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Soaking in All-Star adulation

Jul 10, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

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Bryce Harper and Angels 20-year-old outfielder Mike Trout palled around.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — First came Sunday night's flight from Washington on Ted Lerner's private jet, with Stephen Strasburg's pet yorkie Bentley doing tricks on command for teammates Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper and members of the owner's family.

Then came the whirlwind that is All-Star Workout Day, from press conferences that featured plenty of clown questions to batting practice before a full house at Kauffman Stadium to front-row seats for the Home Run Derby.

Throw in Tuesday's actual Midsummer Classic, during which all three players could see action in a game that could wind up giving them home-field advantage for the World Series three months from now, and perhaps Strasburg summed it best.

"It's fun to be a National right now," the right-hander said.Read more »

  1. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    I would really love it if we could have the AllStar Game in DC. How much fun would that be!

  2. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    For those of you who think the HR Derby is boring – well, it is kind of long – that Trumbo guy can hit the ball really, really hard and really , really far.

  3. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    But Chris Berman is quite annoying.

  4. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Swami, when they are interviewing players it's great. He can't do that Back Back Back gunk.

  5. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Yeah, that is just tired. At least there are other people involved. Bryce has his speech memorized!

  6. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    The crowd is demolishing Cano. Berman making excuses for him that he is tired from his late game late night. Yankees. Sigh….

  7. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    So wish Trout was also part of our team. Can you imagine the OF with these two exciting players playing for us for years to come? then again it is great to see them being compared also against each other, and to Mays-Mantle.

  8. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Well, the Royals used to be a farm club for the Yankees,so the Royals are entitled to give Cano some of the Bronx Cheer.Swami.. I want Bryce to have it memorized, less chance for people to pick on him. Plus, It is totally what Jeter does.

  9. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    You are so right. That is how he is making his way through the gauntlet. Would love to know what he is really thinking .I also wonder how many times he had repeated some of his lines.

  10. Dryw Loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    I love all of our guys! (Agree with Gio that they should all be here. What can I say, I'm a homer…) The bond between Stras and Gio is pretty cool, too.

  11. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Who is the fat guy sitting next to Brett and eating? That is gross.

  12. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    That would be John Kruk. Not the most genteel guy. I believe he was a Philly?

  13. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    And now Adam Jones is eating the ribs!

  14. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Sports programming at its worst. Are they even watching? I really wish this was on MLB .

  15. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    This is really boring. Are the minor league games over already?

  16. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    I am watching on MLB. So I don't have to see ads.

  17. Steady Eddie - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Mmmmmm…. Kansas City Barbeque… Some of the best (and I once literally drove my family 100 miles out of our way to get some Barbeque (that was in East Tennessee, though).

  18. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    NatsLady. Pnats are playing tonight (but probably over by now)

  19. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Sounds like Drew had a good outing there.

  20. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Well, lessee, Senators lost, 4-1. Rosenbaum gave up 2 earned and 2 unearned in 6 innings, K'd 3 walked 3. Some guys got hits.PNats won, 2-1, yes, it's over.

  21. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Drew faced 3 batters, struck out 1, 2 groundouts. Doesn't seem to give his pitch count.

  22. Steady Eddie - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Only 6 pitches this time, down from 8 in his first outing. "Too" efficient, needs to throw a long BP session afterward.I'd say if we need a closer on consecutive nights, Druuuu is it on the second night.

  23. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Some things about the derby are boring, but Trumbo is insane to watch. He hits it very far.

  24. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    oops, sorry, there was an error and a doubleplay (had to look at the play-by-play).

  25. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Will be so glad to see Drew back!!!!!

  26. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Xavier Nady went 0 for 3 with 1 K.

  27. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Nady I don't miss at all.

  28. Steady Eddie - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Nady …. No room, no room!

  29. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Who would legitimately leave the roster in favor of Nady? Everyone on the roster now adds something he can't replace.

  30. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Swami.. NO ONE. That is why Rizzo will get creative until sept 1 when rosters expand. I have a feeling we will have "DL" moves coming or guys will get the full 30 days of rehab or a set back to postpone (see Chad T.)

  31. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    I foresee a sudden outbreak of dfa fever.

  32. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    They have this hr derby listed at two hours. Joke. Finals haven't started yet . Prince and Joey Bats.

  33. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Tracee weighing in on cortisone. Honestly, how does she keep her job?

