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Fear the River Horse

Over the winter, Jim Bowden had the opportunity to sign John "Flash" Flaherty, one of only four George Washington University graduates to play in the big leagues. Bowden, for reasons known only to himself and those who track arcane things like baseball statistics, passed on Flash, and instead selected some guy named Wikipedia. Well, that guy's handle of the game proved not to be encyclopedic, as it were, and Bowden ending up designating for assignment that poor substitute for a DC backup catcher.

Fittingly enough, on the same day Wiki Gonzalez was DFA'ed, the fifth-ever GW big leaguer emerged. See? Bodes can learn from his mistakes! The hippo knows all.


Legend has it George and Martha Washington
watched hippos cavort in the river shallows
from the porch of their beloved Mount Vernon
on summer evenings.

It is time for former GW hurler Mike O'Connor to compose his own legend, as he will make his big league debut in St. Louis. Nats Farm Authority has the skinny on O'Connor:

As for O'Connor, the 25-year old was the Nationals 2005 Minor League Pitcher of the Year in Potomac. In 4GS in 2006 fro New Orleans, he has 18.67IP 16H(1HR) 7R(5ER) 8BB 20K.

That's a fine factual summary but, speaking as a GW grad, I think it lacks a certain something. Like: MIKE O'CONNOR IS TEH GREATEST PITCHER EVER!!!111!!!

I mean, you can't really expect anything objective out of me on this. Last year, I sort of stalked a Double-A pitcher named Danny Rueckel. I was (and still am!) Rueckel's biggest online fan, but . . . Rueckel went to Furman. O'Connor's a Colonial.

Here's a range of possible results for O'Connor's debut, with some predicted accompanying commentary from this here blog:

6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K: Give this dude the Cy Young!
5 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K: Hmmm. Tough outing. O'Connor pitched well, but some balls dropped in. Cards were lucky.
4 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K: Stupid ump was squeezin' him! Must've been Schrieber.
2 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 0: What a sham. That whole team is on 'roids. Ban 'em all, especially that monster Pujols.