I know I usually dish out a hefty amount of snark and story at the start of these things, but tonight I am going to bypass that and just get to the meat of the thing.
No? You want snark? Fine. Snark, snark, snark, snark, snark, snark. Snark, snark. Snark. Snark, snark, snark, snark. Snark, snark. Snark. Snark– snark. Snark–
And I also gave you a Shark in the banner pic before we turn you to–
Your Nationals Dispatch.
When Dan Steinberg Jacks Your S**t -Today Dan Steinberg on the D.C. Sports Bog posted a wonderful article on Roger Bernadina’s “Shark Club” and how the speedy center fielder got the nickname “The Shark.” Wonderful article. Fine word usage, good grammar,
but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had read something similar somewhere close to- oh say- five freaking months ago. But where? Where did I– oh yeah. How about HERE and HERE — on this very blog.
Fine. It happens. The “big media writers” sometimes dup stories, but what gets my goat is Steinberg tweeted us this morning apologizing that he didn’t mention our work in the article which indicates he had prior knowledge of their existence and he still didn’t give credit to the original source. Being that it is “Social Media Day” (ridiculous) and after the amount of bitching and whining “big media” does about how bloggers having no dignity or boundaries, how we are all loose cannons with no journalistic integrity and are shunned because we don’t follow some stuffy old fart newspaper room rules and how we are taking their stories and jobs like they are the only ones that should be in on the big joke– well, I give you Exhibit A that the door swings both ways there. He can’t even link after the fact? Shameful.
This whole situation crushes me. I love Steinberg’s work and I (did) read the Bog every morning. It is like reading all of an author’s books, worshiping him and then going to a book signing only to have the scribe drop his trousers and take a dump in the flap jacket of your copy of his favorite work. Sorry, this has been bothering me all day and I just want to get it off my chest right away.
UPDATE: It is alright, everything is okay. Dan and I talked it out and settled it in the only way civilized men do: cage match and beer. And not necessarily in that order.
Strasburg Is Throwing Balls…Of Curve - Pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg has made another significant step in his recovery from Tommy John surgery: he is throwing balls. That curve. Throwing them at only 50% the Nationals ace is excited to finally be throwing curve balls in his rehab process and they keep getting better the more he throws them.
And every time he throws one, the tent getting pitched in my pants gets larger. At least I think that is why. Some sort of strange psychic connection or something.
Wang And P-Nats – Nationals starter– I guess he is a Nationals starter even though he hasn’t ever thrown a pitch for the team in a real game, Chien-Ming Wang will have a second rehab start at Potomac with the Potomac Nationals (or P-Nats) this Saturday in Woodbridge, VA. Not only will fans get to see the Nationals Wang in action (perverts!) they will also be subjected to a lot of cool things like the first 1,000 fans at the Pfitz will receive a free Abner Doubleday bobblehead and the P-Nats will be wearing the throwbacks of the first Washington baseball team in existence.
If the NQ didn’t have to attend some pesky and annoying Nationals doubleheader on Saturday we’d totally be there. Being responsible sucks.
Jerry HAIRston Jr. Has A Hairline – Fracture. In his right wrist after he got hit by a pitch in the hand on Wednesday night. He is expected to be out for a month. Hairston Jr. blames the shadows at Angels Stadium for making it difficult to see the ball and calls the conditions there “dangerous.”
Like is he implying there are shadow monsters out there in California or is he just excited he picked up Michael Jackson’s eighth studio album? I can’t tell. I’m too tired and full of snark.
And that is Your Nationals Dispatch.