Thursday, January 01, 2009
The Ins & Outs of 2008/2009
The African Queen and I hope all of you had a safe and Happy New Year. And as has become tradition at Nats320 over the past few years--it's time for the annual Ins & Outs Listings as per Our Washington Nationals. Please feel free to kick in with your own thoughts.
This listings in no particular order. With that, here we go.
In: New Nationals Park (The Most Important Event surrounding Washington Baseball in 2008)
Out: RFK Stadium.
In: A Fair Playing South Capitol Street Park.
Out: The Cavernous and Pitchers Heaven on East Capitol Street.
In: Gorgeous Views of The U.S. Capitol & The Washington Monument from The Gallery Level at Nationals Park.
Out: Yellow seats as far as your eyes would take you to the roof of RFK.
In: Ben's Chili Bowl, Five Guys, Noah's Pretzels, The Stars & Stripes Club Nacho Grande and Helmet Sundaes--among many others.
Out: None of which was available at RFK. And whatever happened to those Curly "W" Cookies?
In: Better line controls and happier concession workers (Keeping those fingers crossed)
Out: Some of those surly and untrained folks working the Nats Dogs Stands, among others, in 2008.
In: Nationals Park needs even more fresh foods and variety (We Hope).
Out: We just can't eat cholesterol soaked food every night.
In: Ballpark foods from Around The Leagues (hopefully)
Out: A 2008 Idea, much anticipated, that faltered badly and didn't happen.
In: The Free Nats Express Shuttle returns for 2009 from RFK.
Out: It was never out, because free parking and a ride to Nationals Park was one of the BEST AMENITIES for The Inaugural Season at Nationals Park.
In: Section 218 in The Stars & Stripes Club--our seats which we love.
Out: All those others that sit around us now texting on their blackberries, talking on the phone or chatting away--without any regard for the game being played in front of them.
In: Nothing like Club Level during a rain delay.
Out: Sitting outside trying to find cover.
In: New Uniforms: Script Gray Away in Red Lettering, Red Alternate Curly "W" and The Well Talked About Patriotic "DC" in blue with matching Wavy Flag "DC" Design.
Out: The Block Letter "Washington" Gray Away (also known to some as the Fuddrucker Style) and The Red "DC" Alternate and Matching Cap. Gonna really miss The Red "DC" Alternate. We really liked them, as well as the 2008 Blue Washington Block Letter Gamer Away Jacket. That thing was SHARP!! Our favorite jacket so far.
In: Anyway we can all just "Let Teddy Win!!
Out: Without him cheating!! Just once? And not winning against The Oriole Bird.
In: Pick 9A in the 2009 Entry Draft in Round One.
Out: Thanks to Aaron Crow, who along with his agents, never were serious about signing with Washington. You can't really start trying to negotiate in the final 30 minutes before a hard deadline. You have to lay some groundwork beforehand. Crow and his agents didn't.
In: Any player that never called Montreal their home.
Out: Just about anyone that played for The Montreal Expos as the team moved from Canada to Washington, DC. Nick Johnson and Shawn Hill the only two now left.
In: Signing Ryan Zimmerman to a long term contract.
Out: Anything else is unacceptable.
In: Washington stepping up to the plate in an attempt to sign Mark Teixeira.
Out: They didn't succeed, but other players and agents no longer look on Our Washington Nationals as a team to avoid.
In: A much better team in 2009.
Out: No way we lose close to 100 games in consecutive seasons.
In: Olsen, Willingham & Cabrera.
Out: Bonifacio, Perez & Redding.
In: Anderson Hernandez at second base (at least for now).
Out: The 2nd Baseman of The Future--Emilio Bonifacio.
In: A contingent of outfielders so large Washington could field an entire starting lineup with them.
Out: They need to work this mess out and decide who is really "The Future."
In: Milton Bradley? Seriously?
Out: Like why would he be a future for Our Franchise? Another bad attitude coming off a good season--after some fairly mediocre ones. If JimBo pulls the trigger on this deal, it better not be long term.
In: Nick Johnson back at first base, maybe Dmitri Young too (at least for now).
Out: Mark Teixeira--at least for a while, the suspense of whether he would sign with Washington was pretty good. Come on--you know deep down you wanted to see it, even if you realistically didn't believe it would happen.
In: Joel Hanrahan as Closer.
Out: "The Most Thrilling Closer In The Game".
In: Willie Harris as A Fan Favorite--along with The "Z" Man.
Out: Chad Cordero--and not all of his own doing.
In: Farm System Youngsters part of our near future--Lannan, Balester, Martis, Zimmermann, Detwiler, maybe Bernadina.
Out: Casto, Maxwell, and Estrada.
Back In: "The Guz", "The Ballplayer" (TAQ's Lucky Number 10), "Bluegrass" & "The Attorney General".
Out: "The Wookie", "The Captain", "The Chief Cardiologist" & "FLop"
In: As coaches: Riggleman, Listach, Grissom, Eckstein & Knorr.
Out: Corrales, Tolman, Morales, Lenny Harris & Aponte.
In: A New Team Doctor--Dr. Wiemi Douoguih.
Out: Dr. Benjamin Shaffer.
In: Hopefully not a revolving door on the Disabled List again for 2009.
Out: The entire Opening Day lineup going down for some portion of 2008.
In: Plenty of Parking--you just have to pay for it.
Out: Metro is the ONLY WAY TO GO!!
In: More weekday, non-holiday day games for 2009.
Out: Just one and that was due to a rainout in 2008. Nothing like the feeling you are getting away with something--watching a baseball game while everyone else is at work.
In: A better product on the field in 2009.
Out: At times, Washington's 2008 starting lineups where pretty rough--thanks to constant injuries.
In: Even better starting pitching-we really need that.
Out: Because The Bullpen faltered badly in 2008. Losing "The Chief" was not the sole reason--but it was a big one. The relievers barely got on track all season.
Back In: Shawn Hill, and maybe for the last time.
Out: If he could ever get past his injuries, he would be a superior talent.
In: More Michael Hickley
Out: Another return of Ray King as The Situational Lefty.
In: A New President to Throw out the First Pitch.
Out: The new guy probably won't get booed as much as the last one--if at all.
In: Can we have some more Stadium Giveaways?
Out: Not just another tee-shirt.
In: HDTV Scoreboard, Monitors throughout the stadium, open views.
Out: None of which was at the Old Ballyard.
In: New Statues of Walter Johnson, Frank Howard and Josh Gibson coming in 2009.
Out: It's never out when you respect The History of Professional Baseball in Washington, DC.
In: Charlie & Dave.
Out: If anyone EVER pushes them out the door, Our Washington Nationals would never be the same. One of the best Radio Broadcasting Teams In The Business. We are very fortunate.
Thoughts of your own?
Happy New Year!!