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Top 3 draft picks unveiled

Aug 24, 2011, 1:50 AM EST

Associated Press photo
Alex Meyer meets fellow draft picks Anthony Rendon and Brian Goodwin.

The Nationals introduced their top three draft picks this evening shortly before the start of the game. Third baseman Anthony Rendon, right-hander Alex Meyer and outfielder Brian Goodwin all donned their Nationals jerseys (Rendon wearing No. 23, Meyer No. 17 and Goodwin No. 24).

Scott Boras, who serves as agent for all three players, also appeared and had perhaps the best line of the press conference, as you'll read below.

Here are some of the highlights…

"I first want to thank Mark [Lerner]. I told Mark, being from California, to come here and the hospitality we receive here by having an earthquake to make us feel at home … I don't know how the Lerners do it. They go out of their way."

On a possible position switch if Ryan Zimmerman remains at third base: "Yeah, I'm always willing to make a position switch. I just want to be in the lineup, to get the opportunity. But my position here is toRead more »

  1. A DC Wonk - Aug 24, 2011 at 3:06 AM

    I just love the sound of, which we've heard from pundits all over the country, the phrase: the Nats had the best draft day in 2011 of any team in baseball.And major dudos to the Lerners for going way way over slot to get these guys. (We've heard MLB wasn't happy with it. Well, Mr Selig, we're not happy with how you destroyed the Expos farm system either, so right back atcha.)Nothing's guaranteed, but the future sure looks bright from here!

  2. m20832 - Aug 24, 2011 at 3:14 AM

    Screw selig….major ahole. Are these guys going to help the Nats get above .500? To the playoffs and beyond?Let's hope so!GYFNG!!!

  3. Anonymous8 - Aug 24, 2011 at 3:15 AM

    Wonk, major DUDOS to the Lerners? Is that like dog do-do spelled differently for emphasis that it is MAJOR as in large proportions?

  4. A DC Wonk - Aug 24, 2011 at 4:03 AM

    Anonymous8 said… Wonk, major DUDOS to the Lerners? Is that like dog do-do spelled differently for emphasis that it is MAJOR as in large proportions?Camptown ladies sing this song, du-dah, du-dah . . .No — yikes — sorry — I meant "Major kudos"!

  5. NatsLady - Aug 24, 2011 at 4:19 AM

    Now I have to listen to YOU sing? Sheesh!

  6. Scooter - Aug 24, 2011 at 4:35 AM

    Looking at Alex Meyer in that picture, I repeated the line from Hunt for Red October: "[Goodness], that's a big [gentleman]."

  7. MicheleS - Aug 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    @Scooter.. When I saw Meyer standing next to the other two guys, it was hilarious! He looked like a GIANT! The other two looked like little kids

  8. N. Cognito - Aug 24, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    NatsLady said… "Now I have to listen to YOU sing? Sheesh!"Turn off your monitor and you won't have to listen to him.It could be worse. He could be singing, "Sunshine, lollipos and rainbows."

  9. Anonymous - Aug 24, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    If Selig is upset that the Nats paid above his personal slot figures for these players, GOOD. The Nats are still in the bottom half of money spent on players so building for the future is their way to spend. The Yankees and their ilk can spend their way and Selig doesn't seem to mind that they have a payroll of more than three times the Nats.This off season will be interesting but those look aheads can start after the season ends. The motto right now should be ".500 here we come". The goal is modest but meaningful. Mike in Vienna

  10. natsfan1a - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Thanks for *that* particular earwig, Scooter.Didn't see the full intros but saw Carp's interview with the kids on the pregame. Seems like a charming and humble bunch.

  11. Scooter - Aug 24, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Dude, I'm not the one quoting Lesley Gore!(wish I'd thought of it)

  12. natsfan1a - Aug 24, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Oops, sorry about that, Scooter.

  13. Scooter - Aug 25, 2011 at 5:24 AM

    It's okay; I forgive you.





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