A few generic topics to touch on this a.m. before life gets hectic. Too hectic, sad to say, to make it up for a free t-shirt tonight. I'd like to be there to give Nick Johnson a nice round of applause. Cover for me, huh?
*My wife says right now it is a tie between Safeco and PNC for favorite park. Up to me to break it, I guess. I can't. Both are terrific. Spectacular views, a wide variety of good food that is cheaper than it is in Washington. Just a lot of nice touches that seem to be missing at Nats Park. I don't want to come off too negative. I enjoy watching games in D.C., it is a fine stadium for viewing. But the stadium itself doesn't match the others. Don't take my word for it. Go see for yourself. Try the wings at Quaker Lube and Something. A friend suggested them. I had them twice. Outstanding.
*Is it Aug. 17 yet? A talk show host in Pittsburgh, name escapes me, is convinced Strasburg is headed overseas in an attempt to get with San Diego in the next draft. There ought to be some sort of rule, though I'm not sure what it would be and if it would be enforceable. I'd say this is a pretty big 13 days for Mr. Rizzo.
*A buzz seems to be building that maybe it is time to give Tyler Clippard another look as a starter. Why? The experiment to make him a reliever seems to have worked pretty well. Zimmermann will be back soon (we hope) and Mock can head back to AAAA or back to the bullpen or wherever. This team has enough starter prospects. Bring Martis back. Bring Detwiler back. Leave Clippard alone. If Sean Burnett keeps it up, maybe those two are the start of a bullpen that doesn't stink. Wouldn't it be nice to go to the pen and not freak out over the impending disaster? Add Storen (assuming he is for real) and a free agent/trade and maybe, just maybe it becomes a real bullpen. Hey, a guy can dream, right?
*Burnett gave up a home run to the first batter he faced and hasn't given up a run since. I'll take it. Maybe the man found the cure for Nats-itis.
*Speaking of dreams, I keep having one where Jorge Sosa regains his 2005 form. Then I wake up. As I've said before, I saw him a couple of times that year and would have bet the ranch that he was the truthful truth.
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*I'm glad Willingham didn't get traded. Maybe I'm fooled by a hot month but I really like the guy. I'm still baffled by the Johnson deal. Don't you have to get a smidge more than that? Friends who know more than I do say his value really did fall and other suitors found better options. But did it fall THAT far?
*New poll coming tomorrow. Trying to think of something good.