Stan Kasten: "I'll Take the Hit For All of It"
With just days to go before the Safeway Circular starts taking shots at the Nats, today brings a Q&A with Stan Kasten from GQ, which calls the Nats "the only organization in D.C. more disastrously mismanaged than the federal government."
And now, suddenly, I'm getting sick of national publications lobbing cheap shots in this direction. Is the federal government really disastrously mismanaged? Can anyone think of any fancy-pants corporations from faraway cities hosting glossy magazines that have shown a slight lack of top-notch management in recent years? Isn't it particularly disrespectful to link one of our touchstones of normalcy (we have a baseball team, just like other real cities!) with the age-old slur that we're all faceless soulless incompetent government bureaucrats trying to steal the money of hard-working Missourians?
Anyhow, the highlight of the Q&A was Stan Kasten taking responsibility for everything that has gone wrong with the franchise. "I'll take the hit for all of it," he said, which was quite a generous offer. See, that's what we do in D.C.: take responsibility for mistakes. He also said the team is "much, much closer than people realize." Much of the rest of the Q&A didn't really go so well, at least judging from the text. Kasten apparently didn't appreciate some of the questions. A few highlights.
About the Natinals jerseys: "That's happened before. There have been uniform mistakes before. I think it was piling on on when everything for us was going bad. It was clearly a manufacturer's error. It was corrected after three innings. End of story."
About the new GM: "I'm not gonna comment on anything relating to former or future. You and the world of bloggers have all the time in the world you need to do that kind of stuff. I know how we're proceeding. I think we have a plan that is having pieces fall into place and I'm not gonna bother characterizing it."
On what would happen if they passed on Strasburg: "You want to ask me something different. You'd like me to negotiate this [in GQ], which I'm not gonna do."
Also, GQ phone interviewers haven't been Kasten's only target recently. Here was what he recently said to the AP about Strasburg:
"The hyperbole and mythology that the media has built up about him, I think has been a disservice to that one particular player because it's been so extreme that it's raised expectations to a highly unrealistic level. No one could possibly live up to the mythology that's being built up."
So I'm sure Strasburg won't be featured in any ticket-selling or team marketing materials next year. Also, I'll forever resent the media for forcing Strasburg to stop allowing runs and to amass a 195-19 strikeouts-to-walks-ratio.
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