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NPR: "Did America's Pastime Originate In England?"

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Did the Prince of Wales play a baseball game in Surrey in 1749? NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks about the evidence. What was played was called "base-ball," but it only resembled the game we know in passing. For more, see this BBC News article from June.

Help JFK's Quote of the Day:

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Hello, I’m jrockies and a member of Purple Row. Every day I post a baseball related quote to the site noted as "JFK’s Quote of the Day." I have, however, come up with a problem. Most of the quotes I have are from former players/coaches (Berra, Mayes, Hornsby, Peter Uueberroth, etc.) or older authors and sports writers (Boswell, Russell Baker, Kahn, etc.) and I don’t have many from players and writers of today’s period. As an attempt to build my list of quotes I have decided to ask the different baseball communities around SBNation to help me out. I don’t get to read local articles for non-Denver teams very often and I know that players have said something wise/funny/absurd that should be remembered somewhere ("These are thin mints. I put them in the freezer. My favorites. So good." ~Reds outfielder Adam Dunn, on the Girl Scout cookies he keeps in his locker) So here is the challenge: In the comments section post your all-time favorite baseball quotes (I don’t have all of them) and your favorite quotes you’ve heard from around the league in recent years. For the next two weeks I will post my quote of the day in the comments here. Thanks, jrockies JFK

Stephen Strasburg's Dominance

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This article ranks Stephen Strasburg as MLB's top pitching performer of last week.

WaPost: Bud Selig involved in MASN dispute talks, still no resolution in sight

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Washington Post reporter James Wagner has an update on the, "... ongoing talks between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals about the two teams’ longstanding dispute over the value of the Nationals’ television rights fees."

Davey Johnson Literally Stopped To Smell The Roses

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A fan shares a story about seeing Davey Johnson at the Nationals LA hotel on Tuesday.

Espinosa, Bernadina to play in World Baseball Classic

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A handful of players in the Minor League system made team rosters, as well

Get a Nats Virginia license plate

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You can now get a Nationals Virginia License plate.

"How Washington became National treasure" - ESPN Stats & Info

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From ESPN.com's Stats & Info blog via Mark Simon: "The United States have had 13 different presidents since a baseball team from Washington D.C. made the postseason. This year’s Nationals franchise is the first since the Senators did Franklin Roosevelt proud by winning the AL Pennant in 1933. "Let’s take a quick look back at how and why they got to this point." LINK to Story.

Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves Featured On NBC Sports Network's Caught Looking

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Not sure you want to relive the Washington Nationals' three-game sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves last week, but the behind the scenes look provided by the NBC Sports Network's "Caught Looking" episode on the series might make it worth watching. Here's how they described the show in a press release: "In addition to exclusive commentary from star players on both teams, the episode features compelling in-game audio, highlighted by wireless microphones worn by Braves third baseman Chipper Jones and Braves pitcher Kris Medlen. The episode also features in-depth interviews with Nationals manager Davey Johnson, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, as well as profiles of Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman."

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