Not a whole lot newsworthy came out of the Nationals Hot Stove Luncheon for season ticket holders today. There were just a couple of interesting tidbits:

1) Manny Acta gets it. When asked if because the Nats didn't have a slugger he would employ more "small ball", he first (politely) made fun of the term, then said "You win by getting runners on base and then driving them in." And that he bunts, hit and runs and steals when he feels he has to, but that the goal is to keep getting on base, not making extra outs. He even said, "You only get 27 of 'em a game."

2) When asked if the Nats were going to sign Dunn and Hudson, Jim Bowden replied [paraphrase], "We're looking at all 97 free agents still available to see if they fit into their plan on the field and on the payroll."

There was also veiled references, but no official announcements, of expansion of the Red Porch, unveiling of statutes in the plaza, options of healthier food and other non-baseball related issues.

The next DC stop on the caravan is tonight at ESPN Zone for the Nats cook-off. Going to try to nail one of the players down for a quick Q&A, and Cheryl will have plenty of pictures from the day to post tonight as well.


  1. Cheryl Nichols // January 23, 2009 at 4:05 PM  

    Stan also said that he and Frank Howard are having "discussions" when asked about Frank's role with the team.

  2. Dave Nichols // January 23, 2009 at 4:20 PM  

    thanks. i should have mentioned that!