The headline of the day, with an appropriate tip of the cap to the folks at the Philadelphia Inquirer:
I was at the game yesterday. It felt like a home game! GO PHILLIES!!!
StanK's plan to fill the park has blown up in his face...
The majority of Gnats' "hurlers" have ERA's north of big league believability with no visible signs of improvement... We must, however, give Livo a tip of the cap for a stellar performance against the Mets and more especially the Brewers. Attaboy Livo !!!
So, in the spirit of levity (which is rapidly evaporating) -- while staring blankly and absentmindedly through the bottom of an empty beer bottle -- we ask THE question:
Can they do it again???
Can the Mighty Gnats pull off a 100-loss hat trick? Or is this the year Jim Riggleman wiggles his way out of the shadow of Manny Acta-Clueless once and for all as he guides the Mighty Gnats towards the promised land and a .500 season???
The re-treaded Gnats are ready again. The grass is green and fresh. Another summer in the sun. But fear not kool-aid drinkers, StanK's plan is still in place.
So don't worry about winning, that, StanK says, is not what it is about. So come one, come all and make the Lerners (and StanK) wealthier.
Let us see what new spin they put on the entrenched culture of the loss. In the meantime, this humble little tongue-in-cheek website will at least help keep us focused on what promises to be a true run for glory !!!
But for those of you who do -- it's a simple formula. Last year Bill D won the prized Manny Acta-Clueless officially autographed baseball because he picked the right day of the 100th loss. In fact, we are reliably informed that Bill D proudly displays the baseball prominently in his home. (Okay, so I totally made up that last part, but it's the sentiment that counts, right?)
Who will it be this year?
We list the games. You pick the date you think the Mighty Gnats will lose their 100th game.
You email us the date (and list the opponent just to be sure.) If you aren't sure of the dates, just look to the left. Once you have made your pick, it's your pick. Be sure to tell us your WaPo nickname, or how you wish to be listed on the site. Choose well, Nostradamus. No second guessing and no do-overs. Name it, claim it, and it's your day.
No co-winners and no whiners -- seanmg, therefore, is ineligible to play. And it goes wiithout saying, I reserve the sole right to interpret, create, re-create ad infinitum the process to determine a winner.
"Why did I sign with the Nationals? When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, and you're just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J-Lo. And to me, this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It's 4 in the morning. Too much to drink. So, Nationals: Jennifer Lopez to me."
(Tip of the cap to ESPN.com's Eric Karabell for that little gem back on April 30, 2009.)
(retired from baseball, 2009)
Let's face it, anyone who can make you smile by comparing J-Lo to the Mighty Gnats deserves to have that quote immortalized.
Quite seriously though, this is one cat who LOVED baseball. Nineteen seasons in the sun (both major and minor leagues) and he ended up living in a re-vamped Best Western as he played out his last season. That's a cat who played for the love of the game -- and if nothing else deserves one helluva tip of the cap.
The winner will retain bragging rights and may win a super-deluxe prize of exceptionally minimal value courtesy of the Thrifty Ownership Group -- most likely something that was a free giveaway at one of the Nationals games including but not limited to either a free giveaway or elcheapo prize from one of the merchant table/booths at the ballpark in the 2010 season. The prize will be awarded at a suitable, mutually agreeable time etc etc etc... Or we may, spring for something equally momentous -- like last year's Manny Acta-Clueless officially autographed genuine baseball.
NAME 100th LOSS OPPONENT
TRADER VIC 9-22 HOU
RYSMA 9-26 ATL
NODRD 9-27 PHI
RANDY BOYD 10-2 NYM
For funs, we will list the opening day lineup to see how many Gnats make it to October:
1B - Adam "Lumpy" Dunn
2B - Adam Kennedy
SS - Ian Desmond
3B - Ryan "The Face" Zimmerman
LF - Josh "Hammer" Willingham
CF - Nyjer "Charlie Hustle No. 2" Morgan
RF - "Wee" Willie Harris
C - Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez
SP - John Lannan
Last year they were swept 16 times. Can they match the record? Stay tuned...