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August 23, 2012

11:21
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Tracee Hamilton discusses local and national sports -- and whatever else you want to talk about.

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Tracee Hamilton

Tracee Hamilton has worked at the Post since 1993, toiling in office obscurity as an editor before someone said, "Hey, you've got a lot of opinions and can write a little. Why don't you become a columnist?"

Her interests range from genealogy to Nordic combined to Kansas basketball. If ever there were a Jayhawk who once flew off a ski jump, she'd know where he was buried.

Her list of pet peeves is considerably longer, but includes Missouri basketball and poor Metro etiquette. She welcomes dissenting opinions -- in the way Great Whites welcome open-water swimmers.

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Q.

bandwagon

I'm a Redskins fan who is looking to jump on the Nationals bandwagon. But last night, the Braves scored 5 times as many runs as the Nationals. Is it time to jump off? Can the season still be salvaged?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, this is the beginning of the end. Jump off! Save yourself! Head to the Metro before it closes!

I know you're kidding. Well, I hope you're kidding. In this town, I'm still sometimes not quite sure.

And good morning, people! Let's get going. Sorry I'm late; talking with the boss about plans for a certain team.

– August 23, 2012 11:21 AM
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Strasburg

Can he win the Cy Young with a short season?
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Tracee Hamilton :

CAN he, missing only maybe two starts? Sure. Will  he? No. I don't think he's been the best starter on this team this year, must less in the National League. He's been quite good.

– August 23, 2012 11:24 AM
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Are we on?

I can't see the chat -- is it live?
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Tracee Hamilton :

So sorry; it is now!

– August 23, 2012 11:25 AM
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Woodbridge

Any thoughts on Garrett Reid?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Tragic, of course. I do wonder about having a guy -- any guy -- with his long history of drug problems staying in your camp. I know he was clean, again, but as rigid as the league is about some things ... I don't know, that surprised me, when I first heard about it. Then I thought, well, his dad wants to spend time with him. Then I thought, well, he had a long offseason to spend time with him. So I'm left arguing with myself on that issue. But it matters not a bit now because the poor kid is dead too soon after what should have been a golden life.

– August 23, 2012 11:28 AM
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Reviewing every turnover?

Yeah, that's exactly what's going to make me watch NFL games: stopping to review every turnover. The whole problem with NFL games is that they're just too darn fast. TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm with you on this. The league is usually pretty savvy about what its viewers want -- hence its status -- but it will be interesting to see how game times are affected and if the rule gets altered after the season.

– August 23, 2012 11:33 AM
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Annapolis

I'd love to see a poll on whether Nats fans support Rizzo in shutting down Strasburg. I think (hope!) it would show a majority favor the shutdown. I'd like to use that poll and shove it in ESPN and its "experts" faces and tell 'em to mind their own business.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think the Nationals Journal has had several such polls -- granted, not scientific at all -- and they've all been in favor of the Nats. But Nats fans are going to feel differently about it than, say, folks in  Dubuque. I picked Dubuque at random. I have nothing against Dubuque.

– August 23, 2012 11:34 AM
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The Strasdown and the sports shouters - Section 405

It's really getting ridiculous. I was watching "The Sports Reporters" on Sunday, which usually has reasoned and restrained panelists, and all four were expressing not just opposition to the decision, but almost indignation, as if they were personally being injured.

Tied to this was their stunned consensus that the shutdown really was going to happen (and there was a distinct undertone of "we didn't really believe they'd do this until just recently"). I was particularly irked by Mike Lupica constantly whining "What about the fans?" That's a clown question, bro, to coin a phrase. The fans are pretty much behind the decision, something they could have discovered by, you know, doing some actual reporting, or even by reading the coverage of the team's hometown paper's beat reporters.

Why this major level of angst, disgust, and anger towards Rizzo and Nats management? It seems clear to me that this isn't about Stras or the Nats, that something pretty deep seated has been dredged up by this situation, and I can't for the life of me figure out what it is. Any ideas?

Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

You lost me at "Mike Lupica's constant whining..."  -- a redundancy. :) They don't give a rat's patootie about the fans here (no more than I would care about fans there, I might add; not my worry, not my job). Just blather. That used to be an excellent show.

