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Tuesday, August 4, 2009


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.


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MikeHarris said...

If THAT site is illegal?? Wow.
Nothing nasty on there except my name.
But thanks for trying

Ryan said...

If I can access the site at my place of work, ANYONE should be able to access it.

My employer blocks more attempts than Dikembe Mutombo.

Anonymous said...

This "Uncategorized URLs" thing is a new blocking factor at my work site. I used to be able to access NFA at work, but now I can't because it's suddenly an "uncategorized URL." Other sites such as your blog, Nats320, etc, came through fine before and still do. This says to me that my workplace recently flipped some switch on their filtering software, so that it's now not just filtering on content but also on meta properties of the site - things that the site creator can specify but may not, either by neglect or by choice. The sites that still come through must have their category set to something, perhaps by default. Check with whoever created your site and see if they can somehow categorize it by setting some property. That may be all it takes to get it past filters such as the one at my workplace.

MikeHarris said...

Thanks. I have copied your messages to him.
If this one doesn't work, my next venture may BE a porn site.

DoubleH said...

Seriously, has anyone heard anything on the Strasburg negotiations. It seems like a complete vacuum out there.

Andrew said...

Quaker Steak and Lube wings are indeed fantastic. They've been featured on the Travel and Food Channels a couple times. I love their Honey BBQ.

MikeHarris said...

Honey barbecue?? I didn't see that among the park offerings. I would have been all over that. I went with "medium" instead.

Andrew said...

Yeah, I'm guessing the choices are considerably pared down at the ballpark. At the restaurant they have like 20+ sauces to choose from including their atomic which you have to sign a waiver to eat it's so hot.