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October 4, 2012

11:01
A.M.

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.

2012 Nats versus 1986 Mets

I do not intend to diminish the accomplishments of a team which won 108 games and ripped the heart out of New England winning the World Series. With that said, if you make the comparison, it appears that the 2012 Nats stack up favorably to the 1986 Mets. Overall, the Nats have a better starting outfield, third baseman, short stop and second baseman. It may be a wash between Hernandez and LaRoche at first. At catcher, Suzuki is a far better defensive catcher than Carter. The Mets had slightly better starting pitchers and significantly better bullpen. But, the Nats have a significantly better bench. In short, is this Nats team the best team in terms of overall talent Davey Johnson has managed?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'd give the Nats a slight edge, perhaps, but would love to hear other thoughts.

And let's get going. I'm not feeling up to snuff, suddenly, so if I sign off quickly, you'll know why.

– October 04, 2012 11:01 AM
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Wang

Honestly, Tracee, he was as bad as Henry Rodriguez, maybe even worse. Why is Davey keeping him? It was one thing for Davey to be supportive of Clippard & Burnett when they had some bad times. After all, both of them had come through big for the team for a long time. And his faith in both of them has been justified. But with Wang it's time to cut our losses and dump him. I wish him well, but with somebody else.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I've felt this way for some time. They obviously see something there but I don't get it.

– October 04, 2012 11:03 AM
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Charlie Brown

20 years ago, my 80 year old mother wrote Charles Schulz asking him to let Charlie Brown hit a HR. I have no idea how she figured out how to do this, but enough people did so that Schulz relented. In 1993 Charlie Brown hit a home run off Roy Hobbs' great-granddaughter and cartwheeled his way around the bases. This made several end of the year top ten lists and did nothing to underscore his popularity. I'm confident the same will be true for Teddy. Go Nats! Go Teddy!

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Tracee Hamilton :

I wasn't following Peanuts by then, so thanks for the history lesson. And your confidence has paid off.

– October 04, 2012 11:06 AM
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LAUNCHING A PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE ON QUESTIONS ABOUT NATS' PERSONAL LIVES

I read several chats, and every time a question about the Nats' weddings, nephews, etc. comes up early in the week, it is also submitted to your chat. Either someone is a stalker or the Nats' PR team is pretty desperate (the questions are a little too effusive for me to think they're real). I know you don't care, and I. Don't. Care. Either. And not only should that person stay off my lawn, she shouldn't even look at my lawn.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! Well, you know, this chat tries to include all views and to provide information and I suppose some people do care. But now I know at least two of us do not.

– October 04, 2012 11:08 AM
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What the --

If the O's somehow beat the Rangers tomorrow, they have to play thje Yankees? I thought two teams from the same Division couldn't meet in the Divisional Series. When did that rule get changed?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I believe this is the first year of the change.

– October 04, 2012 11:08 AM
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Geneva and HJawaii and all the ships at sea

One of my brothers is an exchange student in Geneva, Switzerland, and the other is in the navy, stationed in Honolulu. Both have established "Let Teddy Win" clubs in the area, and several auxiliaries now exist on US naval vessels throughout the world. I saw an LTR win sign in a sports bar in Reno, NV. Teddy rules!

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Tracee Hamilton :

Mission accomplished!

– October 04, 2012 11:09 AM
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How could they let Teddy win?

Death, taxes, and Teddy losing the President's Race. Now only two things in life are certain. My faith has been shaken, and I am no longer grounded in my beliefs. If this can happen anything can happen. Metro escalators could suddenly start working, traffic on Route 66 could be wide open, DC Council members could not be under investigation, the Nats could win a playoff series. Hey, wait. The Nats could win a playoff series? That is awesome. Never mind about that other stuff. Great job Teddy.
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Tracee Hamilton :

You had me at "traffic on Route 66 could be wide open."

