Mr Deeds Goes To Washington ……..
tophatal ……… April 30, 2012 ….7:47:09 PM
I’ve read where a lot of patrons and contributors within this forum have been somewhat surprised but at the same time excited that the Washington Nationals (14-8) sat atop of the NL East . As recently as last Wednesday the team had one of best records in all of baseball. That being said the Nationals have faltered somewhat recently in their schedule having lost four straight . The Washington Nationals now find themselves tied within the division with the Atlanta Braves (14-8) and it has to be said and they have not done themselves any favors with their recent swoon . Much of the Nationals’ woes have come from the fact that the team’s offense is one of the most anemic within the NL .
Slide show for your perusal .
Team GM Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson have sought to assemble a team that would be able to contend within the NL as as the rest of baseball. Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper are seen as the ” faces” and future of the franchise . Both are number one draft picks from the MLB Drafts of 2010 and 2009 . Bryce Harper and Strasburg are represented by uber-agent Scott Boras . Anyone who has seen Boras in action will know that he has become the one agent which the vast majority of owners and general managers seem to despise. From my own perspective , it’s as I have said all along you simply allow the agents to dictate the salary scale for the free agents and you simply get what you deserve . Just ask the Nationals’ front office how they now feel about Jayson Werth’s contract and the mere fact since signing along the dotted line for the deal he has been amongst the least productive players at the position.
For those who for some reason through sheer idiocy seem to be buying into the premise because of a mere 22 games played the Washington Nationals are potential contenders for the NL pennant as well as the World Series . I’d recommend you take a step back and simply watch this team as they try to play some semblance of consistent baseball. And the same can be said of the rather inane morons who continue to believe that the Kansas City Royals are a team on the rise . Simply wake the fu_k up and smell the coffee , as the Royals are no more a serious contender within AL than Newt Gingrich could be considered a legitimate contender for the Republican Party Presidential candidate for the upcoming national election this upcoming November . An asshole, like Gingrich had no set mandate or policy platform and __ stating that he was running on a Conservatism stance , seemingly ran up in excess of $6.5 million in campaign debt to simply prove what the vast majority of the public had to have known , Newt Gingrich is nothing more than a conceited and narcissistic bastard ! In this day and age what the f_ck is a Conservative platform ? Does it mean that those on the “right of the political aisle” are simply more f_cking corrupt and crooked than their counterparts on the Left ? And for the fans who are living in a vacuum as it relates to the Royals , simply look at the team’s record over the last eight years at least and then suggest to me what indications if any there are to imply that the Kansas City Royals can actually contend within AL Central ? At 6-15 the Royals are not going anywhere this season , even if their frigging lives depended on it ! Get a god damn clue people , it is what it is and that’s it !
The Washington Nationals’ next game pits them against the Arizona Diamondbacks (11-11) at Nationals Ballpark , in Washington , DC . And as good as Taking the mound for the Nationals will be Jordan Zimmerman (1-1, 1.33 ERA ) against Trevor Cahill …. (1-2 , 3.70 ERA) of Diamondbacks . The teams will play a three game series beginning today , ending on Thursday . And there , the players taking aim as the starting pitchers will be Ian Kennedy (3-0, 3.88 ERA) against Ross Detwiler … (2-1, 1.64 ERA) . These series of games should tell us overall a great deal in terms of objectivity as to the directions of both teams and their intent as to postseason aspirations . Neither team can ill-afford to play sub-bar baseball as in the coming months knowing full well that during the finals months of the season the ” contenders” tend to begin to separate themselves from the ” pretenders ” . But also , one has to bear in mind that it wasn’t until the final day of the regular season schedule of 2011 that we would eventually know who the wildcard recipients would be within the AL and NL , respectively . Could that scenario possibly arise again this year , at the culmination of the regular season ? Your thoughts on the matter ?
Now as good as Bryce Harper appears to be , I can’t help but wonder if placing this much attention on the young phenom at this stage of his career will be in the best interest of the player ! The Washington Nationals are under enough pressure as it is to succeed with Mike Rizzo , team owners Theordore “Ted Lerner and his managing partners are seeking to have some semblance of success with this franchise . Lerner also just happens to be the co-owner of the NHL’s …. Washington Capitals as well as the NBA’s Washington Wizards . And for the nation’s capitol , well it has been some considerable time since they have witnessed a major sporting event in which one of their professional sports’ franchises have been a part of a postseason spectacle .
If the Washington Nationals are to have any semblance of success then much of that will be predicated upon the performances of their pitching ace Stephen Strasburg . As the starting pitcher on this rotation , that also has Gio Gonzalez , Ross Detwiler and Jordan Zimmerman . And a great deal will be asked of the rotation as the season progresses for the Nationals . The team’s ERA though not extremely high I’ve no doubt that the coaching staff would like to see that figure a great deal lower !
