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Kasten on the radio

To cap a year in which the media dogged his organization for its Dominican scouting embarrassment, prematurely reported the firing of his manager and altogether misreported the hiring of his next general manager, Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten, for four hours on Tuesday, became a media member.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., he guest hosted The Mike Wise Show on 106.7 The Fan. He interviewed his own star first baseman, Adam Dunn, and his manager, Jim Riggleman. He talked about the NBA, the recent Major League Baseball blockbuster trades and Tiger Woods. He even shared a few insights about the direction of his baseball team, and seeing how Kasten, educated as a lawyer, typically uses the filibuster as his lone form of public communication, this felt almost like paradigm-altering concession.

Or maybe it was just four good hours of sports talk radio.

I listened to the first half of the show and found Kasten in authentic form -- literate on every topic, quick with wisecracks, and of course happy to indulge the opportunity to hawk 2010 Nats' tickets (202-675-NATS!). In studio along with regular co-host Bill Rohland, Kasten assumed a malleable role, sometimes answering Rohland's questions like an insider, sometimes posing questions for his guests. Was Kasten a free-opinionated pundit? Not entirely; his critique of the Tiger drama, for instance -- "it's a headline with a lot of suppositions and a lot of second-hand guilt-by-association things," he said -- sounded very much like the admonition of somebody tired of the media's excesses. But Kasten, in his best moments on the show, dropped the guardedness and took advantage of his unique perspective.

Adam Dunn was his first guest.

"Say hello to one of your bosses, Adam," Rohland said.

"I would not have missed it," an amused Dunn said. "I would not have missed it."

And on we went. Though Kasten threw a few questions at Dunn, probing him about his experiences as a free agent last offseason, Kasten ended up doing a lot of the talking himself. He mentioned, most notably, that Dunn's career is at a critical point -- and Dunn was left to listen.

"I think a lot of Adam's future hinges on the transition he makes [from an outfielder to a first baseman]," Kasten said. "The rest of your career will be determined by how well you make the transition to first. If you do, you have a future in the National League at first base. If you don't, you'll wind up having to be a DH in the American League far too early in your career."

"Yeah, I definitely agree with you," Dunn said. "I know that. That's why this spring training is really important for me."

Sooner or later (and usually sooner), any Kasten dialogue is bound to include his favorite topics. Among them: Patience. Pitching. John Smoltz. Etc. Kasten, here, did not disappoint -- only there was something of a twist. He used the we-ask-for-your-patience platform when discussing the slow start of the Wizards, and he talked about the importance of pitching (particularly No. 1 starters) while assessing the Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee trades. He also acknowledged that the Nats had interest in the free agent Smoltz, who saw in the young NL East team an "intriguing" possibility.

So there. When Kasten wants, he can talk and inform all at once. Even among sports executives, he has an unequaled range of experience, having run franchises in baseball, hockey and basketball. One of the guests in the 10 a.m. hour, former NBA coach Mike Fratello, was actually fired by Kasten. When Kasten was talking about the Indianapolis Colts, he mentioned his fond personal experiences with Colts President Bill Polian.

As for the Nats, Kasten thinks they've made important strides this offseason. They still have "an aggressive wish list," however, which includes at least one or two starting pitchers and some additional bullpen help. When Riggleman was on as his guest, Kasten suggested that his team will have fortifications coming, not only with free agents, but also with prospects Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen ready in the "next six to 12 months." All that young pitching is a blessing and a curse, of course, especially when your division is loaded with established aces. At one point, Kasten asked Riggleman how he'd approach the imbalance, and noted, half-jokingly: "So you're not intimidated by that at all. Opening night we face Roy Halladay."

Riggleman called Halladay "a bear," but said he was ready for the challenge.

It sounded like a good answer to give to your boss.

By Chico Harlan  |  December 15, 2009; 2:22 PM ET
 
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Comments

Still not sure why people hate on Kasten so much.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 15, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Have we heard anything on the Nats and Aroldis Chapman. I know that he's not a sure thing but if the Nationals are going to commit money to veterans this offseason shouldn't they at least be looking at a 21 year old who throws in the high 90's?

Posted by: VTNatsFan | December 15, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Poor Riggleman. The reason he was hired is that the Lerners once again are going to stand back from the precipice of spending money on top line performers and will have Kasten and Rizzo limit the offseason to a flurry of moves for average performers, pieces from other clubs for the bullpen, guys that were spare parts on teams like the Yankees and Red Sox.

But there isn't going to be any deals here either in FA or via trade that is going to deliver a Cliff Lee or even John Lackey level talent.

