wombat_socho: Curly W (baseball)
Well, the Nationals are back in the cellar in the NL East, and my Aces are tied for third in their Yahoo! fantasy league. The latter is somewhat of a surprise to me; I wound up drafting a buttload of catchers this season and thereby wound up with a team more to my liking: lots of sluggers and good pitching, as opposed to the speedy offense and indifferent pitching I seem to get in most seasons.

The Nationals...well, perhaps predictably, trading Justin Maxwell to the Yankees has come back to bite the team in the ass, as Roger Bernadina wasn't quite up to the task of replacing Ankiel when the latter went on the DL for a few days. I love me some Sharkness, and think the Nats sending him to AAA is just retarded, but I'm not Mike Rizzo. Less Wang and more Shark, plz. The idea of Ankiel being a long-term solution would be hilarious if it wasn't so dumb.

Even with that nonsense going on, the defense has tightened up considerably since last year, the pitching is definitely better as a consequence, and as a result the team is giving the Fish and Mets a run for their money this year. We're only two games out of third, and have a good chance of making it back to .500, which would probably be good enough for third place in the East.

So far I haven't made it out to any games this season, either downtown or at any of the local minor league parks, and with my financial situation pretty badly screwed, I don't expect that to change. Almost as bad, the schedule I'm on during the week keeps me from following the Nats on the radio since I'm usually snoozing by the time the games are on at night and I never remember to switch the radio to the game when there's a day game. :(
wombat_socho: Curly W (baseball)
One thing I've noticed about prolonged high blood sugar -which for me is anything in triple digits, these days- is that it aggravates/causes ADD in my brain. That's the excuse I'm using as to why this baseball post took a while to find its way out of my brain and into LJ.

I signed up for a public Yahoo fantasy baseball league and so far am holding my own, despite being too lazy to prioritize my draft roster properly (or not having time thanks to the end-of-spring semester, crush, take your pick) and thus winding up with half a dozen catchers on my roster, including Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez, Carlos Santa, Pudge, and Wilson Ramos. It's been good enough to keep me in the upper division of the 12-team league so far, and usually in the top three. Right now I'm in sixth, and that's okay. It's a long season.

The Nationals, on the other hand, are playing just under .500 (20-21), thanks mostly to a 6-4 run against the NL Central and a 3-1 record against the West. This is good enough to keep the Nats out of last place, one game ahead of the snakebit Mets.

Anyway, back during tax season, I read Bill James' Solid Fool's Gold*, and it had an essay on the minor leagues which I was going to address but haven't gotten around to until now.
Cut for people who really don't care about baseball )
wombat_socho: Wombat (DC)
Eleven-plus hours in the tax mines yesterday, and I'm scheduled for another twelve tomorrow. And that'll be it for this tax season. I was invited to apply for off-season work, but since I'd only be getting 15-20 hours a week at (probably) my existing hourly wage, it makes more sense for me to head down to Accountemps on Tuesday, reactivate my file, and maybe take advantage of some of these accounting classes I've been slaving over this past year. The worst of the jobs listed on the site yesterday pays $3 more per hour than what Block is paying me as a first-year tax preparer, so even if commuting expense goes up I'll come out ahead. Best case, I nail down an assignment at $20/hour or better. We'll see how that works out.

Speaking of school, I am two courses away from finishing my accounting career studies certificate at NVCC. Both courses are being offered over the summer, but unfortunately both of them are only offered online, and I have learned the hard way that I do not do well at those. So I'm just going to take Intermediate Accounting II this summer, lugging Cowzilla to the campus a couple times a week to work on it away from the distractions of home, and then take Advanced Accounting this fall along with whatever business classes I need to meet the requirements for the CPA exam, which I'll be taking next January - or April, depending on how the Becker classes are scheduled over the winter.

All the school & work stress this week has made the weight and BG get a bit out of hand. My weight has rebounded to 350, and my BG has been stubbornly in the low hundreds. On the other hand, I got a clean bill of health from the vascular clinic this week. My legs are both healed up nicely, and you can be sure I'll be hitting the pool hard this summer. Just need to bear down on the diet to get the BG and weight back where they belong.

