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Kasten: Go Metro!

Stan "Go Metro!" Kasten and Mark Lerner met with the gaggle of DC reporters who shack up down here during spring training and talked all things ballpark. (Go Metro!) They answered questions about the parking situation. (Go Metro!) They discussed some ticket situations.

Oh, and you had to read between the lines, but it seems to me that Kasten believes Metro might be the best way to get to the ballpark.

Let's go over a few things, some of which might not appear in the paper.

* Mark Lerner said that, barring a national crisis, President Bush will be throwing out the first pitch. "He's been warming up since December, I understand," Lerner said.

* Parking: Kasten said, two weeks before the opener, they are still working on securing some daily cash lots. "I think we will," Kasten said. "We're still trying to solidify that. That's kind of the nature of what we're doing. We're still doing stuff every single day."

* Cheap Opening Night tickets: Kasten said they are still discussing internally how to distribute the $5 tickets for Opening Night. They're the cheapest tix in the park, and they're supposed to go on sale on the day of the game, right when the gates open. That will be the case for Game 2 through Game 81 -- and they're even leaning that way for Opening Night, though that's not final.

"As of yesterday I think we still are going to have those available the day of the game that day, but we haven't yet decided how to do that," Kasten said, "because there are real issues, especially with their being security challenges Opening Night."

* Rest of Opening Night tickets: The announcement I put in the Journal yesterday is likely the last way for the public to get Opening Night tickets. They're still trying to sell season-ticket packages, and those season-ticket packages have to include Opening Night, so they're being cautious about releasing them. You must register for a lottery beginning Monday morning if you are interested in tickets for March 30 and don't have them yet.

That's pretty much the news from them, I guess. Odalis Perez: 4-1/3 innings, very good for three, kind of ran out of gas after that. Was charged with four runs, though only two had scored when he exited, and the two he gave up were on a wind-blown Andre Ethier home run.

Nats have managed just one hit off Brad Penny through five. Dodgers lead, 5-0.

Go Metro!

(See, I'm always willing to help Stan get out his messages. Don't know what the problem is.)

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 15, 2008; 2:13 PM ET
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Barry, speaking of Stan, does he ever talk about MASN and how the Nats are feeling about it these days? If one were to look at the original baseball programming MASN produces, it's crystal clear that MASN is an Os propaganda arm and the Nats are an afterthought. You've got to think that MASN's inattention to the Nats is really hurting Stan's efforts to generate buzz on all possible fronts.

Just look at all of the Os-related shows MASN runs: We've got "Orioles Hot Stove", "The Tom Davis Show (from Ft. Lauderdale)" and the list goes on. But nothing regular like that for the Nats. I'd hope that someone on the Post's Metro or Business side will pick up this story at some point soon and shine a light on MASN.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | March 15, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Stan might consider giving those $5 tickets to some deserving, baseball-loving DC kids.

Posted by: Annie Savoy | March 15, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

preferably 20-ish, baseball-player-loving ones, Annie?

Posted by: Millie | March 15, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse


I like it, but the Annie Savoy I remember was past her 20s.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | March 15, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

MASN isn't producing those "Baltimore" shows--Orioles Productions (i.e. the Orioles franchise) produces them and MASN just buys them. The Nationals have a very small production group and no one internally there produces programming. Talk to the Nats about producing material in-house for air...

Posted by: MH | March 15, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

OK, *that* wasn't Tolman's fault. Harris ran through the sign, according to C&D.

Posted by: CE | March 15, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Halfstreet, I wasn't thinking of Annie, I was thinking of me.

Posted by: Millie In-Between | March 15, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least he got to get some work in.

Washington IP H R ER
Perez, O 4.1 5 4 4
(0-1) BB SO HR ERA
2 1 1 8.31

Did not see a pitch count on Perez today.

Barry, is it realistic to think he'll be ready for the opening day roster / 4th starter slot? I've been thinking that he starts the year in Columbus and that the 1st 4 will be Bergmann, Patterson, Redding, and one of Chico or Lannan. Then, when there is a need for a 5th, Hill comes up, with Perez as Hill insurance. Eventually, he replaces either Chico or Lannan (or the PTNBL - "Pitcher To Become Newly Lame") when he's ready.

