Wednesday, April 16, 2008
From A Foreign Land
When I am walking down the street in a very rural area--in a foreign land--of course wearing my Navy Blue Curly "W" Cap--and someone comes up to me stating--"What is wrong with The Washington Nationals?"--you better believe that caught my attention. An unexpected, but interesting conversation from a local. Then, when Internet Access becomes available and I read Our General Manager Jim Bowden stating the beginning of The 2008 Season for Our Washington Nationals "has been a disaster from top to bottom."
All I could think was: What in the world is going on?
Apparently--while incognito overseas-the nine game losing streak ended? But, another losing streak--now at two games--has started anew.
Not only have Our Washington Nationals consistently not hit in the clutch--when any game is close--but they are finding ways to lose. None worse than Our Once Proud Bullpen--withering this early April. Tight affairs--have become lost affairs. Additional runs allowed by the relief corp--containing any comeback possibility.
Every team struggles at some point--throughout any baseball season--but Our Washington Nationals are simply not helping themselves these days. Expected strengths are currently weaknesses. Who would have believed "The Most Thrilling Closer In The Game" has only pitched in two games so far? Chad Cordero is reportedly not throwing 100%. So--why is he not on The Disabled List? Playing a man short--does not help any team with its back against the wall.
A disadvantage only made worse--when Our Manager Manny Acta's Bench provides virtually no input? None whatsoever.
While Ryan Zimmerman, Austin Kearns and Wily Mo Pena are treading water early--not one single player Manny has called on to change the tide has helped. No life preserver yet to be found. No reserve reversing the flow. Yes, Our Washington Nationals are in a Team Slump. A riptide, seemingly, has taken fast hold. Can Washington swim out from this undertow currently gripping them and swim ashore--safely?
1/10th of the season will be completed on Thursday.. Win or lose against The New York Mets--its a small sampling for the long haul. But--Our Washington Nationals must strive to re-gain their confidence, their abilities and use those strengths to turn around a very poor start.
After all, they are a Major League Team.
They need to use those talents and start playing like one.
Now not knowing what had transpired over the past few days--how odd it was to be approached by a complete stranger in A Foreign Land--wanting to discuss the current state of Our Washington Nationals.
Disappointed to hear the results--but fascinated over the continuing International Appeal of Baseball.
The Great Game is appreciated well beyond the land of its invention. Baseball will always survive. Now--can Our Washington Nationals survive this season?
PS--No I didn't see it, but I would lying if reading about "My Main Man's!!" Home Run off Matt Chico tonight didn't bring a small smile to my lips. Whether Ryan Church will realize his top potential now in Major League Baseball is not the point. But Our Former Number 19 should have been sent out on the field of play by Our Washington Nationals each and every day over the past three seasons to find out whether he could actually help us--long term. He wasn't. And why was platooning with Nook Logan taken so seriously?
Lastings Milledge may well turn out to be a far better player at a younger age. Unquestionably, Our New Number 44 is talented and gifted--although he needs some work. But you can bet the house--Our Washington Nationals will send Lastings Milledge out on the diamond--flaws, mistakes and all--every single day--to realize that potential. Promise that Ryan Church should have been given while a member of Our Washington Nationals.
Tonight's InGame Photo--(AP) Kathy Willens