I'm not sure the Nationals' present precarious perch in third is due as much to their improved pitching and defense as it is to how awful the Mets are and how long it's taking the Braves to get their act together. Unlike last spring, when the pitching and defense stunk while the bats were going nuts, the p&d are tight and the hitters aren't hitting. So far the defense is keeping us in the games, but we'll see if that lasts. Hopefully it'll last long enough for a sweep of the Brewers.
wombat_socho: Wombat (Curly W)
Says here that the Nats signed free-agent outfielder Jayson Werth, mere days after losing the Big Donkey, Adam Dunn, to the White Sox. This leaves the Nationals (again) with an excess of outfielders, but with a hole at first, which is a position they don't really have anyone in the minors ready to step up and fill. I also note that they re-signed C Jesus Flores and IF "Attorney General" Alberto Gonzales, so between Gonzalez and Espinosa we should be set up the middle for possibly the first time since the franchise moved here from Montreal. Be interesting to see how this all works out in 2011.
wombat_socho: Curly W (baseball)
One of them, Joe Morgan, has been let go by ESPN after 25 years of doing Sunday Night Baseball and irritating the hell out of baseball fans everywhere. There's a good summary of what baseball fans in general thought of Morgan over at Joe Posnanski's blog; the tl;dr is that he was a great player, unquestionably a Hall of Fame second baseman, but a horrible, horrible announcer. I'm not even going to get into his obsession with Moneyball or his disdain for sabermetrics. I'm just going to let it go by saying I'm glad he's retiring so I don't have to listen to him any more.

The other one, who I am hoping Fox will terminate with extreme prejudice before the next post-season games roll around is Tim McCarver. I have loathed him since 1991; it is no exaggeration to say that he is an obnoxious, opinionated blowhard who cannot control his bias toward the National League, and I consistently hit the mute button when he is on, even if I have to watch the game in silence. God, he is such a jackass. The only person who comes close is Chip Caray, who recently became obsessed with players "fisting" the ball into short right or left field, to the point where TBS' Braves broadcasts quickly approached NSFW levels of double entendre. McCarver, like Morgan, was a great player in his day, but he's worse than mediocre in the broadcast booth. Compare this to Bob Uecker, who made quite a career out of self-deprecating humor that revolved around his marginal catching skills, and went on to become the beloved voice of the Milwaukee Brewers. Bob was recently in the hospital for heart surgery, and the outpouring of affection, not just from Brewers fans, was something to see. If McCarver went into the hospital, on the other hand, nurses would probably need armed escorts to fend off all the fans who would offer them bribes to smother him in his sleep. Probably the only fans who like him are Cardinals fans, and I daresay he probably gets on their nerves too.

Rob Dibble, on the other hand, I kinda miss, which probably makes me one of the few Nationals fans to say that. Rob flubbed a number of things in his time, most notoriously his criticism of Stephen Strasburg the day the kid threw out his arm for the season, but he was seldom boring, and he had a good foil in Bob Carpenter. His replacement is considerably less colorful, to the point where I can't remember his name. Ray Knight, maybe? (Why do all these ex-Reds players keep showing up here?) Anyway, he was bumrushed out of the booth shortly after that, and Nats games on MASN are going to be rather less interesting next season. We'll see how it goes.
wombat_socho: Wombat (DC)
Made some Filboid Studge last night before I went to bed and had a piece for breakfast with coffee. Of course, since I'd slept for about ten hours to help rid myself of this cold/flu/plague/whatever, it was more like lunch, but either way it was pretty good.

Wasted most of the afternoon playing Organ Trail, an updated version of the old edutainment software classic Oregon Trail except with a station wagon and zombies. I am now confident in my ability to guide a small party of friends from DC to Portland without being eaten by the zombie hordes.

Spent the rest of the afternoon going to CVS and Harris-Teeter for the same stuff I could have gotten at Walmart for probably less money, but as it turned out I got some pretty good deals on drugs & tissues at CVS; saved about 50% off everything once sales discounts and various coupons were added. Wound u pblowing all that money and another $10 besides at H-T, which had exactly two steak knives for sale: an insanely expensive knife, and one whose expense was merely annoying. I added a small jar of Truvia, which is handy for cooking and other low-carb nonsense, a couple of pork butt steaks, and some cheap spices, and managed to escape only $20 lighter.

Tonight, Game 4 of the World Series, more studying, and not so much time-wasting silliness on the computer.
wombat_socho: Wombat (DC)
Finally finished the Granite Ridge project and turned it in today; p. confident I got it right. I'll find out for sure next Tuesday.
Quarterly visit with Dr. B went well, except for my blood pressure being up. I guess that's not too surprising, considering the load I'm carrying. She's happy with the BG readings over the past two months, the vast majority of which of which are under 120, and said not to worry too much about the weight. BG control is the main thing, and if the weight comes off, that's bonus.