– August 23, 2012 11:36 AM
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Ceremony for Chipper

I thought it was very classy for the Nats to have the ceremony for Chipper Jones prior to last night's game. They gave him, among other things, the bat he used to hit the first dinger in Nats Park history. The fans were also great, giving him an ovation. What a contrast to those %*&% Phillies fans on Opening Day 2010! Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, good for them. Well deserved.

– August 23, 2012 11:37 AM
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emergency relief

After seeing Edwin Jackson warming up in the bullpen the other night-- if it comes down to it, which position players could we see take the mound for the Nats?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Adam LaRoche. Think about it.

– August 23, 2012 11:40 AM
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Strasburg pitching

When did all these baseball analysts become medical doctors? I don't see any M.D. after their names. Perhaps they should leave the medical advice to the medical experts. Would anyone want an ESPN commentator performing any necessary surgery on them?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I'm guilty of it, too, although I advocate the other side. I like to at least point out I'm no doctor. I side with Rizzo because he's talked to not one but many doctors. A 50-page report? I'll take that over blathering by me or any other talking head. That was my point. Rizzo knows more about this than I do. I can admit that. Why can't other people see it? There are people on this chat who know more about the law than I do. I can easily admit that. Why is that so hard for some people? Beats me.

– August 23, 2012 11:40 AM
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RE: Bandwagon

I think your comment was unfair about fans in "this town" being any more or less "bandwagon" than any other town. It's simply not true, attendance figures in "this town" ebb and flow with success in the exact same manner of every other "town" in the country. It's human nature, and it's not specific to any one place. Are Nats fans a devoted at Red Sox Fans? Probably not. But one organization has over 100 years of history to the other's 8 years. A fan base has to be built first, you do that by giving the fans a reason to come. Shoot, this town is still obsessed with the Redskins, and they haven't done anything worth a darn in two decades. It's literally the exact opposite of "Bandwagon."
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Tracee Hamilton :

Wait, what are we talking about here. Remind me.

– August 23, 2012 11:41 AM
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Dibble

Just when I thought the Strasburg shutdown discussion had about gone as far as it could, Rob Dibble opens his yap. After his "Strasburg needs to suck it up" comments when it turned out he needed Tommy John surgery that lead to his sacking, does Dibble actually believe anybody cares what he has to say about the Nats or Strasburg? You have to admit, he's the gift that keeps on giving.

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Tracee Hamilton :

That was just an incredible collection of crap he was spewing. Amazing. And then telling Chad and Lavar he wasn't fired because he kept getting checks from MASN? Well, you were on contract, so they had to pay you. That doesn't mean you still worked there. I mean, good golly. The smart play, for him, is to never discuss Strasburg again. He went 180 degree the other way. So, not the smart play.

– August 23, 2012 11:42 AM
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From a Giant Royals Fan

To be clear, no Royals would ever use Performance Enhancing Drugs ... Please see their record for the past 20 years ... (And ignore the cases where Royals were caught using PEDs, obivously they weren't using the good stuff ...) Melky obviously found the stuff hidden in the locker of a former Giant when he got there ... But I am toren ... I don't believe you pick who you root for, becoming a fan (fanatic ...) is not a choice, it is a cruse ... (See above ... Royals Fan). But I am being sucked into the Nats ... Davey Johnson, pitching, ... some of my facebook friends constant posting and obvious excitment ... Am I allowed to have a thrid team to root for ... ? Just asking ... Let's Go Royals
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Tracee Hamilton :

I can remember when coke was the drug of choice in KC. Not Coke, coke. Ah, good times. Are you allowed a third team? Well, I will say that if your teams are out of the hunt and you want someone to root for in the playoffs, I have no problem for it. It makes things more fun than just shutting off the TV and brooding till February. My dad will root for the Nats; he liked what he saw of them when he was here. That doesn't mean he's going to paint his face and go nuts, but he'll pull for them. I got him a hat when DC got a team, so he's all set. I don't see a problem with that. He'll get lots of comments in Salina, KS.

