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Detwiler, Stammen join USO tour

Dec 11, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

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Ross Detwiler caught Gen. Martin Dempsey's pitch before Game 5 of the NLDS.

When newlyweds Ross and Keri Detwiler boarded a plane for Hawaii last week, neither could have anticipated a development that would force them to cut their honeymoon short.

Certainly not a development that included a seven-day, four-country tour of military bases alongside the most powerful general in the U.S. Army.

"When I got the phone call, I just said: 'I'm going to drop everything I can and make sure I can go on this,'" Detwiler said. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. You never know if you're going to be able to do something like this again."

The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? A chance for Detwiler and fellow Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen to join Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other celebrities on theRead more »

  1. peric - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    WOW in the middle of a honeymoon. That's new and different.

  2. Tcostant - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    I like that they going to support the troops, but leaving your wife in Hawaii while still on your honeymoon is not cool. That is not cool Det!

  3. baseballswami - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    It is very cool – now he knows he married the right woman, who knows him well and shares the same values and priorities. Very proud of the guys, but of Keri, too. And Stammen is getting married soon, too. I hope they both tweet if they can. They will have some stories.

  4. MicheleS - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Aww.. those are some good guys. Keri is obviously a good catch. I probably should share my cookie recipe with her so she can fatten Ross up before spring training. :-)

  5. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Like RGIII, two guys who absolutely get it. Thanks, fellas.

  6. NatsJack in Florida - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Hats off to both Ross and Craig and especially their families for sacrificing their Holiday season for such great cause.

  7. peric - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Ross Detwiler, who many referred to as a 'whiner', showing abundant levels of class. Nice.Now we just need for Brian Goodwin to do that … ~smiles~ maybe then some here will give him a break.

  8. natsfan1a - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Very nice. Atta way, boys. Stay safe.[Obligatory editorial question: Mark, would that be the "Marines" as opposed to the "Mariners" in re. Stammen's former teammates?]

  9. SlowPitch63 - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Thank you ,Ross, Craig aand both families. I'm a retired Army Viet Nam helicopter pilot. I had a chance to see Bob Hope and crew in Hue South Viet Nam Christmas of 1970. Whatever you think this means to those visited, mu;tiply it by 1000. It is so important for our troops to know they are remembered and appreciated. In return they appreciate so much your taking your holiday away from your families to be with them.Let's Play Two!

  10. Mark Zuckerman - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    natsfan1a said…[Obligatory editorial question: Mark, would that be the "Marines" as opposed to the "Mariners" in re. Stammen's former teammates?]Whoops, uh, yeah, make that Marines, not Mariners. Guess baseball never completely leaves my mind!

  11. natsfan1a - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    I thought maybe your baseball-specific spell checker changed it. :-)

  12. RickH - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Excellent! Good for them. And good for Mrs. Det for going along with it.

  13. MJR - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    So getting married and going on a honeymoon isn't a "once-in-a-lifetime thing"?Good on the new Mrs. Detwiler for being cool with it, though. It will be an amazing experience, for sure. Stay safe, boys. We need you healthy and strong for the "World Series or Bust" (WSoB?) run!

  14. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Tcostant, thanks for the excuse for more Warren Zevon.

  15. NatsJack in Florida - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Thanks Gorse… one can never get enough Warren Zevon.

  16. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Most welcome, Jack. Sometimes I say things I shouldn't.

  17. LoveDaNats - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Much admiration for Craig, Det and their families. God bless.

  18. Joe Seamhead - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Hats off to all involved in this.

  19. sjm308 - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Let me join in on the praise for Craig and Ross!Also let me praise Warren Zevon, may he rest in peace. His last album as he faced death is a true masterpiece. I still get a little weepy on "keep me in your heart". You guys probably have it but the tribute album "Enjoy Every Sandwich" is another favorite & I stump just about everyone with Adam Sandler's version of Werewolf.Back to baseballGo Nats!!

  20. Feel Wood - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    MJR said… So getting married and going on a honeymoon isn't a "once-in-a-lifetime thing"?Not if you're Hugh Hefner or a Kardashian.