Visited [livejournal.com profile] therevdrnye in the hospital, where he languishes while the docs try to figure out why his BP is as ridiculously low as it is, considering the amount of water he's retaining. He's in quarantine while they work on that question, so I had to don a mask, gloves & gown in order to visit. Turns out the anthology Melody loaned him is the same one I was reading back in February while immured in the VAMC, so we had a lot to talk about.

Left about 1800 since I was getting a tad hungry; dropped off some books and chatted with the Dunhams until their pizza arrived, and then headed home. I thought about stopping and getting food on the way home, since I hadn't had anything since lunch ~1400, but I was really tired and headachy and decided to just go on home. Imagine my surprise when my evening BG was 107! I checked it a couple more times with different meters, but the numbers were all in the same ballpark. I dunno WTF.

After 38 years, I've decided it's time to forgive the Rangers, There's nobody left on that team or its ownership who was with the team in 1972, and laying down a grudge is a good thing, right? I'm hoping they can whip the Giants for their first ever championship. It's been a long time with a lot of bad years and bad decisions since they left, and this year, they seem to have overcome their history and become crushing. Here's hoping.
wombat_socho: Wombat (DC)
I didn't do a whole lot today; even playing eve was . Never got out of the apartment, so a bunch of stuff that kinda depended on me getting out to various places didn't happen.

Part of this was due to a late night chicken run out to Chantilly, where P gave me my late-arriving birthday present, a fine yellow sign suitable for my living room wall that warns WOMBAT XING. There were also wings, but the sign was the big thing. Going there and back kept me up until all hours of the morning, and so I slept in until about 1000.

I apparently did well on the ACC212 final and got a B for the course. Now I have to buckle down and get some work done on my fall classes, many of which I am horribly behind on. Others I'm merely confused about, but I expect over the next week all will be made clear, as clear as the Operating Code of the Spirit. I do need to spend a little time studying more the H&R Block midterm exam, which is also coming up next week. I am somewhat reassured that when I do the work for real, it won't be on paper.

Tomorrow I'm going to Silver Spring for Mass, and I expect I'll swing by Takoma Park and the Washington Adventist Hospital to see Richard before coming home and hitting the books.

Still not sure how I feel about the Rangers contending with the Yankees for the AL pennant. On the one hand, I hate the Rangers for pulling out in '72, but on the other hand...the Yankees. >:(
wombat_socho: Wombat (Curly W)
Washington Nationals Rally For 7-Run 8th, 8-4 Win Over Houston Astros. NO 100-Losses!!! - Federal Baseball:
• The Washington Nationals will not lose 100 games this season.


Well, after the early-season hope that they'd contend, it's not much, but an end to the 100-loss seasons is a Good Thing.
wombat_socho: Wombat (DC)
Spent most of the weekend with my sleep cycle pretty badly messed up, to the point where I didn't get to sleep until 0400 Saturday morning and 0600 Sunday morning, which led to sleeping in until noon or later on both days. By Sunday evening I was in a weird state where my brain felt really tired but I wasn't sleepy; thank God for melatonin, which put me to sleep at a decent hour last night so I could wake up at a reasonable hour (0900) this morning after a good night's sleep.

Saturday evening I went up to Hagerstown with the Dunhams for baseball, having taken advantage of a deal which included four seats with four Suns hats and four free meal coupons from Chipotle. It was a good time despite the horrible showing by the Suns, who got blown out 6-1 (and it wasn't even that close, really) and the cheapness of the hats, which were not really Hagerstown Suns hats but just orange & black meshback hats with "SUNS" printed on the front. :( Anyhow, the main point of the trip was fulfilled, which is to say a good time outdoors with friends watching baseball.

Sunday was just kind of wasted...I spent most of the afternoon and evening just poking at different stuff on the Internet, playing Farmville in space, and re-reading Charles Stross' The Jennifer Morgue. There was a fleet op scheduled for Sunday night, but it involved screwing around on one of our allies' Teamspeak servers, and I had no energy for that. Wound up going out for melatonin, pork rinds, and nuts on sale at CVS, taking the melatonin, and going to bed early for once.