– August 23, 2012 11:43 AM
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Whiny Pundits

Do you get the sense that the sports media outside of DC is perturbed by how accepting local media and Nats fans have been of the Strasburg shutdown? It's like they want to create a maelstrom and are having a tantrum because there isn't one -- at least not within the beltway. Sorry whiny ESPN pundits, but he's our boy, he's a human being and we here in DC care about him.

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Tracee Hamilton :

And we're allowed our own opinions. And perhaps people here are as informed or more informed, having followed him for many years, than others.

– August 23, 2012 11:44 AM
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Can't Wait for the Shutdown

I might be the only Nats fan who can't wait for the Strasburg shutdown. But only so people will shut the hell up about it. Or wait will it? Will people finally shut up when he's shut down? Or will they just talk about what should have been done and go on and on?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm still getting emails with suggestions, and I still hear on talk radio a lot of calls that begin "Why don't they..." I just shut off the radio till it passes. I love the idea that some guy calling into talk radio has an idea that Mike Rizzo wouldn't have. Talk about hubris. I've been making a list of some of the suggestions I've gotten -- they aren't ridiculous, just short-sighted or given with no baseball background. I may write about it again but like you, I'm tired of it.

– August 23, 2012 11:45 AM
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Baseball town

Was at the Park last night and had a great time despite the outcome. What a great atmosphere - I hadn't attended a late season game that mattered since Royals Stadium in the 70's! I sincerely hope that the recent trends for the Nationals and local-NFL-team-with-the-offensive-name continue; a baseball town is a lot more fun than a football town! (Unless you're talking college, of course!) -K-Stater
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Tracee Hamilton :

Hello, K-Stater! I think this town with a winning Skins team would be a lot of fun but I think I may not make it to that golden day. And yes, a winning baseball team IS fun. Baseball in October is splendid. Wheeeeeee! I've not looked at your schedule or mine, btw, but I wish you luck this season and know, of course, that you return the sentiment.

– August 23, 2012 11:46 AM
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NATS, Metro and Cheeseboy

Hi Tracee, Why do the NATS feel they have to announce everything Strasburg. They are gonna do what they gotta do according to his doctor. Don't announce it. Just do it! Lerners and Metro - They better pay for late metro when the playoffs come around. No sense paying the big bucks for tickets if I have to leave in the 4th inning to catch the Metro home. Cheeseboy - Did he ever get the picture I sent you? CALSGR8
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Tracee Hamilton :

I have not figured out how to post the photo so I will send it to Dan. Just talked to him. He seems to be saving his "used" sunflower seeds. Sigh.

– August 23, 2012 11:47 AM
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What Would You Do?

It's game 7 of the World Series in DC.The Nats are embarking on a moment of history. Suddenly Boswell gets carpal tunnel syndrome in the mdidle of a column. Do you shut down the Boz, or do you march him out there and tell him to finish the game and write til his carpal falls off?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I do what I've done for Boz before -- I take his dictation. Normally he'd write it and read it to me and I'd take it that way, but he can write it in his head. I have a feeling there's a whole circus up there anyway. So he reads it aloud to me, I edit as we go (just like the old days) and I file it for him. It's 70 inches, but it's Boz so no one blinks.

– August 23, 2012 11:48 AM
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Fantasy

Any idea if Gene Wang will be chatting about fantasy football? I liked his weekly chats on the topic.
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, I think they killed that last year and I haven't heard anything about it coming back. The weekly chats are all but dead. I only remain alive by never sleeping in the same place twice, at least on Wednesday nights.

– August 23, 2012 11:48 AM
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Paterno Book

Have you read the new Paterno book yet? I'm starting to move from "man that covered it up" to "man that had horrid tunnel vision and didn't want to know" What say you?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I haven't read it and am not sure I will. I feel like his part in all this is over. I don't mean that to sound cruel or morbid. I'm more het up about Spanier's remarks this week. But let that bide.

