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Beltway Baseball – 6/21/12

Jun 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

We had plenty to discuss on this latest episode of Beltway Baseball: The pine tar incident, Ryan Zimmerman’s struggles, the decision to put Ross Detwiler back in the rotation.

Amanda Comak of the Washington Times and I also looked at which teams in the NL East the Nationals should be most concerned about over the rest of the season. And Chase Hughes of CSNwashington.com and I answered your questions as well.

Enjoy the show…

  1. natsfan1a - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Thanks for this Mark, Chase, and Amanda. Also, my condolences to Mark DeRosa on his loss. When I saw him in the dugout the other night, I wondered how his dad was doing. I was away last week and missed that news.

  2. MicheleS - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    As always.. good stuff! You all must have had a blast yesterday with Davey and Joe going back and forth at one another!

  3. NatsLady - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Thanks for answering my question, Mark. There seem to be a lot of choices on 1B (Moore, ALR, Marrero? Morse?)I forgot to ask, but would be curious, are there advantages to having a lefty at that position, what are they, and if so, can they be quantified?

  4. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Speaking of DeRosa – I have seen, at various times, Jayson, Drew, DeRosa and Tracy in the dugout. I was just wondering if anyone knew if this was a common practice or not. I know that part of the time they have to be in Viera and when they are ready to play they go on rehab assignments. When Morse was on the dl he appeared to spend a lot of time with the team. I can see that it might help them feel a part of things and they are staying in tune with major league pitching, plus helping out the rookies. But, I am not sure that I have seen it this much on other teams or in other seasons. Anyone know? No sign or word of Ramos yet. My impressions of DeRosa's situation is that he put off his rehab process somewhat while his father was on his last days and now he is picking it up again. I'm sorry that he was hurt but glad he got to spend so much time with his family at this difficult time. Listing those dl types, I think they will all return this season except Ramos – plus HRod will be back – that's 5 people who will be voted off the island? Wow – I would not want to be making those choices – I don't think I would get past 1 or 2. This is not going to be pretty.

  5. NLiaWW - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    There is absolutely no advantage to having a lefthander at first base. The reason you see so many lefties there is because there are three positions that a lefthander can't play (second, third and short) and one position that for some reason they rarely play (catcher). This leaves first base and outfield as the only options, and if the player doesn't have the arm, range and athleticism for the outfield, first base it is.

  6. mick - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    natsfan1a said…Thanks for this Mark, Chase, and Amanda. Also, my condolences to Mark DeRosa on his loss. When I saw him in the dugout the other night, I wondered how his dad was doing. I was away last week and missed that news.Let me just add, that one day, many years from now, Mark DeRosa's will have a catch with his Dad in heavenGod Bless you

  7. MicheleS - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Swami, when DeRo comes back, Tyler goes back to AAA probably. I think we have to look at who has options (like Mark mentioned in the video) and the ones that have not performed. I can see XNady getting voted off. Then the choices get harder. Bernie? Ank? ugh.. thank god Rizzo and Davey are making the decisions.

  8. TimDz - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Question first: What is the status on Giolito? Do you get any vibe, positive or negative, regarding whether he signs? If he is thrown 3 million, he should take it, given the uncertainty of his arm (perceived or otherwise). Not maany of us will be able to say that we could earn that much in a lifetime, let alone in one lump sum.Regarding who we should be focused on in the division: I say its the Braves. The Fish are a step away from implosion, the Mets I feel will fade and the Phillies are old and may be sellers at the deadline.

  9. SCNatsFan - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Good episode and not just because my question was answered :) great to see this team with real options and almost too much talent for the roster size

  10. TimDz - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    …Of course, I am directing this question at the more astute denizens of this blog, since the piece is already posted and my work internet has a firewall for videos..

  11. NatsLady - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Thanks, NLiaWW. Appreciate the explanation!

  12. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Can we just keep asking questions? When will they make final decisions about the all-star team?

  13. mick - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    why on earth would Moore go back and not Nady?? what am I missing here?

  14. MicheleS - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Swami.. i think first of July they announce the starters (who won the vote), so they have to pick the rest shortly after that. Plus they have to do the Last Man in vote.

  15. mick - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    I would think Moore is a lock the rest of the season. It sounds like Tracy is way ahead o schedule. If Werth and Tracy are back at end of July and with DeRosa back, i would think Nats would be set, I would then move out Nady and yes, Bernadina to make room.

