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Morse’s staggering turnaround

Jun 3, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Asked yesterday afternoon about Michael Morse's dramatic turnaround from April to May, Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein gave all the credit to Morse.

"He's been able to relax a little more," Eckstein said. "He's been able to let the ball come to him and not try to go get the ball, which is an attribute of a player whose heart is in the right place. He's trying to get things done, but ultimately that's not how you get it done. He's been able to relax and get in his hitting position, be able to pick up the ball early and ultimately put his swing on the ball.

Morse's turnaround has been stunning. After hitting .211 with a .521 OPS in April, he's now hitting a major-league-best .429 with a 1.229 OPS since May 1. His production has improved by more than 200 percent from one month to the next.

And, despite Eckstein's aversion to taking credit, Morse is heaping all kinds of praise on his hitting coach.

"Words can't describe it," Morse said after going 4-for-5 last night. "We've had some loud talks, mostly on his side and me listening. He cares a lot about me, and I appreciate all the hard work and the sweatRead more »

  1. dj in Fl. - Jun 3, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    So there is some "loud talk" going on out of our sight. Good for management for that discretion. Just about nap time to be ready for the late night again.

  2. Doc - Jun 3, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Morse doesn't have to be Adam LaRoche–he's better than Adam in range. LaRoche 'might' be a bit better around the bag than Morse; but chalk that up to all the years that LaRoche has had at 1B.I'm a part of the Nats Insiders group that have been fans of Morse since he appeared in the latter stages of the 2009 season. Morse has always been better at infield fielding (gounders, liners, popups, etc.); OF fly balls were a work in progress for Mickey.At 1B it's like having an extra middle infielder with lots of reach. Stay away from the injuries Mickey Morse–we need your bat and glove!

  3. Stew Magnuson - Jun 3, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    I was hoping Morse would scrap the A-Ha song Take On Me before he comes to bat. I mean, is there a wimpier song you could choose?But as we all know, you don't mess with a streak.

  4. Crash Davis - Jun 3, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    And how, Stew.

  5. JayB - Jun 3, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Ok……. so we can get quotes published about specific players and approaches…as long as the player is hot…..Taking Called 3rd Strikes over and over again….we can not ask or talk about that in general or specifically about Jason W……strange logic to me.

  6. Rabbit - Jun 3, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Well Mike, if you can't wait for LaRoche to get back, you'll be happy. Riggs will get him in ASAP, even if you're hitting .500. Riggleman just doesn't seem to get it. So, at least we will enjoy your play while we can but knowing no matter how well you do, you'll be pulled.

  7. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    One thing I've noticed from AAA to now is that Morse has learned to adapt to pitchers as they adapt to him. Is that Eckstein? Morse? Has Stairs helped with that? (Finding some use for the guy).When Morse's streak first started pitchers noticed that his latest stance had him able to get extension on pitches low, on the outside corner. Not just fast balls, but sliders. The adapted and began to jam him inside. That seems pretty hard given how far Morse stands from the plate. But his arms are so long he appears to need that space to get extension. He made a slight adjustment and continues his hot hitting from May. Last night he was pulling the ball more putting the ball more into CF. I think his arm length and height can make him seem "awkward" at the plate. It seems like its hard for him to compress his swing … make it compact without giving up the leverage he gets from extension. And it might make his swing slower. But it could have the advantage of making him a pretty decent contact hitter able to cover the plate pretty well even with the distant stance. And his strength allows contact to convert to power.

  8. Steve M. - Jun 3, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Steve M. said… Mark, my question is, who do you see as your wild card for All Star for the Nats as I would say the favorites are 1) Storen 2) Marquis 3) LivoI am thinking Werth and Morse could get hot(ter) and get in the picture. Morse's number are getting very good on a small sample size although I think with Riggleman on the coaching staff would nix Morse's chance but if he can push that batting average over .300 and hit a few more HRs, he will be on the offensive leader boards. May 31, 2011 1:05 PM Wow, in 4 days Morse has added almost 20 points to his batting average, and a few more RBIs!So who is laughing at my statement above now? I will comment on my own statement that we are still 4 weeks away from Bruce Bochy forumlating his squad but if Morse keeps it up, this could be interesting and to the person who said there are too many 1st baseman ahead of him, Morse can play the outfield too!

