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Reader Q&A with Lannan

Mar 31, 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

As part of my fundraising campaign to cover spring training, I offered readers who contributed at least $60 the opportunity to submit a question to a member of the Nationals. Manager Jim Riggleman and four players (Ryan Zimmerman, Nyjer Morgan, John Lannan and Drew Storen) were gracious enough to participate. Readers were randomly paired up with one of those five gentlemen, and I conducted the interviews over the last few days.

Here is the second installment of the Reader Q&A, featuring left-hander John Lannan…

Andrew Lang (Potomac, Md.): In all the items presented to you from fans to get autographed, is there one that stands out the most as either your favorite or strangest item?
John Lannan: A bowling ball. That was pretty cool. We also signed the gas tank of a chopper, like a motorcycle. So that was pretty cool. It was an auction. They brought the gas tank out and we signed it and they auctioned it off. But the bowling ball was pretty weird, too. I signed a golf ball before, too. Just little things that are kind of weird.

Carolyn Deck (Fairfax, Va.): You have such grit on the mound, and you never seem to get rattled. How do you prepare mentally and keep your composure under sometimes difficult circumstances?
John Lannan: I just go pitch-to-pitch. Whatever happens, happens. And I don't let it affect the next pitch. I just go out and throw my best pitch in that situation. And if they get a hit, you tip your cap and move on.

Patrick Reddington (Springfield, N.J.): There's a bit of a debate in the stats community about how you are able to succeed without getting many strikeouts. Last year, you had the fewest strikeouts-per-nine innings of all pitchers with an ERA under 4.00. How do youRead more ยป

  1. peric - Mar 31, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    Does he know where he plans on buying a house yet?

  2. randomdude2228 - Mar 31, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    Either New York or Boston, depending on which team he signs with in a few years.

  3. peric - Mar 31, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    @randodude2228, kind of what I was thinking … he is from New York.

  4. Jenn Jenson - Mar 31, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    John, I didn't anticipate your answer, but I guess I'm not surprised. The whole story is part of why I root for your success and for Jim's, in addition to the team's. Good luck on Monday.

  5. peric - Mar 31, 2010 at 3:02 AM

    GM's corner was again pretty good this week. Particular emphasis on the Pirates who have 3 right fielder with no options. Two will be released. One of those is Ryan Church. One has to wonder if the Nats, given their right field situation, and perhaps the desire to play Bernadina every day in the minors wouldn't bring him back?

  6. Doc - Mar 31, 2010 at 3:16 AM

    A large part of John Lannan's success, is not his arm, but his brain. He understands pitching the way Greg Maddux understood it. I'm thinking that he will have a long and successful career, and the Nats are lucky to have him.

  7. Anonymous - Mar 31, 2010 at 4:25 AM

    Peric, why don't you start your own blog? You seem to have a lot to say, but when it's on your own blog, the rest of us won't have to read it.

  8. Positively Half St. - Mar 31, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    peric-Don't heed the anonymous. Your input is always a good read- what fun would it be if all of us had the exact same viewpoint?Who are the other 2 rightfielders? I am not sure that we want to harvest players from the Pirates.

  9. Knoxville Nat - Mar 31, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Positively,Haven't we already harvested Morgan, Brunett and Capps from the Bucs?

  10. Pete - Mar 31, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Good point. What's with all the Reds and Bucs re-treads? Those teams suck!

  11. Anonymous - Mar 31, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    So do we, other than Dunn to an AL team as a DH who else could we realistically trade at this point for anyone of value?

  12. cadeck13 - Mar 31, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Great Stuff! John Lannan is quickly and quietly becoming one of my favorite players. I hope he is here for a long time.

  13. peric - Mar 31, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Willingham, Olsen, Dunn, Lannan just to name a few … could be traded for prospects.Thank you Half St. The Pirates GM was talking about their RF battle. One of the potential bench guys is old Expo/National Church. He is a lefty lefty. He may be cut. They aren't going to option him. He might serve as a good placeholder until Bernadina, Maxwell, Burgess, Hood, Perez are ready. With Morse in against left handed pitching? He might just do well?

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