Posted by: PTBNL | March 15, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it's realistic that Perez will be ready for Opening Night. I had him at roughly 65 pitches today, and with two more starts before the opener, he should be up to 85-90 pitches by his last exhibition start, and 100 by the first time he pitches in the season.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | March 15, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Stan would have been happier if you included a reminder to go Metro while talking about parking. We need to get information out about going Metro, and not talking about Metro at all while talking about parking is counterproductive. You need to let the fans know that going Metro is the way to go to the park. Go Metro!

Posted by: SF Fan | March 15, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

One kicker on guessing the OD 4-man rotation is the expressed option of bringing 2 of them back on short rest, and the apparent understanding that Patterson won't be one of the two. He's on track to start game 2, if he keeps to his regular days.
I understand Perez is more flexible than that, right?

Interesting, also, that the Nats are advertising on w3p, "Don't drive."

Posted by: MIB | March 15, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and _here_ is the Metro you'll come out of, when you go Metro.

Posted by: Just sayin | March 15, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Barry - Thanks for your response.

Posted by: PTBNL | March 15, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

So Mrs NJ's in town and we get nothing about the game. By the way how's the shopping at the Streets of Viera Shopping Center? By now Mrs NJ has taken you credit card for an outing.

Posted by: Tom | March 15, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

If I hear or read Stan say "Go Metro" one more time I may need be to checked into a padded room.

Stan, we got it. Maybe if you had spent a little less time bloviating about going metro you wouldn't have screwed up the OD ticket situation so badly.

Posted by: Section 505/203 | March 15, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

MASN Sucks because whatever Angelos touches turns to stone. He is a cheap little man and he will do whatever he can to sabotage the Nationals like he did with the Orioles. Go Nationals!

Posted by: mjwies11, Section 320 | March 15, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

MASN Sucks because whatever Angelos touches turns to stone. He is a cheap little man and he will do whatever he can to sabotage the Nationals like he did with the Orioles. Go Nationals!

Posted by: mjwies11, Section 320 | March 15, 2008 05:41 PM
And he looks like a lizard! Probably eats flys with his tongue.

Posted by: 6th and D | March 15, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Not "Go Meto"

It should be "Let's go Metro" Sounds alto better and rhymes too!

Posted by: John Bon | March 15, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

People have asked a few times lately whether any 20-game plan folks had received their tickets for the exhibition game yet. I hadn't, so I e-mailed the Nats about it yesterday and just received this reply:

"All of the March 29th exhibition game tickets were mailed out yesterday. You should see your tickets early next week. We appreciate your patience and support. Enjoy the game!"

Fortunately for them, whoever sent me the e-mail didn't sign their name. I say fortunately because surely their failure to also tell me to "Go Metro" is a fireable offense if Stan Kasten ever finds out, wouldn't y'all think?

Posted by: Section 419+1 | March 15, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I haven't heard any mention of Standing Room Only tickets for Opening Night. With the open concourses and the former batter eye box area (is it now designed for Standing Room?), it seems like the park could handle some amount of day-of-game SRO tickets. Don't we want to see the newscast of the fan bundled up against the late-March weather, standing in line for tickets at 4:30am for a 9am box office opening? Then when the fan gets his tickets, he's interviewd, happy, haggered, smiling, unshaven and snot dripping down his nose.

Standing Room? Tell Stan it was my idea.


Posted by: Glenn | March 15, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I'll take the Green Line TO the ballpark, but will hitch a ride on the RFK parking shuttle buses FROM the ballpark (unless the Lerners subsidize a bunch of Metro BUSES that would take the same route as the parking shuttles, but drop people off at the RFK station).

Hint, hint, any Lerner employees who read this blog!!

Posted by: Juan-John | March 16, 2008 3:58 AM | Report abuse

Of course he does. But do we really think he has enough time at this point to conciously tell people not to spend money and time on the Nats?

Its gonna take time to get the Nats fanbase and the tv market to develop

Posted by: AngelosSux | March 16, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

there is the professional world of warcraft power leveling here. welcome.

Posted by: jimelyyes | May 2, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

there is the professional world of warcraft power leveling here. welcome.

Posted by: jimelyyes | May 7, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

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