CSN's Got Miss Chatter! Read About The Storens


CSN's Got Miss Chatter! Read About The Storens

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 9:00am

By Miss Chatter

Gracie, short for Grace Kelly, celebrates Drew Storens promotion from AAA Syracuse to the Nationals by wearing a Nationals harness and posing on a Nationals welcome mat at the Storen family home.

Meet Gracie! (all together now, Awwww!) That Nats-decked out adorable dog isnt just any dog, but one of newly promoted Drew Storens biggest fans; so big, hes been known to Skype with her. Ive often wondered how the families of ballplayers celebrate the ascension to the big show. So many baseball players dream of the day the parent club calls them up, while the occasion actually happens for so few. Given Drews track record to-date in the minor leagues, there was little doubt hed get the call and soon. Nobody knew when exactly the call would come, including the player himself. And what of the families who want to catch their child's big debut and need to change plans at a moment's notice? In this particular case, one parent went in person while the other watched on the kitchen television with knots in her stomach.

Despite being hidden somewhat in the shadow of media attention surrounding the Nationals other first round pick in the 2009 amateur draft, the Nationals and fans still hold high expectations and hopes for Drew Storen, drafted 10th overall. The righty reliever, whose dad wishes hed inherited his mothers left-handedness, began his grooming in the minor leagues as a closer after signing within 24 hours of being drafted. He ascended through the minor league system one step ahead of Stephen Strasburg, racking up a combined ERA a smidge above 1.0 (1.08 to be precise) and pitching dominantly at every level.

Drews biggest supporters come from his close-knit well-grounded family. Most baseball fans are probably familiar with Mark Patrick, Drew's dad, who hosted Baseball in the Morning on XM 175 Home Plate (now MLB Network Radio) for four years up until the XMSirius merger. Most of the parental sports attention gets focused on him due to his ties. He was also instrumental in Drews baseball upbringing, teaching Drew to switch hit at the age of four, sending him to pitching lessons after he expressed an interest and being able to spot errors and correct them in Drews delivery. Marks brother and wife, Drews aunt and uncle, have followed him to games across the country, even sporting this homemade sign during the College World Series in Omaha.

Aunt Kim holding sign while Uncle Greg looks on (right)

Drew is also very close to his older sister Lindsay, who lives right up the interstate in Baltimore. No sibling battle of the beltways there. And of course, his mom Pam and Gracie the dog.

So while NatsNation held their breath and watched Storen throw the first pitches in his MLB debut, the one bright spot of anticipation and relief in Mondays game against the Cardinals, what were his biggest supporters doing?

Storens aunt and uncle joined up with his dad Monday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis to cheer him on in person. Knowing managers like to throw the up-and-comers directly into the fire, they made a good choice as Drew Storen took the mound with one out and one runner on in the 7th inning with the Nats down 4-2 to the Cardinals. As a mom, I was mainly curious how his mom, Pam Storen, took in her son's big debut.

My stomach is always in knots. Every time Drew would move up another notch, whether it be from college to the minors, or Hagerstown to Potomac, or Potomac to Harrisburg, I just kept thinking, it should be less stressful but its not. Thats why I didnt come to St. Louis, relayed Pam. I didnt want to throw up on national TV. Completely understandable!

So what did the mother of last years tenth overall pick do during her sons MLB debut? First, she put the harness on Gracie, which had been put away with a vow not to go back on the dog until Storen was called up. She watched the game with Gracie on MLB Extra Innings, ordered on her satellite system Sunday when news broke hed been called up. Grace Kelly and I watched it in the kitchen on DirecTV. When Drew got the first out, I was clapping and there was lots of barking and tail chasing going on. And a big sigh of relief when he struck out Holliday. She says of the pitch that hit Ludwick on the hand, I know it had to hurt, but that was one nasty pitch.

Speaking of nasty pitches, the mother-son duo has had a pre-game texting tradition of their own. It's always been a running joke where I would say "show 'em the nasty stuff". Told him this time that I guess I didn't need to say that anymore.

Drew was one of the first Nationals players to 'tweet' on the social network Twitter (@drewstoren), joining even before he was drafted last year. He has entertained fans with tweets about his inflatable pool raft for long bus trips between minor league stadiums, television shows and what his current snack is. Drew's endearing and friendly mom is also on Twitter (@pstoren), causing many fans to feel an adoptive protectiveness for the reliever with the nasty pitches. Twitter has also provided an opportunity for a little parental role reversal. The privacy-conscious reliever often cautions his mom about sharing too much on the open platform.

