Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Ryan Church's Game Gone South

Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson had good news and bad news for CF Ryan Church: The good news is an all-expense-paid trip to the colorful vacation destination of New Orleans. The bad news is Church had better start studying French, because he's not coming back. Actually, Church doesn't have to learn French because the city outlawed that language in 1925, so he should have no trouble following the present day tongue: Mexican. Church, who likely will bat cleanup for the Zephyrs triple A team in the Crescent City, lost his spot with the parent club after he batted just .200 for the spring while rival Brandon Watson batted .311 with seven SB and a .368 OBP, making him suitable to bat leadoff. Watson will play center with occasional spot starts against certain lefties by Marlon Byrd. Watson batted .354 last year in 373 AB at triple A.