"Maybe it works out better that the deal [with Washington] didn’t go through. In two years I might be a free agent, and then they get to keep the players [who would have been] in the trade. And some of those guys could end up being key players for them." (Zack Greinke, via Dave Sheinin/Washington Post, 3/22/2011)
And in two years, the Nats could be thanking their lucky stars that the deal fell through. At the very least, by the time 2013 rolls around we'll know how Phase 2 turned out for the Nats: and how much of Ted Lerner's $100 million is left on the table for Greinke.
And Corey Brown went on to miss 3+ weeks, right? But don't cancel that April 7 road trip to Rome, GA for Harper's minor league debut just yet: MASN's Byron Kerr has a minor league Nats source who says Harper should be back in 4 or 5 days:
A minor league official with knowledge of the situation is more specific about Harper's possible return, saying the Nats' top prospect is, "doing okay and should be back in four or five days." (via Byron Kerr/MASNSports.com, 3/22/2011)
In other words, Bryce Harper could return from his not-mild-but-medium sprain anywhere from four days to three weeks. Guess that's what they mean by day-to-day? On second thought, better cancel that April 7 road trip to Rome.
On an unrelated note: Enjoy the following video of Harper lining one off Bo Porter during batting practice a few weeks ago when the kid was still in Big League camp:
Top of the fifth: Nyjer Morgan bunts, runs into Albert Pujols at first base. Pujols apparently hurts his wrist. Two batters later, Chris Carpenter plunks Laynce Nix. In the bottom of the fifth, Livan Hernandez plunks Colby Ramus. Two innings later, Ex-Nat Miguel Batista plunks Ian Desmond. Tempers flare. Benches clear. Jim Riggleman and BFF Tony LaRussa have words. Ho hum, just another benches-clearing incident kicked off by Nyjer Morgan.
After the game, Ian Desmond lobs a verbal grenade at ex-teammate Batista (and surprisingly the throw doesn't sail over Batista's head):
So the Hagerstown Suns have found a sponsor for Bryce Harper's at-bats, but are apparently prohibited from selling Bryce Harper merch yet. But don't worry: a couple of enterprising Suns fans designed their own stuff, and launched Harperstown.com to sell the merch. The website is still under construction, but says they're taking orders. Two different eyeblack styles (call 'em "warpaint" and "reduced") for the shirts, and if you're so inclined, go ahead and order yourself a Harperstown rally towel (can also be used to help wipe off the extra eye black):
After the jump, Harperstown.com's Mike Kuhn explained to The Nationals Enquirer (via email) how the project came together.
This good news was delivered on Thursday via Twitter by @NatsTix, the official Ticket Sales and Service Twitter account for the Washington Nationals, in response to a comment from a concerned Nationals fan about the ugly red eyesore:
" ...how about taking down the red tent that blocks the view of the Capitol?" (via @kevin_reiss, 3/17/2011)"
"...the tent is also coming down for 2011." (via @NatsTix, 3/17/2011)
Sweet. But now where will all the corporate muckety-mucks for their pregame picnics?
"You know, you learn a lot about guys from how they keep their lockers," Zimmerman says, "whether it's neat or messy. I wouldn't say he's terribly messy, but he's not clean, either. He'll scatter some stuff around."
And what has Zimmerman learned about Werth from those locker-housecleaning habits?