When it comes to the Nationals and free agency, many of us are like a puppy that's been beaten down too much. We expect the worst, and when reports come out that our team is actually in the running for somebody decent, we snicker and mock them. So when we read lines like this one from Thomas Boswell this morning, we nod.â†µ
â†µâ†µAs recession panic recedes, the baseball market is abandoning the bargain prices of the last two winters; and the Nats, apparently still hoping for wholesale, are being left behind.â†µ
Sounds familiar, doesn't it? In fact, it sounds even more familiar than you might imagine. Dave Nichols of Nationals News Network digs up some articles from last winter, compares them to ones from this winter, and notes the striking similarity in the rhetoric. The whole post is here and is worth your time, but here's my favorite part.â†µ
â†µâ†µD.C.'s resident historian Tom Boswell describes how the Nationals were hamstrung by MLB that first off-season of 2005 when the team still had not been sold. It's actually prophetic.â†µ
It's incredible to me that a) many of the issues Boswell describes still linger though the Nats have one of the wealthiest families in America at the helm now; and b) that we'reSTILL talking about Javier Vazquez, Kevin Millwood and Jarrod Washburn!â†µ
Now do you folks understand our skepticism?