Win #35 of 2019 was the Scherzer black eye game!

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Click here to watch Nats win #35 on June 19th on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Many people are joining in at different points, and most people are not commenting — rather just following along.

The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #35 came in the 73rd game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 34-38 record into this game. This is where manager Dave Martinez started preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned a losing record into a winning record. It took the Nats until June 28th to reach a winning record and they got to 12 games above .500 on August 21st. They dug themselves a deep hole and it took much longer to dig out of it.  Continue reading

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Win #34 of 2019 came in the first game of a doubleheader against the Phillies

Photo by Andrew Lang for TalkNats

Click here to watch Nats win #34 on June 19th on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Many people are joining in at different points, and most people are not commenting — rather just following along.

The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #34 came in the 72nd game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 33-38 record into this game. This is where manager Dave Martinez started preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned a losing record into a winning record. It took the Nats until June 28th to reach a winning record and they got to 12 games above .500 on August 21st. They dug themselves a deep hole and it took much longer to dig out of it.  Continue reading

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Win #33 on Father’s Day of 2019

Photo by Andrew Lang for TalkNats

Click here to watch Nats win #33 on June 16th on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Many people are joining in at different points, and most people are not commenting — rather just following along.

The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #33 came in the 71st game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 32-38 record into this game. This is where manager Dave Martinez started preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned a losing record into a winning record. It took the Nats until June 28th to reach a winning record and they got to 12 games above .500 on August 21st. They dug themselves a deep hole and it took much longer to dig out of it.  Continue reading

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You say 50 games and I say 114 games; But isn’t this all about the money in baseball? It should be about the fans!

Come on, let’s get real. Professional sports are a pay-for-play model and it is All. About. The. Money. The athletes expect to maximize their incomes, and the team owners expect a very small percentage of revenues remaining as their profit. That is not a normal business model as your typical publicly traded company is all about profit maximization and earnings per share (EPS). But owning a sports franchise is part of the public trust and fans expect owners to spend, spend, and spend. The payoff for a baseball owner is in the value of their “investment” appreciating which is not too dissimilar from the athletes who expect their salaries to increase over time. Since the explosion of the riches in TV RSNs, baseball owners have seen their team valuations on average triple and quadruple making each of them paper billionaires. The lowly Marlins sold for $1.2 billion three years ago.

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, baseball could be in-play now in almost every American city — but the MLB owners and the players’ union cannot decide on the central point of pay-for-play compensation. So we wait and wait as both sides spout off at each other. The owners reportedly have said they would play a 50-game season which would yield to players a prorated salary of 30.86% of their total 2020 contract -or- the other idea was play half the season (~82 games) and pay the players 30-40 percent or thereabouts which some of the players rejected vociferously in social media. And oh by the way, hanging in the lurch are the fans aka “the customers” who rarely get a mention. The vision by the two-sides is short-sighted as the bigger picture is missed. Continue reading

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Win #32 of 2019; Scherzer is the stopper!

Photo by Marlene Koenig for TalkNats

Click here to watch Nats win #32 on June 14th on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Many people are joining in at different points, and most people are not commenting — rather just following along.

The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #32 came in the 69th game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 31-37 record into this game. This is where manager Dave Martinez started preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned a losing record into a winning record. It took the Nats until June 28th to reach a winning record and they got to 12 games above .500 on August 21st. They dug themselves a deep hole and it took much longer to dig out of it.  Continue reading

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Win #31 of 2019; Nats in Chicago’s south side to make it 3-in-a-row!

Photo by Craig Nedrow for TalkNats

Click here to watch Nats win #31 on June 10th on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Many people are joining in at different points, and most people are not commenting — rather just following along.

The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #31 came in the 66th game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 30-35 record into this game. This is where manager Dave Martinez started preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned a losing record into a winning record. It took the Nats until June 28th to reach a winning record and they got to 12 games above .500 on August 21st. They dug themselves a deep hole and it took much longer to dig out of it.  Continue reading

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Disappointed and saddened by the Nats latest decision on the Minor Leaguers!

Hagerstown Suns; Photo by Andrew Lang for TalkNats

A few days ago we were applauding Dodgers’ pitcher David Price for stepping up for the Minor Leaguers who fall into two categories: the haves and the have-nots. Roughly 40% of minor leaguers received signing bonuses of at least six-figures during the draft, free agency, or as an international signee or earned enough money because they were a major leaguer at points in their career. The other 60% are the majority of minor leaguers who signed for $5,000 to $25,000 are the “have-nots” who least can afford making less money. The Nationals were the latest team to cut into their pay according to Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic. She reported that the Nats will continue to pay their minor leaguers, but will pay them $300 per week instead of $400 per week that was previously agreed to.  Continue reading

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“IMPROBABLE” rebroadcast tonight in its entirety! What is improbable?

Graphic from Nationals graphic department

Last weekend, the Washington Nationals in-house video production crew aired their documentary in two parts over two nights entitled “IMPROBABLE”, and tonight at 7 p.m. ET, they will re-air the documentary in its entirety in one part over three hours. For a Nats fan, this should be required viewing in order to keep your “fan card” valid. Is the documentary perfect? No, but it is darn good as it shows some video and interviews that had not seen before.  Continue reading

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Win #30 of 2019 was historic as #Nats hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers!

Click here to watch Nats win #30 on June 9th on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Many people are joining in at different points, and most people are not commenting — rather just following along.

The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #30 came in the 65th game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 29-35 record into this game. This is where manager Dave Martinez started preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned a losing record into a winning record. It took the Nats until June 28th to reach a winning record and they got to 12 games above .500 on August 21st. They dug themselves a deep hole and it took much longer to dig out of it.  Continue reading

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Win #29 of 2019; Scherzer for the win!

Photo by Steve Mears for TalkNats

Click here to watch Nats win #29 on June 8th on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Many people are joining in at different points, and most people are not commenting — rather just following along.

The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #29 came in the 64th game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 28-35 record into this game. This is where manager Dave Martinez started preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned a losing record into a winning record. It took the Nats until June 28th to reach a winning record and they got to 12 games above .500 on August 21st. They dug themselves a deep hole and it took much longer to dig out of it.  Continue reading

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