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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


So I'm sitting at the Quaker Steak and Lube in Richmond last night, killing a ton of all you can eat wings with my young friend Michael, also my frequent travel partner to Nats Park.

We're having a grand time. We discussed the future of the Nats (both of us very pessimistic), how the team could be near the end of year six and offer maybe less hope than it did five years ago, upcoming trips to New York and things to do there, some old man's reluctance (cough cough) to try anything testier than mild sauce and much, much more.

We have Phils-Braves on one of the TVs, Yankees-Rays on another and of course, we're the only people in there who ask for a Nats-Astros broadcast. Pennant fever all around us and we're watching this game?

But the eighth inning was fun and Pudge hit a home run and the Nats won and it dawned on me. That's No. 63!! Yee-haa. High fives all around. The team can't lose 100 again (well, not this year. It darn sure can and probably will lose 100 again).

This is what makes me happy these days. I'm looking at four teams on two other TVs that are going to the playoffs, four teams with brighter presents and probably brighter futures than our beloved Nats. And I'm wet-my-pants thrilled that my team isn't going to lose 100 for the third year in a row.

I am one sick man and I am in need of serious help.

I should have asked for a side of glass with those wings.


Dave Nichols said...

MIke, i answered yes in your poll. that's how totally effed up this franchise was under MLB and Bowden reign. just pretend it's really 2006 and your outlook will be better on this team.

MikeHarris said...

So so so We still have the Manny years ahead?

I'd rather go back to 7/5/2005 and get a mulligan on the second half that year.

George Templeton said...

I am not happy with the progress right now, I was happier in June and July. I was hoping for somewhere around 75 wins for this season. But there is hope with Ramos and Espinosa coming along.
Maybe a Jayson Werth could speed up the improvement?

MikeHarris said...

I think 75 was a very reasonable expectation for this year - and now 70 seems out of the question. Trying to find reason to be optimisic about next year and I keep coming up empty.

I'd love to see them sign Werth. And Dunn.


Now that lineup might make me a little excited.