  34. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    NatsLady. She is good on Hockey, and offers a different perspective. OMG.. Teddy is in the bullpen at the allstar game.

  35. Steady Eddie - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Nats Lady — it's a mystery to me. Her chats are even worse — one part rank and uninformed speculation, one part totally unsupported opinion, two parts utterly irrelevant ramblings on cats and Kansas.

  36. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    I read one of her chats, she made several factual errors and misstatements on the CBA and MLB rules. I wasn't sure what to correct first, so I didn't bother with any…

  37. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    I really don't care about her body parts, except I would be curious if the cortisone shot made RZ feel so strong that he was overthrowing on defense, because it seemed like that to me.

  38. Steady Eddie - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Actually Tracee does have then non-trivial virtues of being quite amiable and not nasty except to jerks who go out of their way to ask for it. So there's that.And her lack of information orunderstanding about baseball is no worse than Jason Reid's.OK, that's not a recommendation, is it?

  39. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Wait, "Strasburg's yorkie"?? I am through with him.

  40. mick - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    MicheleS said…I would really love it if we could have the AllStar Game in DC. How much fun would that be!I remember the 1969 All Star game like yesterday… In fact, this ought to tell all those idiots out there who opposed baseball in coming back to DC, how MLB viewed DC in 1969… This was the 100 anniversary of MLB and Bowie Kuhn (MLB commish) wanted the 100 anniversary to be in DC in 1969.The actual game was rained out and made up the next day during the afternoon. The Wash senators had their best season in 1969 since 1933 and sent Frank Howard, Ken McMullen and Darrell Knowles to the All Star game that year. Howard homered in the game and Willie McCovey of the Giants (A BEAST!!) hit tow HR as the NL won the game.would love to see another All Star game in DC!

  41. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Sofa.. I have a Yorkie mix, are you through with me too?

  42. Steady Eddie - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:50 AM

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  43. mick - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    also… the night before the ALL star game there was dinner at the Touchdown club for Mrs Babe Ruth…. man I just love this game, I know heaven is a baseball field, lol

  44. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Mick, I love how you think.

  45. Steady Eddie - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Michele — you're still good. Just stay away from the bump in Nats Park.

  46. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    Wait, we are judging people by the kind of dog they own? Glad I'm a cat person.

  47. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    I take it a Yorkie is a small dog? And a lab is a big one–or something?

  48. Steady Eddie - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Just baseball players.

  49. baseballswami - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    I think a yorkie is generally not considered to be a very manly dog.

  50. sjm308 - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    As much as I now cannot and do not support the O's, I have to say that they put on a great All-Star game experience. The expo in the convention center for the days leading up to the game was excellent with all kinds of Hall of Famers. As a season ticket holder, we got to watch the Derby and batting practice the night before the game. I would not pay the big bucks for the actual game but my two boys loved the experience just the same. If the game was here it would be fantastic.Mick: those are some great memories of the Senators last All-star game and loved seeing those National League guys back then. It was even more special since this was our only shot. Just another reason to eliminate inter-league play but I realize that will never happen, just like the DH.Go Nats!!

  51. mick - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    swami and sjm… thank ya!

  52. Fear and Ignorance - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    SJM-Still remember that day in Baltimore vividly. Juan Gone and Griffey hitting shots and the Reggie, Reggie chant for Mr. October was pretty awesome, as well.

  53. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:07 AM

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  54. peric - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Ho hum Trout and Harper? Harper and Goodwin will have to serve and señor Goodwin just might surprise you. He appears to definitely have some power … and he bats lefty just like Bryce. If not for a certain over-the-hill overpaid right-handed outfielder the Nats could field an outfield of Goodwin, Harper, and Moore. Now that would be something … lots of XBH potential there with great speed in Harper and Goodwin. Combined with an infield of Desmond, Espinosa, Zimmerman, and hopefully, Rendon? Throw in Ramos or Freitas or Flores or Leon at catcher?Who THINKS that DOESN'T LOOK like a future all-star lineup? Because it definitely is. These kids are hard working and relentless. And I do hope that ownership won't be too upset if Werth ends up as an expensive late inning defensive replacement and bench bat.

  55. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:12 AM

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  56. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Maybe the rules on manly dogs are different in California? Everything else is.Anyway, probably better to have a small dog entertaining people on an airplane than a big dog.

