Last night ¡LIVAN! came through with the bat — a RBI double in the 2nd and a solo homer (nationals.com video) in the 4th. He pitched 8 scoreless innings too. Just a great outing, one that earned him his 10th win of the season. He is the first D.C. pitcher to reach that mark since 2008 (Tim Redding) and probably the only one to do it twice in the team’s six seasons. He was due for a win after some poor outings of late.
Adam Dunn hit a monster homer as well — the Braves said it went 455 feet, but it went over a sign on the concourse that said 460.
So, Mark Teixierais headed to my AL club (ESPN) and not my NL one. This makes sense for me since Teixiera would not make the Nationals champions in the short-term and not even in the long-term by himself. I was not crazy about a contract that big from the Nationals at this point in The Plan (if it still exists).
As a Yankee Teixiera can be an important part of the team without having to carry it. While he said no the Nats, he also spurned to his “hometown” Orioles. Hey, Peter Angelo$ you lose!
The Yankees better win it all this year.
Silver lining for D.C. fans — good relations (if that is possible) with uber agent Scott Boras. Will that mean a discount with the #1 pick, Steven Strasberg. Of course not, but at least they have an idea of how to deal with the agent.
Now, can we just move on?
NOTA BENE: I have been trying to get this to appear for hours, blogger and my have not been talking to each other for some reason.
The first annual NatsFest will be held on Sunday, January 25 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. There will be autographs, Q&A and probably some mascots. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for fans under 12. They probably ought to mention if the proceeds are going to the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation if that is the case and if not, why it is not free.
There is also the winter caravan which makes stops in Richmond, Annapolis and Martinsburg, W. Va. The caravan runs between Jan. 22 – 26.
THOM LOVERRO – Nats, Teixeira seeking a way out – The Wash. Times If the only way the Mark Teixiera signs in D.C. is a contract with an opt-out clause, as Loverro suggests, I don’t want him. I think a half-assed commitment from both sides does not set the franchise in the right direction.
Ask Boswell – The Post “Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell was online Friday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. ET to take your questions about the Redskins, the Caps, the Hot Stove league and his latest columns.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m eager to hear what Bos says about the Capitals.
Reliever Colome released by Nats – nationals.com This is good news, since Jesús Colome destroyed the season in the fourth game at Philadelphia. His poor pitching and failure to cover a base cost the Nats the game and an undefeated record. Things would have been totally different if he had not screwed up.
Nationals Offer Teixeira Long-Term Deal – The Post There you have it, the Nationals have offered Mark Teixeira a big contract. We will see how this plays out. I would be lying if I said the biggest reason I want Teixeira was not spite. Signing him would be a big middle-finger in the direction of Peter Angelo$, not too mention a big help to the lineup. Spite is not a great reason to spend $20 million a year though. If this drives up the price for Teixeira so that Angelo$ or the Red Sox has to pay more, that is okay too.