– October 04, 2012 11:09 AM
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How Teddy Won the Race

I'm happy that Teddy finally one, and those who think this is the beginning of a curse are just schlemiels who seek out failure and fear winning. BUT, and this is a big BUT, I don't like that it was the Philly Fanatic who was responsible. So I'm cheering something the fanatic did? The mascot of Philadelphia, the most wretched and evil of all sports towns on the planet! No, this doesn't sit well with me at all. Maybe if it was McCain who helped him yes. But why would the Fanatic do anything if it wouldn't somehow hurt us?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Proving that there are many layers to Teddy's win. I'm still not over the onslaught of emails from two weeks ago when I innocently wrote about this. One reader claims Teddy won at RFK and that to call him winless is incorrect. The Nats swear he was winless.

– October 04, 2012 11:14 AM
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Thank you Nationals!

No matter how far the Nats fly or how short they fall in the playoffs, this has been an unbelievably great year for us Nats fans. They gave us 50 wins to savor at home, and 98 days when we had at least one thing to be happy about. We saw the coming of age of two mega superstars in Harper and Strasburg, with pretty much every other player improving as well. LaRoche, Desmond, Morse and both Zims had monster years; we got to see the embodiment of joy and our very own 20-game winner, with the arrival of Gio; our bullpen was a clan of icemen; and we got to see Werth redeem himself with a great year and then stick it to the Phillies fans. Most importantly, we can say that we won more games this year than any other team in baseball. This was a fantastically euphoric dream of a season and nothing can take that away from us. Go Nats!
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Tracee Hamilton :

It was a legitimately fun season. They are an interesting team that is fun to watch. This is key, win or lose, especially lose. Now, finally, they are fun to watch AND winning. I hope people are enjoying this feeling; it can be very fleeting.

– October 04, 2012 11:16 AM
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RG3

Hi, Tracee ... I've been a lurker ... love your chats. (Apologies to the grammar police who don't like ellipses unless they're in the middle of a quote.) I graduated from Baylor a few more years ago than I'd like to admit, but I have continued to follow Baylor sports. Last year I saw RG3 pull out amazing finishes -- none better than his long TD pass to beat Oklahoma (for the first time ever). I think we had decided to play for overtime. But, once Stoops called a timeout in hopes of getting the ball back, Briles (the Baylor coach) decided to let RG3 be RG3. I predict there will be many more finishes like the Tampa Bay game. Your thoughts?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I agree. I thought and think that Griffin was the right pick and I expect great things from him. He's so impressive.

– October 04, 2012 11:18 AM
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Kudos to the O's

Sure they picked a bad time to stop hitting, and they never play well in Texas. But going from 69-93 to 93-69 is an incredible accomplishment. Go O's.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, it is, and good for the O's and their fans.

– October 04, 2012 11:19 AM
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Miracle Ball

I don't know if you have watched this movie about the Bobby Thomson "Shot Heard Around the World" or not, but it is a complete waste of time. It professes to explain where the ball is, but does nothing to actually prove anything. The only thing that it concluded was that a nun named Helen probably caught the ball. The producers father claims he has the ball, but does nothing to substantiate the claim. The father comes off as a complete jerk. Bottom line don't waste your time with this thing.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay. Beverages, movie reviews -- we have it all!

– October 04, 2012 11:20 AM
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Teddy

Why does everything need to be a gimmick? I don't know if it was their plan from the beginning, but the Teddy Roosevelt mascot had lost all of the Presidents Races. At some point, it became a scripted act that determined that Teddy would continue to lose. It was time to bring that to an end, but I see no value in a false victory where he is scripted to win the race. Can't they just let the mascots have an honest and fair race with the fastest president winning the race?

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Tracee Hamilton :

They could, but they chose not to. Again, amazed at all the strong feelings over something that was intended to be fun and silly. Especially silly.

– October 04, 2012 11:21 AM
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Nats Stadium Wed Oct 10

Hey Tracee, Any word or thoughts over whether the No-Fly restrictions might be rescinded to have aerial coverage of the NLDS? I'd love to have a blimp circling around town.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I'd be surprised. And I can live without it, I guess.

