PHILADELPHIA — I finally cashed in my winnings from the Nats victory in the 2006 season series with the Fleas today. The Ombudsman was quite gracious in defeat. The cheesesteak was delicious of course.
I have a bad feeling that there will be no repeat next year. I fully expect that it’ll be me giving a concession speech in Ben’s Chili Bowl over chili half-smokes.
I am off to Philly to claim my winnings for the Nats victory over the Fleas in the 2006 season series. The Ombudsman owes me a trip to Jim’s Steaks.
I will return this evening.
I met up with a friend for lunch at the Black Rooster today. It is a decent place, right next to Peace Corps HQ. Anyhow, since I was in that part of the District, I walked over the Nationals Team Store at 1050 Connecticut Ave. NW. In case you were thinking of going to it, don’t bother, unless you are already nearby. The place is quite small, maybe 400 sq. ft. I am glad it is there, but there is nothing to it. If you really want to be surrounded by an officially sanctioned Nats store, head to RFK.
New owners take control – nationals.com
A month by month recap of the Nationals during 2006.
Nationals Owners To Dig Even Deeper – The Post
The Lerner family has indicated that they will spend lots of moolah on the new ballpark, something that makes everybody happy. However, before we get too excited, keep in mind most of the spending is directly tied to revenue generation and not necessisarily things like real stone walls for the park’s exterior instead of faux concrete ones. That could happen though, Mark Lerner indicated that they will spend “millions more each season to develop the park’s personality.” One columnist is gushing about what he has seen.
More from THOMAS BOSWELL of The Post: On the Waterfront, Hope Beginning to Spring Eternal
Cecil Travis; Washington Senators Legend – The Post
One of the oldest surviving Senators, Cecil Travis, recently died. If you want to learn more about the former shortstop, visit Beltway Boys’ tribute from last week.
Fruto baffling hitters in winter ball
P Emiliano Fruto
, acquired in the Jose Vidro
trade is doing well in the Dominican Winter League so far.
Utility Player Fick Re-Signs With Nationals – The Post
Robert Fick has been signed to a non-guaranteed contract. He looks to be the first option off the bench now since Daryle Ward and Marlon Anderson are long gone.
More from The Wash. Times: Nats re-sign Fick to minor-league deal
Tapping In to an Economy of Sale
– The Post
A look into the “the renegade system in which major league teams procure Dominican players.”
Just A Nats Fan also takes an extensive look at these practices.
It’s Official: Vidro Leaves Nats for Seattle – The Post
2B Jose Vidro is officially a Mariner having passed a physical. Oft injured OF Chris Snelling and 22-year-old pitching prospect Emiliano Fruto are coming to D.C. We never got to see Jose Vidro in his prime, which is a shame. Coffeetown is not happy with the trade.
The Nats saved so much money from the trade that they can now buy new parking $igns for RFK.
Also, IF D’Angelo Jimenez, OF Abraham Nuñez and LHP Luis Martinez were all offered minor league contracts.
More from The Wash. Times: Vidro officially traded to Seattle
In order to restore faith in his leadership of Emmis Communications, Jeffrey Smulyan announced he will only be collecting a $1 salary (The Indy Star) in 2007. Apparently, bidding on the Nationals (among other things) was not too popular with the Emmis shareholders. So, all those fears we had about him being cheap as Nats owner seem to have been well founded. Had he been running the show, we could have had a slashed payroll and no investment in player development.
Back Home, a Hero’s Welcome for Nats’ Acta – The Post
Manny Acta made his first trip back to his native Dominican Republic to great fanfare. He is embarrassed that he is treated differently though; being named Nationals manager has made him a national hero.
Vidro Trade Still on Hold
– The Post
Travel problems prevented Jose Vidro from taking a physical to complete the trade with Seattle.
– These guppies could use a big fish
– The Wash. Times
“Most new owners want to make a big splash, which isn’t always good. But the Lerner/Kasten group wants to take all the water out of the pool.”