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The Nationals' season has pretty much been over since Opening Day, really, despite a couple of surprising winning streaks here and there, so all that's really left is one more depressing episode meant to remind us that there really isn't a lot of difference between the Lerners and Peter Angelos, at least when it comes to classy behavior. As much as I dislike Frank Robinson as a manager, he deserved better than to find out he was being let go from the morning papers.

As for my fantasy team, unless something surprising happens between now and Sunday I'll probably finish in fifth place. Unusually for my fantasy teams, this year the offense has been there in great meaty chunks thanks to Joe Mauer, Lance Berkman, David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, and late arrival Jason Bartlett, with useful assists from Michael Cuddyer and Brian Giles. Unfortunately the pitching staff hasn't been so great. After Bradke, Tim Wakefield, and (briefly) Scott Kazmir, I had a bunch of non-starters who didn't perform terribly well or consistently, and I'm likely to finish at the bottom of the league in both ERA and WHIP. It'll be tempting to save the team rosters from the league and run it through Diamond Mind, one of these days when I have the time for that kind of foolishness.

Disappointing as those results are, they pale beside the amazing comeback of the Twins, who were left for dead by a lot of folks back when we had Batista exhibiting all the range of a file cabinet at third base. Now we're tied for first, and if things break right for us (and wrong for the Tigers) we could face the A's at home instead of having to play the Yankees in New York. Which might just be enough to get us into the Series, if the Tigers can cowboy up and beat the Yankees, but we'll see what happens.

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qob
Sep. 29th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Cubanista?
Don't you find it interesting the Twins improved when we got rid of Castro and Batista?
wombat_socho
Sep. 29th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Cubanista?
I think Aaron Gleeman and I both wanted to call Terry Ryan and scream at him "HAVE YOU THE BRAINWORMS!?!?!?" when they sent Bartlett back to Rochester. I mean, WTF, really? How could anyone with the ability to evaluate major league talent think that Batista and Castro had anything to contribute to this team defensively? It's things like that (and the persistence of Old Leatherpants) which convince me that most of the people using up air in MLB's front offices could be replaced by a bunch of Rotisserie geeks at half the cost. Don't even get me started on the owners.
acdragonmaster
Sep. 30th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
*waves* Hey, just so ya know, Tick marathon is currently set for the 7th, starting around noon-ish or so. E-mail me or something if you need directions.
wombat_socho
Sep. 30th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
I did see that. I'll probably be late since I'll be helping phoenixalpha move into her new digs, but I do plan to be there.
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