– October 04, 2012 11:21 AM
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Nationals Season Success - Depending on Playoff Results?

I'm hearing a lot of people saying that if the Nats don't win at least 1 series, their season will be labeled "disappointing". Some, including one of the Sports Junkies this morning said it would be a "massive fail"! Don't people realize that anything can happen over 5 or 7 games? This season has been great and even if the Nats don't win a single playoff game, it still would be great. Do you agree or do you think they need to win at least 1 series to call this a "great" season?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, I don't agree.

– October 04, 2012 11:23 AM
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Time of Game

When will we know what time Wednesday's game will be? What are the chances that we'll have a later start time? I'm hoping it doesn't take place during the work day or I may have to give up my ticket!
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Tracee Hamilton :

My hunch is that they won't schedule those games until they know opponents, for maximum television benefits.

– October 04, 2012 11:23 AM
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The Nats' Record

Whenever I hear mention of the Nats' great record, I can only think of the Caps a couple of years ago and how it didn't help them in the playoffs. Do you have some soothing words to help me make it through October? I was at yesterday's game. When Teddy won, the crowd was so loud that you would have thought the Nats had just won the World Series.

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Tracee Hamilton :

You just have to enjoy it. You have no control over it. The playoffs are unpredictable but then, these Nats have been surprising.

– October 04, 2012 11:26 AM
Q.

RG III is all that

But is he all that and a bag of chips?
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Tracee Hamilton :

He's all that and a factory that makes bags of chips.

– October 04, 2012 11:28 AM
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This weekend

So, uh, who do you like on Saturday? -K-Stater
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, my friend, I believe my team will be crushed at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. As, I'm sure, do you.

– October 04, 2012 11:29 AM
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Section 129

Tracee, Never before have I been happier to see the UPS guy than I was on Tuesday - he brought me postseason tickets! What a week. I was at the game they clinched the division on Monday - what a celebration - and again yesterday when they secured the best record in baseball AND Teddy won. In a way it's sad the Teddy thing is over (after all he can only win the first time once) and I was afraid it might be a jinx, but then the Nats hit three home runs afterwards after being down 1-0. I know Boz is probably almost unbearable by now but this has got the be the best time for a Washington baseball fan ever. I'm only sorry Shirley Povich isn't with us any more to enjoy it and to compare it to 1924 for us.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Funny you should mention Shirley. Check me out on Sunday, Page 2.

– October 04, 2012 11:30 AM
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Nats Manager

Would the Nats be here if Jim Riggleman was still Manager?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't think so. I don't know; that's a tough one. I think Johnson was the right fit for this room, and he allowed these guys to be themselves to a degree. He was the right guy to deal with Harper, Strasburg, etc. Would Riggleman have been as good? Maybe. I hate to see the guy short. But Johnson is a very good manager with a ton of experience at winning.

– October 04, 2012 11:30 AM
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Pittsburgh Husband

Must have been allowed to watch baseball the last few weeks of the season! Oh well. Pirates'll get 'em next year.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ha! Yes, that would explain it all!

– October 04, 2012 11:31 AM
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Television and baseball

So, when do you think MLB will acknowledge that not everyone has cable? I want to watch the post season. I cannot afford cable. I would be willing to pay for streaming, but they black out everything they consider local. Infuriating during the regular season, but I do love Dave and Charlie, so I cope. Even more infuriating during the postseason, as not all the games are on the radio! Time for MLB to think outside the cable box, and come up with some alternate delivery methods for future years!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Very good point. I can't answer the "when" but agree with the sentiment. Cable prices are just getting out of hand and when people are trying to economize, that's an area that often takes a hit. Harder to cut gas, groceries, electricity...

– October 04, 2012 11:31 AM
Q.

