgers and Fries – Inc.
The founder of FIVE GUYS, Jerry Murrell explains how and why he and his sons built the Northern Virginia-based hamburger chain. It is an interesting story that began because he advised his teenage sons to either “go to college or start a business.”
I pass the second FIVE GUYS location daily (it was the only one in the late 1990s); sometimes on my bicycle which is like getting taunted as I pedal…
I’m not going to get into how it lays out for the Caps because I’m skeptical of the full season being played due to the expiring collective bargaining agreement. I’ll probably write about the schedule when we know it will be played.
Ted Leonsisreally, really, really, really wants approval for new video boards on the side of Verizon Center. I say, let him put them up, Chinatown Gallery Place has become the shiny lights district of the District, some TVs aren’t going to change the character much.
The Washington Nationals are weird. Last night, after a 3-run inning against a Tampa Bay Rays starter making his MLB debut, they were hitless. A mere baserunner for 7 innings after the first. They won 3-2, behind Stephen Strasburg‘s 10 strikeouts (video). The rubber game is tonight. Game recap video
The war of words between managers Davey Johnson and Joe Maddon continues. Nats Enquirer has it chronicled well. Johnson called Maddon a “weird wuss” (Nationals Journal, The Post) too, so I guess we can look forward to guessing which Sunday morning politics show will use that one first. I hope it’s Bob Schieffer. Then there’s this video from CSN Washington:
This is a lot fun, more so when the Nats win though. Gio Gonzalez is on the hill for D.C. tonight.
THIS JUST IN — MASN IS STILL INCOMPETENT
MASN gives trivia about Dutch Leonard. Then pans over to the Ring of Honor honoring Homestead Grays’ Buck Leonard. Brilliant.
Since DC Sports Bog and @SI_Vault have been posting DC sports photos from that past (mostly Washington Redskins) I thought I’d throw in a screengrab of Sonny Jurgensen wearing a Washington Senators cap, probably in 1970 or 1971 training camp. I have heard that he and Frank Howard used to hang out back in the day.
I grabbed it from this video about Vince Lombardi’s time as Redskins head coach:
Once again, I’m really glad the Washington Nationals went with the curly W. If its good enough for Sonny…
Sadly, I don’t have a lot of time to recap last night’s events (video) — Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson asks the umpires to check Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta‘s glove for a foreign substance and sure enough there was. Peralta was tossed and Rays manager Joe Maddon started barking off the field about how he felt about the actions of the Nats. I didn’t nearly come to blows like the epic 2005 showdown between Frank Robinson and Mike Scioscia though. As for Maddon, someone from Hazleton, Pa. being passive-aggressive? Well, I never…
Won’t you be disappointed if Nats GM Mike Rizzo doesn’t call out Maddon fake tough?
The glove challenge overshadowed the fact that Chein Ming Wang was terrible and the Nats lost their fourth game in a row.
I wonder if Johnson would have challenged the Rays if he didn’t have Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez next in the rotation.