  9. MikeH - Jun 3, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Mark, as far as you know does Riggleman have something against Morse? He never seems comfortable praising the guy when he plays well. What's the deal with that? Have you heard anything about their relationship?

  10. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Mark, as far as you know does Riggleman have something against Morse? He never seems comfortable praising the guy when he plays well. What's the deal with that? Have you heard anything about their relationship?I've been wondering about this for over 2 years … every time Morse would get hot it seemed like Riggleman would find some excuse to double-switch him out. Every single time.

  11. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    So who is laughing at my statement above now?One thing about Morse starting in 2009 after he returned from a year off due to injury. He always finds a way to hit. And Riggleman did say that: Morse is a hitter. That is who he is. Of course he didn't say he was a "professional" hitter as he does with Matt Stairs.

  12. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    I am thinking Werth and Morse could get hot(ter) and get in the picture. Morse's number are getting very good on a small sample size … Lost in all of this new found hoopla is the fact that Espinosa once again had a good night. No homers (like Morse) and he was batting right handed but it does appear that even from the left-side he is starting to "get it". He is also really coming on offensively.He's the guy to watch because unlike Werth Espinosa looks like a superstar in the making. Its all about the switch-hitting now … that's the make-or-break of it. Because you still have to wonder if maybe just hitting from the right side would be better … and what he's attempting is pretty tough for anyone.

  13. Mark'd - Jun 3, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    SteveM, add Espi, JZim and Ramos to your long shots but like you said, 4 weeks to decide.I did chuckle at your suggestion last week of Morse. What do they say about the difference a day makes?

  14. NatinBeantown - Jun 3, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Anon @1:53 – You may be one of the Anonymi accused of trolling on here, or you may not be. But that kind of thoughtful analysis that gives the rest of us something to add to our following of the team. Observations like those are one of the reasons NI has the best commenter community in NatsTown.Keep up those kinds of comments, and give yourself a handle so the rest of us can engage those comments and further the discussion.Just my opinion.

  15. Steve M. - Jun 3, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Let me give anyone doubting how Jim Riggleman feels about the formerly known Mike Morse. Jim was with the Seattle Mariners and was the one who brought to Kasten, Rizzo, and Bowden the name Mike Morse as he knew him and that is how they got him in the Ryan Langerhans trade.Of course he likes him, but he also is nervous of what happened in April that Morse is streaky. Very streaky. In 2010, Jim didn't ride his hot streaks long enough but he also had to split a lot of playing time and tried to have Morse sit a lot against RH pitchers.The anniversary of Wally Pipp was this same week in 1925. I hope Michael Morse stays on his Iron Horse hot streak for a long time.

  16. PAY TO PLAY - Jun 3, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    NatinBeantown said… Anon @1:53 – You may be one of the Anonymi accused of trolling on here, or you may not be. But that kind of thoughtful analysis that gives the rest of us something to add to our following of the team. Observations like those are one of the reasons NI has the best commenter community in NatsTown.Keep up those kinds of comments, and give yourself a handle so the rest of us can engage those comments and further the discussion.Just my opinion. June 3, 2011 2:15 PMI agree with you. That is good stuff and at least put your "handle" at the bottom.By the way, where is JD. I know he is a Morse guy. When it was suggested he move his bed to the other side of the room, I hope he didn't roll off and hurt himself.

  17. baseballswami - Jun 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    There have always been players that just don't seem like the are the favorite sons. I remember very clearly that no matter what Ryan Church did, it was never enough. When necessary, the correct words are said, but the eyes are dead and there is no facial expression reinforcing the words. On the other hand, watch Riggs in the dugout – he smiles frequently when chatting it up with Ankiel, LaRoche and Stairs. I am not in the hating of Riggs camp, either. I do think he seems lukewarm toward MM. I don't think people are imagining it.

  18. masnstinks - Jun 3, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    I see that Werth's elbow is hurting. I hate the "unwritten" baseball rule that calls for immediate retaliation. Sean Burnett has obviously not had good control for a while now, and would definitely have preferred not to give someone a free base. That shouldn't mean that Werth had to be plunked right away. And on the elbow – not on a soft spot. It seemed pretty obvious that it was intentional. He was just starting to find his stroke, too. At least we have plenty of outfielders.