Rizzo's "genius"

If Rizzo was such a genius like everyone seems to now believe, he could have built a winning team without needing two consecutive 100 loss seasons to get the #1 draft picks of Strasburg and Harper. Somehow the Cardinals always seem to be in the post season and they barely ever have bad seasons, let alone atrocious 100 loss seasons. Just something to think about before we submit Rizzo's name for sainthood.
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Tracee Hamilton :

The Cardinals haven't had to start over for a long time. Rizzo had the gift of two top draft picks, but he also built the farm system from one of the worst in baseball to one of the best. That's smart drafting in the lower rounds, smart signings, lots of things. I think we can praise Rizzo's accomplishment without ascending the discussion to sainthood, just as we can criticize someone's performance with descending into death threats. Why must everything be to the extreme?

– October 04, 2012 11:33 AM
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Where did all the chats go?

Any idea if they will bring back the Redskins Postgame or NFC East trash talk chats?
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Tracee Hamilton :

If you haven't seen them after four games, then no. We've discussed this before: the "paper" isn't that interested in regular chats. I keep mine by causing no one any problems with it. Someday they'll probably tell me to pack it in.

– October 04, 2012 11:34 AM
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To the poster whose faith has been shaken

Indeed, anything could happen: Tracee and Kilgore could start getting along. ;-)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Kilgore's in here today. It's go time!

– October 04, 2012 11:35 AM
Q.

Nats get a Phanatic from The Dollar Store?

If that was supposed to the Phanatic, I'm Brad Pitt.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I think it was meant to be a replica (and perhaps an insulting copy) of the Phanatic. I don't think anyone's suggesting that as the new Philly mascot.

– October 04, 2012 11:36 AM
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re: '86 mets

As a devoted fan of that team for no good reason other than proximity in the pre-cable '80's, I have to say that Davey may have done a better managing job if only because the Nats aren't fighting among themselves...possibly because Mex and Straw just inhaled the GNP of Colombia before BP. Plus, y'know, Mookie.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's a good point (the getting along part; I don't know what they were inhaling). Plus he was doing it in New York, which is more pressure. (Mookie, Miggy. Miggy, Mookie. Not sure where that came from.)

– October 04, 2012 11:36 AM
Q.

Teddy, Schmeddy

I got the most awesome birthday present from the Nats on Monday. On impulse, I picked up a ticket for the game, and they were kind enough to clinch the division. Best. Birthday. Ever. Thanks, Nats. It's just what I always wanted. On a related note, went to a sports pub with some friends after yesterday's game. There was a guy in an A's jersey watching the Rangers/A's game. Turns out it was his birthday that day, and he said the same thing. Best. Birthday. Ever. (natsfan1a)
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Tracee Hamilton :

Glad you were there Monday -- well deserved! And happy birthday to you and the A's fan in the bar -- that is pretty awesome.

– October 04, 2012 11:37 AM
Q.

DC vs. Baltimore

A friend of mine recently moved to Laurel, Md. They are roughly the same distance away from DC and from Baltimore. When they moved in, they asked me whether they should become Baltimore sports fans or DC sports fans. Picking the Ravens over the Redskins was an easy choice, but now I am not sure whether they should be Nats fans or Orioles fans. This is a quandary. Do you have any advice I can give them? They are drifting like buoys in the Chesapeake right now. Thanks!
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Tracee Hamilton :

They should watch both and see which team "feels" like their team. I think you develop feelings for a team, or you don't. I don't think you can assign fanship. Ravens over Skins, okay, but then there's RGIII. It's not like they can't watch both, read about both, and then see. They might fall for Tyler Clippard. Who knows?

Or, on a practical side, see which drive is better. Equal distance doesn't necessarily translate to equal driving time.

