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Morning pixels: Joe Maddon crafts another Nats phrase

Andy Feffer, late February, on the club: “They’re talented, and they’ve got the skills to back it up. That kind of edge and attitude is Natitude.”

Steve McCatty, late March, on H-Rod: “Obviously his stuff is pretty frickin’ bueno.”

Mike Rizzo, early May, on Cole Hamels: “He’s the polar opposite of old school. He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year-old rookie who’s eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.”

Bryce Harper, early June, to a Toronto reporter: I’m not answering that. That’s a clown question, bro.”

Davey Johnson, mid-June, on Ryan Zimmerman: “We’ve got to get Zim going. Need to get Zim in a happy place.”

Joe Maddon, mid-June, on Davey Johnson: “I thought it was a real cowardly [move]. It was kind of a [chicken] move to go out there and do that under those circumstances.”

The word Maddon used started with P and is often used to describe a feline, if that wasn’t clear.

I think all of those could go on a t-shirt, frankly. And we haven’t yet reached the All-Star break.

Ryan Zimmerman says his shoulder is “good enough.” That seems ominous.

C.M. Wang was bad, but Johnson says “he will stick with Wang, the veteran who returned last year from major shoulder surgery and then missed the first month of this season after tearing a hamstring in spring training.”

Mike Wise: “Can we change the story we’ve imprinted in our mind about LeBron’s petulance, arrogance and braggadocio?” Answer: No.

Kilgore adds another item to the legend of Gio.

Hottest day of the season. Gio lugs two plastic bags of water bottles to the outfield for the guys shagging BP. Gio.

— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) June 19, 2012

Conan O’Brien does not yet have Natitude.

The @RedSox are in last place. The @Nationals are in first. I’m ready for you, locusts.

— Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) June 19, 2012

More Maddon, obviously:

“Insider trading right there, man,” he said. “It’s bush. It’s bogus. That’s way too easy right there. If you’d done some really good police work and you noticed something from a distance, that’s different. But that’s way too easy. That was set up on a tee for them.”

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT profiles a Nats fan whom one usher refers to as “a psychotic weirdo.”

I can’t remember if I’ve highlighted this before, but here’s a man with a Natinals jersey. Via @WashNatsChick.

The Rays are at the Nats at 7 on MASN2. It’s as must-watch as a mid-June inter-league game can be. The Orioles are at the Mets at 7 on MASN. The NHL Awards are on NBC Sports Network at 7. All TV/Radio listings are here.

Teddy Roosevelt has lost his glasses. So weird looking.

Something about Rick Ankiel and a drone-and-groove based noise jam band from Manchester.

Jim Bowden (insider): “If Strasburg makes the All-Star team, he will pitch. And he should pitch.”

A petition to change the Wizards to the Bullets.

Paper stops the presses after spotting a profanity in a high school graduate’s glasses.

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