Author Archives: Wigi

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Damn you, Jim Bowden.
Back in 2007, when Bowden traded for Elijah Dukes, the fans of the [Devil] Rays couldn’t have been happier to get anything in trade (in this case, Glenn Gibson) for Dukes. Tampa Bay fans, and the Rays organization had given up on him. Nationals fans, while wary, were willing to give Dukes [...] Continue reading

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Will History Repeat Itself?

I make an effort not to put myself in the position to be an armchair General Manager. I figure that there are probably fifty people in the world who are qualified to be a Major League GM, and I am not one of them. For me to comment would be a little like me commenting [...] Continue reading

Posted in Albert Pujols, Cristtian Guzman, Drew Storen, Ian Desmond, Jason Bergmann, Jesus Flores, Lastings Milledge, Mike Rizzo, Personnel, Players, Teams, stephen strasburg | Comments Off

Another Set of Eyes

If you’re reading this blog, you’re clearly an over-the-edge, hardcore Nats fan. You’re probably reading this at work.
Does your boss know? Do you have to use an alias when you post comments?
I thought so…
Well, here’s an opportunity to feed your addiction. Mark Zuckerman, the former Nationals beat writer for the Washington Times is now out [...] Continue reading

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There are some deals that you just feel bad about when they don’t happen, but for me, the Orlando Hudson deal wasn’t one of them. Not that I am the first to say this, but there are reasons that Hudson isn’t with the Dodgers, and there are reasons that the Dodgers acquired Ronnie Belliard last season. [...] Continue reading

Posted in Cristian Guzman, Felipe Lopez, Ian Desmond, Jose Vidro, Mike Rizzo, Orlando Hudson, Personnel, Ronnie Belliard | Comments Off

Remembering A Friend

I was a nineteen year-old kid back in 1980 when I took a job with WRC-TV in Washington. I worked in Local News for Bob Ryan, the meteorologist. Weather was all I thought about when I was a kid, and working in weather at a television station was my life goal.
Many nights I would stay [...] Continue reading

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We All Get a Little Pudge Around the Holidays

If it weren’t for Paul LoDuca, we would all be thrilled about the signing of Ivan Rodriguez.
Pudge isn’t LoDuca. Pudge (presumably) knows what his role is… I’m not sure LoDuca did.
This should be a no-brainer for Nats fans.  As much as we all love Wil Nieves, Pudge is in a different tier than Wil.
Pudge will [...] Continue reading

Posted in Ivan Rodriguez, Jack McKeon, Jim Bowden, Organization, Paul LoDuca, Players, Wil Nieves | Comments Off

Twitterview: @Ballystar40 – Collin Balester

Attention all short-attention-span Nationals fans! Collin Balester will be available for questions on Planetary Nats Blog’s first-ever Twitterview! Submit questions now, we’ll get started at 7 PM Eastern, 4 PM Pacific, 3 PM Alaska time.
You can submit your questions ONLY via Twitter. To do so, include the hashtag #ballytwitterview, like so:
#ballytwitterview What do you and [...] Continue reading

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Abe Pollin

When you’re a season ticket holder – and it doesn’t really matter what team you hold tickets for – you get to know your home stadium pretty well. You have your secret stairwells and exits, and parking spaces. The last out is made, the final buzzer sounds, and you’re off to the races, into your [...] Continue reading

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The Intangible Value of Stephen Strasburg

What are you doing Saturday afternoon?
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ll be watching the Desert Dogs – Javalinas game on television*.
And for that, you have Stephen Strasburg to thank.
The Nationals are pretty psyched about it too, I bet. After all, here it is just a week before Thanksgiving, and quite a few [...] Continue reading

Posted in Arizona Fall League, Chris Marrero, Drew Storen, Expos, Jeff Mandel, Josh Wilkie, Organization, Personnel, Phoenix Desert Dogs, Players, Sean Rooney, danny espinosa, stephen strasburg | Comments Off

Christmas in November

Nationals fans got some of their Christmas presents early this week, with the announcements that Ryan Zimmerman was honored with both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for his amazing play in 2009. Add to that the announcement that Jim Riggleman has been chosen as the permanent manager for the Nationals, and you’d be [...] Continue reading

Posted in Cristian Guzman, Drew Storen, Ian Desmond, Injuries, Jordan Zimmermann, Organization, Personnel, Players, Scott Olsen, jim riggleman, ryan zimmerman | Comments Off