Roch Around the Clock


May 21, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

Why are Washington Nationals officials calling this series "The Battle of the Beltway?"

Shouldn't it be "The Battle of the Parkway?" ...

I had this quote passed along to me from another former Oriole, reliever Steve Kline, regarding the four-game suspension handed to Houston Astros pitcher Russ Springer related to Springer throwing at Barry Bonds: "I got four [games] for bumping an umpire last year. I bumped my coach into him. It might be too much. I don't know if he did it on purpose or not. Who am I to judge? I'm just a relief pitcher." ...

I'm at Pimlico with the masses. I haven't made any critical mistakes so far. I've tried to blend in. I've tried dying my baseball roots so they wouldn't show. I haven't referred to Nick Zito as "Barry." Not even once.

OK, once.

At least they have an infield here, so I'm not completely out of my element.

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