This club is congenitally opposed now out of habit to cheating the major league roster, drumming up the future and the prospects on the way for the media, and then as John Henry said a month ago - pocketing the luxury tax money so they can enjoy a nice bottom line.

Meantime the suckers are still buying their $299 sewn jerseys and hoping for redemption.

You want a responsible organization?

Try the Caps. At least spending $75-$100 on a ticket to attend a Caps game usually results in the fan being entertained and more often than not rewarded with a win.

I have given up on the Nationals until the time they actually spend legitimate money to acquire the kinds of players that you can see pitching in a World Series or leading a team in the field.

Right now this club is Ryan Zimmerman and the hope of a bevy of pitching prospects for 2011 and 2012.

So far the team has added:

Brian Bruney, Ivan Rodriguez, Scott Olsen.

Let's see - one 38 year old catcher that hit for a .249 average and 10 homers in 2009; one set up man in Bruney that had control problems before 2009 who is now being rumored as a potential closer candidate (?); and Olsen - an average back of the rotation starter during his best years who is coming off major surgery. Sure his $1M contract is not a major risk, but I dont' see Olsen being a guy that is going to deliver a major reward either.

If Olsen starts 30 games and goes 10-12 with a 4.35 ERA I will be pleasantly surprised.

But those kind of stats don't even get you into the discussion of being in the rotation of a team with any immediate plans for itself.

Posted by: leopard09 | December 15, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Chico. For those who weren't able to catch the show, this gives a much more accurate description than most of the comments in the last post.

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | December 15, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

i'm totally willing to bash ownership in february if they haven't made any significant moves.

i'm not going to bash them for not signing lackey or trading for halladay/lee in early december.

Posted by: sec231 | December 15, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I would have liked to ask Kasten if he thought this year was like pushing the reset button on the rebuilding process.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 15, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

With regard to Chapman, my theory has been that the Nationals have already spent their money on the pitching prospect of the decade and therefore are less likely to invest heavily on Chapman. They stand no chance of outbidding the big boys anyway. He's viewed as a sure thing, but spending another 50-60M on a pitcher who has never started a MLB game is probably not the right thing for the Nats right now.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 15, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Since when are radio talk show hosts considered to be "media members"? They're basically the radio equivalent of Oprah, Letterman or Leno. They talk and interview others, they don't do reporting or commit journalism. Are Oprah, Letterman and Leno "media members"?

Posted by: section309 | December 15, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Kasten kills me with the patience is a virtue stuff. How self-serving is that jazz from him?

I fear that the Nats will yet again settle for some low level of incremental improvement for 2010. They'll put off any big, long term addition until after Guz is off the books and Dunn is either re-inked or moved at the deadline. And all season we'll hear a lot more of that hot air Stan was puffing on the radio today (patience, patience fans -- we can't mess up what is coming someday by reckless behavior today).

Stan will again sell us the visiting clubs (it has already started with the Doc Halladay at Nats Park on opening day! -- though it is likely to be Blanton who actually takes the ball that night), the sight lines, the Red Porch festivities, this or that wacky promotion, but they will not get us a MLB roster anhywhere near worthy of playoff contention. Yet another Nats club with NO chance to compete from the get go is likely in store for us.

After 3 years of bumbling and stumbling it is not unfair of me, a since day 1 of Nats baseball full season ticket holder, to speculate that they lack the skill, the will or some combination to do so. The farm is not great, the MLB roster is full of holes (they have one proven guy locked up long term -- one), the payroll is as low as the beers are pricey. Kasten tells us all to wait some more, hang on just a bit (years) longer as the seeingly never-arriving future comes to into view.

In Seattle right now a club is building from last place awful to Division favorite in less than 2 years, while the Nats are HOPING to finish 4th and telling us yet again that patience is the key. Ridiculous.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 15, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

leopard09 - you have to walk before you can run. And considering we had our legs broken by Jim Bowden, we're just learning how to walk.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 15, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I read that Chapman is on their list of targets.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 15, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Legs broken by Bowden? Come on. Lannan, Zimmerman, Dunn, Willingham, Flores, among others, all Jimbo's doing. And he did not trade away/cut loose one guy who has turned out to be a star someplace else (unless you want to count FLop -- and I hope you don'). Sure he had more than his share of losers, I am not trying to defend the guy, but he's not responsible for the amount of money the club is (un)willing to spend.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 15, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I just love how people on this board think that Lerner and Rizzo should turn this team around in a couple years after MLB gutted the franchise and the farm system; the solution, I guess, is to spend and hope like the Mets do. I guess we'd be happier finishing in 4th place with double or triple the payroll, justifying that we are at least spending absurd dollars and losing. Maybe some people should ask for a dose a patience ander their Xmas tree instead of Lackey and Holliday; clearly no top of the line FA is coming here until this team shows signs of turning it around and that won't happen until this system produces players that can significantly contribute on a major league level. I trust current management has us on that track.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | December 15, 2009 2:56 PM
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How long does the "MLB gutted the franchise and the farm system" stuff hold water? We are now entering year 6 of Nats baseball and 4 1/2 under Uncle Teddy's ownership. When can we begin to hold the Lerner's and StanK's feet to the fire?