  21. MicheleS - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    JoeSeamhead..Keep fighting the good fight buddy! tell Mrs Seamhead hello and hopefully see you both at FanFest.SJM308.. Umm.. will we have a Kieren sighting at Fan Fest or is it too soon?

  22. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    I can't link, in here, to "My [Stuff]'s [Fouled] Up", but if you don't mind the NSFW, it's worth a google.

  23. natsfan1a - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Probably not, in these days of starter wives and such. (I'm a starter wife who is still on, er, active duty.)MJR said… So getting married and going on a honeymoon isn't a "once-in-a-lifetime thing"?

  24. natsfan1a - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Seconded on both counts.MicheleS said… JoeSeamhead.. Keep fighting the good fight buddy! tell Mrs Seamhead hello and hopefully see you both at FanFest. SJM308.. Umm.. will we have a Kieren sighting at Fan Fest or is it too soon? December 11, 2012 6:21 PM

  25. Joe Seamhead - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Thanks, Ladies. If we don't see you at FanFest we will see you in the spring. We renewed the partial plan, plus we will go to a few more games. Now my younger grandson is jealous of his older brother's day at the park, so we'll have two budding shortstops vying for games! ST is not out of the question, but that may just me going with a couple of buddies. My partner in crime on the 4 tix that we have in sec. 311 is trying to get me, him, and our buddy Hank, [author of Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train] to go down together for at least a week. We'll see how the pocketbook is, along with other concerns. Peace & Harmony

  26. peric - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Keep fighting the good fight buddy! tell Mrs Seamhead hello and hopefully see you both at FanFest.Yes, let's all keep fighting … sheesh, shakes head ruefully, more hypocrisy.

  27. peric - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Also let me praise Warren Zevon, may he rest in peace. His last album as he faced death is a true masterpiece.Now, that is sad … werewolves in London again … great song.

  28. sjm308 - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Michele & 1A:It is obviously up to Kieran's dad but I will extend the invitation.Seamhead, my spousal equivalent is actually thinking about spring training and we are definitely planning on San Fran in May. Life is good

  29. sjm308 - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Peric: not sure if you got a chance to see Warren on Letterman but it was sad, poignant and lots of other words that maybe Candide can add as you watched him fade.

  30. MicheleS - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Peric, that address was to Joe Seamhead and not you, please refrain from commenting on things that do not involve youSJM308. Glad to see the spousal equivalent is thinking about spring training.

  31. peric - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Peric, that address was to Joe Seamhead and not you, please refrain from commenting on things that do not involve youSurrreee it didn't MicheleS. Surrre. Yeah huh?

  32. peric - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Peric: not sure if you got a chance to see Warren on Letterman but it was sad, poignant and lots of other words that maybe Candide can add as you watched him fade.No, I didn't. Brilliant musician but don't they all seem to die young due to the many toxic and sometimes lethal substances available to them 24X7. Very sad.

  33. MicheleS - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Yes Peric, actually it was.. Simply excited that JoeS is planning a trip to Spring Training even if Mrs S won't be joining him? Not Surreee what your are reading into it. Again since the adminstrator has had to delete several comments over the last few days, unless I specifically ask you a question, please refrain from answering a comment that was directed at others an not at you.

  34. peric - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Not Surreee what your are reading into it. Again since the adminstrator has had to delete several comments over the last few days, unless I specifically ask you a question, please refrain from answering a comment that was directed at others an not at you.Dear blog adminstrator, please inform the dictatoress that she isn't in charge of this blog. IN point of fact her comment above contains threatening language. Please remove all recent comments by MicheleS. Thank you.

  35. sm13 - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    In a day of great moments, the moment before the now infamous Game 5 when Gen. Dempsey took off his general's jacket to reveal the Nats jersey underneath was a highlight.My hat is off to Det & Craig. Going to "classified" locations, translates as going into war zones. Best of luck and safe travels!

  36. MicheleS - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Drew, Hopefully you are reading this.. WHY would the Dbacks trade Bauer? Are they that desparate for a short stop to give up on him? or was Bauer all hype. Just seems like so many of the top prospects are being traded this off season.