The Washington Nationals are laboring under the belief that having brought up Bryce Harper from the minors it would provide the team with the much needed offensive spark . I see this as nothing more than an act of desperation on the part of the front office , simply because already they’re already at their wits’ end as to how best get this anemic offense rolling . Jayson Werth hasn’t provided the leadership sought and he has simply yet to live up to that rather exorbitant contract signed as a free agent after he left the Philadelphia Phillies . Werth , like his two younger teammates are also client of the lugubrious Scott Boras and as I alluded to earlier the agent has done more to show out of touch the team owners and general managers just happen to be , when it comes to the economic climate of the game as it relates to player and team salaries . Boras and his peers have worked steadfast with the MLBPA (union) to make sure that the players are financially well rewarded . Bear in mind ., with the recent sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers , questions have arisen as to the whole process and what interference may well have taken place with Bud Selig interjecting himself in the midst of the transaction with the new owners led by Hall of Famer …… Magic Johnson and his partners from Guggenheim Partners LLC , while the organization underwent bankruptcy protection and reorganization . Not much has been made of this by any of the so-called MLB tv analysts or journalists , who are said to have any sort of knowledge as they have sat idly by , like lap dogs , merely hanging unto Bud Selig’s every word like a mesmerized drug induced individual . And when that shit simply happens you simply know , that the likes of Kurkjian and Olney have no fu#king common sense or any god-damn intelligence whatsoever !
Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian for all of their apparent insight have been the type of commentators and historians of the game who’d rather embellish and gloss over certain facts , rather than report much of the malfeasance and sheer gross misconduct by many of the game’s highest ranking executives , owners and the players , themselves . Doubt my word ? Simply look over their stories as it relates to many of the reports that they have covered over the last decade and a half within the game of baseball and simply judge for yourself .
As I alluded to earlier , I really don’t believe that the Washington Nationals are amongst the best teams within the NL ! There are way too many flaws on this roster and even if should make the decision to acquire a top-line free agent at some point leading up to or after the trade deadline . I sincerely doubt that will be enough for them to challenge the likes of the St Louis Cardinals , Los Angeles Dodgers , San Francisco Giants , Philadelphia Phillies , Atlanta Braves or the Arizona Diamondbacks , for that matter .
In truth the nation’s capitol is in need of some real excitement beyond the hypocrisy of what now exists within the alleged ” Hallowed Chambers” of the US House of Representatives , the US Senate and that of the Presidential administration of Barack Obama . Granted, Washington Redskins’ fans believe that it is now a new dawn , with the ringing in of the RG III “era” and the draft choices made that will bolster the existing roster . But in all honesty does anyone truly believe that Robert Griffin III will be able to replicate the success achieved by Cam Newton as a rookie in his first season with the Carolina Panthers , as was attained in 2011 ? Newton , single-handed took that team upon his back and far exceeded expectations. I sincerely doubt that RG III will be able to do that under the coaching auspices of Mike Shanahan , and his son , Kyle Shanahan ! And it is these expectations that are now also being unduly placed upon the shoulders of both Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg at this juncture . Failure will undoubtedly be a real cause for concern for each of the players in question but at the same time limited success as it exists will be fleeting . So in that respect the fans will simply have to make of it what they can until there is some semblance of something tangible arising out of this all .
Picture gallery for your perusal .
Do you believe that the Washington Nationals can rebound from last season’s poor showing to perhaps be a major factor within the National League this season ? Or do you see it as more of the same from an organization that simply has ideas of grandeur above their very own station and expectations ? Simply chime in with a thought on this and anything else you believe to be pertinent to the subject matter .
Picture and slide show details below.
(1) LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 29: Bryce Harper (34) of the Washington Nationals looks on before the game with the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 29, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images ….
(2) Left fielder Bryce Harper (34) of the Washington Nationals runs off the field after catching a fly ball for the third out of the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 29, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won 2-0 . Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images ….
(3) Matt Kemp (27) and Justin Sellers (12) of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals on April 29, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won 2-0. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images ….
(4) Los Angeles Dodgers’ James Loney , right, watches his two-RBI single as Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores looks on during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 29, 2012. AP Photo/Chris Carlson …
(5) Starter Gio Gonzalez (47) of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 29, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images …..
(6) Stephen Strasburg (37) of the Washington Nationals pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images ….
(7) Manager Davey Johnson (5) and general manager Mike Rizzo, (left) ,of the Washington Nationals talk before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on July 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. Getty Images /Greg Fiume ….
(8) Washington Redskins first round NFL football draft pick , Robert Griffin III, speaks at a press conference, Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Landover, Md. AP Photo/Nick Wass ….
(8) Washington Redskins first round NFL football draft pick, Robert Griffin III, poses with a Redskins jersey at a press conference, Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Landover, Md. AP Photo/Nick Wass ….
(9) Washington Redskins first round NFL football draft pick, Robert Griffin III, poses with a Redskins jersey at a press conference, Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Landover, Md. AP Photo/Nick Wass ….
(10) NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 26: Robert Griffin III (R) from Baylor holds up a jersey as he stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after Griffin was selected #2 overall by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images …..