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Monday, July 20, 2009

If you have DirecTV

the entire baseball package is free through Wednesday. Pretty nice to have some options for when things get out of hand real early, like they did in the Mets vs. Syracuse game.

I'm watching this young pitcher for Atlanta. He's retired 13 in a row and has 11 strikeouts through six. Young arms, gang, that's where it is at, or so I'm told.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it possible that this is the worst team in the history of baseball? I mean, what chance did they have last night with an infield of harris, guzmann, belliard, johnson and kearns in right field. they can't possibly score any runs unless the ball goes out of the park and only three people can catch the ball. We can't blame JimBlow any more--Stan approved everything he did.

DoubleH said...

Unfortunately, I was at the game last night and couldn't switch over. At least we got some decent middle relief help. Speaking of money, even though the tickets were free and we fed the kids before the game Uncle Stan still managed to get me to part with 50 of my heard earned dollars. I'm still trying to figure out how that happened

hleeo3 said...

Anon,
The sad part is that it is still Jim Bowden's team. It will remain that way for another year or 2. It is not Stan Kasten's job to know talent. His job is to run the business while the Lerners "reap" his success. Stan's job is to get the right people to know the talent.
It was Jim Bowden's job, as well as his staff, to know the talent. But I don't think many people under Jimbo had a say in much. It was usually what Jim says goes.
But we can blame Kasten for the ridiculousness of the term "interim" but personally I think the Lerners have kept Kasten's hands tied down but I have noticed them giving him more freedom this season. It should be an interesting offseason...

MikeHarris said...

I'm still trying to figure out how Bowden got retained when the Lerners bought the team. Didn't he buddy up to one of the Lerner sons?

I'm watching the Braves again - they're all over the Nats for firing Manny, basically ripping JimBow. Who could manage that? That was their basic message.

hleeo3 said...

Yeah, Jimbo became fast friends with Mark Lerner even before they got the team. That saved his job cause Kasten wanted him gone. I have to give Jimbo credit, he sure knew how to kiss ass.
Personally, I think the Nats were in a no win situation with Manny. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. I think Manny's style doesn't match what the Nats needed, even though what the Nats need is a new team or a new car according to Boswell.
It makes sense to get rid of Manny cause they got nothing to gain by keeping him so why not give Riggleman a tryout. It's pretty cool that Riggleman is a local guy.

DoubleH said...

That's the story I heard. Buddied up to one of the Lerner's and told them what they wanted to hear - the "plan" could be accomplished by acquireing a bunch of cheap toolsy players and drafting signable pitching. As I recall, he was never Stan's guy.