  57. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    That was cyno-sizist. I and my cats apologize. Well, the cats don't. Cats don't apologize.But they have some yorkie in them. And some canary.

  58. peric - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    And with Strasburg, Gio, Ziimmerman, Detrwiler, Karns, Purke, Solis, Meyer, and Robbie Ray? Throw in Rosenbaum? Nice mis of both left-handed and right-handed power pitching starters. And if the sign EJax to an extension? I mean think about it. The Nats have yet to product their true top-prospect lineup? They are still using fill-ins … like Ankiel and LaRoche plus DeRosa and Nady? They've got plenty of bench strength with Rivero, Kobernus, Lombardozzi, and Marerro. Bottom line next year they don't have to go outside for help. Unless its for someone who blows the Nats FO, manager and coaches completely away.

  59. peric - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Maybe the rules on manly dogs are different in California? Everything else is.Oh I don't know some of those smaller dogs have surly temperaments and can be pretty vicious both to humans and other dogs. Comes from their constant fear of being stepped on I suppose. Little dog syndrome. Stras is kind of an OCD PD geek who likes things just so … a perfectionist. A well trained Yorky definitely fits that paradigm.

  60. Fear and Ignorance - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    Peric-Goodwin is in Low A. Give it a rest with the prospect adoration. I thought you love Corey Brown…is he not part of the All-Star future here in DC. Repeat…Low A. 95% of the Brian Goodwin's of the world never make it anywhere. Dylan Bundy just no-hit that whole league for like 30 innings.

  61. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Stephen James StrasburgPosition: PitcheHeight: 6' 4", Weight: 220 lb. That's not a yorkie. Not judging, I'm just sayen.

  62. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    @peric: LaRoche is a "fill-in?"Pretty freakin' bueno fill-in.

  63. Drew - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    Speaking of Nats' prospects, how about a tip o' the Nats brim to Taylor Jordan?Following a fine 2011 season at Hagerstown: 9-4, 2.48 ERA, he underwent Tommy John surgery.After a year of rehab he has popped up on the Auburn Doubledays' roster. Good luck, young man, I hope you resume your climb — and that Sammy Solis will be back on the ladder before long.

  64. greg - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    well, i won't bash stras for having a yorkie. but i will say, i promise you my 140# bloodhound mastiff mix would be quite entertaining with his tricks on a private jet as well. some things are a lot more amusing when a 140# dog does them than they are when a 14# dog does them. the big goofy factor cannot be understated.

  65. c6b39fbc-ca4e-11e1-a35e-000bcdcb471e - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:19 AM

    Mark (or anybody) – Any new intel on whether we are going to sign #1 pick Giolito this week? Deadline is almost here. I don't see the Nats (or anybody, really) giving up future first-round draft picks to sign their guy this year. But that gives the Nats a little over $3M to sign him without losing draft picks. A very different dynamic than in years past, and not as much incentive for agents to "take it to the wire." If we don't get him, though I suspect we do sign him late, then I hope we have already put in place terms with some of the highly-rated unsigned HS kids that we drafted in the mid-20's rounds (25, 26, 27?) to use the money we've saved elsewhere to, to sign them innstead…-BDBD

  66. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    Alpha-bits: Giolito and Rizzo both say, look for him when you see him coming. You aren't going to get any "intel" before he signs. He either will or he won't, but it will be at the last minute, most likely, in any event.

  67. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    from back in the Ready for the All Star Game thread:Tcostant said… Hey Firm Possession – No one is guaranteed to become a “star” in the major leagues. Just ask Todd Van Poppel (Braves would have taken him over Chipper if he didn’t beg them not to draft him) or Kris Benson (1st overall pick in 1996). Being a start is hard. July 09, 2012 2:23 PM whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooosh….

  68. peric - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:24 AM

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  69. peric - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    @peric: LaRoche is a "fill-in?"Pretty freakin' bueno fill-in.Really? Two year contract remember?One injury filled nightmarish year where he looked worse than Dunn in 2011.One year where he reverts to his norm? Let's hope he gets scalding hot in late July and August as he has done in the past because if he doesn't no matter how you slice it it doesn't add to being worth the money spent. If not for Morse's break out year the Nats could have been pretty miserable offensively given Zim's surgery (another injury year for him as well) and Werth's pathetic year.

