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Stephen Strasburg's stubborn self?

We're ready to move on from a very un-Straslike start by Baseball Jesus Wednesday night. His line: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HR (video of Uggla's blast, and Heyward's which hasn't landed yet), 73 pitches, 8-2 groundouts-flyouts. Hit 99 on the gun, too. Dan Uggla feasted on The Strasburger yet again. What happened on Uggla's bomb? via Amanda Comak of the...
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March 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper shaved his beard.

Rather than get hung up on a bad spring training start by Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday night against the Braves, let's focus on more positive things. Like, Bryce Harper returning to the lineup after spending time on the shelf with a left calf strain, and handling his surprise start in CF without incident (through six innings, anyway). Why CF, Davey? "He runs good. He’s...
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March 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper to return today, says he probably won't make the team now..

Bryce Harper spent most of Tuesday night's Nats-Tigers game watching from the top step of the dugout. (Screen grab via MASN.) On Wednesday, he'll finally return to action after sitting out with a calf strain. MLB.com's Bill Ladson Tweeted photographic evidence of Wednesday's lineup on Tuesday night. (The good news is: the #7 hitter. The bad news is: Mike Morse...
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March 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Gammons interviews Stephen Strasburg

See video below, in which MLB Network's Peter Gammons interviews Stephen Strasburg on his learning curve. Is it just us, or is Stras just a thousand times more comfortable doing the media thing now than he was two years ago? And how different a pitcher is Stras now than he was two springs ago? "I think I have a much better idea what I need to do to prepare for a season...
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March 13, 2012  |  Discuss

A rare Mike Morse baseball card, inscribed as "The Beast"

To celebrate Michael Morse's return to the Nationals' lineup yesterday (1-2 in his first game since that pesky lat strain), enjoy the image above: a 1-of-1 2012 Topps Tribute autographed Mike Morse card up for sale on on eBay, inscribed with "The Beast". Here's Morse on his return yesterday: "There’s still no rush. I could go out there and throw...
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March 13, 2012  |  Discuss

"LaRoche throws baseball vs. Cardinals"

In the pantheon of boring spring training baseball headlines, that one takes the cake. Has the bar really been lowered to such an extent for Adam LaRoche that the simple act of throwing a baseball warrants a headline on Nationals.com (see image, above)? Apparently there's more to it than that. This particular throw was no simle trhow, but was a major test, even for a soft...
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March 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Eury Perez owns Justin Verlander!

Up above, blurry video from Saturday: Eury Perez singled off Justin Verlander in the Nats split squad game against the Tigers. So far, so good for Perez with the bat (6-14 on the spring); apparently he's taking his invite to big league camp seriously. See you patrolling CF at Nationals Park in 2013, kid? "I know they need a starting center fielder and I want to show...
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March 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Strong speculation Bryce Harper begins the season in the minors. Really??

And so, another spring day, another day of Bryce Harper sitting on the sidelines because of that pesky calf strain. Adam Kilgore reports he'll sit out Monday, too. (Truth be told, we more worried about Michael Morse missing time now than Harper at this point). There he is taking BP last week (video via AllStarsPlus); ends the show with an oppo boppo. On Sunday, Jon Heyman...
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March 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Here's a custom RG3 Nationals jersey. But can he pitch?

Now that the Redskins are in position to draft Robert Griffin III, it begs the question: When RG3 is eventually invited by the Washington Nationals to throw out the first pitch before a game at Nationals Park, will he fare better than John Wall did? Until then, here's a potential custom RG3 Nationals jersey he can wear for the event (via Nationals team shop on MLB.com). ...
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March 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg didn't hit 103 on the gun last night?

...but Steve McCatty wouldn't put it past him: "With him, I’m not sure." (Steve McCatty, via Washington Post, 3/10/2012) Apparently the radar gun was running hot last night at Roger Dean Stadium; in the second inning, Baseball Jesus struck out Giancarlo Stanton on a 3-pitch sequence with fastballs clocked at 101, 103, then a 76 MPH hook. The Washington Post...
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March 10, 2012  |  Discuss

A Stephen Strasburg strikeout reel in MLB 12 The Show

In lieu of a live television feed for Friday night's Nationals-Marlins spring training game (you'll have to settle for listening to the Marlins radio feed), with Stephen Strasburg starting, here's video of Stras mowing down the Mets in a spring training game. In MLB 12 The Show. A video of a spring training video game. How many days until Opening Day, again? ...
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March 09, 2012  |  Discuss

#FUPhilly promo takes a horrible turn with "I'm on a boat" parody song

Hoo boy. Move over "Welcome Home Nationals" fight song, it's "I'm At The Park", a parody of "I'm on a boat", which has apparently been entered in 106.7 The Fan's #FUPhilly promo contest. There are no words. It's a hit with Phillies fans, of course. Befriend the Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.
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March 09, 2012  |  Discuss

106.7 The Fan DC's Chad Dukes calls Bryce Harper a douchebag on the radio in Philly

And so, on the same day Bryce Harper was scratched from a spring training game with a calf strain ("I never felt it before. That was the weird thing. I felt it this morning. I have no clue what's going on right here") and put on the shelf for a few days, 106.7 The Fan DC's own Chad Dukes (Bryce Harper's biggest fan!!1!!!11!) went on the radio in Philly to...
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March 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper finally got a day off...

