Monday, December 10, 2007
Hanging Out The Laundry
Paul LoDuca's Fine. Nothing Special--a veteran on the downside of his career. For one year--he fills a void with the departure of Brian Schneider. No--he's not going to throw out many runners. And, by mid-season--for the short term at least--Our Washington Nationals will be lesser behind the plate. No doubt about it. But, what LoDuca does provide is the opportunity to bring along Jesus Flores at a more controlled rate. Our Number 3 doesn't need to be rushed now. And, in fact--would you really be surprised to see Our General Manager pick up Johnny Estrada also? That is, if The New York Mets release him?
No--not at all.
Pitching was the All-Comers Meet during Spring Training, 2007 For DC's Team. Who shall start at Catcher is the new "En Vogue" Position for Washington in 2008. Hopefully one year really soon--Our Washington Nationals will head to Viera, Florida--with a set lineup. At that time--We Better Be Contenders.
Besides--Paul LoDuca's past personal issues fit the billing on the character traits added to Our Washington Nationals over the past few weeks. Something, The African Queen is not too excited about. Nor, I. We find it interesting that Good Character Now, for Our Team--means a character past, when it comes to new additions to Our Lineup. Oh well.
In the meantime, what really intrigued me this afternoon was Bill Ladson's trashing of Schneider during his weekly Monday mailbag.
"His temper tantrum is one of the reasons I've called the 2006 Nationals the worst team I've covered. When things were going wrong on any given day in '06 and '07, there was a good chance Schneider would be in the computer room or went home instead of facing the media. This team did not have a leader until Young came along."
"When he faces the New York media, it would be nice to finally hear Schneider say that he hasn't performed up to his capabilities the last two years."
Bill, maybe you can FESS UP--Too.
Wow--thanks for letting the corpse dry before you slam him in the dirt--Bill!! Where does all that venom come from? You have covered Our Washington Nationals from the very first days of The Franchise move from Montreal. In fact, you worked for MLB in Montreal. So, you had to get to know Brian Schneider fairly well. So, why after so long being by his side--day in, and day out--do you now take the opportunity to rip him?
Is this something personal? Because quite frankly--if you NEVER reported any of these so called issues with Brian Schneider during THE ENTIRE TIME you have covered Our Washington Nationals. Then, you have NO RIGHT to bring these issues up now. Especially, after he has been traded to The New York Mets. What's the real problem here, Bill? Really? Inquiring minds want to know.
You know Brian Schneider was well liked, and well respected by Our Fan Base. Sure, I am sorry to see him go. Others not. But, I am positive none of us were ever upset to see how Brian treated EACH AND EVERY FAN HE EVER CAME ACROSS at Team Events. More times than not--Brian Schneider showed up to meet and greet EVERYBODY. Always had something nice to say to Fans of Our Washington Nationals. No other Media Outlet has ever questioned his regard and respect of his teammates in such a negative fashion. Only the Esteban Loiaza--Jose Guillen retaliatory pitch argument against The New York Mets in 2005--is the only big ruckus I ever recall Brian Schneider having with teammates. EVER.
I am sorry--If Brian Schneider got sick and tired of you. But please, don't try to hang your dirty laundry out on us, the fans--publicly. Take that type of stuff elsewhere--or become an "Independent" Blogger.