This morning began pleasantly as I did breakfast in Vienna with P at the original Amphora, came home by way of the library, and picked up a bunch of stuff , to wit:
a list of library gets )

The fall semester starts tonight at NoVa with Small Business Accounting. Didn't manage to wrap up Principles of Accounting II this weekend due to :effort:, but since I'm going to be spending three days a week on campus (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) with Cowzilla I expect to knock it out fairly quickly along with the three new online courses. wifi card permitting. :)
wombat_socho: Curly W (baseball)
So little brother Carlos and I headed up to Hagerstown for the Suns' Independence Day matchup with the West Virginia Power, with post-game fireworks. The drive up, by way of the Dulles Toll Road/Greenway/Highway 7 and Interstate 81, was hot but fortunately dry. I arrived about 90 minutes late and found Carlos in the bar of the Chinese buffet attached to (but not part of) the Days Inn we were staying at. Some time later, after avoiding most of the carb-laden Oriental delights, we dropped our stuff in the room and headed off to the ballpark. The "box" seats I'd reserved were right down front to the left of home plare, which is a mistake I won't make again; I missed a lot of the first three innings because of late arrivals, children, and random fans wandering past. Next time I'm getting seats at a higher altitude. >:(

The game itself reminded me of just how much the kids learn on their way through the farm system. Both teams were just horrible on defense, with the visiting West Virginia Power being charged with five errors and the Suns with two, although I think the scorer was being excessively generous. There were plenty of booted balls, poor throws, dropped/missed balls, and just plain bad fielding to double those totals, easily. I don't think the Prairie League teams I saw in the late 90s were this bad.
Still, it was entertaining. As usual in the minor leagues, there was a comically costumed mascot, between-innings contests (usually featuring small children), dancing atop the dugout roofs, and similar amusements, and of course, this being Independence Day, there were fireworks set to patriotic music - Sousa marches, the four hymns of the Armed Forces, and Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA". Very nice. :)

Got up at 0800 the next morning, showered, dressed, and rode out to Willamsport for breakfast at Waffle House. No waffle for me, though. :(
Rode home by way of the Martinsburg Wal-Mart, I-81 to I-66 at Strasburg, and humorously enough stopped to tap my kidneys and get more fluids at the same Sheetz station I stopped at when I first came to the Commonwealth back in 2007, almost exactly three years ago. Going to spend some of this afternoon/evening catching up on Internet stuff of varying importance, then I'll probably have dinner and crash early since I didn't pack the nose hose this time and consequently didn't sleep too well.
wombat_socho: Curly W (baseball)
Maybe a month is too early to make a decision like this, just like a month is too early to panic & make roster moves in real or fantasy baseball, but I'm not happy with the (lack of) response Beltway Baseball's been getting. I suspect a big part of it is that I'm a latecomer to the Natosphere, as the local collection of Nationals baseball blogs is called* and there are dozens of local/regional blogs already covering the same ground I am. Also, many of those blogs are already networked, and just as in any other business, it's hard for a latecomer to break in...especially if they really don't have anything new & interesting to add. Which, to be honest, except for my inclusion of the two local Orioles farm clubs and the local Atlantic League team, I really don't.

So I think I'm going to go back to what I knew best when I first started writing about baseball, and that's the independent minor leagues. The Blue Crabs are a 45-minute drive away, the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League are a day trip away, and I also have a team from the collegiate wood-bat Cal Ripken League in my city. Plus, of course, the internet makes collecting information on the independent minor leagues and their players a lot easier than it used to be. I'll continue posting about road trips to the local parks, of course, but I think the daily Nats linkagery is going to die a quiet and unremarked death. Somebody's already been doing something like it on the Federal Baseball blog anyway, except without the minor league stuff.

I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the Wesley Snipes Ultraviolence Triple Feature; Art of War was pretty good, and so was Blade II - though I was kinda hoping the hot vampire chick would survive. Welp. Going to watch Afro Samurai tonight and Blade Trinity before I leave for Hagerstown tomorrow.

