A Few Pre-Game Notes
* John Lannan on Friday night will go for his 10th win this year, which is at least semi-landmarkish enough to warrant a mention. Since this franchise relocated to Washington, double-digit winners are rare. Livan Hernandez (15-10) and Esteban Loaiza (12-10) both did it in 2005, but since then, only two pitchers -- Ramon Ortiz (11-16, in 2006) and Tim Redding (10-11, in 2008) -- won at least 10 ballgames.
* The Braves are hot. As of now, they're 3-1/2 games back in the wild card race. They've won three straight and 11 of 13. They're playing .609 baseball since the all-star break. I can't quite recall where or when this occurred -- sometime in early July, before his firing -- but the Braves, even then, were Manny Acta's pick to win the NL East. He loved their pitching staff. Atlanta won't win the division, but the playoff hopes sure aren't dead. The Braves still have seven games remaining against the Nationals.
* The Nats will finish the season having attracted roughly 1.8 million fans. Team president Stan Kasten, noting that number, called this year's fan support "tremendous," saying "it just supports everything I've thought about this market since I came. It's going to be huge once we get our job done on the field, which we haven't done yet. But once we do, this is going to be fantastic."
A few other comments from Kasten regarding the stadium/pricing/changes.
Q: There weren't as many adjustments, price-wise, from section to section as we saw the previous season. Do you feel you're more comfortable now that you have the right prices throughout the stadium?
I don't know that it's ever perfect, because it's always depending on what the market conditions are. In this past year, we've had to deal with not just a 100-loss team, but also the turmoil in the market because of the economy. That won't always be the case, and our decisions year-to-year will always involve how the economy is doing as well as how our product is doing. At the end of the day it will come down to demand.
Q: Do you foresee any more cosmetic changes either with the Red Porch or stuff in the outfield?
Yeah. I know, for instance, we're gonna do something with the Red Porch. Those plans aren't finalized, but we're going to have even more fun with it next year. Those two rows in front of the Red Loft are gonna come off and be drink rails like the ones on the side (behind the grass in CF). Because the ones on the side are sold to Miller, and so for a quarter of the games we can't use those drink rails, and they're really cool. So we're going to add drink rails instead of the two rows (in the Red Porch), and relocate those people. Stuff like that. I don't know that there's a lot more. I think we're going to continue to add drink rails and food rails... so people can stand up and just watch and have their food before they go down to the seat. But we did a lot this year. We just need to keep adding more. As far as structure, not the big stuff. The big stuff was between Year One and Year Two. I think we know our stadium pretty much now, so there shouldn't be too much going on.
Q: What about naming rights?
I think it's a ways down (the road). There is nothing imminent about it. It's kind of a stumbling block right now, but not just for us. The Meadowlands, Dallas. There aren't big naming rights right now. The market will come back when that time is more appropriate. I don't know when that is, but it's not today, it's not tomorrow.
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