Archive for November, 2010

Friday, November 26th, 2010 at 12:01am

Nationals Heritage: Thanksgiving Weekend 2010

Posted by BW in Nationals Heritage, Offseason
Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at 1:56pm

Dancing with the (NL) Stars

Posted by BW in Offseason

A travesty is what it was. A travesty. Oh, sure, in the end, the right dancer won. From the second week of the season, it was clear that Jennifer Grey Pujols and Votto were the best out there. No arguing with the outcome, even if it was clear that Votto only won because the baseball [...]

Friday, November 19th, 2010 at 4:56pm

Nationals Heritage: Weekend of Nov 19

Posted by BW in Nationals Heritage, Offseason

William Edward “Wid” Conroy, 1909 Nationals.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 9:25am

Another Award Ignores Zim, Natsiah

Posted by BW in Uncategorized

When BallWonk heard that Lord of Misrule was nominated for the 2010 National Book Award, he rushed to the bookstore, giddy at the prospect that a book about Jim Bowden’s reign as Nationals GM was getting the respect it no doubt deserves. When the shy woman with the Yoda pin at the Borders answer desk [...]

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 at 7:01am

Sun Rises in East: The Jesus Injured Again

Posted by BW in Players

The bad news: The Jesus is off of his Venezuelan League team’s roster with an injury. The good news: The Jesus hurt his calf, not his shoulder again. And even a Nats player probably can’t turn a charlie horse into a two-year injury, so we may just live to see The Jesus come again. Supposedly, [...]

Monday, November 15th, 2010 at 11:52pm

Hundreds for Posey but Not One Vote for Natsiah

Posted by BW in Offseason, Players

If Jeannette Rankin were still around to vote for Rookie of the Year, she totally would have cast her lone ballot for Strasburg. But Washington’s most famous antiunanimitarian was not available, so the Natsiah got fewer votes for Rookie of the Year than league-average hitter Jose “Who?” Tabata. Though to be fair to Tabata, he plays [...]

Monday, November 15th, 2010 at 12:29pm

Hats Off

Posted by BW in Offseason

Editor’s note: On November 10, the Nationals unveiled sweeping changes to their uniforms for the 2011 season, including replacing their longstanding navy road cap with a new, red-brimmed hat. Over the weekend, BallWonk sat down for an interview with the 2005-2010 all-navy road cap to discuss his retirement, highlights from his career in Washington, and [...]

Friday, November 12th, 2010 at 11:05am

Origin of the Silver Slugger

Posted by BW in Offseason, Players

Far across the galazy, a young third baseman on the planet Zim-Ra trembled before the world-consuming might of Galacticus and weighed an awful choice. He could have the cherished Gold Glove if only he would serve Galacticus as his personal herald of evil and destruction. Surely a small price to pay for universe-spanning power and [...]

Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 7:38pm

Pretzel Logic

Posted by BW in Offseason

Three years. For three years, BallWonk sat under the awning of that little tiki bar on the beach, you know the one, drinking coconut-lime rum drinks and watching the Nats on TV. All silent-like. “Hey, BallWonk, whaddaya think about Lastings Milledge?” someone would ask, or “Yo, BallWonk, you backing Rizzo this time around?” or “I’ll [...]

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