Thursday, November 08, 2007
Odds & Ends Upon Returning Home
Alot of Little News Bits about Our Washington Nationals while I have been out of the country for the past 6 days. So, to catch up--here are a few of my thoughts.
Our Washington Nationals have announced that surgery was successful for Ryan Zimmerman's broken wrist bone.
Here's the entire Press Release:
Ryan Zimmerman had successful surgery performed by Dr. Richard Barth late Wednesday at Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC. During the procedure, Zimmerman’s fractured hook of the hammate bone was excised from his left hand without difficulty.
Ryan was discharged shortly after the procedure.
He will be in a splint for approximately one week. Upon removal, he’ll also have sutures removed and almost immediately begin light rehab.
He is expected to fully recover in 4-6 weeks.
But, why does history with Our Washington Nationals tell me that recovery will NOT be that easy. Somehow, someway--I am expecting a setback. Not many times, in three seasons of baseball in DC, has just about ANY Washington player come back from an injury during the initial described dates.
Especially after "Z" tells The Washington Post this injury has bothered him for two years. Really? Come On, even I find that hard to believe and bothersome.
Jose Guillen--suspected Steroid User. Too Bad, from the get go--Jose was always an interesting player for Our Washington Nationals. Injuries and his Head Strong ways led directly to Our Former Number 6 never being 100%, but Guillen was fascinating to watch. Definitely a Diva, and sometimes troublesome--but you could bet Jose Guillen will stand by your side to fight the good fight. Always appreciated.
"Livo" wants to return to Washington. Our Former Baseball Ambassador says only if the money is right. Well, Livan--I don't think you will be offered anything other worldly in salary. But, if you are prepared to really return to The City that was enamored with your Ups & Downs--many would most likely welcome you back--including yours truly--Mi Amigo.
As for the Tommy Glavine rumor--again only if the price is right. Glavine, along with Livan Hernandez could provide some short term Veteran Leadership and Innings Eaters. Both Valuable on a young, ever maturing pitching staff. Nothing wrong with that. Besides--if they are decent pickups--they can be traded again come July, 2008.
No--I would rather not see Andruw Jones. A Great Fielder, maybe one of the best of all time in Centerfield. Our Washington Nationals could spend their money more wisely. Jones most likely would draw too huge of a salary. A contract that might hamper the long term goals of the team. The same with Torii Hunter, another great centerfielder--less of a dynamic hitter.
For some time--Aaron Rowand has always been in my sites. A tough gamer. Rowand fights each and every game, something I appreciate. The youngest of the these three centerfielders--for potential costs, plus return on a winning team. Rowand would be my choice for Centerfield Free Agent Signing--if Our Washington Nationals go in that direction.
Now--about that FanFest which Our Washington Nationals say will take place in Bethesda, Maryland. No doubt--the fact Our Team is having such an event is a HUGE STEP in the right direction. Many Fans will welcome the dates. And yes, Our Team SHOULD BE, a Regional Franchise--its the only way its financial stability will be maintained. But, for the very FIRST Washington Nationals FANFEST--with the opportunity for Nationals Fans from ALL OVER to come meet and greet with potentially many players, coaches and team officials--it should be held in DC proper--at The Convention Center--if such a venue was available. For an Inaugural Event--Our Nation's Capital should be the place. If the team wishes to select alternate sites for upcoming years--so be it. I have no problem with that happening. The More Maryland, and Virginia Fans found the better.
Whether I live and support the team from Alexandria, Virginia or not--should not sway that decision. This team is Our Washington Nationals. They play in The Nation's Capital. Have the First FanFest in DC, if possible--from there on--it doesn't really matter. Fans are going to show up--no matter WHERE IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA the event is held. No Matter Where.
As for The Nationals Dream Foundation Gala at National Harbor across The Potomac in Prince Georges County? Fine. The PG County Hotel is providing Free Digs. The Foundation can provide more funding to their charity. You can't complain about that fact, nor can The District. Let a DC Hotel come up with more generous offer--working with the team for that charity--if The District Government has a problem with the event being held outside the city proper. If the event is for a good cause to help others (DC Folks, by the way)--there should be no complaint--just compliance.
But overall--should The District not be worrying too much about these two events? If DC gets extra cash from Our Washington Nationals for Ticket Sales & Concessions above a certain ceiling--should not The District Government welcome the potential recruiting of more and more baseball fans to New Nationals Park. Its a Win-Win, for everyone--definitely The City. Sometimes--Politicians can't see the Forest, for the Trees.
And finally, Bob Carpenter is back as TV Play-By-Play Man for MASN. A One Year Deal. It will be interesting to see how Carpenter & Don Sutton play out. No, not my favorite announcer--but so be it. Now, more importantly--lets get Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler locked up as well--LONG TERM.
PS--That Baseball Field is LOOKING GREAT!!