Baseball starts in less than 2 weeks. I am positively giddy. Go Red Sox! And, since I don't have a horse in the National League, go Nats (local team), Dodgers (a bunch of ex-Red Sox players), and Mets (PEDRO!).
The Nationals newest acquisition, 2B/LF Alfonso Soriano, has been in the news a lot lately for refusing to play the outfield. He has since relented. I left as many comments as I could on DCist in the middle of this brou-ha-ha trying to explain that the trade to get him was ridiculous and that it was stupid to throw him in the outfield. Admittedly, I did not do a great job of presenting my case.
Thankfully, Jacob Luft of CNNSI.com has made the case for me: LINK. I love it when a sportswriter actually uses statistical analysis instead of general assumptions to make an argument. It honestly makes my day. Pay particular attention to Soriano's home/road splits and to his defensive numbers. Conclusion: The Nationals are being run by a bunch of slack-jawed incompetents.
If you're a baseball fan in DC, I'm sorry. You're getting hosed. You're getting an inferior product.
If you are not a baseball fan, I'm sorry for writing this. I know it's not a sports blog. I'll do better next time.