– August 23, 2012 11:50 AM
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Post season ticket fairness

Tracee, during the last chat someone complained about not getting his same seats for the playoffs that he does for his regular season plan. A bunch of people basically said the Nats will screw the fans when they can get away with it. Allow me to clarify a couple of things. The poster had a quarter-season plan. This means that for the other three-quarters of the season somebody else has them. It's possible that somebody else has those seats for a half-season plan. Certainly he'd have dibs on those seats before a quarter-season holder. If the seats are held by three other quarter-season holders, that means the guy would have a one-in-four chance of getting his same seats. Another factor is that the Nats only guarantee seats in the same price point, and someone with a full season would have priority over someone with only a half or quarter-season plan. This is fair, IMO -- if someone shells out for 82 games, he should get more consideration than someone who doesn't. Hope this clarifies things.

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Tracee Hamilton :

No one can make everyone happy, for reasons you state quite well. I think it was 405 expressing displeasure and I think it was because he was not going to get to sit in his beloved 405.

– August 23, 2012 11:50 AM
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Chipper Jones

Two questions. Why retire if you're hitting .310? And why would a 40-year-old man still insist on being called Chipper?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm old, but I'm not dead? Beats me. He's a riddle wrapped in a mystery.

– August 23, 2012 11:55 AM
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Wait, what are we talking about here. Remind me.

In the first question, you suggested that hyper-erratic "bandwagon" behavior was a plausible trait in Washington Sports fans moreso than other places. I disagree with that notion. I think that a decades long irrational devotion to one of the lousiest football franchises in the league particularly dispels the notion that Washington sports fans are more "Bandwagon" than the rest of the country.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Wow, you read a lot into what was meant to be a joke of a first question and answer.

Forget other places. And other teams in this town. Redskins fans tend to get over-excited and then over-depressed every season. And I have written in sympathy with their plight about a million times in three years as a columnist. Who can blame them? I feel for Skins fans because they are very loyal and they almost always get a boot to the face.

After the preseason win over Buffalo I was hearing talk of 8-8 and 9-7. This week, we were back to 5-11 and worse. But that's not bandwagon jumping. Skins fans don't stop being Skins fans. Their highs are high and their lows are low. But by and large they stick.

I'm sorry if you took what I wrote as an insult but that wasn't what was meant. I was having fun with the poster.

– August 23, 2012 11:56 AM
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Prediction, I mean guess

I know you don't like them, but who will play in the World Series?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, hoss, you won't get me that easily.

– August 23, 2012 11:58 AM
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Nuts about the Nats

Goes to figure ... for the past three years, I've had a special pass that gets me a pair of free tickets to any game anywhere in the country; I've gone to more Nats games than ever before. So what happens when they're actually good and in a pennant race and going to these free games would be even more exciting? Newborn. Little if any time to go to the park. At least I'm not one of those people who'll take an infant to a loud baseball game. But I guess overall, I'll trade going to the games for checking the Yahoo Game Tracker on my phone while I rock him to sleep. If they make the World Series, though ... I'm there. He can stay home with mom.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, you wouldn't trade that newborn for season tickets, right? (I just hope mom's not also a Nats fan or you may have another problem.)

– August 23, 2012 12:01 PM
Q.

Can't he just throw left-handed?

Thought you heard all the solutions to the Strasburg situation, huh?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I wish you were serious so I could add you to my list. That would be the second-stupidest thing I've heard. :)

– August 23, 2012 12:02 PM
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Bryce needs some days off ASAP

Tracee, Despite Davey saying he wants to keep Lombo and The Shark fresh, he refused to rest Bryce against the Braves, and give these guys some playing time. Any idea why he would do this? He's been saying all along that if you don't keep guys fresh, they can't do well at the plate when they're called upon. It looks like Bryce is getting worn down, and he usually comes back strong after having a day off.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Harper gets so angry when he's benched, maybe Davey is scared of him. No, but seriously, Harper doesn't like it and I do think Davey likes to keep him happy.

