There's a good reason to get up in the morning, beyond hoping all this nasty snow is gone.
A "newcomer" will join the Nats' blogosphere, or Natsmosphere as we like to call it.
But he's not new.
Mark Zuckerman, late of the Washington Times, will be blogging at www.natsinsider.blogspot.com - as of now it says it is open to invited readers only, though I'm sure Mark will have that fixed by tomorrow.
Though I'm sure we'd all rather see Mark with a paid, full-time gig covering the team (and I remain hopeful he will get one), he will be a welcome addition to our little world.
First, if you're actually reading this blog, it is clear you are like me and can't have too much to read about the Nats. Second, he'll add an intelligent knowledgable voice to the mix. Not that there aren't already blogs that qualify - present blather excepted - it's just that one more is always good.
I've followed Mark's stuff over the years and come to know him a little bit. Most important, he's a good guy. Almost as important, he's a hard-working reporter and talented writer.
I'm eager to read his stuff. If Chris Needham is really back for good at www.dcbb.blogspot.com Mom's Basement is definitely more crowded but also a much better place to be.
In other media news:
*I've heard so many rumors about what's going on at the Post that I have no clue what to believe. Spring training is coming pretty soon, so you'd think they would have this worked out before too long. I know of at least two "outside" interviews they've done, one with a friend of mine who would be a fine choice (he has baseball experience and is a regular ol' sports reporter). One of the rumors - financial concerns may force them to stay inside rather than adding to the staff. I know they have some inside who are interested and would do a good job but I also hope the Post is in decent enough shape that it can get whatever candidate it wants to fill this job.
We'll soon see.