– October 04, 2012 11:40 AM
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Re: Pre-Emptive Strike

Dear I. Don't. Care. Either. I am the person who submitted those questions. And I am real and not a PR person for the Nats. As far as Bryce Harper being an uncle, Bob & F.P. made a big thing of that all during the Nats' telecast that night. I thought it was funny and cute, and Bryce seemed to be proud of it. SO WHAT! How does that hurt you--or you too Tracee? You say congratulations. The team is made up of people, and weddings (and even nephews) are happy events. I wouldn't cross the street to see a Kardashian wedding, but I'd like to know more about Morse's, JZimm's, etc. fiancees & wedding plans. I enjoyed seeing Syndal Gaudin on Say Yes to the Dress. What is the harm? What is your damage? Yes, I'm a little angry.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I always post your gossipy stuff, even if I don't care. So I am not sure about the anger. Guess what, folks -- we're all different. And we are becoming a country of unaccepting, rigid people. I try not to censor the chat, but I've posted your stuff. I post one person who isn't interested, and you're angry? Calm yourself. This is not something to get angry about. Seriously.

– October 04, 2012 11:40 AM
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Can't they just let the mascots have an honest and fair race with the fastest president winning the race?

Heck, maybe we should just abolish Presidential debates and have the candidates compete in a foot race! (Or a game of Horse?).
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Tracee Hamilton :

I might watch that.

– October 04, 2012 11:40 AM
Q.

Monday clinch - wow!

While the actual game was nothing to write home about, the postgame celebration was amazing. Gio was running around like a little kid, and the guys all came out and made great speeches - Michael Morse, in particular, made a moving speech thanking the fans. I'm glad I stayed and went downstairs to the dugout area... You got a strong sense that these guys really, really like each other, and like DC and the fans. Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

There you are! Glad to hear you were there, 405.

– October 04, 2012 11:41 AM
Q.

Shot Heard Round the World

MASH did an episode about the Shot Heard Round the World. It starts in August when the Giants were 13 1/2 games behind and Charles Winchester making bets that there was no way the Dodgers would lose the pennant. It carries on through the rest of the season and culminates in the game being heard over the radio. Excellent episode.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'd forgotten that episode. Of course, that was one of the great home run calls, too.

– October 04, 2012 11:41 AM
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Wilbon and DC Sports

As you probably know by now, Wilbon wrote a sidebar to the ESPN the Magazine take on sports in DC in which he ripped DC and sports fans here up one side and down another. (At least that was my view of it). I know he wrote some of this (and expressed some of the same views in the Chat House) while he was still at the Post, but somehow seeing it in a national magazine, outside of the neighborhood so to speak, is disturbing. I think the worst part of this repeated diatribe is that he writes that people don't call DC home, including himself after 32 years. This completely ignores the millions of people who were actually born and raised here or who came at a young age and stayed to make homes and raise families. Those of us who consider ourselves Washingtonians whether we live in DC, Md. or Va. In Wilbons' world the DC area is not a real place with real people, it's just a wealthy waiting room with nice country clubs and restaurants filled with politicians, lobbyists and Hill staffers. Thoughts?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I was a little surprised at Wilbon's vociferousness and his subsequent anger at Steinberg for writing about it. Is Washington as good a sports town as, say, New York? No,  I don't think so. But in my time here, there hasn't been much to get excited about. Some winning makes all the difference. Just look at the rise in Nats interest. And no, DC is not filled with rich people and politicians (and both). It's a very interesting area, I think, because you have wonks and military folks and politicians, but you also have to have teachers, bus drivers, garbage men, whatever. It's impossible to have a city without having everyday Joes and Jills. I have always liked DC and it is my city of choice.

– October 04, 2012 11:43 AM
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Big story

Morning, Trac! Obviously the biggest story of the baseball season in these parts is the Nats' title. If you set that aside, though, what is the biggest story? I see these. 1. The first Triple Crown in 45 years. 2. The A's run to the division crown, which combines three stories (rise of the underdog, coming back from 13 games down, return to the playoffs after a 6-year drought). 3. A strong rookie crop led by Trout and Harper. 4. The Orioles' return to the playoffs after a 15-year drought. 5. The sale of the Dodgers and the new owners' eagerness to take on big contracts. What do you think? Rico
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's a pretty good list. Now it will be the debate over the MVP award, which to my mind is a no brainer for Cabrera.