  16. mick - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    again…. is trade a possibilaty for a pitcher if Det/wang fail or a stud hitter by deadline?

  17. MicheleS - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Mick..Nady is definitely a candidate as we are all aware (the Matt Stairs Award winner this year). It's just that Minor league options have to be taken into consideration. We may not see/agree on any players given value, but the organization might.

  18. mick - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Michele… I agree, I just do not see how Moore is not an important piece the duration of the season

  19. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Anyone know what's behind the decision to make Perry a starter? Do we need the depth? Has he done it before? Just found it kind of surprising.

  20. mick - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    swami… come again with that… Perry a starter, where is that mentioned. I thought he was ddone and the question is why…

  21. rogieshan - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    NatsLady, there is a teenie-weenie advantage on a throw across to the bag at second or third because a left-handed 1st baseman doesn't have to make that slight pivot/turn to get a proper line.* – I believe Mike Squires was the last southpaw to play in the infield (@ 3rd base).

  22. MicheleS - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Mick..Ryan Perry Story

  23. mick - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Thanks Michele… wow. Not sure about this… but maybe he can convert, i have never been impressed with Perry at all.

  24. mick - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    I would have liked to have heard Mark let us know about Werth and Tracy progress

  25. A DC Wonk - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Off topic, related to last thread:Espi has had some good at bats up until it gets to 3-2 at which point every pitcher throws an off speed pitch below the knees and Espi strikes out on it every time (from the left side)It may _seem_ that way, but splits show that on a 3-2 count, Espi has 16 walks and 11 K's. He's only 3-for-24 (.125) but with all the walks, his OBP is .425. (I have no idea if that's good or not — and I have no idea if that can be broken lefty/righty).

  26. Steady Eddie - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Michele and mick,Knowing that the Nats are likely to release Nady, I don't think you could get any value for him in a trade, even in a package. I do think someone is likely to pick him up off waivers as his couple of PH homers and his momentum-saving, HR-robbing catch in Boston has probably caught enough attention to make someone want to make him a PH, late inning switch guy.The guy we should try to trade and could I think get a decent prospect for is Shark. His liabilities are well-known but you could make a case that his shortcomings are partly a lack of focus that comes from not getting into a rhythm at the plate, on the bases or in the field from a lack of regular starting time. A rebuilding team with a hole in LF (doesn't have the arm for RF, much less CF) might want to see what a few weeks of regular starts can do.

  27. MicheleS - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Mick.. look in Mark's Archive to the left.. Story titled Werth Targeting Aug 1st – details of progress are there.

  28. mick - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Eddie … good points on Nady, that catch is the only thing that makes me wonder if he could help down the strecthMichele… thank you!

  29. Steady Eddie - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    mick — you just answered your 12:34 stud hitter question by your 1:00 comment. We get two stud hitters by the trade deadline — Werth and Tracy. (No one is going to give up any better for any price we might consider paying.)Re Perry, I don't think anyone in the Nats organization was ever what you would call high on him. The point was that Rizzo knew Balester wouldn't make it in the Nats' pen and he was out of options. Perry was Balester with an option. I think they figure — especially given the Tigers have released Balester — that even if he can't be a starter for us, maybe someone else could give us some value for him as a 5th starter for them. Some conversions have worked before and it's better than hoping he'll suddenly figure out how to be a reliever.

  30. MicheleS - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    SteadyEddie.. yup.. I would have XNady first and agree someone will pick him up.Shark.. I think he could be trade bait too, but i think that also depends on what they think they could do with Ank. How much longer is Bernie under team control? Bernie's bat is better than Ank's and he has good speed on the base paths as well.Glad it's Rizzo/DJ making the decisions…..

  31. MicheleS - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Also.. How GREAT is it that we are arguing/debating our 4th OF, 5th SP, odd man in the Pen, and the last guy on the bench!!!So much different than a few years ago, when we were debating every roster spot except 3B

  32. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Even though I agree that Nady is probably done, he is not a bad guy at all. Most years I would have happily nominated several guys to be excused. This is the toughest I have seen since the beginning of the Nats to weigh who stays and who goes. Even Michael Gonazalez seems to have value, I hate to see Moore go back to Syracuse, Bernie has value but I think Ank will get the upper hand there. We have come up with a couple of answers here but not five. It realy is crazy.

