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Jan 29, 2013, 8:45 PM EST

Mark interviewed Nats’ shortstop Ian Desmond at Saturday’s NatsFest and asked him about how this offseason may be different for the team coming off such a historic season. Desmond says the team now has a bit of a different mindset now that they have experienced winning the division and playing in the playoffs.

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  1. SonnyG10 - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Nice interview. I love Desmond!

  2. baseballswami - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Poor Desi, no one is interested in what he has to say today. Also – no tweets that I have noticed today from Nats regarding Gio. Hope some of them have maybe called him. Or maybe they are all at Viera together.

  3. Section 3, my sofa - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Swami, common sense would dictate keeping one's trap shut in public, for his teammates. I assume that's the second thing the FO told them.

  4. peric - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Are you kidding, baseballswami? He might be the only healthy part of the right side of that infield! Yikes but what happens if he goes down again?I don't know perhaps world series or bust might be pushing things more than a bit given that injuries already appear to be a problem?

  5. Theophilus T. S. - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    In other news, I like the Post article re Harper exchanging jerseys last summer w/ Stan Musial . . . at Musial's request. If a guy gets recognized like that, by such great, talented and classy player as Musial, then you now he's playing the game the way it's supposed to be played, at the highest level.

  6. natsfan1a - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    True that.Section 3, my sofa said… Swami, common sense would dictate keeping one's trap shut in public, for his teammates. I assume that's the second thing the FO told them. January 29, 2013 5:37 PM

  7. Faraz Shaikh - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    1a, have you seen 'To be or not to be'?

  8. natscan reduxit - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    … sorry to hear of the death of Chuck Hinton. On my high school graduation night, I tuned in a Senators game and listened. He was in the lineup…. sorry to see Nick Johnson retired.As far as I was concerned, he was listed in the dictionary under 'glass jaw'…. sorry to read about Gio's muddle. All I can say is that I hope he gets out of it okay.Go Nats!!

  9. natsfan1a - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    I don't think I've seen that one, Faraz. Jack Benny and Carole Lombard, right?

  10. Gonat - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Brian Schneider retired and Rendon was rated the 28th best prospect in all of baseball in MLB.

  11. Faraz Shaikh - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    1a, that one. I enjoyed that one thoroughly, especially Jack Benny's dialogue delivery.

  12. baseballswami - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    For a random Tuesday in January, this has been a pretty active news day in baseball, no?

  13. PDowdy83 - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Nice to see the Nats get 4 prospects in the top 100. Cole really does help elevate the farm system a spot or two.

  14. Scooter - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    Saw a terrific thing: Nick Johnson's career, in graphical format. It won't let me paste the link, but put flip flop fly ball nick Johnson into the Google machine, and you'll find it.

  15. Section 3, my sofa - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    sorry to hear of the death of Chuck Hinton.Me too. He was the baseball coach at Howard, IICR. Did a lot for baseball in DC at all levels.

  16. Gonat - Jan 30, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    baseballswami said… For a random Tuesday in January, this has been a pretty active news day in baseball, no?______________________________Less than 2 weeks to the start of Spring Training and most likely some players will start arriving in Viera next week.

  17. The Retired Journalist - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    There's a nice remembrance of Nick Johnson's Nats years from former Post beat writer Barry Svrluga at to chime in on the movie trivia, Mel Brooks remade "To Be or Not To Be" in the 1980s. It's a funny version but the original is better.

  18. baseballswami - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Gonat- I thought Det said on Saturday that he was going directly there from here . Wonder who might be there now? NatsJack might know! ????

  19. Rabbit34 - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I think it is awful having to play a "game" when the FO needs to tell you to "keep your trap shut". So sinister. Baseball is losing it's credibility so fast. After all the guys found on illegal drugs, I am definately more of a sceptic than ever. There are players on every team cheating by taking PEDs. You just don't know who they are. Innocent until proven guilty and all that. Baseball needs to test every player on a top ten list. Test every player who has a "break-out" year, and test every rookie-of-the-year. Kick everyone found "guilty" of indulging in PEDs out of the game. Get rid of the cheaters. Try to get credibility back. Never happen.

  20. MicheleS - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Rabbit.. how do we know that they aren't doing that? Now with in season blood/HGH testing and the testosterone profiles that will be developed they will get caught (if not right away, eventually).I Do like hearing that some players are talking about harsher penalties – I ignore the talking heads on this – It's the rank and file union members that are saying it now. Hopefully they will get that done.

  21. MicheleS - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Also, the contrast yesterday between a Football player getting accused of this and a baseball player is ridiculous. If the NFL ever instituted the MLB drug policy, there would be a ton of suspensions, not to mention much SMALLER players.

  22. NatsJack in Florida - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    The fact that the last three MLB players to get popped for PED's are listed in the article leads me to believe we are reading "old" news.MLB has been investigating this "clinic" prior to the article as well as state and federal officials. I believe it does not bode bode well for a previous user like ARod but feel fairly comfortable that Gio will will be OK.

  23. alexva - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    ok is a subjective analysis. like the golden domer, Gio is guilty of something if only stupidity

  24. Faraz Shaikh - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    alexva, I would like that better than the alternative.

  25. NatsJack in Florida - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I would hope that this makes him and his Dad wiser. Like only ordering approved items from an approved source.

  26. Theophilus T. S. - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Schneider retired, Rendon highly ranked — both good news. Sad about Hinton, though; one of the Sens few good players of that era.





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