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Nats’ Robinson Bids a Fond Farewell – The Post
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the Nats ended their season much as they began it — losing to the Mets. They also lost the home opener to the Mets, with Ramon Oritz on the hill that time too. This time, he gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings before giving way to the bullpen. The final was 6-2, Mets.
The game of course was secondary to the Frank Robinson sendoff. Charlie Slowes led a ceremony before the game honoring Robinson. A video montage showed some of his great moments as a player and as a manager. My favorite was the shot of him arguing with Mike Scoisa from last season. The p.a. also blasted “Simply the Best” which struck me as an odd choice because if he was the best, why wasn’t he retained? Robinson then spoke for about 10 minutes before everybody began hugging each other.
Following a Chad Cordero (second at-bat of the season, I think) strikeout to end the game, “Sweet Caroline” was blasted over the p.a. which struck me as odd. That song HAS to go next year.
More from The Wash. Times: Respect comes full circle as Robinson says goodbye
Boxscore – ESPN
More from The Wash. Times: Soriano’s future still murky
Stanton Sets Up Nats’ Win – The 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
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
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.
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:
Nats’ Patterson Has Climbed Hill – The Post
A profile/preview of John Patterson that was mostly written before last night’s game.
MURRAY CHASS – An Identity Crisis May Loom in Washington – The 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.
Nationals make Sosa offer – Florida 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.
Williams Revises Stadium Cost Plan – The 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
Private Stadium Funding Canceled – The 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.
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.
Nationals spring schedule released – The 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
Nationals Maintain Their Interest in Free Agent Sosa – The 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.
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: