"I never saw a guy that wanted to beat you like [Jackie Robinson] did. He could beat you with his glove. He could beat you with his legs. He could beat you with the bat. These kids out here today just plain stunk. It's a [expletive] insult to the game of baseball." (Tommy Lasorda, via The Nationals Enquirer, 7/16/2007)
From today's NY Post:"Right now, the relief market is the one being discussed most by teams, but clubs are still finding the asking prices for... Washington’s Chad Cordero and Jon Rauch too high." I wonder what "too high" means here? This is the same line being tossed around about the asking price for Da Meat Hook...
According to sources with no direct or indirect knowledge of the situation, Jim Bowden is attempting to trade Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez back to the Cincinnati Reds for Gary Majewski and Bill Bray, citing a little-known 'useless goods' clause in the The Official Professional Baseball Rules Book governing transactions. Sources not necessarily inside the organization say Bowden is hoping Krivsky "forgets" about Ryan Wagner, because Jim likes his upside.
2. Nick Johnson: Will he take the field in '07? Probably not. Next question: will he take the field in '08?
3. Da Meat Hook: Hey, we love a good comeback story as much as you do, but there's no question about trading him. We're not having this conversation. So please don't screw this up, Jim: trade him now, for the love of Jesus Colome. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before cries of 'Save Da Meat Hook!' started to be heard, but...this is a no brainer. In the meantime, it's time to get comfortable with the idea of seeing a whole lot more of Tony Batista the rest of the summer. Yuck.
4. Alex Escobar: One of our favorite things over the last few months has been watching little bits and pieces of information trickle in across the wires about Alex Escobar. He's back! No wait, he had a setback. He's rehabbing again! No, wait, another setback. He's...no, wait, another setback. Now -- all signs are pointing to the imminent return of Alex Escobar, which means he'll be installed in center (goodbye Platoon!), go crazy for about three or four weeks, then suffer a freak injury that'll put him back on the shelf again until next Spring. Then we get to go through the whole process again next season. Rinse, wash, repeat.
5. Trade deadline approaching: So...who else is on the trading block, besides Young? Belliard? Cordero? Ayala? Rauch? Church? Everybody?
6. Rotation: We're having a hard time dreaming up what the rotation will look like on September 1, but Boz's guess is as good as ours. Who'll be the first called up from AAA or AA to replace the next starter who goes down with elbow problems -- Balester? Hanrahan? Lannan? What to do about Hill? Will Jerome Williams return from exile in AAA?
7. He Who Must Not Be Named: Last week we promised that his name would not be invoked on this site until he takes the mound in a major league game, but really, this whole situation with the injections ("It's because that treatment is not approved here in the States yet."), and leeches is just plain weird. The Big Pattsy is a headcase, aren't there plenty of shrinks right here in DC? What are they injecting him with up there in Canada?
9. The Natosphere or Natmosphere, you know: There are many, many, many blogs out there related to Washington's MLB entry. Butmany seemto be barely on life support. How many will still be standing by the end of the season? Will The Nationals Enquirer be among the living? Let's hope not. And yes, this is probably the least interesting of all items on our list.
10. [Fill in the blank]. Ok, we can't think of everything. What did we miss?
The Alex Escobar watch intensifies...1-10 over the weekend rehabbing with Harrisburg. The biggest news is that he didn't get hurt (yet), which hopefully means we're one day closer to the end of the platoon in center (until Escobar gets hurt again). See you in Florida, Alex?
"For the most part, my fastball was up, my change-up was flat and my curveball was nonexistent; I'm disgusted with myself right now. I feel healthy, but I made stupid pitches in stupid situations. Even if I made the right pitch, I didn't execute it, and it ended up a home run." (Mike Bacsik, via Washington Post, 7/07/2007)
Yaaaawn...2 more hits for Da Meat Hook. Aren't you just a little bit interested to know what Jim Bowden's asking price is? Did Jim really get thisclose to a deal with the Braves, but the asking price was too high (or so says Ken Rosenthal)?
Meanwhile...There's nobody clamoring for the triumphant return of old friend Hector Carrasco to Washington (DFA by LAAoA on Tuesday).
...Team hopes Detwiler will make an appearance in the bigs in '07. To help his chances, Detwiler immediately complains about elbow, shoulder, buttocks, and/or hip pain (prerequisites for pitching for the '07 NAAAts).