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Mayor of Washington, D.C. who helped restore the District’s image, improved the government and spearheaded the return of baseball and the building of Nationals Park in 2008.

Nats take final game of the series

Stanton Sets Up Nats’ WinThe Post
LF Alfonso Soriano accounted for all three Nats runs with a 2 run homer and a single to knock in Mike Vento. ¡LIVAN! continued his resurgence, giving up two runs over seven innings. Mike Stanton pitched a pefect eight and Chad Cordero pitched an imperfect ninth for his eighth save.

The season series is now tied again.

More from The Wash. Times: Stanton gets the job done


BoxscoreESPN

Reliever Eischen May Be FinishedThe Post
Joey Eiscehn and his sore shoulder will no longer hold the Nationals back. He was sent to the 60 day DL for a “thickness tear of one of the rotator cuff muscles in his left shoulder.” That could be the end of his career.

Most importantly though, Eischen pitched through pain, like a real man. Clearly, it worked out for both him and the team, are you paying attention John Patterson? Eischen’s injury opens the door for Bill Bray, who has been quite promising (4-1 with a five saves and a 3.98 ERA in 312/3 innings) in AAA.

Also, Jose Vidro is slumping, having seen his leading average fall like a rock off a highway overpass. He also sat out yesterday with a bad knee.

More from The Wash. Times: Surgery set for Eischen


Mayor creates office to oversee developmentThe Wash. Times
Mayor Anthony Williams has appointed Anacostia Waterfront Corp chairman Stephen Goldsmith to run a new office to oversee development of the new ballpark.

Also, Robert Bobb and other city officials will meet with the Lerners today to make a decision about the parking garages. My guess — one will remain above ground and the other will be buried.


Jim Williams: The month to get things startedThe Wash. Examiner
Williams writes about the Redskins radio situation and the Nats TV situation, saying it will be a busy month. Whatever.

Jim Bowden: Feeling the MLB draftThe Wash. Examiner
Speaking of whatever…

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Ann-na Ann-na Ann-na

Fritz and I went to RFK last night for the Nationals vs. Baltimore game. The Nats lost, 9-6. P John Patterson did not look great for the Nats and the team committed two errors. It was not really great baseball, but fun nonetheless. Some observations:

  • I was delighted to see the pitcher-soon-to-be-known-as-the-former-Mr. Anna Benso on on the hill for Baltimore.
  • I was very dissapointed that nobody joined me in chants of “Ann-na, Ann-na, Ann-na” when Benson was on the mound.
  • The outfield did not look like it was in great shape.
  • ¡Dutch! (now #11) did well with the bat (2 doubles), but made an error in the field.
  • Brandon Watson (still #00) had three straight singles and took a lot of pitches in a late inning strike out.
  • Kenny Kelly (now #44) crushed a pitch to straight-away center; about a 420 foot homer. I did not see that coming, how Preston Wison-esque.
  • There was not a lot of black and orange in the stands. Good.
  • Mayor Anthony Williams threw out the first pitch from a few feet in front of the mound. It was pretty good, much better than last year.
  • Somewhere in RFK you can buy nachos, but I could not for the life of me figure out where. I got a lot of exercise in my futile search for them. Anybody know where the nachos stands are located?
  • 2B Jose Vidro played like the All-Star that he apparently was in Montréal.
  • I was sitting in 532, so I did not get to see how bad Alfonso Soriano was fielding. I may be on to something. He did get cheered loudly though when he came to bat.
  • It is hard to take baseball seriously when both teams are wearing colored uniforms.

    Nats’ Patterson Has Climbed HillThe Post
    A profile/preview of John Patterson that was mostly written before last night’s game.


    THOMAS BOSWELLHit, or MissThe Post
    Boz correctly notes that if the Nats are going to have any chance this season, they are going to have to hit. He thinks the lineup is better, but I remain unconvinced. They might want to field a lot better too.

    Guillen Wants to Finalize Contract ExtensionThe Post
    I cannot blame Jose Guillen for wanting to get a contract extension done before the season starts, he cannot count on anyone but Jim Bowden (file photo) to give him anywhere near what he wants. If I were the GM, I would probably wait until after the season and risk losing him.

    The Web site for The Wash. Times was down this morning, so no article from there today.
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  • No owner, no lease, no name

    MURRAY CHASSAn Identity Crisis May Loom in WashingtonThe Times
    Here is the original column that spawned Brad’s comment about the ESPN article. This has been known in the Natmosphere for a while now.

    The long story-short is that a company called Bygone Sports (you may have seen their ads on washtimes.com) was formed in 2002 to trademark the name Washington Nationals. It is not a leap of logic to assume that they did this in anticipation of getting paid off by MLB in the event the name was ever used. MLB believed they had a verbal agreement to work it out, but apparently not, so Bygone sued and MLB countersued.

    My prediction — an out of court settlement, terms not disclosed. Of course, knowing MLB, they might say “Forget about it and change the name to Senators”, which would make Mayor Anthony Williams (and plenty others) unhappy. Maybe they’ll take the District to arbitration too, since poisoning the well is what they excel at over all else.

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    Sosa?!

    Nationals make Sosa offerFlorida Today
    We barely had enough time to take in the (apparent) good news before Jim Bowden went off a did something stupid, like offering a guranteed contract to has-been Sammy Sosa. This makes little sense, since the team already has about 5 outfielders plus the forgotten Ryan Church, who last time I checked was reasonably priced. Plus, Sosa never played for Cincy, so why Bowden lusts after him is doublely odd.

    Oh wait, we had a washed up former Baltimore outfielder last year too. Maybe this part of the Angelo$ compensation.


    Baseball keeps Washington guessing on stadium capAP/The Post
    Mayor Anthony Williams is confident while MLB is not talking. I think they are going to take their time, but an announcement saying “this is wholly unacceptable” coming across the wires in about ten minutes would not surprise me either. This is far from over…
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    Mayor presents revised ballpark plan with another $70 million

    Williams Revises Stadium Cost PlanThe Post
    Mayor Anthony Williams has delivered the paperwork detailing costcaps for construction as well as a promise of $70 million from the Anacotia Waterfront Commision. The council is going to have the lawfirm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary of Chicago look over the documents this weekend. If they tell the council that the promises that the mayor made are supported by the paperwork, council chair Linda Cropp (D) is cautiously optmistic that the lease will pass.

    More from The Wash. Times: Council receives lease documents

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    Deutsche Bank deal officially off

    Private Stadium Funding CanceledThe Post
    Not surprisingly, the Deutsche Bank private financing plan is off the table. Council chair Linda Cropp (D) offered the funniest quote I have seen in a while:

    It was never my plan. It was a plan that was recommended by the CFO

    Politicians are amusing sometimes.


    Mayor: Lease vote will go off TuesdayThe Wash. Times
    Mayor Anthony Williams wants to have the vote on Tuesday whether the votes are there or not. Kwame Brown (D, At-large) wants to hold off though, which sounds to me like he wants to vote yes, but needs to be convinced.

    Mayor Growing Tired Of Stadium FightWRC-TV
    Whiskey tango foxtrot?
    You know the mayor’s stupid and this was an awful deal, it’s still awful and everybody’s bad, I don’t have any desire whatsoever to continue that game,” said Williams. “I think it’s now time to have a vote. I do not have any intention whatsoever this time of withdrawing the legislation. I think we just need to have a vote. And if you want baseball, this is what we have

    Not something you want to hear from anybody in a leadership position. Marion Barry is going to eat this up with one of these.


    Nats are close to deal with reliever RodriguezThe Wash. Times
    P Felix Rodriguez is apparently not yet a National officially, who knew?
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    Nats roundup

    Nationals spring schedule releasedThe Wash. Times
    The spring training schedule is now out and tickets are finally available. Who can’t wait to get to the white sand beaches exciting nightlife Panera of Viera?

    More from Florida Today: Nationals tickets go on sale


    Revised Stadium Decision Comes Down to the WireWTOPnews.com
    Mayor Anthony Williams was on WTOP yesterday for “Ask the Mayor” and he said he is optimistic (what’s new) and we will know about the stadium plan today. That is of course assuming that the standard histrionics go away or it is concluded that the lease cannot get approved.

    The Last Handshake DealThe Post
    One of the landowners of the ballpark footprint is profiled.

    Guillen lifts kids’ spirits on Caravannationals.com
    Who is thinking of the childrens? Jose Guillen is thinking of the childrens.

    THOMAS BOSWELLBaseball — or Is It Vaudeville? — Will Soon Regain Center StageThe Post
    I think the sports editor told Tom Boswell he needed to write a baseball column and he had nothing to write about, so he devotes two paragraphs to Anna Benson and five to Theo Epstein. The local ball team gets six grafs, but two are only a sentence long. He thinks we will look back and think, “wow, the Nats did not have a lease at the start of spring training” and Alf is going to sign a $50 million contract extension. Whatever.

    Oh yeah, as part of the “winter caravan” some Nats are signing autographs in my neighborhood at the Champps in Pentagon Row tomorrow from 12:30 to 2 p.m. I’ll probably stop by, just look for the guy in the home jersey with the away cap and relief pitcher hair.
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    Sosa and the lease

    Nationals Maintain Their Interest in Free Agent SosaThe Post
    For some reason, Jim Bowden appears to still be interested in Sammy Sosa. At least Bowden is not offering a guaranteed contract…yet. I maintain my distaste for signing a washed up primadona with a trail of baggage stretching from here to Chicago.

    Also, the Nats are looking at making former Expo/Yankee/Ranger John Wetteland the bullpen coach. RHP Felix Rodriguez and 1B Daryle Ward are being offered minor league deals to attend spring training.


    Mayor optimistic about fixed leaseThe Wash. Times
    Oh boy, Anthony Williams is optimistic, should we be optimistic too? Probably not, because the article does not present enough evidence to me that the mayor is not just believing in the way he wants things to be instead of the way things are in real life.

    Oh and if/when this gets done, one bank (The Post) probably won’t be lending any money for the project.

    There is more from The Wash. Examiner too — Mayor: Stadium deal progressing. Williams is suggesting this is ultimately up to Linda Cropp, the council chair. Some demands the council has made:

  • Nationals will be District-based for tax purposes – Reasonable, but I don’t know how MLB goes about that sort of thing.
  • Guaranteed construction costs to avoid “open checkbook problem” – Sounds nice, but does it work in the real world?
  • All development rights in the area outside the stadium will benefit the District – Who else would they benefit?
  • An initiative to rebuild youth baseball, requirement for 50 public appearances per season by the team, increased numbers of tickets available to underprivileged youth and a commitment to hire District residents – Again, reasonable.
  • If city misses March 1, 2008, deadline to open new facility, baseball will pay to play in RFK Stadium for 12 months. – No chance.
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