  37. sjm308 - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    MicheleS – I am not in anyway a betting man but I will bet that our blog administrator would not find any reason to remove anything you write!!Kieran/chainsaw has been awake long enough to say hi. By the way, the under is winning right now on gear for this little one.

  38. sjm308 - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    This is soooo biased, but I wish there was a way I could send some of you the photo shoot we just had. Family has seen it but you guys are kinda my second inmaginary family if you know what I mean.

  39. SonnyG10 - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    Ross and Craig, if you read this, thank you for doing this for our service men and women. I hope you both find this a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. Stay safe!

  40. natsfan1a - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Hi Kieran (waves). Would love to see some pics. Gotta turn in at present, though. :-)

  41. NatsLady - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Reds fill some holes with this trade. And they didn't have a lot to begin with.Reds get:OF Shin-Soo ChooINF Jason DonaldIndians get:SP Trevor BauerOF Drew StubbsRP Bryan ShawRP Matt AlbersDiamondbacks get:SS Didi GregoriusRP Tony SippOF Lars Anderson

  42. Faraz Shaikh - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    I would have liked Nats to get Bauer if it meant an average SS prospect and a good reliever. Some may say we don't need a pitcher but it is Bauer we are talking about, #5 prospect in all of baseball. There has gotta be more to this.

  43. Feel Wood - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Faraz Shaikh said… I would have liked Nats to get Bauer if it meant an average SS prospect and a good reliever.The Nats don't have an average SS prospect available to trade. And don't say Espinosa. They are not trading him.

  44. Faraz Shaikh - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Didi guy is not anything great as far as I have read it. he was not even top 100 or top 10 SS prospects on MLB list. I am sure Lombo had ranked better in his days as prospect.

  45. peric - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    The multi-team trade finally occurs. That's actually where the Nats could find a way to improve themselves with Lombo, Moore, or Bernadina. But, Rizzo will wait until he gets what he wants he's in no hurry. Honestly I wonder if Morse turns into as good a deal for the Nats? If the trade partner is Tampa Bay one could see Tyler Moore. Perhaps a three-way with Baltimore … might be the only way those teams make a deal with each other? With one year left on Morse's contract and no position in 2 years it does seem as Morse will be traded. There probably is a scenario where both Morse and LaRoche leave leaving Tyler Moore, lefty Chad Tracy plus Zim as depth. You could end up right on the Morse prediction Natslady.

  46. NatsLady - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    I say again, the Diamondbacks mystify me. They couldn't handle Bauer (talented but off-beat), they got impatient with Stephen Drew (talented but "too slow" recovering from injury) and they have jerked Justin Upton around for two years now with trade rumors.

  47. peric - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    The Nats don't have an average SS prospect available to trade. And don't say Espinosa. They are not trading him.Lombo but he's definitely a second baseman. The others are still minor leaguers bereft of major league experience lead by Walters.Espinosa is not an average SS shortstop by anyone's measure even with the left-handed hitting issue.

  48. peric - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    and they have jerked Justin Upton around for two years now with trade rumors.John Tower. Very different. Its had its affect on Justin Upton. Now its not just BJ misbehaving its now the underachieving brothers acting out according to the pundits. Both need a change of scenery. BJ has his now.

  49. peric - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Peric, denial is not just a river in Egypt. It wasn't someone who complained to the blog admin (aka Mark) about you. It was everyone.Right and I guess that's why so many of your comments were deleted right FeelWood? I guess that's why denial is your river not mine.Dude, I can complain to Mark as easily as anyone else and ask him to enforce his rules when you and others precipitate the name calling. YOU don't think he'll delete you or them? WATCH.

  50. peric - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:56 AM

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  51. peric - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    Just to aggravate even further statcorner.com has put out its final stats on the Nats hitters.This site's advanced stats replacement value put Danny Espinosa first among the position players with a 21.7. This stat incorporates park and defense neutral stats for offense and defense.Second was Adam LaRoche with a 21.3 paV.Third was Ryan Zimmerman with a 21.1 paV.Bryce Harper with a 19.8 and then Ian Desmond with an 18.2.These values represent overall value for both defense and offense.The batV score, of course, depicts a different picture. But, according to thisadvanced stats site recommended by FanGraphs Danny Espinosa was the Nat's best all-around player last year.