– August 23, 2012 12:03 PM
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self fulfilling prophecy

The Redskins spent a fourth round pick on a quarterback backup because RGIII might get injured because of the woeful state of the offensive line. Did it not occur to them that they could have used that pick on an offensive lineman and used the other RG as backup? And since they traded all their future draft picks on RGIII, they'll never be able to protect him, now or in the future. Hence, the need for Kirk Cousins. ESPN the Magazine may be right about 2-14.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Perhaps, re 2-14. The need for an offensive lineman in the draft, instead of a backup QB? I still say yes. I know Cousins' numbers have been great but their line is woeful. It was before the draft, and it is now. No excuses.

– August 23, 2012 12:03 PM
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Montgomery Village, MD

O goddess of the Plains and Knower of all things GREAT and small. Is there ANY chance that spraying for West Nile Virus in Texas will cause a cancellation of the Independent League game in Sugarland Saturday night ? Is Clemens SO starved for attention that he 's going to put on this circus (NOT a clown question, bro/sis). Can't he find a hobby or take a class at Podunk Tech or something ? Hey Rog ! JUST GO AWAY !
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Tracee Hamilton :

I know a fellow who covered him pretty extensively and says he pretty much can't survive without constant attention. Major ego. So I guess the answer is yes, he is that starved for it.

– August 23, 2012 12:06 PM
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Medical Opinions

Funny how every person hee-hawing over Stras being shut down has no medical experience. Yet, when I mentioned this topic over brunch with a physician who has years of experience in the field his comment was "It would be stupid to put yourself at risk...." I should have told him ESPN says he's wrong
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Tracee Hamilton :

Doctors! What do they know? That's why I let Skip Bayless perform my rotator cuff surgery.

– August 23, 2012 12:06 PM
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Why they can't admit Rizzo may be right.

" Rizzo knows more about this than I do. I can admit that. Why can't other people see it? " Um, because they are men? You can admit that someone else knows more because you are a woman!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, I hope that's not true. I don't think so poorly of all men.

– August 23, 2012 12:07 PM
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Re - Post season ticket fairness - Section 405

As I was the complainer, and the poster today completely misinterpreted my original post, please let me respond. 

If the Nats had given me my regular seats, *that* would have been unfair -- there's someone who has them on a half season plan.

If the Nats had assigned all the good seats in section 405 to half season folks and quarter season folks who'd been ticket holders since '05, that would also be fair.

What the Nats actually did was to assign me (quarter season since '09) to 403, while assigning the guy in front of me (quater season since '11) to 405 row G, a much much better seat. The tickets should be assigned by seniority within the same class of ticketholder. Original poster should read a little more carefully before letting loose.

Section 405

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Tracee Hamilton :

Ah, yes, thanks, 405. I had forgotten about the guy in front of you. And you called and they were less than helpful. ...

– August 23, 2012 12:08 PM
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Metro closing

Although the Nats posted a warning at 11 pm Monday night that the last train was leaving the Navy Yards station at 11:20, apparently many metro riders either didn't see it or chose to ignore it. I had a car ride and so was able to stay. But Nats ownership really should consider maintaining the deposit with Metro and then using it whenever a rain delay or extra innings forces a late game. I believe people will stay away from the park and just turn on the tv/radio (or ignore the game) if they think they won't be able to get home or watch the end of the game. Poor planning on the part of the Nats management, IMHO - do you agree?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think they can't do it through an 81-game home schedule. I'm not sure where to draw the line. I think it September and -- if the baseball gods smile -- October is a no-brainer. I might even write that for Sunday. I might already have written that for Sunday. Hmmmmm.

– August 23, 2012 12:09 PM
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"Savvy about what its viewers want"

If that was true, why did they move the kickoff spot to eliminate kickoff returns?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ah, good question.

– August 23, 2012 12:10 PM
Q.

NL Cy Young

Will go to the Reds closer. He deserves it.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Without debating anyone's merits, Strasburg isn't even the National most deserving, is all I was trying to say. You may well be correct, however.

– August 23, 2012 12:11 PM
Q.

This is fair, IMO -- if someone shells out for 82 games, he should get more consideration than someone who doesn't.

Especially since there are 81 home games.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, if he paid for 82 games, then he really earned it. Listen, I can't edit them and answer them both.

– August 23, 2012 12:12 PM
Q.

Some Royals fans can spell

We're not all ideyots. Just sayin'.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I can clean 'em up or I can answer 'em. I'm just sayin'.