And speaking of baseball, uberphenom Stephen Strasburg got out-pitched by oft-rejected knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, but the Nationals came back against Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez and scored 3 in the bottom of the ninth to win it 6-5. Another Curly W in the book against the Mets. :)

*Not to be confused with the NATOsphere, which would be a group of blogs talking about military & political stuff within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
wombat_socho: Curly W (baseball)
...because I probably would have broken the TV. The Nationals broke out of their offensive slump against the Orioles last night- and still managed to lose the game 7-6, thanks to four (!) errors. Words fail me. The Astros game I scored in relief for STATS was much better, mainly because the Astros won 7-4. (Have I mentioned my deep, enduring hatred for the Texas Rangers baseball club lately?) Bad umpiring was very much in evidence, unfortunately, but the Astros managed to overcome it with some timely hitting and a generally solid defense. Extra bonus schadenfreude points because they stopped the Rangers' 11-game win streak.

And with that, I am for bed.
wombat_socho: Wombat (Curly W)
Okay, it was only a six-game losing streak, and we just barely managed to edge the Royals 2-1, but a curly W is a curly W, and another step away from last season's miserable endless swamp of fail. I'd been hoping to see one of the games in the Royals series, but since I have class Mondays and Wednesdays, and STATS scheduled me for a training game tomorrow, I guess that's not going to happen. Also, the Nats front office surprised everyone by sending opening day starter John Lannan down to AA Harrisburg to work on his sinker, which hasn't been sinking much lately.

Doing the baseball blog has been more effort than I thought it would be. You'd think it wouldn't be that tough after...damn, six years of being here on LJ? Still, nobody expects you to post daily to LJ, while if you don't do that on your blog, people will stop showing up. Not good, when you're trying to become the one-stop source for Nationals news, to say nothing of the local minor league teams. Well, nothing for it but to keep plugging and make the occasional Rule 5 post.

Third test in Accounting 211 was tonight; just two chapters worth of material, and I feel pretty good about it. We'll see if my confidence was justified come Wednesday.
wombat_socho: Wombat (DC)
Passed the second test in the Accounting 211 course with an 89. The third of the four tests comes up on Monday, and the final is on the 28th. Then I get to get right back up and head in to the Alexandria campus for Computerized Accounting, which is going to be pretty much a refresher on Quick Books. And I'm okay with that. This rush-hour drive to Annandale twice a week has been kicking my ass, and I'll be glad to be done with it, to say nothing of the long walk uphill to the classroom and back.
Fortunately I signed up for an online section of the subsequent course, ACC212; so long as I can keep focused on the course instead of internet spaceships or some other shiny distraction on the intertubes, I ought to be okay.

Nationals are sucking hard lately, except for Nolan Roger Randy Curt Strasburg. John Lannan got beaten like the family mule last night by the Tigers, and I got home just in time tonight to see that the Tigers had feasted in a similar manner upon Livan Hernandez. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

Been tired and draggy all day for no good reason, so I'm going to crash and get a good night's sleep.
wombat_socho: Wombat (DC)
Well, despite appearances, this LJ isn't ALL about ill-tempered political commentary provoked by things seen on other peoples' blogs. Not even mostly!

Most of today is going to be spent gearing up for the second accounting test this evening, with a little bit of time taken for personal maintenance and apartment cleaning. I got a 91 on the first one, and while I don't expect to do nearly as well this time around, I'm pretty confident that I'll pass by a comfortable margin.

I've moved the bulk of my baseball commentary to over here at Beltway Baseball, which will be mostly about the Nationals and Twins but also include some entries about the local minor league teams. "Local" is kind of an expansive term, since I'm hoping to go on a road trip with P up to Washington PA to see the Frontier League's Wild Things, but this isn't Minnesota and the independent leagues are still mainly creatures of the Midwest. As for the Suburban League, my stab at founding a fantasy league on Fantrax, I'm afraid it's died of apathy. There haven't been any transactions there in the last month, and I've been derelict in tending the robots. My Dukes are in third, half a point out of second, for what that's worth.
Meanwhile, the Nationals pounded the Tribe for nine runs yesterday to give wunderkind Stephen Strasburg his second win in as many starts, but everybody else in the NL East won too, so we're still stuck in last place behind the Fish. Only six games out, though, and two under .500, which is a lot better than most folks thought we'd be doing.

