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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
He’s old AND he stinksWhat's worse: that the Nats gave a big signing bonus to a guy who has been found out to be four years older than they thought he was, or that the guy wasn't even all that good to begin with:
A top Washington Nationals prospect and recipient of the largest international signing bonus in team history is not who he appeared to be. Esmailyn Gonzalez, who is listed as 19 years old on the team's roster, is actually 23-year-old Carlos Alvarez Daniel Lugo, four sources have told SI.com.
Sometimes I toy with the idea of really getting into Nats baseball because (a) I used to live in and love D.C.; and (b) the field is wide open -- no one could accuse me of being a front-runner. But then I realize how demoralizing it would be to have to follow a team with such an inept front office. I mean, even the Braves were making a lot of good and interesting decisions back when they were losing 100 games a year.
Where's the light at the end of the tunnel for Nats fans?
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 10:11am
The Common Man said...
Do the Nats have any recourse here, Craig?
Posted 02/18 at 11:15 AM
Wooden U. Lykteneau said...
The peasants (and the pedants, but I digress) are calling for Jim Bowden’s head… again.
Posted 02/18 at 11:35 AM
APBA Guy said...
My DC buddies with partial season ticket packages, down from full season ticket packages 2 years ago, cannot get friends to attend games with them anymore. They’ve already stopped trying to resell individual games as a way to offset package costs. Two of the guys, out of 6, have already decided not to renew for 2010.
These are guys that love baseball, but they are so disillusioned by the Lerners that they’d rather buy the MLB package on cable.
Of course, their tolerance for a clown-show front office was greatly reduced because of their prolonged exposure to the Angelos circus. They’ve already seen this act, and they didn’t like it the first time.
Posted 02/18 at 12:18 PM
Jeff M said...
Don’t forget, in contemplating the oddity of the bid, that Mr. Bowden was connected to a kickback conspiracy in international signings. A little something to consider when wondering why they bid an extra $700K
Posted 02/18 at 12:32 PM
I love going to Nats games when a real team is in town. I’ll definitely be going to see Albert Pujols this year, and I got to see Johan Santana last season.
The stadium is nice, Ben’s Chili Bowl is awesome, it’s four Metro stops from my house, and good seats are still available.
Or were you asking if there was a reason to be a Nats fan? Because I don’t think there is.
Posted 02/18 at 12:52 PM
kranky kritter said...
Yeah, I miss the expos. Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Isn’t it an especially Washingtonian trait to fall in love with taking actions that are “symbolic” of important popular ideas?
I think it wold be great for baseball to have a strong Washington franchise. A good way to do that would be to worry less about whether an action symbolizes international competence and more about whether it actually EXERCISES such competence.
One thing is for sure. The Nats are not going to get better by annually losing the chase for top free agents and then subsequently overpaying for guys at the next tier down. This didn’t work for the Devil Rays or anyone else. The Rays finally got a good team when they developed internal young talent.
Posted 02/18 at 01:05 PM
I have the Nationals and Esmailyn in a sim league. Here’s the only way I could think to spin this on my trade block.
The guy is a veteran who works great with youth.
Man. Thankfully I’m a Cubs fan first, Nationals fan second.
Posted 02/18 at 03:41 PM
When one tries to sneak someone past the authorities, the choice of a less attention-getting name might be prudent.
Posted 02/18 at 09:47 PM
Has anyone followed the investigation of Nats front office personnel taking kickbacks on Latin American signings? Is this signing part of that mess?
Posted 02/18 at 10:32 PM