Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Al Grito De Guerra

New Blog! The Nationals Inquirer today tackles a subject dear to my heart but recently neglected. Remember the lovable dipshits of the Loudoun Cabal? They need money, as the Inquirer informs us. Welcome aboard, mysterious Inquirer!

As you've probably heard, we finally got Esteban Loaiza. One year, $2.9 million, so I can't get too upset. Oh, he's going to suck, don't you worry about that. The official excuse for his horrendous 2004 seems to be that he was pitching with a tired arm. Great. That's like getting pulled over for speeding and, when asked if you knew how fast you were going, responding that you didn't but it's not your fault because you were too drunk to see the speedometer. Anyway, this doesn't make us any better, but it can only make us worse for one year, which is a rousing success by Bowden standards. Furthermore, the signing set off a chain reaction the final result of which was the acquisition of Antonio Osuna, who signed up with this rag-tag bunch of misfit largely because he digs Mexicans. Osuna is good when healthy, but once again . . .

I lied above - the final final result of the chain reaction was the designation of Sun-Woo Kim for assignment. I don't like this at all. Kim isn't going to win a Cy Young and he's not a two-time All-Star like Loaiza, but he's versatile, doesn't make much, and is only 27. In short, he's a much better fit for the needs of this team than Esteban is. So actually, if I think about this too much, I am going to get all pissed off about Loaiza. Jim Bowden is a dirty liar, by the way.

Speaking of Bowden's incompetence, there's an infuriating puff-piece on the MLB.com site about the middle infield.
Guzman will play alongside second baseman Jose Vidro, forming one of the best double-play combinations in the National League.
They're not joking! I don't feel like arguing with this crap right now, but you go ahead and enjoy it.

UPDATE: Distinguished Senators has obtained this exclusive photo of Antonio Osuna addressing the press from a diner.

6 comments:

Yuda said...

I approve of Nationals Inquirer. I suppose I should let him know that, but I've already closed that tab and can't be arsed to follow the link again.

Suffice it to say he's been added to my RSS client.

Ryan said...

I agree. I hope he sticks with it - his first post is rather non-committal.

Yuda said...

Yes, but it's also realistic. I couldn't manage to keep a single-topic blog going for any length of time, I'm sure... I much prefer to be able to write about random crap when the mood strikes.

Basil said...

Inquirer here. Out of my continuing desire to raise both Bartles & Jaymes from the dead, I do thank you for your support.

Yuda's about got it right: I've gotta be realistic. I've got some goals, you see. First you get the sugar, then you get the money, then you get the women.

Eh, where was I? Oh yeah, the blog. I work a good deal of hours during the day, so my time is limited. But I look forward to joining the burgeoning DC baseball blog community. As I've told Ryan, I think this place is great. I'm not as familiar with the others, but I'm sure I will be soon.

I was about to give out my name, but I like the "mysterious" angle Ryan introduced. So I think I'll go for the "masked guy from south of the border who jumps wildly off the top turnbuckle" thing.

Thanks again for the kind words.

Basil said...

And, in retrospect, maybe I shouldn't stick with it; somehow, I referenced yesterday an article that is over two months old!

Nah, I'll keep going. I've got nowhere to go but up, and as Bob Dylan once said, when you ain't got nothin', you got nothin' to lose.

Ryan said...

Hey, it's never too late to mock the Loudoun Cabal. I, for one, will never forgive them.

Also, I think you should run with the Mexican wrestler thing. El Inquirer es technico muy espectacular!