  19. Doc - Jun 3, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Riggleman is not Tommy Lasorda unfortunately. It just isn't in Riggleman's makeup to be 'socially affective' as we say. I remember a few games back Morse got a good hit (might have been a HR?) and one of the TV shots had him back in the dugout, and glancing at Riggleman for approval—none came.Riggleman is indeed the Sadman! He seems to be like that with all the players; but, from my perspective, just more noticeable with Mickey Morse.Something about the older players like Stairs, LaRoche, Ankiel, that Riggleman seems to trust. The Sadman needs to take a 6 week course at the Dickie V. Fall Program for Player Motivation.

  20. Steve M. - Jun 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    baseballswami said… When necessary, the correct words are said, but the eyes are dead and there is no facial expression reinforcing the words. On the other hand, watch Riggs in the dugout – he smiles frequently when chatting it up with Ankiel, LaRoche and Stairs. I am not in the hating of Riggs camp, either. I do think he seems lukewarm toward MM. I don't think people are imagining it. June 3, 2011 2:39 PM I don't think you are imagining it because I have seen it too. The subconcious mind usually tells the truth. They may not be 'besties' like Riggs and Ankiel, but Riggs won't cut off his nose to spite his face if Morse is going to help him win games.The one to watch is Ankiel. He is struggling big time at the plate. With Werth hurting expect an outfield of Ankiel, Bernadina, and Nix.Also, if LaRoche is out for longer then his 15 day DL, Michael Morse will be at 1st base for a while.

  21. KC5 - Jun 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    SteveM – Thanks for pointing out how Morse made it to the Nats. I think you guys read way too much into Riggs' comments about Morse.He probably laughs and jokes more with Stairs, LaRoche and Ankiel because they are Vets. I think he probably has a different relationship with Morse because her is a younger guy that doesn't need his Manager to be his friend, he needs him to be his Manager.

  22. Steve M. - Jun 3, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Steve M. said… Nice article Mark and I still think that the "Mike Morse" fan club was started here on NatsInsider last year.The above quotes from Morse sound cheesy but the guy is very sincere and down to earth. Just a regular guy with the good fortunes of being athletically gifted. There are few that I want to succeed more than Michael Morse. March 16, 2011 11:53 AMKC5, you are welcome and your points are good also. I can't believe I wrote that on March 16th "There are few that I want to succeed more than Michael Morse." Can I add JZim, Ramos, Espi and Desi to that list too?Just so "newbies" don't think we ride only the "highs". Mid-March I was talking about the Morse Fan Club was started in 2010.

  23. Latin is dead to me - Jun 3, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Good bet it's Piero/Peric/Periculum/another latin derative if…1)overpraises Morse2)mentions the likelihood of Morse being double-switched out (even more likely if he mentions the game he was switched out of when he hit two homers, time to move on buddy)3)saying that Morse is in Riggs "doghouse"Congrats you work with computers, now we get why your on every effing site in the Natmosphere

  24. KC5 - Jun 3, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Doc-players don't need their Managers to be their friends. That is what their teammates are for. They also don't need to be pat on the head every time they do something well. It's not a preschool. Riggs gives a brief handshake to players when they hit HR's. It's so quick sometimes the camera doesn't catch it.One of the reasons Riggleman cozies up to the Vets is simple. His option has not been picked up by the club yet and if he loses the Vets in the clubhouse he is a deadman. That, unfortunately, is the way it is. It is the position Rizzo put him in and sometimes veteran players will stop listening to a guy if they don't think he will be around next year. How do you motivate guys in that situation? It's pretty tough.

  25. NatsNut - Jun 3, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    "That's right. In 499 total chances at four other positions over the last five-plus seasons, Morse has been charged with zero errors."HOLY SCHEISSE!! How in the world did this little tidbit get by all of us? That is AMAZING.