– August 23, 2012 12:13 PM
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Section 129

Last week I said I'd drunk the Nats Kool-Aid and bought season tickets for next year. I'm not jumping on the bandwagon, next season just happens to be the first time I'll be in town for a season. Between Iraq, Afghanistan and being stationed at Ft. Bragg, I just couldn't get to the park very often. I watched when I could -- I saw the first game at Nats Park on Armed Forces Network in Baghdad, for example -- and went to games at RFK and then the new park and I have a 2006 Zimmerman jersey. I'm just excited that through an accident of timing they're good when I can go. And now that I've verified my bona fides --  I'm ecstatic new fans are coming to the park. Call them bandwagon or not but they still put backsides in seats and spend money at the park, which is vital for the team's long-term success. Thanks

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Tracee Hamilton :

Agreed. The team needs bodies. Not everyone buys fulls plans. Not everyone is in town from April till September. Not everyone will live here the next 60 years. And etc.

I am thrilled they are putting backsides in the seats behind home plate. So nice to see those babies filled.

– August 23, 2012 12:14 PM
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Emergency Relief

What about Rick Ankiel? I thought he was a top pitching prospect phenom at one time. Where is he anyway?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Designated for assignment, so not an option. I picked LaRoche because of his dad.

– August 23, 2012 12:14 PM
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Hypothetical

So what if the Nats decide to listen to the morons who say pitch Strasburg and then he blows out his arm. What are the chances they apologize and say they were wrong?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ummmmm ... if they can't admit someone knows more than they do, they sure as hell can't admit they were wrong. That's even harder. "I'm sorry" -- another of those tough ones to learn and to say. But SO important.

– August 23, 2012 12:15 PM
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Post Season Tix

MLB requires teams to set aside hundreds of seats, usually the best in the house, for baseball bigwigs and other brass. This makes further people unhappy but them's the rules.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Absolutely.

– August 23, 2012 12:18 PM
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Fans of which sport think they know more than the experts?

Tracee: All this noise over Strasburg had made me wonder: do you think fans of any one particular sport hold themselves out as more knowledgable? I don't hear, for example, rabid NFL fans saying, "Hey, the ACL tear is only 'partial,' so why did the guy have to have surgery?" But everyone who follows baseball seems to be an expert--one way or the other--on complex elbow rebuilding. Or am I being unfair?
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's interesting. I never thought of it like that. Although I'm amazed at the mail I get when I write about concussions, the theme of which can basically be summed up as "tough ****." Of course, that's all mail from neurosurgeons.

Maybe it's because baseball really just has several major types of injuries, whereas football has dozens and hockey two -- upper body and lower body.

– August 23, 2012 12:20 PM
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Bandwagon Misperceptions

Why do people think a bandwagon is full of posers as though real fans can't be on a bandwagon? Nonsense. All fans are on the bandwagon. Now some people get on the bandwagon earlier than others, and some have a better seat on it. But all's good on the bandwagon and the more the merrier - we're taking the HOV lane to the World Series baby!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I like the "baby"! Lot of "baby" talk on the chat today.

– August 23, 2012 12:21 PM
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Cincinnati, Not Atlanta, Scares Me

Why are there so few of us worried about the Reds breathing down our necks? Don't people realize that it's one thing to make the playoffs, but your position can make or break you. And, as a transplanted Pburgher, the Bucs are my second team, but, boy, are they in a slide. Do you know someone who can curse the Reds? Make their bats go limp or something?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'm with you re: the Reds. A good closer can make all the difference.

– August 23, 2012 12:23 PM
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Ryder Cup

If you're Davis Love III, who do you use your captain's picks on? Do you add in experience or maybe go with raw talent like a Dustin Johnson or a Rickie Fowler?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ryder Cup, Ryder Cup ... I feel so full of Nats today that it's hard to think golf, or U.S. Open. My guess is that Love goes with some experience but that's just a hunch. I like Fowler a lot but he can be inconsistent.