– October 04, 2012 11:44 AM
Q.

Montgomery Village, MD

O goddess of the Plains and Knower of all things GREAT and small A more serious question today: Money and the baseball playoffs. Where does it come from , who gets it and how? Since players are paid for the regular season, what additional "share" do the get for the post season ? Who gets the TV money ? MLB ? The teams ? Do the teams get to keep ticket sales or is that split with MLB ? As Deep Throat once said, follow the money.

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Tracee Hamilton :

This is a story I suggested and which I think is being done by our staff. I can't answer the exact splits but yes, MLB gets part of the money, the Nationals get part of the money.

– October 04, 2012 11:44 AM
Q.

30 Clubs in 30 Days

I rewatched this last night. We were picked to finish 4th in the NL East with 83 wins to Atlanta's 88, Philly's 88, Miami's 87, & NYM's 78. Larry Bowa gave us 3's in rotation, bullpen, lineup, & defense and a 3rd place finish. Mitch Williams gave us 4's in both pitching categories & picked us for 2nd place & the wild card. Prognostication is NOT an exact science, I guess!

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Tracee Hamilton :

It certainly isn't. That's why I try to refrain. I think I had 86 wins and a wild card, but then again, I preface my picks by saying they're dreadful. What would you give to go back to March and put money on the Nats AND O's in the playoffs back?

– October 04, 2012 11:45 AM
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Home Field Advantage

Can you explain how, with home field advantage, the Nats have to play the first 3 of the playoff games away? That doesn't sound like home field advantage to me.
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Tracee Hamilton :

This is due to the format change for the wild card. Because they added the extra game, and because the schedule was already set, and they didn't want the Series to run later, blah blah blah. I believe it's a one-season thing; it just happens to be annoying because the Nats are in that one season. I agree it's ridiculous.

– October 04, 2012 11:46 AM
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Arlington, VA

If we have a QB that can't run, everyone rants that the QB can't run. When we have a QB that can run, everyone rants he's going to get hurt. Can't win for losing. Anyway, I was very impressed by RGIII especially during the last 2 minutes of the game. That's when we're used to losing! Imagine my surprise Monday morning when I read in the Post that RGIII's ear piece malfunctioned and he had to call all his own plays during those two minutes. I agree with most experts that we aren't going to have a stellar season, but I have hopes for the coming years.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think the only worry was the overemphasis on his running. Last week they seemed to be getting closer to a good mix. They need him to run but they need to be judicious. Picture the first four games without him. That would be ugly. They need to try to keep him healthy for 16.

– October 04, 2012 11:48 AM
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Boz

Can I just say I love Boz. He is truly a treasure and I am so thankful we get to read all his articles (and LOVE him on twitter).
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Tracee Hamilton :

Who doesn't love Boz? I know I do.

– October 04, 2012 11:49 AM
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Woodbridge

I thought that was a nice picture of Bryce with the fans on the cover of Tuesday's Sports section. I hope we never catch him taking PEDs.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That was a nice photo by Toni Sandys. I'm getting some of those fans were busy ordering prints of that on Tuesday. Pretty cool souvenir.

– October 04, 2012 11:50 AM
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curious

Is it hot inside the George, Tom, Abe and Teddy outfits? Can they see where they are going?
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Tracee Hamilton :

This is a Steinberg question, because he actually tried out one year, but I can assure you that it is hot. And yes, they can see; the eye holes are probably in the neck or chest but they have to have them or no one would ever win those races!

– October 04, 2012 11:50 AM
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home field advantage

As Tracee note, it's a one-season thing. Also, it's the first 2 on the road, not 3, fwiw.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ah, did the poster say 3? Sorry, didn't catch that.

