No need to panic; Nats working on improvements

The Glass is Half Full...Before Sunday’s game in Miami I had a chat with Nats hitting coach Lenny Harris. He said he’s been working diligently with the hitters watching video and taking extra hitting in the cages.

He’s convinced his players will snap out of this rut they’re in offensively.

Lenny is a positive person and he believes it’s just a matter of time before the offense starts clicking again. He pointed out it’s a learning experience and even the best fail at some time. He said look at LeBron James.

He’s had his struggles hitting free throws. You work on it and soon enough you can carry a team. He believes Ryan Zimmerman has the chance to learn from his recent struggles and eventually he will return to being the type of player that when he gets hot he can carry a team.

Patience is a Virtue...I asked Nats GM Jim Bowden if he was ready to blow up the team after its struggling start to the 2008 season. He explained the pieces of the big puzzle are in place: Shawn Hill, John Lannan, Lastings Milledge and Wily Mo Pena. He also added that we need to be patient. The kids will be coming along. Prospects such as Colin Bannister and Justin Maxwell are not too far away.

Dimitri Young... A Cut Above!
Dimitri Young trimmed his hair over the weekend in Miami. Manager Manny Acta suggested to Dimitri that it would be best to have his hair shorter. But, the Nats slugger told me he decided to go with a more conservative look so he had a lot more cut off by his personal hair stylist.

“I can’t be a wild man,” he joked in Miami. “I’m going corporate... I sold out to the establishment.” Dimitri said he will stay in Florida until Tuesday and he’ll rejoin the team in Washington. On Monday Manny Acta said he is seeing a back specialist at the University of Miami.

Smoltz on Estrada...When I asked John Smoltz to give me some insights on his former batterymate Johnny Estrada he told me, “He’s a big Oakland Raiders fan!”. On the field he added he’s not a hitter you like to face because he swings and puts the ball in play. Johnny told me after the game last night after facing Tim Hudson it doesn’t get any easier facing Smoltz.