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‘Baseball in the District’ – Nats top prospect Lucas Giolito

Jul 16, 2014, 5:54 PM EST


On this week’s All-Star break edition of ‘Baseball in the District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in a very special guest. Nationals top prospect Lucas Giolito joined us to talk about his experience at the MLB Futures Game in Minnesota, as well as his 2014 season with the Hagerstown Suns.

Giolito was great on his development as a professional pitcher, what it was like to pitch in front of 40,000 people for the first time, as well as how the Nationals are handling his innings limit and workload this season. Giolito also talked about his favorite things to do on off-days in Hagerstown and on bus strips to other South Atlantic League stadiums.

After Giolito, Tim and I brought in Rob Carlin, host of Comcast SportsNet’s ‘The Baseball Show.’ Rob shared his insight on the All-Star Game and what he expects from the Nats in the second half.

Check it out right here:

You can also listen to the show on ESPN 980’s website and download it on iTunes.

  1. micksback1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    he has already had TJ surgery if I am correct. he comes from an interesting family into the, arts, entertainment and sports, what is not to like.

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Off-topic question: I’m flying into DC on Saturday afternoon, arriving around 5:30 pm — assuming the plane’s on time. After dropping my bag off in the Foggy Bottom area, I’m hoping to head straight to Nats Park. I don’t particularly want to get a ticket ahead of time in case the plane is late and/or the weather is awful, but I know it’s a free concert night and I want to get to the game if at all possible (I’m leaving the next day at noon, so Sunday’s game isn’t an option). Any notion of whether a sell-out is expected? Are DC’s finest still actively enforcing anti-scalping laws (I seem to recall WP stories about the buyer risking arrest, as well as the seller)?

    • micksback1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      weather is suppose to be very nice on sat, so, you could have a sellout

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        Thanks. And I have no idea whether the performer (Austin something) is a big draw or not.

    • ArVAFan - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Based on the number of “tickets, tickets, anyone need tickets” guys between the Navy Yard Metro and the Centerfield Gate, I would say the answer to your DC question is “no.” You can always get Standing Room Only tickets at the gate if there’s absolutely nothing else available.

      And yes, the weather should be wonderful. Sorry I won’t see you there: we changed our tickets to Friday night since I have to be on an 8 a.m. plane to Chicago on Sunday.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      If you’re worried about scalpers, go ahead to stubhub or seatgeek. You can download tix to your phone without a printer. Weather will *probably* be playable. Expect a crowd.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        Forecast at the moment is for no rain and coolish weather for the season.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        Thanks. Unfortunately, I’m like the last person in the modern world without a smart phone and I don’t want to carry my iPad to the game. I may just buy the cheapest ticket I can on StubHub and then see what else is available when/if I actually get to the park.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        Keep in mind the “on-site secondary ticket vendors” don’t sell cheap seats. No money in that.

    • Section 222 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      Nice weather, post-game concert, Saturday night. I’d expect a big crowd. But a sellout for the Brewers? That seems unlikely. Judging by the cost of seats on StubHub right now though, it could be tough to get a cheap seat when you arrive. Good luck though. Should e a great weekend series.

    • nats106 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      No, he’s an internet sensation and that’s it. Kind of a Justin Bieber lite, I think. It’s not a really big draw like Big and Rich, etc from the 2012 season. Also, there are plenty of scalpers prior to game time-they seem to be selling tickets without any difficulty from police officers. A buddy of mine scored a Diamond Club seat earlier this year, of course it’s always caveat emptor when you deal with them.

      I gauge sellout potential by how much they are selling for on stub hub. Right now, a single is going for $13, which is pretty cheap. I also checked the Nats website and there seem to be seats available in every section right now. Like Mick said, weather is going to be spectacular, so there will probably be a lot of people deciding to go at the last minute.

      If it’s sold out (unlikely) go to the bullpen and have a few beers and play some cornhole.

      Safe travels!

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Steven Souza with 2 Ks and a Walk in his 3 plate appearances in the AAA All Star game.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      and he comes to the plate for his 4th plate appearance and scorches a single that he turns into a double. Turns his day into a good day now! 1-3 with a RBI and a walk

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        I’m watching the game and curious to know if any Insiders have been to this stadium in Durham? Looks like a pretty nice AAA ballpark.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        I have. One of the best and the entertainers with the mascot and groundscrew is some of the best in the minors. Food and beverage is cheap and outside the stadium is every fast food place known to mankind. I go to the Dennys there.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        If you are into ACC Baseball, Duke Univ is right across the freeway if you do a Spring game you can coordinate both at the same time.

        I’m also a Waffle House fan. They are all over Durham.

  4. ArVAFan - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Speaking of going to the ballpark, anyone else going to the August 4 Orioles game? I just notice that the NIDO doesn’t have a column for that date (yet). I scored really good seats on Stubhub, close enough to either yell at the players or cheer for them, depending on their performance. Given the number of Orioles fans there last time, I figured it was my duty to show up and try to keep the park Red (instead of Orange).

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      ArVaFan, I assume those games aren’t listed because they are not home games, but that does seem like a good idea. I’ll see if I can fix that.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        Wait, what?? WTH are you on about, Sofa? That’s the makeup game, knucklehead.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      OK, NOW it’s there.

      • ArVAFan - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        Thank you, thank you very much.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        Comprehension fail, or alternate universe? Sigh.

  5. micksback1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM


    I love ACC baseball and I was excited about the Terps this past season, what a a season they had!

    I had a chance to catch a game down at Clemson, wow! what a stadium!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Duke has really put together an elite baseball program and if some of the High School Sophomores and Juniors they have commitments from don’t go directly to the Minors they will have a future best of the ACC program.

      They got a great Coach now.

      I’m a Terp guy even though I didn’t finish and was there with Coach Jackson. I’m one of the Terps that’s happy they left for the Big10.

      • micksback1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        I hear you Ghost and totally agree with you on Duke, Coach Jackson put in a lot of time in College Park and I appreciate every thing he did for baseball, but, I do think the game past him by the last decade of his career, I feel he missed out on some really good prospects in state that would have went to MD if he wanted them

        I am sentimental about the ACC my friend, I understand the move to the Big 10 and in way, even though MD was one of the original founders in 1953 of the ACC, Maryland was always treated as an outcast by the other ACC schools. I am proud of my alma mater for being the most progressive of the ACC schools in that we were the first to have in both football (Daryl Hill) and in basketball (Will Jones) in the ACC, the first african american players, while the UNC, State, WFU, Duke, Clemson still practiced Jim Crow. MD’s mark o the ACC will always be special

        GO TERPS!!! and GO NATS!!!!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Mick, the Maryland program under Coach Jackson just existed. They had no budget, lousy recruiting and the school was just about football and basketball which was fine because the ACC didn’t become elite until Florida State and Miami joined the ACC and now look at how much better its gotten.

        Top draft choices every year.

        “Maryland was always treated as an outcast by the other ACC schools.”

        You get it. The orignial founding schools never liked Maryland and UVA. The “tobacco road” bias was in full effect and the ACC officiating was often so unfair that you had to wonder how much payola was getting passed around. Despite all that Maryland led all ACC in total National Championships when you add up all the sports like Lacrosse, Soccer and Basketball for men and women.

  6. micksback1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    every game in Clemson is full, that is all they have down there until football season

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Did you see that Souza WebGem! Impressive!

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Need to mention Jhonatan Solano with a HR in the All Star game.

  9. stoatva - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Hope everyone sticks around for the concert Friday night so I have clear sailing home!





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