– October 04, 2012 11:50 AM
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S-E-C S-U-X

I can deal with getting waxed by Top 10 teams...I think the only Top 10 team Mizzou has beaten in ages was the (then) #1 from Lawrence :>) I can even deal with the incessant fundraising nonesense. Mostly. But getting a credit card offer because some computer thinks I'm an Ole Miss alumnus? Seriously? Changing conferences shouldn't include insults like this.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, Mizzou made its bed. It will certainly make more money.

I got a call last week from my alma mater, asking for money. I had already told one person no; this was someone else. (They have students do it.) I told her no and was explaining that I had endowed 50% of a scholarship already, and I'm done now, and she hung up on me. So I will not be giving any more. Because that's unacceptable.

– October 04, 2012 11:51 AM
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How much do I love these Nats?

Yesterday when I got my pre-sale SRO tickets to the first playoff game in DC, I was actually sweating.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, it WAS hot and humid. But okay. :) (Seriously, I want my cool weather now, please. I've been patient.)

– October 04, 2012 11:51 AM
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If you ever pack it in on the chat

That's the day I remove the bookmark for my former favorite newspaper. The Post kept my out-of-town-but-valuable-to-advertisers eyeballs with your chat, but if you stop doing these, I'll be out. TBHitW
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, I'll just have to go rogue, like that sub in "Last Resort."

– October 04, 2012 11:54 AM
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re: Can't they just let the mascots have an honest and fair race

Wait, what? These races are fixed? There should be a Congressional hearing like they did for the gameshow scandals of the 60s like in Quiz Show.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, that would be a brilliant use of our tax dollars. :)

– October 04, 2012 11:56 AM
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Bobby the Kook V? (and no, I am not a fan)

First, VERY glad that he was not hired to manage DC. Never liked him as a manager - seemed to always make it about him 180 off from DJ who stands out of the way of his team's accomplishments. So, all that said, if he gets canned, he keeps any future earnings of his contract - until he get's re-hired as a manager - no?? So, is he acting like a very very spoiled child to guarantee an early retirement golden parachute first flight ouf of Boston - for greener warmer temps? I see him as a great AA manager - nothing more. Hey! It's been at least 2 minutes since I composed this message is he still in Boston?
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Tracee Hamilton :

So far, he's there. Throwing your coaches under the bus is such a bush move. Really awful.

– October 04, 2012 11:56 AM
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re: Why does everything need to be a gimmick?

Um, you know those Nats games? Yeah, the baseball they play between the president races, that's right. Well, fellow Tracy Devotee, those are no gimmicks.
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Tracee Hamilton :

The Teddy thing has really struck a nerve in this town. One reason I love this place!

– October 04, 2012 11:57 AM
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For the new Laurel-ite

Go by which county you now call home: Laurel/Howard is Balto, Laurel/PG is DC. At least as far as the FCC is concerned for TV markets, since sports is all about TV these days.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's another consideration. Good point.

– October 04, 2012 11:57 AM
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Rizzo's "genius" Response

I don't think this poster has any idea what Rizzo (and to an extent Kasten) inherited. When the Expos moved south, MLB owned the team and used the team like a hanger queen, picking it clean. The Nats had essentially to start from scratch in a way almost no team does, and certainly not the Cardinals (an organization I greatly admire, BTW). Canonizing Rizzo may indeed be premature but there can be no doubt in my mind we wouldn't own the best team in baseball without him. Picking Stras and Harper were no-brainers. The talent, as you pointed out, is recognizing the potential of the unheralded players (the Goon Squad, for example) that have been contributing all season.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Good point about MLB. What came south wasn't a great team. And it took awhile to make it so.

– October 04, 2012 11:57 AM
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Does Strasburg get to pitch?

C'mon, just one game!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Seriously, do we have to start this again?

– October 04, 2012 11:58 AM
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Why are NFL games during the day?

