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Chris Needham is this site's pastiest contributer, as well as the bane of its copy editors. Some (OK, most) say he's a cynic, but he says he's a pessimistic realist. He's been a Nats fan since the day they were born, having abandoned all prior attachments, particularly to winning games. He occasionally writes Capitol Punishment -- at least when he's not abandoning it for years at a time.

Stan Kasten's Departure Hurts The Nationals, Both On And Off The Field

Stan Kasten takes a lot of heat from Nationals fans, but make no mistake: him potentially leaving the Nationals would make the organization worse off in many different ways.

Is Jim Riggleman On The Hot Seat?

Jim Riggleman's Nats have been floundering. Is Interim Jim on the hot seat? Should he be?

Were The Nationals Really Fair To Rob Dibble?

Rob Dibble is gone, and the MASN broadcasts will be better. But did he get a raw deal?

Despite Being Out Of Contention, September Games Matter For The Nationals

Individual baseball games don't matter, but they do shape a season. What happens in these next few games determines whether the Nationals' 2010 season is terrible or just plain ol' bad.

The Nationals' Draft Was Good, And It Could Potentially Be Great

Off the field, it was a pretty good week to be a Nationals fan. We'll have to wait five or six years to see if it was a great one.

Nationals Ring Of Honor Is A Missed Opportunity

The Nationals' Ring of Honor is a great idea with poor execution. Frank Howard need not apply.

Expos Who? Nationals Should Honor D.C. First

Remember all those big hits Andre Dawson had for the Nats? Me either.

The Nationals' Second-Half Pitching Cavalry

Nats fans assumed that the second half of the season would be better than the first because of all the additional arms being added to the rotation. But the team's hot start, among other things, are giving a different shape to the season.

The Value Of Not Trading Adam Dunn

There's little chance that Adam Dunn's going to be traded, if you read what the team is saying.

The Value Of Not Trading Adam Dunn

There's little chance that Adam Dunn's going to be traded, if you read what the team is saying.