For Mothers Day, Lindsay got her mom a trip to Baltimore for a visit taking place this upcoming weekend. The surprise bonus is that Drews mom and sister will be able to go to Nationals Park, possibly allowing Pam to see her son pitch for the first time since Stanford, an option that wasnt available at the time the trip was planned since he was still in Syracuse and nobody expected a callup until the first week of June. Regarding his debut, she says, I didnt want to jinx it. Ill see him Sunday.

It wont be a Pups In the Park day, so Gracie will be unable to make the trek to Nationals Park for the Storen mom and sister visit, but maybe they can come back in August! At least Drew can still Skype with her while hes on the road (now in suits and on airplanes) and shell leave the welcome mat out for him! Last I heard, they ordered a Nats collar to add to her ensemble. I wonder if that goes on after the first win or save?

Lindsay and Drew

(All photos countesy of Pam Storen)

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Is Adrian Peterson a good fit with the Redskins?

Is Adrian Peterson a good fit with the Redskins?

Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs in NFL history.

But is he the best running back for the Redskins right now?

The Redskins signed Peterson, 33 years old and a 12-year NFL veteran, to a one-year contract. They have been hit with injuries at the running back position, most notably the loss of second-round pick Derrius Guice for the season with a torn ACL. They didn’t make any moves when that diagnosis was announced a week and a half ago. But they lost two more backs to short-term injuries last Thursday and they decided that now is the time to go out and get somebody.

Is the need for a running back really there? Rob Kelley was the starter for the last half of the 2016 season and for seven games last year before a variety of ailments sent him to injured reserve. Samaje Perine became the starter after that and while he struggled at time he also showed growth potential.

Kelley is 25 and Perine is 22. In the absence of Guice, they could develop and when Guice returns next year the team would have a good stable of young running backs.

But now, Peterson is in the picture. We don’t yet know what his role will be, but they did not sign him to be the back who is inactive on game days. He will get some carries and that will take work away from Perine and Kelley.

Now, if Peterson is more productive than either of the two younger backs then that is a worthwhile swap. But what does he have left in the tank at age 33?

Last year, playing for the Saints and Cardinals he gained 529 yards on 156 carries, a very pedestrian average of 3.4 years per carry. That is very similar to the production of Perine, who had 175 carries for 603 yards, a 3.4 average. In his two years in the NFL, Kelley has averaged 3.9 yards per carry.

By signing Peterson, however, the Redskins are hoping that Peterson has one more big year, or at least a medium year by his standards, left in him. After all, it was just in 2015 that he led the NFL in rushing for the third time in his career as he ran for 1,485 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. The Redskins would be delighted if he could get half of that total.

Any free agent signing can only be evaluated when the contract details are available. We only know that it’s a one-year deal and according to some reports he did not get any money guaranteed at signing. That seems to be a team friendly deal, but we will have to see what might kick in if he is on the Week 1 roster.

As with everything else, time will tell if this move works out. If the money is right, it’s a low risk transaction with some possible upside for Washington.

Back during minicamp while talking about how quickly Alex Smith would have to get up to speed with the offense, Jay Gruden said that the Redskins are not in a rebuilding mode and that they need to win now. After the trade for Smith, the Peterson signing is another indication that patience may be wearing thin.

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Former MVP Adrian Peterson signing with Redskins amid mounting RB injuries

Former MVP Adrian Peterson signing with Redskins amid mounting RB injuries

The Redskins agreed to terms with free agent running back Adrian Peterson, per multiple reports and confirmed by NBC Sports Washington.

Washington added Peterson as their running back group took a number of hits this preseason. Rookie Derrius Guice was lost for the year in the preseason opener, while Byron Marshall, Martez Carter and Samaje Perine got hurt in the second preseason game against the Jets.

Peterson is a huge name. He’s likely headed for the Hall of Fame when his career ends, and he’s one of only a handful of rushers to gain more than 2,000 yards in a season.

His best seasons came with the Vikings, but Peterson hasn’t delivered top flight results since 2015.

If he’s healthy and ready to go, Peterson could be a tremendous steal for the Redskins. There is no way to know until he suits up in the preseason, which could happen as soon as this Friday night against Denver.

On the roster, Washington has Rob Kelley, Kapri Bibbs and Chris Thompson available at running back. At his best, Peterson is significantly better than that group.

Will the Redskins get Peterson at his best?

That’s the big question. And with two preseason games remaining, he will get the chance to prove it.