  33. NatsLady - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Rosters for the Futures Game are up on MLB–Nats have Alex Meyer on the US team and no one that I can spot on the World team.Futures Gamehttp://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120620&content_id=33663130&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

  34. Steady Eddie - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    swami — I agree re Shark and Ankiel. Though Shark has more value in almost every facet of his game, it's all inconsistent value (along with BA, his occasional fielding misplays and boneheaded running tend to make his web gems and speed a wash). Ank has even worse BA, average speed, marginally better — because more consistent — fielding, but he has The Arm, which is an incontestable ++ that's worth something when the opposing team has runners on base late in a close game. It's essentially a niche value, and the question about Ankiel as #24 or #25 on the roster has to be "compared to what?"Again, though, with players like Shark and Michael Gonzalez around, I see a trade package for decent prospects coming. Obviously you have to have the right trade partner match of need and availability, but as the DL guys get back, you can't keep 'em all. And you can't give up potentially capable role players — who simply are somewhat or a lot less demonstrably capable than the guys coming back — for no value in return.

  35. bowdenball - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Question for next week: Why haven't LaRoche, Harper and Espinosa told their teammates about this cool thing in the rules where if you record four "balls" during your at bat before you get three strikes, you get to go to first base? That seems like something they could pass along.Interesting Nats fun fact: Jayson Werth is currently fifth on the team in walks.

  36. NatsLady - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Shark has more trade value. Ankiel is a free-agent and would be a short-term rental, and with the new CBA, there is no compensation pick.Basically, Ankiel only has value to us. Also, who would you rather have giving fielding and base-running advice to Harper?

  37. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I was thinking of something else about being at the game last night. As I posted previously, the good sized crowd was all-Nats. I didn't see a Rays fan anywhere. You see the random Red Sox hat, Braves shirt, etc. but the Nats gear was all over the place. The thing that I noticed this season is that the shirts have many different names on the back. Used to be all Zim, then Strasburg, add Harper. I saw shirts with Desi, Espi, Gonzalez, Werth – lots of different players now. Also – there were quite a few "crazy" type fans. They were screaming out" Go Nats" , trying to get other fans going, very vocal during the game. It was pretty cool, but a different vibe from previous years.

  38. Tcostant - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Norris has made it to the bigs. I think he may have made it here quicker, with all the Nationals injuries. I wish him luck.http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/21/as-call-up-catching-prospect-derek-norris-for-mlb-debut/

  39. NatsLady - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Didn't realize Norris was that close to being ML-ready. Good luck to him. Still happy with Gio, but looks like the A's got a good deal also. Just watched Prince Fielder pulverize one (his first hit of the series). Really like the Detroit TV announcers, have noticed before they are excellent.

  40. Tcostant - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    NLiaWW you should go back to the drawing board. With the right lefty 1B, you can chose not to play the "wheel play" on bunts. This is a huge advantage as you have a better shot to get a guy at second or third base. In addition, if the teams hits away, all your fielders are there. This cannot be understated and can't be done with a righty 1B.

  41. mick - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Steady Eddie said…mick — you just answered your 12:34 stud hitter question by your 1:00 comment. We get two stud hitters by the trade deadline — Werth and Tracy. (No one is going to give up any better for any price we might consider paying.)well said

  42. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    micheleS said… SteadyEddie.. yup.. I would have XNady first and agree someone will pick him up.Shark.. I think he could be trade bait too, but i think that also depends on what they think they could do with Ank. How much longer is Bernie under team control? Bernie's bat is better than Ank's and he has good speed on the base paths as well.Glad it's Rizzo/DJ making the decisions….. June 21, 2012 1:09 PM I agree that Nady has to be the first guy to go but I think the best you would get for Bernadina is a Cutter Dykstra type which is worth less than a case of sunflower seeds. Keep Bernadina as he has been a good bench add. The top guys to trade to an American League team is Henry Rodriguez and Chien Ming Wang. Get what you can. If Wang looked like he was throwing BP on Tuesday, it may look worse in the bullpen. Trade both and get what you can.

