Jimbo won't go away, ever.
The gift that keeps on giving: Jimbo's inexplicable handshake agreement with Dmitri Young forces Stan's hand; Da MeatShake to be added to Nats' 40-man roster before Opening Day. Via Nationals Journal:
The Nationals intend to add Dmitri Young to the 40-man roster before Opening Day because of a handshake agreement that was made this winter between Young and then-General Manager Jim Bowden.
Good for the Nats for honoring the "agreement", as bizarre and inexplicable as it may be. But the obvious next questions get a little scary: How many other handshake agreements did Jimbo make with other embedded ex-Reds on the payroll, and will the Nats honor those handshakes, too? Don't be surprised when Javier Valentin is suddenly named starting catcher, and Wily Mo Pena is starting in left. We're only half-kidding about that.
Now, just for fun, let's revisit an ominous headline over at Nationals dot com from a little over a week ago, on the day Da MeatShake took batting practice, "marking the first time since early March that he was able to do any baseball activities." Seemed then like it was only a matter of time:
Young takes batting practice
Door slowly closing on vet's chances to make Nats' roster
Little did we know that door would be wrenched back open by Jim Bowden's hand.