  26. Steve M. - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    I'd be more concerned over Riggleman's boss Mr. Rizzo who seems content with the status quo of this team.Truly amazing that the only personnel changes have essentially come from DL moves and the only player who has left the building has been Brian Broderick.I wake up each day hoping that Rizzo has come up with some brainstorm to rid us of Slaten and Stairs.By the way, even Laynce Nix is batting 1.000 against Doug Slaten. You read this and I want to puke:Comment From Frank:Why is Matt Stairs still on the team? Friday June 3, 2011 12:51 Mike [Rizzo] says, "Matt Stairs brings a lot to the ballclub, both on the field as a left-handed presence off the bench and in the clubhouse as a team leader and an experienced teammate. The duties of a pinch hitter are very difficult. He has shown throughout his career that he has a propensity to get big hits at crucial parts of the game. We feel that he's still capable of helping this club win ballgames, with his bat, with his presence and with his leadership qualities." So Mike, you say "He has shown throughout his career that he has a propensity to get big hits at crucial parts of the game." however he has failed at almost every crucial point he has been in a game including the statuesque look vs. Roy Halladay early in the season staring at 3 straight strikes so a crucial point like that Mike?Stairs is 3 of 34 now so to get over the Mendoza line he would need to go 5 for 5. I can't wait to see it but if we don't, when will this heartache end Mike?

  27. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    SHHHH – baseball fans are very superstitious – don"t jinx him!

  28. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    NN, if you're going to use that kind of language, you're supposed to be anonymous.

  29. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Meaning – don't jinx MM, of course. Matt Stairs is already jinxed = or he IS the Nats jinx.

  30. Dale - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Steve M, In regards to the Stairs answer, you did not really expect Rizzo to say out loud what he is thinking? The part of Rizzo I appreciate is that he holds his cards close to his chest, like any good poker player should. The only time I ever remember Rizzo talk negatively about an active player was while Daniel Cabrerra was still on the squad. Like all of his answers today on MASN Rizzo has the gift of never informing us of anything that we did not already know.

  31. natsfan1a - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Leave it to a chimp avatar to opine about flinging fecal matter about. (Oh no, I didn't. :-D)

  32. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    I'd be more concerned over Riggleman's boss Mr. Rizzo who seems content with the status quo of this team.I'm not … and I guess I complain as much as anyone else … mostly because I like to see players promoted from the minors … I have my favorites. Just like Morse was.But I do understand. Like a certain pitcher no one mentions who is JUST NOW pitching out of X-ST for the Chiefs Atahualpo Severino. He is on the 40-man roster. What's he doing there? You would think Meyers, Milone and God forbid the Nats "sleeper" of the year Brad Peacock would get that spot? Rizzo is playing things close to the vest. He likes to keep roster spots available … just in case he needs them. Perhaps someone releases a player they could really use! Consider, the Nats have plenty of space on their payroll. There are very, very few teams in the MLB that do. Keeping those slots available, filled with "place holders" is a strategy he appears to like to employ. Stairs definitely represents that … as I suspect does Attie Severino who was placed there by JimBo. The analogy I would use is from Sherlock Holmes. Holmes described himself as Chef … who would prepare special dishes in secret and wait for the perfect moment to present them to the surprise and delight of his audience. Because he doesn't want other major league teams to know what he and his brain trust are thinking he keeps things very close, and low profile. Thus, the signing of Werth was kept a secret even from Riggleman. Rizzo's task is a longer one … it takes time to see what his brain trust and he have planned. They are all good baseball people. We'll just have to wait for the drama to unfold. Meanwhile, happier days appear to be upon us for once … (for how long?) That 2-1 victory over Oswalt, that series win was a gestalt, an epiphany for our favorite team. The rookies are playing with an intensity they may never have played with before. The vets are starting to look more-and-more AAAA-ish as a result. Marginal former "bench" players like Morse and Nix are pushing the envelope performing better than they ever have. The starting pitching has found a new very intense resolve.Its all really good … best not to mess with it by releasing Stairs. Go NATS!!! And an enormous thank you and sigh of relief, to Tom Boswell, for reflecting our frustrations at just the absolute perfect time!

  33. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Congrats you work with computers, now we get why your on every effing site in the NatmosphereAnd thank you @DaveBinMD …

  34. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Keep up those kinds of comments, and give yourself a handle so the rest of us can engage those comments and further the discussion.Thank you gentle sir. However, its more fun to torture souls like @DaveBinMD … he seems to have an odd attraction for my commentary? And likes to criticize my grammar. Dual languages tend to do that … I also speak Italian. As for a handle. On this site I don't like the interface. I don't like being singled out. On this site, and this site alone I go with the other anonymii as a protest. I do not do this on other sites and Ben Goesling and Adam Kilgore will attest to.

