The Nationals 2009 Campaign came to a close this afternoon with a 2-1 victory over another team that no one cares about because they aren’t in playoffs and when it comes to baseball, all that matters are teams in the playoffs, especially in October.
The 15-inning affair was ended after Alberto Gonzalez hit an RBI single to score Elijah Dukes off Braves reliever Boone Logan who strangely looks like a dirty redneck version of Nats reliever Jason Bergmann and pitches equally as horrible.
The Nationals take their checkered flag to the season on a seven game win streak and ultimately finish with a 59-103 record, last in the NL East and all of the MLB.
All and all, it was a season of disastrous turmoil, pathetic play and unmet expectations. We’ll get into the bread and butter of it in upcoming posts, but for now, let’s just list some of the more exciting storylines that are going to be playing out this off season and when I say exciting I mean speeding down your street on a plastic big wheel and hitting that awesome ramp made of bricks and plywood kind of excitement:
- The Quest For a Manager: Several candidates have already been mentioned but not a whole lot of movement on this front. The NQ would love Bobby Valentine, but even the cheapskate Marlins are looking into him says Heyman on SI.com. Worse case scenario: Jim Riggleman stays.
- The Quest For a Veteran Pitcher (Or Two): GM Mike Rizzo says they aren’t looking for a top of the line ace, but a grizzled veteran without a criminal record who can school the young pitchers on the staff. Two FA pitchers are what we think is needed to hold up the sinking ship. Worst case scenario: Livan Hernandez counts as both those veteran pitchers already.
- Where Art Thou Elijah Dukes, Adam Dunn, Josh Willingham, etc.?: Obviously several players are in the bulls eye when it comes to whether or not the team will invest anymore time and money in them. Some of them deserve it, some of them don’t. Who will survive Camp Blood where the sex addicts and dope fiends are separated from the virgins?
- Will Uncle Moneybags Spend?: Speaking of money, the Lerners have it in a filthy way, being named by Forbes as one of the League’s most wealthy owners. The NQ usually stays away from money/owner talk because really only people who have nothing else to back up the crappy play of these players walk that walk, but even we admit it would be nice to see the wallet open up and the Magnum condom fall out. Then we’ll giggle.
There are more, but we’ll let you think on those for a bit. Besides, it’s time to take it a easy, Nats fans. Relax. You’ve earned it. Take a break and step away from baseball for a few hours. Take me, for example. Tonight I am sitting down with a pint of 1554 and Wolverine.
The Nationals have unfortunately granted us plenty of time to think and reflect, but if your high is sports there are plenty of other seasons to now pay attention to. Like THIS ONE and THIS ONE and yes, they even have ONE FOR THAT. None equal the majesty of Nationals baseball, but you gotta do something, right?
The NQ will be active all off season, so don’t worry. We’ll be here tomorrow actively talking Nationals baseball even though it’s not. If you’re lucky, we’ll even throw in a post that completely kisses your ass and don’t think I am lying.
Just please wipe.