Marion Barry. If you live in D.C., this man is the shining example of why you are probably an idiot. While mayor, he was busted smoking crack with his girlfriend in a local motel. His response, “Bitch set me up.” Classic. But it was unfortunate for the city. You can’t predict that a public official is going to be so morally corrupt and ethically bankrupt when you vote for him…unless you actually do already know that, like when the people elected him city council member of Ward 8 upon his release from prison. His campaign slogan, “He May Not Be Perfect, But He's Perfect for D.C." Holy crap. The guy ran a campaign where he told his constituents that a crack-smoking felon is as good as they deserve and can expect and they still voted for him. He parlayed that win into a successful re-election as mayor in 1994. Unbelievable. In 2009 Barry voted against a same-sex marriage bill because it went “against [his] moral compass." That is one jacked-up compass. Washington, you get what you deserve with this guy.
Thank You Kindly:
Washington just rolled into Citi Field and smacked the Muts around, including ace Johan Santana. At the end of the first series of the season, many phans were upset that the Phils didn't sweep the Gnats because they are so bad. Well, maybe they aren't that bad... or maybe the Muts are worse!
Interesting side note from the game yesterday: Josh Willingham's first inning grand slam was originally ruled to be a ball in play and not a homer as it bounced off the center field wall. In the process of the play there was a collision at home between Adam Dunn and Rod "Olé" Barajas. And it looked like Barajas actually knew there was going to be contact and didn't run away! I would have placed money on Roy Halladay betting his first "Howard" before seeing Barajas be a willing participant in a home plate collision.
I will try to find picture evidence of this event. All I can find is a pic of a catcher that you'll have to trust is Mr. Olé tagging out Willingham on the same play.
A Player You Can Like:
A day after Willie Harris secured victory with a diving catch in left, he got into it with Muts closer K-Rod, who was in to close out the loss apparently.
Willie got hit, the two exchanged words, benches emptied and nothing really happened. But Harris' quote after the game is commendable.
"He said, 'Go to first base.' And I was kind of like, 'My dad ain't here.' If I felt like he hit me intentionally, I would have went after him right there. I'm not going to sit there and chirp and chirp and curse back and forth. For what? We're either going to fight or we're just going to let it go. If we brawl we brawl. I ain't no little boy or no punk, either. I ain't scared of him."
Cool. For the next three games, Willie Harris sucks. After that, he's my new favorite Gnat.
I hate the National Zoo. I only went there once, but like an anesthetic-free root canal, once is enough. First of all, it’s free to get in, which seems great at first. Then you realize that the only thing keeping people out is their own transportation limitations which are minimal this day and age. The result is a clusterfuqua of tourists, foreign tourists and bored locals without the means or inclination to do something else. Second, the place is operated by the government. That’s never good and that trend continued here. My biggest gripe - a lack of freaking animals. And the animals that were there were either located in yards with obstructed views or in areas that were closed off for “demonstrations.” Never mind the areas that were under construction, likely in perpetuity. Lastly, the place was hell, eerily similar to Dante’s description. From the entrance you continually walk down hill though the levels of
Jason Marquis - Just last week the Phils roughed up Marquis for eight hits and six runs.
Craig Stammen - Stammen didn't fare much better than Marquis, giving up nine hits and four runs.
Garrett Mock - He only lasted 3+ innings in his first start of the season against the lowly Muts. Mock has a career 6.43 ERA against the Philies.
Update: Mock was just sent down to AAA. Said GM Mike Rizzo, "This is a performance league. The bottom line is, we have to perform, and you've got to go more than 3 1/3 innings." Ouch, babe. Taking Mock's place will be our old friend Scott Olsen. This change does not affect my prediction...