  52. Eugene in Oregon - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    NatsLady,What was the rap on Trevor Bauer? Was he the one who like to do extra-long toss?

  53. NatsLady - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    Eugene, yes. Also, he had something like 19 pitches in his repertoire.

  54. peric - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    MicheleS – I am not in anyway a betting man but I will bet that our blog administrator would not find any reason to remove anything you write!!I'll take that bet SJM308.

  55. NatsLady - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    From MLB prospect watch:Trevor BauerFor their involvement, the Diamondbacks parted with Trevor Bauer, sending the 2011 3rd overall draft pick to the Indians, and essentially selling him for 50 cents on the dollar. Bauer was considered by many to be the top overall arm in the 2011 draft, with some teams liking him even better than UCLA teammate Gerrit Cole, who went first overall to the Pirates. Other teams were put off by his unique training regimen and pitching philosophies, as well as his religious adherence to them. He even went as far as to say he wouldn't sign with any team who wouldn't let him continue his extreme long-toss program.Bauer's professional career has been mixed with struggle and domination, with the juxtoposition sometimes coming within the course of a single game. In his first full season in the minors, Bauer posted a 2.42 ERA between Double and Triple-A, striking out an impressive 10.8 batters per nine innings, but walking 4.2 batters per nine over the same span. WIth Bauer, it can be difficult to determine whether his high walk totals come from a lack of command or a refusal to give into hitters and vary from his plan. What is clear, however, is that the extra base runners hurt him dearly in the major leagues.In four major league starts, Bauer struck out 17 batters in a 16 1/3 innings, but walked 13, leading to a 6.06 ERA. There were also reports of the Diamondbacks souring on his philosophy and attitude, and that, coupled with diminished velocity towards the end of the year apparently made him expendable.It's hard to make an argument that doesn't end with the Diamondbacks having sold pretty low on Bauer. Just a year-and-a-half after he was selected third overall, the Diamondbacks essentially traded him for a defense-only shortstop. That doesn't seem like a good return, even if Bauer only ends up becoming 75 percent of what was originally expected out of him.

  56. peric - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    Trevor Bauer – When Bauer was drafted out of UCLA last year love affair between the right-hander and the nation began due his clear ability and intelligence. But Bauer, a strikeout artist and engineering major, quickly fell out of favor the Diamondbacks due to his stubborn adherence to his style of pitching and unwillingness to be coached. While pitching up in the zone and his tunneling concept may have earned him the Golden Spikes Award in college, the Diamondbacks (and many others) believed to fulfill his potential he would need to change. Rumors suggest the Diamondbacks are insisting Bauer be the centerpiece of any major acquisition despite other organizations requesting Tyler Skaggs. A trade would be great for owners of Bauer, as it would get him out of one of the game’s best hitter’s parks and the dog-house.

  57. sjm308 - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    Peric:Not that you would ever show, but MicheleS, Kevin & I will be toasting another successful season at Justin's between April & Oct(and maybe even Nov!!!) I won't lose the bet but you are welcome to join us!I am arranging for them to have warm milk available for Kieran (with a drop or two of Guinness for his health).

  58. Laddie Blah Blah - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    SlowPitch63Hats off to you. I had a friend who was a Medevac pilot at Iadrang Valley in support of the 7th Cavalry. He was shot down 3 times, once each day during that battle, and captured by the NVA after the last one, but made it back. Glad you did, too.

  59. SlowPitch63 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Thanks, Laddie, your friend sounds special.Let's Play Two!

  60. SlowPitch63 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    To all:I've followed the game almost all of my 67 years and still play 150-200 games of slow pitch softball a year and practice indoors twice a week during the Winter.But I have no klnowldge whatsoever of advanced sabermetrics. I have post graduate degrees and many years of experience using advanced quantitative methods but have never applied them to the game we love.Would you provide recommendations for web sites or even, you know, books where I could get a basic understanding of the field.Thanks,Let's Play Two!

  61. natsfan1a - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    SlowPitch, seconding the hat tip for you and adding one for Laddie's friend.

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