  35. Steve M. - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Dale said… Steve M, In regards to the Stairs answer, you did not really expect Rizzo to say out loud what he is thinking? The part of Rizzo I appreciate is that he holds his cards close to his chest, like any good poker player should. The only time I ever remember Rizzo talk negatively about an active player was while Daniel Cabrerra was still on the squad. Like all of his answers today on MASN Rizzo has the gift of never informing us of anything that we did not already know. June 3, 2011 4:28 PM Yes and no, I expected some honesty like "Matt is struggling but is working extra long hours with Rick, Dan and Jim to get back to the Matt Stairs we all know"That is what I expected. A shred of honesty in a politically correct way to acknowledge he is struggling and saying what he is doing to be productive. What he said is nothing but politcal BS. In less than 2 weeks I believe, someone is going to be DFA'd or sent back to Syracuse and you have to think at this juncture it will be Bixler being replaced by Ryan Zimmerman.

  36. Latin is dead to me - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Piero/Peric/Periculum/and all other latin derivatives, if you just used the Peric moniker nobody would single you out. We all know it's you anyways!

  37. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Whine, whine, whine, again. Knock it off and talk actual baseball. Go Nats!

  38. Latin is dead to me - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    You want some cheese with that Piero/Peric/Periculum/and all other latin derivatives

  39. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Also, if LaRoche is out for longer then his 15 day DL, Michael Morse will be at 1st base for a while.If Morse continues to field flawlessly, continues to improve at the plate, and resurrects the ol' power stroke after all the adjustments … it could be permanent. I truly believe Riggs fears that. Morse is not his kind of "veteran". Perhaps its the fact he loses confidence easily … and especially in the field … although he is athletic the lack of confidence appears to affect him and throw him into slumps. Riggs likes the totally confident, even arrogant MLB athlete. Like Ankiel even though Ankiel looks more like the AAAA than Morse ever did. Riggs was probably not happy to read that Eckstein has to come in and boost Morse's confidence. Its no secret that I don't particularly care for Riggs … in spite of that I can still observe the guy objectively. He does know baseball, he does indeed know what he is doing at all time. The problem again, is, he does not always make decisions based on his wealth of baseball acumen. And when he does he too often breaks teams … instead of propelling them to winning. This is a rare case where old dog Riggleman may have learned a new trick. In this case he has done what was needed in a critical spot in that Phillie's series. He needs to keep doing that … and not regress back to the cronyism he prefers to practice.

  40. RickH - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    I love Morse's attitude.

  41. Boz's Magical 5/31 Chat Is The Reason The Nats Are Winning Now - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    My, looks like someone took their Meds today. Just one question for everyone, Have you ever seen Jim Riggleman and Charles Krauthammer in the same room at the same time? Inquiring Minds Want to Know.

  42. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Latin is dead to me said…Piero/Peric/Periculum/and all other latin derivatives, if you just used the Peric moniker nobody would single you out. We all know it's you anyways!Latin is dead to me said…You want some cheese with that Piero/Peric/Periculum/and all other latin derivativesBoz's Magical 5/31 Chat Is The Reason The Nats Are Winning Now said…My, looks like someone took their Meds today. Just one question for everyone, Have you ever seen Jim Riggleman and Charles Krauthammer in the same room at the same time? Inquiring Minds Want to Know.Hmmm, well following someone between blogs and web sites? For what purpose? Seems like a depraved and delusional human being with a personality disorder. It seems to be a form of stalking … I wonder what one of the woman posters would think if that were to happen to them? Think about it dude.You need to stop before it gets you into trouble.

  43. masnstinks - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    The thing that I like about Morse's demeanor is that he truly looks awed to be there and to have good things happening. I know that the serious-minded baseball people like to say" act like you have been there before" but I kind of like his "aw-shucks" excitement.

  44. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    I like the way our lineup is going to look next year with a batting order of Bernadina, Espinosa, Zimmerman, Harper, Werth, Morse, Ramos, Desmond. Can't wait for July 2012!

