I won’t go into a detailed analysis of my beloved Nationals in this post, except to say that I believe we are fielding a very, very strong team this year and have our best shot yet of making it deep into the post-season, perhaps even going All The Way. (N.B. to the baseball gods – I said “perhaps”!) As far as solid predictions go, I will state that I believe we will take 95+ games and win the Division pretty handily, especially as the Braves and the Phils are both in flame-out mode this season, while the Mets and the Fish are still building.
No, the thing I wanted to highlight here was the appearance of Danny Espinosa when he arrived in camp. Danny is, and always has been, an excellent fielding second baseman but a mediocre (at best) switch-hitting batter. This year, fighting for a bench position, he has finally agreed to stop trying to hit lefty, and to concentrate on his right-handed swing. He also pledged to devote a great deal of training time to his swing mechanics. To mark his resolve, he showed up looking like this:
All I can say in response is to paraphrase Wash: “Man walks down the street in that ‘stash, people know he’s not afraid of anything.”
Anyhoo, in all seriousness, I wish Danny the best of luck. For all the heartburn he’s caused me at the plate, I still like him a lot.
And with that, what else is there to say except