The NFL is the only major sport where most of the games are played during the day. Why don't they play them at night? There are tons of other things I can be doing on a Sunday afternoon, and Sunday night is for TV. And wouldn't this increase the ratings?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, I would imagine if they moved them to Tuesday afternoons our new weekends would be Saturday-Tuesday. Personally, I'm opposed to that. I love Sunday afternoon football. There are plenty of sports on at night. I wish there were more day baseball postseason games.

– October 04, 2012 11:58 AM
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MASH

When I saw that episode, all I could think was, If Charles was at the 4077th for the whole 1951 season, then all the Henry and Frank episodes had to take place in 1950, which is absolutely impossible. Almost completely ruined that episode for me.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, you THINK about the tv shows. See, that's where you went wrong.

– October 04, 2012 11:58 AM
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Woah, Wait. Real Fanatic or Fake One?

Wait, that wasn't the real Philly fanatic? If that's true that changes everything. Tgeb there would be no need to worry about his ulterior motives. If that's the case then I'm no longer bothered that that's how Teddy won.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Nope, not the real Phanatic.

– October 04, 2012 11:59 AM
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AL MVP

I know you have a slight bias in regards to this award. :-) I would like to mention something that has been left out of most mainstream media discussions of the award, it is not the best offensive numbers award so in addition to offense (which I think is probably even), there are DEFENSE and BASERUNNING. They are part of baseball too last time I looked, and Trout dwarfs Cabrera in both areas. He is the best CF I've seen this year (4 highlight reel grabs alone), and he went 49-5, again look at those numbers, 49-5 as a base stealer. He also took extra base after extra base. They have Silver Slugger awards, this is the MVP.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I would counter by saying Trout was playing his position, Cabrera was playing a new -- and harder -- position for the first time. He agreed to move for the good of the team. He took his team to the postseason. Trout is terrific but for me, it's Cabrera.

– October 04, 2012 12:00 PM
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NAts 2012

I think I can say that the Nats inderectly saved my life. On an off day, cancer was discovered. Had the Nats played on April 30th, I would have probably not gone to the ER, and the cancer would remain in my body, growing. Watching them through the spring kept my spirits up waiting surgery....through the summer, with recovery. I was at yesterday's game, and will be at the first home playoff. My Natitiude has been ignited.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Good grief, well, if that doesn't make you a fan, nothing will. Best wishes!

– October 04, 2012 12:00 PM
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Shot Heard Round the World

Of course people recall Russ Hodges foaming at the mouth when Bobby Thompson slugged his winning home run. But just as interesting in its own way was Red Barber's near-silent call of the same play, where he just let the crowd noise tell the story. I heard this on NPR back when host Bob Edwards' weekly interview with Barber was a Friday feature on "Morning Edition"; don't know whether NPR's library has the recording, or if it was part of Barber's collection. BTW, Barber died 20 years ago this month -- can it have really been that long?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I remember hearing that as well. Thanks for the reminder.

– October 04, 2012 12:00 PM
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RG3 Headset

I find it mighty suspicious that RG3's headset died when it did. Had to have been intentional. I say it should be investigated.
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Tracee Hamilton :

As soon as our panel finishes Teddygate, it will switch its attention to Headsetgate.

– October 04, 2012 12:01 PM
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TBHitW is right

There are alot of us out there who spend serious time on the Post's website every day because of these chats. It's crazy how the company keeps trying to cut back on one of its most valuable, inexpensive resources.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I know. Inexpensive because they cost zero dollars, but they also don't make money, so ...

– October 04, 2012 12:01 PM
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Kudos to Kilgore

Speaking of Shirley Povich, he surely (pardon the pun) would be proud of Kilgore's lead in the game story yesterday, quoting Teddy himself and his Man in the Arena speech. Maybe Wilbon's right and this is a literate place.....
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yup, Kilgore nailed it yesterday.

Okay, I've praised Kilgore. It's time for me to quit. Thanks, everyone, for joining in. More Teddy questions than Nats questions, and virtually no Skins questions. How unusual is that? Have a good weekend, everyone.

– October 04, 2012 12:02 PM
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