  45. Depraved Is In The Eye of the Beholder - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    No one follows you anywhere, Mr. "Jim Riggleman is So Against All That is Good and Holy In The Universe He Roots Against His Own Player, Michael Morse." You are EVERYWHERE. You post on EVERY Nationals Website on the Internet. There is no escaping YOU.You make the same baseless claims over and over and over again. Everyone knows it is YOU.So, before I'd start throwing around stuff about personality disorders, I would take a long look in the mirror.Again, let's be clear, NO ONE FOLLOWS YOU. YOU POST ON EVERY WEBSITE AND THERE IS NO ESCAPING YOU. At the end of the day you are like an annoying Gnat (pun not intended) that everyone tries to swat away and just can't seem to get rid of. Note: Delusions of Grandeur can be a symptom of a personality disorder.

  46. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    In less than 2 weeks I believe, someone is going to be DFA'd or sent back to Syracuse and you have to think at this juncture it will be Bixler being replaced by Ryan Zimmerman.Riggleman was almost fawning in his praise of Cora's feeling even after both he and Hairston made muffs in one game … he's going to defend his veterans no matter how poorly they play. No matter if they lose 20 games in a row. So, yes, Bixler looks to be odd man out.

  47. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    "Cora's feeling" : Cora's fielding

  48. The Baseball Guy - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    masnstinks said… "The thing that I like about Morse's demeanor is that he truly looks awed to be there and to have good things happening"I agree..he's also pretty goofy and I think it's hilarious. I love his leg-kick practice swing before each pitch..I don't know why but it makes me laugh. His routine is somewhat comparable to Desmond's intense staring contests with his bat before each pitch.

  49. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Again, let's be clear, NO ONE FOLLOWS YOU. YOU POST ON EVERY WEBSITE AND THERE IS NO ESCAPING YOU. I strongly suggest you go back and carefully read what you wrote. You really do have a very serious problem that can probably only be addressed through deep therapy. Jim Riggleman is a public figure. Most of what I have ever said about him pales by comparison to what Boz has said now in two of his chats. And that is indeed why Riggleman reacted.I hope you get help soon. I am very sorry my alphabets have brought you to this state?

  50. natsfan1a - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Maybe these late-night games are making us a little cranky, even with the winning streak. Hope the guys can keep it going tonight. Go NATS!!p.s. I love the avatar, sec3. Just can't resist an opportunity like that. :-)

  51. natsfan1a - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Morse has that goofy smile he does for the cameras.Re. Desmond's gazing, I always think he's communing with it. (Okay, bat. It's just you and me now. Are you ready? We can do this.) OTOH with Dunn, I felt like he was displaying it to the pitcher. (This is my bat. Do you like it? I'm going to hit the ball very hard with it. That, or whiff. Your choice.)

  52. Anonymous - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Again, let's be clear, NO ONE FOLLOWS YOU. YOU POST ON EVERY WEBSITE AND THERE IS NO ESCAPING YOU.Let's be clear to help vanquish your delusions. I am not on every site. I really only follow four. And that's plenty for me in addition to following the Chiefs and the minor leagues. You are on far, far more than I. You really need to get a grip. Try deep breathing exercises? Have you considered meditation? Yoga? EFT? TFT?

  53. Right Back At You Pal - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Peric: Take your own advice. Done with you, I've already given you way more attention than you deserve and that only encourages disturbed individuals such as yourself.For the record, just because Thomas Boswell is an arrogant unprofessional eternal Baltimore Orioles fan I would back away using him as a defense of your misplaced vitriol towardws Jim Riggleman. Just because Boswell is behaving like a hack in his chats doesn't make it right. If he has a problem with Jim Riggleman he should man up and talk to the guy directly. Sneaking around on message boards and the like is the behavior or a real low-life.It's one thing when the fans do it, that's our only outlet. But when a guy with access has to resort to flaming a guy in his chats, he's reached a new low.

  54. JaneB - Jun 4, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    Natsfan1a…we think the same think about Ian communing with the bat, and the way Dunn would get the pitcher to take a goooood luck at the bat and make a call. Fun! I personally find Morse's attitude to be terrific…not pretend humble. Just in and aware of the moment. Kinda like they say you need to be to get good hits.

  55. natsfan1a - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    JaneB, funny that we had the same take re. bats. To be clear on Morse, in case I gave the wrong impression in my comments, I just think he's goofing around for the camera when he does that certain smile that is sometimes shown on broadcasts. I don't read anything other than that into it.

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SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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