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Gio Gonzalez had to be as excited about his first start today as a Washington National as we all were. The 26-year-old had embraced his trade from the destitute Oakland Athletics to the up-start Nats, and has been vocal both in the traditional media as well as through social streams about his desire to become a major part of the fresh baseball culture in the area.
But D.C. by nature is a town of skeptics. Give us a new monument and we'll complain about the symbolism. Give us a Heisman trophy winning quarterback and we'll wonder about the fit. Give us an All-Star left-handed hurler, and we'll question the price. It's really not our fault, after all, it's just who we are by nature. We are lawyers, lobbyists, journalists, republicans, democrats, and bloggers, and that means that by trade we can't help but question both the good and bad in everything.
And so, as Mike Rizzo shipped off four MLB caliber prospects to Oakland, you couldn't help but hear the chi...
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Last season, Duffy's Irish Pub in DC made headlines with a Jayson Werth drink special: PBR Tallboys priced to match Werth's batting average: $2.12 at the time. Now, Duffy's is at it again with a new Jayson Werth drink special: free shots for each Jayson Werth HR this season:
Certainly a much more positive promotion this time around compared to the ~2.12 beer promo...
With the 354th overall pick in the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft, the Washington Nationals selected 21-year-old pitcher Craig Stammen from the University of Dayton. While no one ever expected Stammen to ever contribute to the major league club, he made it his mission to capitalize on his opportunities. From 2005 to 2008, Stammen was sent through almost every minor league level playing...
Top Nats hitting prospect Anthony Rendon had to be helped off the field last night in Class A Potomac after he hurt himself rounding third in just his second minor league game. Apparently, it was not a pleasant scene.
Bill Ladson of MLB.com is reporting this morning that the injury was to Rendon’s left ankle. The slugging infielder had previously hurt his right ankle severely...
Yes, it is too early in the season to make sweeping assumptions about any Washington Nationals player, but one player deserves a little credit where he's gotten none over the last year: Adam LaRoche. This isn't to say that LaRoche can or will be this good all season, but it's time for his detractors to speak up and give him his due credit.
After hitting an atrocious...
CHICAGO | The Nationals have a pair of projected regulars rehabbing at Double-A Harrisburg in Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel. With both expected to return within the next week or so, Washington some roster decisions lying ahead.
Morse will be the Nationals' everyday left fielder this season, though he'll surely slide back to first base at times in place of Adam LaRoche...
Word is that the wind is blowing out briskly to left, so Sveum has loaded up on the righties to battle southpaw Gio Gonzalez in his NL debut.
Adam LaRoche homered and matched a career-high with four hits, and the Washington Nationals again rallied late against Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol, scoring five runs in the eighth to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 on Sunday.
LaRoche drove a two-run shot off Matt Garza in the fourth. The Cubs chased Gio Gonzalez with three in the bottom half to go up 4-2. But Washington sent up 11 batters...
Is the hype to be believed? Could the Nationals actually contend this year?
Sexy superlatives and arduous absolutes, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your 2012 Washington Nationals!
Could they actually contend? Hmm… does watching a pitcher’s duel strike me with uncontainable bonerjamz? HELL to the YES, my friend! There...
Here's a running list of injury updates around the Major Leagues:
– Nationals prospect Anthony Rendon suffered an ankle sprain during a game Saturday night according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.
– Right handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang could be at least three weeks away from making his debut this season according to manager Davey Johnson (via Amanda Comak of the Washington...
(Meet the new Mayor of Nats Town: Chad Tracy. Screengrab via TV/MASN.)
It's Chad Tracy's world, we just live in it.
Chadtionals 7, Cubs 4: Chad Tracy clutch 2-run single sparks 5 run rally with 2 outs in the 8th.
Chad Tracy for NL MVP? How about: Chad Tracy for President!
Does Chad Tracy's beard have its own Twitter account yet?
Matt Garza and Gio Gonzalez are today's starting pitchers. Garza is trying to duplicate the season he had last year, which won't be easy. The Cubs will have their work cut out for them again today as Gonzalez is a pretty good pitcher. He's been worth more than 9 rWAR over the last 2 seasons. [...]