Found February 18, 2013 on
(Photo of Raffy in the cold on Sunday in Viera by @djbinFl)
On Sunday, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post Tweeted a link to a 2012 WSJ story about Rafael Soriano's entrance song: "El Rey de Monticulo—"The King of the Mound." The song is about Soriano, was written for Soriano by a family friend in the Dominican Republic, and features inspirational lyrics (in Spanish) like "Pitch it, Soriano, pitch it, Soriano! Strike him out, Soriano, strike him out, Soriano!". Also, it touts him as a national hero. And so on.
The WSJ story also describes Soriano as "a man apart...He rarely speaks to teammates"; but he does has the endearing habit of talking to his hat and untucking his shirt after saves.
Anyway, here's Rafael Soriano's entrance song in all its glory:
Meanwhile, the word "chemistry" is being bandied about quite frequently
these days around NatsTown, what with the 2013 Washington Nationals
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Jordan Zimmermann might be the best Number 3 starter in baseball. You can argue whether Strasburg or Gonzalez is Number 1, but everyone will agree that those two are your top two. But then you get Jordan Zimmermann on the third day and that is not a picnic by any stretch of the imagination. Gonzalez had a WHIP of 1.129 and Strasburg finished 2012 with a 1.155. Right behind them...
So the Nationals held their first full team workout today in the (*gasp*) frigid Florida air, and Raffy was there, too. Spring is in the air!
Meanwhile, Teddy and William Howard Taft continued their "Bill and Teddy's Executive Adventure" race to Mt. Rushmore, which ends on Presidents Day tomorrow. Something about the photo above, Tweeted Sunday by @NatsBigChief27...
Born: July 27, 1982
Drafted: 6th Round, 174th overall, 2004 (Expos)
How acquired: Minor League Free Agent
High School: University of South Florida
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Ivany was one of the last links for the Nationals to the Expos, the team that drafted him. He...
Previously linked to the Biogenesis clinic in south Florida, Gio Gonzalez has maintained that he did not receive any substances banned by Major League Baseball.
The latest documents appear to support Gonzalez’ claim according to ESPN.
Both sources, speaking independently, identified Gonzalez as the only Bosch client named thus far who did not receive performance-enhancing drugs...
Four years after being introduced to the world as a teenage phenom, Bryce Harper makes a return visit to the cover of Sports Illustrated this week (via @richarddeitsch). It signals a new year in which the 2013 Nats not only look like baseball’s best but are the talk of the sport too, and the team most likely to be jinxed. Thanks, SI!
Tom Verducci’s cover story isn’t online...
Born: October 3, 1982
Drafted: 10th Round, 308th Overall, 2004 (Marlins)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Middle Tennessee State University
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Carroll is a stocky outfielder with good raw power who’s been...
Here's a release from ESPN announcing that former Boston Red Sox IF Alex Cora will be joining ESPN:
Former Major League Baseball player Alex Cora has joined ESPN and ESPN Deportes as an MLB analyst. Cora will provide insights and analysis for various platforms across both networks, including Baseball Tonight, Beisbol Esta Noche, SportsCenter and other studio programming....
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports suggested yesterday that Tommy John surgery is not nearly the frightening experience it used to be. He may have a point. He says there have been over 1,000 pitchers to undergo the procedure since Tommy John himself pioneered it. One of those pitcher is Washington Nationals' prospect Cole Kimball.
Amanda Comak of the Washington Times says...
After Danny Espinosa shaved his winter beard I wasn’t ready to love again, but now Ian Desmond is growing a mustache (via @fpdougiefresh), and here I am over the moon. Sounds like he’s keeping it, too.