– August 23, 2012 12:24 PM
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Missing FP

It's nice that MASN viewers were concerned about FP being out of the booth (I assumed he was on vacation and didn't worry), but having Ray Knight in there during his absence only underscored what drives me nuts about FP (who is otherwise a very good color commentator) - he isn't content to make a good point once! Instead, he makes a point or observation and then repeats it 5 or 6 times. I mean, over and over. Why does he make his point repeatedly? Hasn't anyone told him he doesn't need to say the same thing (only sometimes in a different way) again and again? Why does he repeat himself so much? See, isn't it annoying? Someone please counsel him to stop that!
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Tracee Hamilton :

So you mean he repeats himself, that he says the same thing over and over, that he just hammers home the point, that ... okay, I'll stop now.

– August 23, 2012 12:24 PM
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Second worst idea

So what was the first worst?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I was kidding. Even the stupidest email I've gotten isn't as bad as left-handed. Or as funny. On the other hand, my emails were intended as serious suggestions.

– August 23, 2012 12:24 PM
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"Wow, you read a lot into what was meant to be a joke of a first question and answer."

It's just a sore spot for me having lived here my whole life and having, for all intents and purposes, not a whole hell of a lot to root for. The second any team is successful (Caps, Nats) all you hear is "Bandwagon" this and "Real Fan" that from fans of teams with a hundred years of history and multiple championships.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, we had this discussion re the Caps. I think Section 129 said it well. A team always needs new fans and those on the bandwagon shouldn't look at them with disgust. Offer a hand and help them aboard. Because some fans abandon ship and some are forced to. The economy gets them, or life, or they develop other interests. Nothing wrong with that. I will say that, having lived in Detroit 10 years, I never ONCE heard people talk about bandwagon fans. Now, I moved here a year AFTER Mr. Tony's famous bandwagon, and maybe that's why it's bandied about so much, but I hear it a lot in D.C. Plus D.C. is a different kind of town than Detroit. Not better or worse, just different. I like both places a lot.

– August 23, 2012 12:25 PM
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82 Games is Correct

It's 81 games plus the exhibition game at Nationals Park a couple days before the season starts. (But you can opt out of it, unlike the NFL.)
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Tracee Hamilton :

I've warned you all before -- I do not do math on this chat. Don't make me come in there! Don't make me pull this car over! You kids get off my damn lawn!

– August 23, 2012 12:26 PM
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The Future Mrs. Bryce Harper

Obviously I'm a huge fan of him, but Davey Johnson keeping him in the lineup, despite the fact that he plays better after a day off or even pinch-hitting when he doesn't start, and other players need playing time, just to keep him happy? Seriously? Is he afraid he's going to break another bat?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't think Davey wants him happy the way you want to keep your spouse happy. I do think Davey figures he plays better when he's not a sulking mess. He sat out a game when my dad was visiting and even my dad could tell, not knowing the kid from Adam, that he was sulking. I'm sure Davey has a reason for not sitting him. If he breaks another bat, that's when I'D sit him. Because the first time was kind of funny, the second less so. He could hurt someone. Bad enough he hurt his own fool self. (And I like the kid.)

– August 23, 2012 12:26 PM
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Strasburg

I am pro-shutdown. Very pro-shutdown. But I'm nervous that if they start losing, the talking heads are going to be even more insufferable--"told you so!"--than they are now.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, they are. And Rizzo is really going to hear it. And he knows that. What can he do but what he thinks is right?

– August 23, 2012 12:27 PM
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I'm worried about Strasburg's Psyche

What if the Nats go to the World Series and he has to just watch it. How painful would that be to him? Would he even be allowed to be in the dugout or would he have to make room for another pitcher?
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Tracee Hamilton :

He can't be on the roster; they can't hold a spot for him out of compassion. But I'm guessing he'd stick with the team. They'll probably kick 405 out of his seat and SS will sit there. :)

Okay, enough, I say! Let's talk next Thursday. Meanwhile, there will be not one but two Skins games! Amazing! And many, many Nats games. And possible other things will happen in the world but let's face it, that's what we're into at the moment. Sorry I didn't get to everyone's question. I'll do better next time!

– August 23, 2012 12:27 PM
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