Went to the opening day game today in D.C. as the Nationals took on the Florida Marlins. One of 40,300+ in attendance. Not quite a sellout, but still many fans packing the stadium. Some families with children who happened to be off for spring (Easter) break. Some touristas in town checking out the museums and such and taking in the game while there. And plenty of fans wearing red and cheering for the home team even though most realists are well aware that the Nationals are putting a minor league caliber product on the field this season.
Yes, we fans are well aware that the team that is on the field is bereft of stars. The team's one major star, acquired in a trade of at least one fan favorite (Brad Wilkerson) and a few other players, one Alfonso Soriano, is gone. He took the money and ran off to the Cubs in the off season. Too much money. Way too much money. Crazy money. More than any baseball player should be even close to making. The Cubs tossed the money at him and he took it without batting an eye. For that reason, I'm fairly sure that most people would forgive me for saying that I hope that curse remains on the cubs for several more seasons. <wink>
In anycase, the Nationals are doing the best they can with a bunch of players that would probably be bench players at best for other teams, if not still be stuck down in the minor leagues. They have very few legitimate big league players at this point. Ryan Zimmerman for sure. Austin Kearns perhaps (if he learns to avoid the strike out). Felipe Lopez maybe. And then a bunch of players we've never heard of.
Nick "The Stick" Johnson is on the disabled list still hobbled by the broken leg injury of last year. Christian Guzman is back, but he hasn't come close to earning the $4 million per year he was signed for. And the rest of the team, except for perhaps catcher Brian Schneider, is a cast of unknowns. Players never able to stay at the major league level when playing for other teams.
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