  43. mick - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Like Mark Z said on HRod, it sounds like Nats are committed at least one more spring training

  44. mick - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    If one could package Nady and Wang for a prospect,I say in the immortal words of Herbert Cowboy Coward "Don't say anything, juts do it" lol

  45. mick - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    these Corona Light's are tasting good right now in this weather, lol

  46. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    mick said… Like Mark Z said on HRod, it sounds like Nats are committed at least one more spring training June 21, 2012 2:21 PM Sounds like that way and Rizzo is playing with fire. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.Henry will shine in low pressure situations and so could Josh Smoker. How can you trust this guy with a 1 or 2 run lead of a 1 or 2 run deficit.

  47. A DC Wonk - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    How can you trust this guy with a 1 or 2 run lead of a 1 or 2 run deficit. Well, the short answer is: you can't trust him now, but at age 25 it's too early to decide that he'll never get it. It's just too much raw talent to not keep trying.

  48. Cameron - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Not sure if anyone posted this, but Beachy needs Tommy John surgery. Braves are in trouble.

  49. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    A DC Wonk said… How can you trust this guy with a 1 or 2 run lead of a 1 or 2 run deficit. Well, the short answer is: you can't trust him now, but at age 25 it's too early to decide that he'll never get it. It's just too much raw talent to not keep trying. June 21, 2012 2:45 PM ________________________________I will say it again, 1st place teams stay in 1st place when they don't put unqualified people into spots that will hurt their team.The next 12 to 14 inning game will be an example of when a Henry would have to be used and the result will either be great or horrific. There is no in-between with Henry.Who needs that? Trade him in a package just like the A's suckered Mike Rizzo into in the 1st place.

  50. NatsLady - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Tonight's lineup (Davey doesn't waste time…)Nationals PR ‏@NationalsPR#Nationals lineup 6/21 vs. #Rays – Espinosa 4, Harper 8, Zimmerman 5, Morse 9, Desmond 6, Moore 3, Nady 7, Flores 2, G. Gonzalez 1

  51. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Cameron said… Not sure if anyone posted this, but Beachy needs Tommy John surgery. Braves are in trouble. June 21, 2012 2:45 PM Yes, it was in the pre-Game posts yesterday:Gonat said… Beachy to have Tommy John. He has been the Braves best pitcher June 20, 2012 5:13 PM

  52. Section 222 - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Interesting discussion. So I think there are four categories of people "on the bubble." 1. Who would you willingly give up in a trade for pretty much anything of even marginal value in order to make room on the roster for Werth, Storen, DeRosa, or Tracy, and DFA if no trade is possible? — my answers: Nady, Wang, M. Gonzales, Ankiel2. Who would you give up in a trade with some regret and try hard not to DFA? — Bernadina3. Who with options would you send back to AAA rather than trade or DFA someone else? — Moore, Mattheus4. Who with options would you keep on the roster rather than send down, even if it meant DFAing someone else? — Lombo, Stammen.

  53. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    NatsLady said… Tonight's lineup (Davey doesn't waste time…)Nationals PR ‏@NationalsPR#Nationals lineup 6/21 vs. #Rays – Espinosa 4, Harper 8, Zimmerman 5, Morse 9, Desmond 6, Moore 3, Nady 7, Flores 2, G. Gonzalez 1 June 21, 2012 2:51 PM Thanks for posting! That was quick. Harper has his work cut out for him. Has to lay off of those low breakers. Zim on the young lefty Moore has to be the matchup Zim needs. Davey staying with him in the 3 hole has to start paying dividends. The Nats bats are due for a big turn out. Tyler Moore and Nady should prove once and for all who has to stay and who has to go when DeRosa is ready to return.

  54. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    The plural of "bag of balls" is not "prospect." Look at what moves teams are making–by and large, they aren't trading for need, they're playing GM Gin Rummy: cut this guy, sign that guy somebody else just cut. Maybe later in the season a few teams will pull the trigger on a deal, but for now, they're keeping their prospects and filling in, and biding their time. That may be a consequence of the extra wild card–as I recall, someone in here speculated early on that that might happen.

  55. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Section 222, 1. I keep Ankiel as long as I can for the reason in September when you expand the rosters he will be an arm you may need. He's already paid for. Wang and HenRod are extra pieces serving to clog up the system once people on the 40 man have to go. Nady is expendable once DeRosa is ready. Mike Gonzalez needs to stay a while longer until they need the spot. MiGonz's recent history is bad, but they are saying was due to an injury. 2. Agreed. Again, need that guy with special talent every once in a while. Speed kills.3. Good list. I still try to DFA as you need 40 man spots for 3 players between now and August 1st. 4. Agreed.

