Tuesday, June 23, 2009


We recently received this press release and decided to publish it mostly “as is” or “was” or whatever…
June 19 – WARRENTON, VA. "FBR Nationals go undefeated – win championship 8-7!"

In what only could be called coaching genius, Bill Chipman takes his Nationals team of the Fauquier Babe Ruth Baseball League Majors Division wire-to-wire to finish off an astonishing undefeated season! (Genius Chipman failed to tell T.A.H. what his squad’s final record was, but since we have a crack(!) Research Department, we can tell you the mighty, mighty Nats were 8-0 with five games – but, who’s counting? – cancelled due to inclement weather and/or unplayable field conditions. After all, the FBR league moto was amended this monsoonish spring to “Fields Closed, Games Cancelled.”)

(Also unreported by Genius Chipman was the fact that the Nats defeated the Diamondbacks – whom they had previously waxed in the regular season 10-5 – in the championship tilt.)

With the occasional help of assistant coach Chris Giglio and Bernie Magill, Manager Chipman was able to use his talent and intellect to piece together a team that was initially referred to as the Bad News Bears.

As one local resident, Mike Reeves, stated, "The old saying goes ‘Those who can't play, coach,’ but that does not apply to Bill Chipman. He helped me tremendously during my playing days at JMU helping me overcome my fear of curve balls or getting hit by a pitch…He obviously is a great coach giving what he accomplished this year." (Then…he laughed so hard beer came out of his nose.)

Asked if he has been contacted by any colleges or major league teams, Chipman stated that, "I have had some calls but I really have no interest in leaving the Warrenton area. The Washington Nationals and I have had brief conversations but the contract would have to stipulate that I only manage the home games."

ESPN has reported that a deal between the Chipman and the Nationals is close to being finalized.

We hear that current National’s manager Manny Acta is delighted by these developments…

Congrats, FBR Nats!

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