Found December 15, 2011 on Jaybird's Jottings:
“Picture this: A sparkling ballpark planted on the eastern edge of an admirably redesigned South Capitol Street, just south of N Street SE. Lively nearby neighborhoods with apartment towers, rowhouses, hotels, offices, stores, cafes and restaurants. A charming walk from the ballpark to a lovely green on the northern edge of the Anacostia River. A beautiful new bridge crossing the river. A dock for the ferries that will bring folks from Alexandria and Georgetown to the game. A view of the Capitol dome from the upper deck in right field.” –  “A Perfect Setting for a Diamond,” Benjamin Forgey, Washington Post, September 25, 2004   With blogs, tweets, hyper-local news coverage, traffic cameras, Google Street View, and all the informational tools we have on the web these days, you don’t even have to physically be there to pay a neighborhood a visit.    This aspect of the Digital Age has never been more true than at “Capitol Riverfront,” the neighborhood in Southeast DC that cozies up t...

In other Washington Nationals Hot Stove news: the Yu Darvish cheer song, revisited

Back at the end of October, it was definitely too early for Nats fans to start learning the Yu Darvish Cheer song. With the passing of Wednesday's 5PM deadline for MLB teams to post bids for the rights to negotiate a contract with Darvish, it could be time soon. See video above, just in case. Well, IF the Nats put in a bid. Nary a peep from the Nats. Maybe Rizzo's afraid...

Video of Nats minor leaguer dressed as Santa, proposing to his cheerleader girlfriend.

While the Washington Nationals Hot Stove continues to burn white-hot (when Doug Slaten news is big news, you know you're in trouble) we'd be remiss if we didn't say *something* about Nats minor leaguer Ben Graham dressing up as Santa and proposing to his girlfriend (a Tenessee Titans cheerleader) this past Sunday. Bryce Harper approves, so we do to: (via DC...

Jayson Werth at Caps Flyers game

Jayson Werth was at Tuesday night’s Caps-Flyers game. There’s no doubt about that. But his appearance raised a few questions, which I’ll hereby attempt to answer. Which team was he rooting for? Well, everywhere-in-D.C. sports photographer Cheryl Nichols got the answer to that one and posted it on her Twitter feed. Read full article >>

How Much Would Yu Pay for Jordan Zimmermann?

Sometime today the posting fee for Yu Darvish may leak — even though the Nippon Ham Fighters have until Tuesday to publicly accept the winning bid. The number may not be as high as the $51.1 million that it took to get Daisuke Matsuzaka, and yet it still might cause some eyebrows to rise. At the same time, Darvish is a 25-year-old pitcher available for money alone. How much would...

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo keeping tabs on Yu Darvish

Everywhere Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo went last week at the winter meetings, or a few weeks before at the GM meetings, hordes of Japanese media followed. They had one question: "What do you think of Yu Darvish?" The 25-year-old right-hander who will come to the major leagues with ...

Nationals still showing interest in Darvish

The Nationals continue to express interest in Yu Darvish, according to a baseball source. But the source was not sure if the Nationals will put in a bid on the right-hander. The Nationals have until 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday to make a bid on Darvish. The source believes the Rangers and Blue Jays will have two of the largest bids.

Nationals express interest in Greg Dobbs

Baseball sources close to Bill Ladson of report that the Washington Nationals have interest in infielder Greg Dobbs to strengthen their bench. The team is also interested in bringing in Mark DeRosa and Willie Harris. Dobbs, 33, hit .275 with eight home runs and 49 RBIs for the Marlins in 2011. Image by Shannon Lamond under the Creative Commons License.

Nationals Sign Waldis Joaquin

The Nationals signed right-hander Waldis Joaquin to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training, MLBTR has learned. The hard-throwing 24-year-old became a free agent in November after the Giants designated him for assignment.  Joaquin made 19 relief appearances for the Giants from 2009-11, including five this past season. He spent most of 2011 at...
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