  56. Tcostant - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    I love a starting lineup with Moore in it.Add Wang to you possible DFA list, if he fails to get better than it is plausable that you try to waiver Wang toi get him to the minors for work with the upside being a Sept callup for Stras starts/

  57. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Soul, I think a case of David SunFlower seeds has surpassed the bag of balls in value these days. The DL becomes the place to hide guys and HenRod may find himself back on the DL again. This guy can't be fixed on the MLB roster. I'm not kidding when I say this, he needs a pschiatrist, a hypnotist, and much schooling from McCatty in the off-season to see if he can be fixed.I would hate to trade him or DFA him and prefer the DL as a way to hide him until Sept 1st. On Sept 1st he can be hid in the bullpen like Livo was last year.

  58. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    How GREAT is it that we are arguing/debating our 4th OF, 5th SP, odd man in the Pen, and the last guy on the bench!!!Not that it isn't great, because it is, but at what point do we get used to the fact that this is a good team, and stop being awed by the novelty?

  59. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Sunflower seeds. Got it. Thanks.

  60. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Seriously, how long can you keep a healthy guy on the DL? Is that one of Maddon's "between the lines in the rule book" things?

  61. Scooter - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Great work, 222. I won't quibble with specifics; I think you laid it out very nicely.

  62. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Section222 – Sane, logical presentation of the facts – good to know we can do that here :)

  63. Scooter - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Not that it isn't great, because it is, but at what point do we get used to the fact that this is a good team, and stop being awed by the novelty? I dunno, Sec3, but after 33 years off, we prolly need more than two months.

  64. Scooter - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    And speaking only for myself, I'm not especially planning to ever stop being awed at having a good team. I like being in a happy place, and I like to savor it.

  65. Scooter - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Speaking of things to savor, you're on quite a roll. Plural of bag of balls, DLing healthy guys, too much to name 'em all. You may stay after and clean the erasers.

  66. MicheleS - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Sec3.. would rather be in awe than take it for granted like Phillies/Yankees/Red Sox Fans!

  67. SCNatsFan - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I chuckle when anyone thinks we can get anything for Nady. Truth is on the pile of Nady, Wang, Ankiel, Bernie and HRod the only one who gets you anything other then minor league fodder is HRod, maybe. The rest you get guys who dream of playing in the bright lights of Syracuse.

  68. natsfan1a - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Also, he has an awesome avatar. Scooter said… Speaking of things to savor, you're on quite a roll. Plural of bag of balls, DLing healthy guys, too much to name 'em all. You may stay after and clean the erasers. June 21, 2012 3:20 PM

  69. MicheleS - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    BUBBLE WRAP!!!! Good Lord I need to stock up again!Adam Kilgore‏@AdamKilgoreWPInteresting to see Moore at first. LaRoche had an ice pack strapped to side/back last night. Possible maintenance day for him.

  70. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Lombo sitting tonight. Probably traumatized at having interviews last night. He looked pretty uncomfortable – he needs Bryce's media coach. Interesting line-up. Espi leading off, Nady playing, Moore at 1B. Speculation is that ALR might be dinged up. Maybe time for Zimmy to have a day off?

  71. baseballswami - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    MicheleS – Bubble wrap for the position players and COOKIES for Detweiler now that he is starting again. It does look like he is growing the hair back out, though. I'm telling you – it's the hair.

  72. alexva - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    @SP, you can keep a guy on the DL until the end of the season, however he may not play on a rehab assignment for more than 30 days.

  73. MicheleS - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    new post

  74. Scooter - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Frankly, 1a, I think it's a clown avatar.

  75. natsfan1a - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Well played, Scooter. :-D

  76. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    What, I should have said Rigoletto?

  77. Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    And have you ever actually seen those operas? Criminy, it's no wonder people are afraid of clowns! Murdering [weird wusses].

  78. natsfan1a - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:42 PM

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  79. natsfan1a - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Maybe, but no malediction allowed. Well, maybe if it's on the Phoolies. Or the Yankees. Or maybe the Braves. (What can I say? I'm fickle.)Ugh, scary clowns (shudder).What, I should have said Rigoletto?

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