Category Archives: Nats/MLB 2011

Shipping container “fairgrounds” to replace Half Street’s Bullpen

Half Street ‘Fairgrounds’: Shipping Container Market, Events SpaceJD Land
The Bullpen, which for the last few seasons was the closest pre-/post-game watering hole to Nationals Park, is no more. The replacement is “‘Fairgrounds,’ a combination food, market and events space that will be open seven days a week from the beginning of baseball season through October 1.” Shipping containers are prominently involved.

The Market will be positioned on the Das Bullpen site at Half and M, across from the Navy Yard Metro station entrance. It will include “permanent” food truck versions of two of Blair’s restaurants: Bayou and its New Orleans/Southern-themed food and drinks, and Surfside with its beach-type offerings. There are also plans still being worked out to have a rotating roster of additional food trucks every non-game day.

This space will open at 11:30 am every day; on game days, the market and food trucks will remain open until two hours after the game ends; otherwise, it will stay open at least through Happy Hour, or later if patrons are still around. There will be a “spectator” deck built on top of the shipping containers as well as a music stage, with plans to continue to have local and regional bands play on game days. And of course there will be 20 HD televisions and plenty of cornhole sets. (Which I totally don’t get, but you kids have fun with it.)

There is still a long way to go before the neighborhood around Nationals Park lives up to its promise, but this is probably a step up from the Bullpen.

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Nats and MASN to review TV deal

Jim Williams: Nationals may be in line for bigger TV dealThe Wash. Examiner
Every five years, the Washington Nationals get to review the deal (*cough* corrupt bargain) they have with MASN, the cable channel that is owned by the Baltimore Orioles/Peter Angelos. My objections to the arrangement both historically and currently are well established, so I wont’ rehash them today. I wish the Nats media consultant Chris Bevilacqua luck in getting a better deal for Nats, but in the end, I think the negotiations will look like this:

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Ben Goessling leaving Nats beat, MASN; other changes coming?

We don’t know how much change we’ll see in media covering the Washington Nationals in 2012, but there is now an official departure. Ben Goessling will be leaving MASN to go back to his hometown paper, the Pioneer-Press in St. Paul to cover the Minnesota Twins. I haven’t read him regularly since he moved to MASN, but I do recall him mouthing off about the Nats in 2010 which certainly fit with the MASN view. Don’t let the door hit you in the…

Also, there is speculation about the role of “the sideline reporter” on MASN telecasts. @LetTeddyWin noted several weeks ago that Debbi Taylor’s blog is gone from MASN’s Web site. Addition by subtraction?

Still no word on if Bob Carpenter will return as the play-by-play man for telecasts. His contract was up and there has been plenty of speculation he won’t be back. I would not be shocked if Dave Jageler took over, though that’s just a hunch.

In other news, Thomas Boswell is excited about the winter meetings, but doesn’t really say anything (The Post).

By the way, I don’t want the Nats to sign Prince Fielder. He may only be 27, but he is probably going to to be using “Old Player Skills” for most of whatever contract he signs. Also, his last name is kind of ironic when you look at his UZR.

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