Friday, November 30, 2007
That Gut Feeling, Hurts Sometimes
It's the part of The Great Game, you come to dislike. The Trading of Your Favorite Players. Sometimes, following Our Washington Nationals can hit me hard. And, it has nothing to do with a frustrating loss. Whether or not My Main Man!! Ryan Church or Our Favorite Catcher--Brian Schneider--would EVER be All Star Players is not the point--the African Queen and I came to like both of them. We admired their professionalism on the field, as well as,the way they handled themselves off the baseball diamond. They are fun--enjoyable people. No, we did not know them that well at all. But, both Ryan Church and Brian Schneider were stand up folks. And, their spouses--Tina & Jordan always had something nice to say to us when we came across their path at RFK Stadium. The announcement this afternoon that both Church and Schneider have been traded to The New York Mets for Lastings Milledge--hurts us--right in gut.
Yes, Major League Baseball is a business. And, Our Washington Nationals are building to win for the future. Lastings Milledge is a quality talent, although--like everyone out there--no one really knows yet whether this 23 Year Old will live up to his hype. But, right now--having just heard the word while editing our latest story this afternoon--all my work came to an abrupt end. I felt like I have just lost some of my best friends.
Immediately--I called Sohna and she was stunned. And, could no longer concentrate on her tasks at hand. No, as much as we LOVE RYAN CHURCH--we were not surprised to see My Main Man!! traded. For some time--his future wearing a Washington Uniform was in doubt. Our Former Number 19 was a good player, with power. But, its become clear that Our Washington Nationals did not wish to continue with his services. And, despite other rumors--the fact that Brian Schneider was also included in this deal--was something not reckoned by us. No--we didn't expect Our Former Number 23 to hit the road--especially to play for The Mets. Yeah--Brian regressed at the plate last season, but he is a very good catcher. Many have said, its better to trade ANY player one year too soon, than one year too late. Hopefully, Our General Manager Jim Bowden knows what he's up to for this trade.
From the very first days of Our Washington Nationals--Ryan Church and Brian Schneider stood out for us over most every other player that transferred with Our Team from Montreal. Today--as Our Washington Nationals look to an even younger and brighter future--Sohna and I reflect back on all the enjoyment both these fine young men gave us as members of Our Washington Nationals these past three seasons.
My Main Man!! Ryan Church and "The Captain" (to me) Brian Schneider--Good Luck to both of you. May your Major League Careers be long and rewarding--no matter where you play. And, to Tina, Jordan and Baby Tatum--Sohna and I thank you also--for letting us into a very small part of your hearts. We shall miss you at the new ballpark on South Capitol Street.
Yet, none of you--will be forgotten for Your Efforts on East Capitol Street since 2005.
Written from Our Now Broken Hearts.
More later--after Sohna and I have a chance to better reflect and look at the complete picture. You have to wonder whether this is a set up for something greater come next week in Nashville, Tennessee--at The Winter Meetings.