  70. peric - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Peric-Goodwin is in Low A. Give it a rest with the prospect adoration.So is Meyer dude. And many scouts think he should be pitching in AA. Believe me Goodwin doesn't belong in low A he's there because he is coming off an injury. He won't be there long.I think I know a bit more about the prospects than you do … Goodwin is a fast riser. He'll be in AA/AAA next season for sure.

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  73. peric - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    And Dylan Bundy? Puuuuuuhleeese Ori'hole fan? Go back to those blogs thank you.

  74. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Sofa.. I wish I could have cats, lower maintenance, but alas, I am allergic.Drew thanks for the updates on the Baby Nats, good to here about them and their progress

  75. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Video of Stras and Gio goofing around with Harold ReynoldsMLB network spot

  76. natsfan1a - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

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  77. natsfan1a - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    On the dog front, I was referencing this Old School player pic to my husband while discussing Strasburg's dog just this morning. Not that there's anything wrong with that (well, my rent-a-cat might think there is, but he's just that way). :-)On the Tracee front, I happen to like her. I've also noticed that she gets some extremely rude comments on her columns.On the derby front, yeah, I think hitting the ball hard is kinda the point. Still not all that into it. I did happen to click over to it while Cano was getting booed. Maybe it's just me, but I thought that was over the top. They did it to Fielder last year, when he didn't pick Upton. This time it was Cano's turn. Yeah, he didn't pick their guy and, yeah, he's a Yankee, but I thought the crowd went overboard. Maybe they should end the captain team-picking thing. My two cents.

  78. natsfan1a - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Story from last time, on Fielder being booed.

  79. natsfan1a - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Also on a Tracee note, I recall a comment, back when she was BlogMom over on the NJ, about her attending a ballgame as a child, and learning to keep score. She also worked as an editor and baseball columnist for the Detroit Free Press back in the 1980s. She has a good understanding of the game, imho.

  80. Tcostant - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    If an All-Star game ever does come to D.C.; while everyone is trying to get game and HRD tickets; I'll be happy at the futures game. Very happy!

  81. Gonat - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    http://www.federalbaseball.com/2012/7/10/3146500/jordan-zimmermanns-not-an-all-star-but-the-washington-nationals-rightA must read on Jordan Zimmermann. A good summation of much of the accolades we have bestowed on JZim over the last few days.

  82. Theophilus T. S. - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Yorkie=Rat on a rope.

  83. MicheleS - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Hey Theo, so not true! Mine is lovable and doesn't look like a rat at all. ;-)

  84. natsfan1a - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    I'm a cat person, but I do have a very nice (and very smart) nephew dog. He's a border terrier. Um, on topic, when's the next Pups in the Park? heh.

  85. natsfan1a - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Ah, it's September 22. Also on topic, did Harper's pup get to KC with his family?

  86. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    so both SS-Gio clip and Harper-Trout clip. awesome stuff!

  87. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    *saw, not so.

  88. Theophilus T. S. - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    WaPo has given us Christine Brennan and Sally Jenkins. In comparison, Hamilton is a refugee from the Food Network.

  89. natsfan1a - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Eh, you know what they say – everybody has an opinion, or something like that. For example, an outsider might read a game thread on here and think that it featured a few refugees from Fight TV or whatever you call it. ;-)

  90. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    When are they having Kitties in the Park? My present cat won't tolerate a collar, but all my previous cats would. It was fun to see the tourists staring at me walking my cat!

  91. natsfan1a - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Interesting idea, NatsLady. While there are certainly cats who adapt to walking on a leash, playing well with others could be an issue for some at the park. But then that's true for some dogs, too. They'd also have to replace the fake turf with sandboxes. hmmm… :-)

  92. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Gio's 2nd trip to the All Star game. Private jet ride and hanging with Stras or maybe it's Stras hanging with Gio. I hope Stras gets to spend time sponging off of Verlander and maybe Gio can do the same with Hamels.Harper is a student of the game. I am hoping some of the veterans are kind enough to instill some wisdom on our phenom pitchers.Gio in my opinion has regressed from those great starts in his 2nd to 5th appearances. The slider is the pitch he has to add just like JZim has to perfect his changeup.All Stras has to do is get better and healthier with each start. He has the full arsenal. He is a younger and better version of Verlander.Learn and prosper boys. Oh, and have a great time.

  93. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    SO are they "soaking — in all-star adulation" or "soaking in — all-star adulation"?

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