(Hey, that's a photo of Bryce Harper with Peter Gammons, via @NationalsPR.) After playing in every game of the spring so far, Bryce Harper finally got a day off on Wednesday. And a well-deserved day off, too. Harper's aggressiveness apparently got the best of him on Tuesday; bet this won't be the last time you read those words over the next few years. Adam Kilgore...
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March 07, 2012  |  Discuss

106.7 The Fan's #FUPhilly campaign seems to have riled up Phillies fans

Who cares if trWell, even if 106.7 The Fan's new #FUPhilly promotion fails miserably (like, say no Nationals upload videos using the hashtag or whatever), it has succeeded in pissing off Phillies fans. And for that, it is already a resounding success. See Tweets above, for example. Philly sports blog Crossing Broad ripped into the promotion on Tuesday, and apparently...
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March 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper just tried to Ichiro it.

Joe Namath? ***** Boy? How about: Charlie Hustle Jr.? "He hustled. He plays hard. He’s a throwback. He plays the game right." (Davey Johnson, via Nationals Journal, 3/5/2012) Bryce Harper beat out what probably should have been a routine ground out in the sixth inning Monday night against the Mets for an infield hit. Channelling Ichiro, apparently, with his...
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March 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Meet Tinkerbell.

And so, (via Adam Kilgore/Washington Post), Drew Storen has a new nickname, courtesy of Davey Johnson: Tinkerbell. ...Johnson coined a nickname for Storen based his proclivity for toying with his delivery. "I’m going to start calling him Tinkerbell," Johnson said. "He comes in with all kinds of different little moves. Once the game started, he looked...
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March 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper's warpaint is back

Remember last spring, when Matt Stairs told Bryce Harper that his eyeblack had to go ("It's a high school thing")? Well, Stairs is gone, and so is Harper's Twitter account. But based shots of Harper on screen during the first televised Nats Spring Training game of 2012 on Sunday, it sure looks like Harper has brought back his warpaint-style eyeblack again. ...
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March 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Bryce Harper's first hit of Spring Training vs. Livan Hernandez

Up above, video of Bryce Harper's first hit in his first AB of Spring Training on Saturday (via AllStarsPlus) off ex-Nat Livan Hernandez. Note Harper's big swing and miss at the first pitch, on a patented slow curve from Livo. Here's Harper on facing Livo and that swing and miss, via Mark Zuckerman/Nats Insider: "I was actually hoping he'd throw me curveball...
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March 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Livan Hernandez talks after Saturday start against Nationals

In the video above (via @alysonfooter), Livan Hernandez meets with the media after starting for the Astros against the Nationals on Saturday. Ingore the fact that his answers are basically inaudible (even with volume maxed out); it's good to see Livo. Now, fans in DC didn't get to SEE Livan Hernandez pitching for the Astros on Saturday, but it certainly sounded weird to...
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March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Bryce Harper's failed bunt attempt against Georgetown. No big deal.

Up above, video of Bryce Harper's failed bunt attempt (via AllStarsPlus) in his second at bat during the Nats' exhibition game against Georgetown on Friday. The kid almost beat it out. So, why did Harper attempt a bunt, instead of trying to go oppo boppo or something? "Just a bunt. I bunted a couple times this year. Just trying to work on things in spring training...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper's mustache appears to be alive and well on Twitter

Bryce Harper may have quit Twitter earlier this week (forced by veteran teammates *cough* *cough* Jayson Werth? *cough*?), but Bryce Harper's mustache (@BHarpersStache) appears to still be alive and well on Twitter, as evidenced by the Friday night Tweets above. Even if, you know, he's more of a beard now. Love the hashtags, buddy. Meanwhile, exiting the dark underbelly...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Natitude.

And so, the Nats have launched a new marketing campaign for the 2012 season: "Natitude." See video above. See DC Sports Bog, where Mr. Steinberg has quotes and stuff from his BFF, Nats COO Andy Feffer. Now, go and ignite your Natitude, NatsTown! Befriend the Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Wilson Ramos signing autographs...

(Above: video of Wilson Ramos signing autographs at Nationals Park via NatsTown2K10.) Good news for Nationals fans: Wilson Ramos will be signing autographs for the public on Sunday, May 6th at Hall of Fame Cards in the Cabin John Mall in Potomac, MD. Apparently Ramos wanted an opportunity early in the season to meet Nats fans in a relaxed setting and sign autographs: "I...
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March 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Michael Morse: "It's like Mike Tyson before he's gonna punch somebody."

When we last checked in on Michael Morse in this post-Bryce-Harper-Twitter world, Morse revealed to the world that Davey Johnson knows more about electronics than he does. In an interview with CSN Washington's Kelli Johnson (see below) on Wednesday, Morse talked about his long road to success, his reaction to the arrival of Jayson Werth, and most importantly, how his pre-AB...
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March 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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