I am continuing to stick to the low-carb diet. Can't quite pull the trigger to go whole hog and cut the last few dozen grams out of the diet...but still, I've excluded all the starches from my diet except for an English muffin with my morning eggs; the only dairy foods I have are yogurt (pinch-hitting for the eggs on occasion) and half & half for my coffee. Fruit likewise is pretty much gone. I ate half a mango the other morning for breakfast, but it's an open question whether I'll finish the rest of it before it goes bad. The results are pretty awesome, if I do say so myself: as of this morning, my weight is 380.8 pounds, and the morning blood sugar was 95, after dialing back the insulin from 16 to 14 units last night. P thinks I'm going to hit my interim target of 350 pounds well before the end of next February, and she may be right, but I am a pessimist and am allowing for epic (albeit temporary) fail at some point along the line. For those of you scoring at home, this is a loss of almost 60 pounds since May of 2008, with most of it having come off since February of this year. With no additional exercise. The easy weight loss won't last forever, but I'm enjoying it while it happens.
wombat_socho: Wombat (DC)
Didn't sleep worth a damn last night and in fact got something like three hours of real sleep before getting up, getting dressed, and heading out for my shrink appointment at the VA clinic. Managed to remain functional for most of the day and get most of the things on my to-do list done; tomorrow I'll be hitting the accounting books, making flashcards, and all that happy stuff.

There's rumors floating around about Roy Oswalt of the Astros possibly getting traded to the Nationals. There were bound to be; we're contending, Houston isn't, and I'm not the only one on the Internet who can add 2+2 to get four. In the meantime, the team's a little weaker with Pudge on the 15-day DL; at his age, I'm not sanguine about that back being healed up in just a couple of weeks. We'll see.

And that's about all I have to say about that.
wombat_socho: Wombat (Curly W)
Today's craptastic doubleheader began with the Royals at Cleveland - two bad teams facing off in a day game that I had to score for training purposes. The Royals had their way with the punchless Tribe, besting them 9-3 behind Luke Hochevar's (allegedly pronounced Ho-shaver, according to the Sports Time Ohio announcers) complete game. It wasn't much fun to watch.

Neither was the Nationals game tonight. Luis Atilano lost his first game tonight as the Nats committed two errors and couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with a shotgun until the seventh inning. Meanwhile, the usually poor-hitting Mets beat the devil and the living God out of Atilano and reliever Tyler Walker, who coughed up ten runs between them. The normally solid Nats defense committed two errors (one by Walker), which didn't help. P and i left early; we had good seats down the right-field line, but you can only stand so much; sticking around for the rallies in the 8th and 9th that ultimately fell short would have been too much.

Progress

May. 18th, 2010 07:30 pm
wombat_socho: Wombat (Diabeetus Chef)
On a number of fronts, actually, but I think I'm going to start with the ongoing battle of the bulge, because that's going really well and I'm pretty pumped about that. This morning's weigh-in found me at 388.6 pounds with a BG of 103, both of which are good. Ah, who am I kidding? The weight is AWESOME. Last month at this time I was at 396.6, and now I'm just 3.6 pounds away from the goal for May 30. The BG could be lower, but considering I've cut my daily metformin dose by 20% (down to four 1000mg pills from five; dropped the lunchtime pill) and my insulin dose by over 50% (down to 22 units at nighttime from 24 in the morning and 30 at night) I think I'm doing pretty well. Working on tweaking the diet so that the BG will drop some more and I can knock off some more of the insulin, and I think I'm going to be able to do that a few more times by the end of the month.

So, pretty big wins on the DIABEETUS front. Less important but still good - finally finished installing all the ancillary software needed to be a fully participating member of Goonwaffe, so now I can shit up Jabber and Teamspeak with the worst of them .Well, not so much, really. I mostly use Jabber to IM family and friends, and unlike some Goons who hang out in Teamspeak all the time, I only use it for fleet ops. Unfortunately, my main is on the wrong end of the map for those, and my alt is running missions in Minmatar space trying to replace all the cash lost by flying moderately expensive ships into gatecamps on the way to Curse.

Nationals are still in second (although I see the Fish have caught up with us) and my fantasy team is in fourth, two and a half points behind the best of the robot teams. P, [livejournal.com profile] digex, and possibly some other local folks are going to the Nats v. Mets game on Thursday night; it's Camo Cap night, and I for one plan on getting there early enough so that I actually get one.
wombat_socho: Wombat (Curly W)
Astros ace Oswalt willing to lift no-trade clause - MLB - Yahoo! Sports:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Houston Astros ace Roy Oswalt(notes) is willing to go elsewhere, provided he plays for a contender.

Oswalt said Friday he would waive the full no-trade clause in his contract if Houston wants to try to shop him this season—though the right-hander insists he would like to stay with the Astros and help them win.


Wonder if he'd consider the Nationals. We're contending.

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