You can bash the Mets all you want but, at least in Most seasons they have the opportunity to squander a playoff spot in late September. All the Nats can hope for is to squander their number 1 overall draft pick in June the next year.

Posted by: Section505203 | December 15, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"the payroll is as low as the beers are pricey."


Excellent, dfh21, excellent. And unfortunately, very true.

Posted by: Section505203 | December 15, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

SCNats -- Asking the fans to be patient in perpetuity is insulting. Nats management is overdue to act with urgency. Nats fans do not need, nor have they earned, some lump of patience coal in their collective stocking, Nats fans need Matt Holliday stuffed in that dman thing.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 15, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Take a deep breath and repeat after me: The Nats aren't going to sign Lackey. The Nats weren't going to trade for Halladay or Cliff Lee. The Nat's aren't going to land Matt Holliday. The Nats aren't going to sign Jason Bay. The Nats lost over 100 games in each of the last two seasons. A superstar free agent or a superstar under contract with a no-trade clause isn't going to want to play for the Nats.

So quit complaining that Rizzo/StanK haven't signed a superstar. It isn't going to happen and was never going to happen. I'm just pleased that StanK says that 1-2 starting pitchers and bullpen help are still on our wish list and didn't suggest that Olson and Bruney addressed those needs. Let's give them a little time to work. Then, if they haven't come through with some players that we realistically could have had, we can totally blast them in March.

Posted by: Section222 | December 15, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Same old, same old from Kasten. So Dunn's potential HOF material, he hints.

Even if Dunn works out at first, Willingham continues in left, Nyjer returns in center and Elijah is in right, what have you got?
A purposely mediocre team. Another last place finish if you ask me (at least in the NL East).

We fans will be able to watch real MLB being played when the contenders come to Nationals Park for a series. Otherwise, blah.

Kasten is reaping millions, by the way, as part owner. His privately owned stock must be worth a ton by now. The Nats are one of the richest teams in baseball. Why shouldn't he humor the hoi polloi by dropping a few meaingless comments over the airwaves while smiling all the way to the bank?

Building a winner? With Lerner & Co. in charge? Fuhgetaboutit.

Posted by: JohnRDC | December 15, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Deep breath everyone. Remember, two years ago the Caps couldn't even sell a real phone booth, not to mention the entire Verizon Center. The atmosphere at Verizon at that time was as stale and steril as Nats Park is now. Then what happened? They started winning. Everyone seems to forget that the Caps actually went through a painful rebuilding process before turning things around. I agree--they are the model franchise. But don't act like they've been good for the past 30 years. They haven't; they stunk for much of this decade. So have the Nats. Let's just hope things work out the same way.

Posted by: rodeorob | December 15, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Stan Kasten is a LIAR. Its like he hands you a half smoke, tells you its delicious, but then you find out that its a TURD in the bun. Timmy K basically said that the team has major issues with big holes to fill. It completely discredited Stan K's argument earlier that the Nats are heading in the right direction. An aging backup catcher and one middling reliever are not going to make this team that much better. Grab the Lerners by the collars and tell them to PAY FOR SOME PITCHERS.

Posted by: trezmartin | December 15, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

The idea that no FA players of merit will come to a non-contenging club is not true. Every top FA player cannot go to Boston or NY, many would not go even if they could. Chone Figgins went to (what was before he got there and before other moves this week) an also ran club last week. Hell, Dun came to DC last year. And a player does not have to ink with us to get here either. The D-backs -- they lost only 92 games last year -- have traded for Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson.

The Nats have a low payroll and deep pockets in a market full of tight budget teams. Unlike many clubs they can take on contracts, Oakland and KC -- and even the Dodgers and Cubs -- don't have that luxury. The Nats need to bolster the roster at the MLB level with impact players and they need to do it long before freaking March rolls around with pitchers and catchers having been in camp for weeks.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 15, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Section222,

I ask you why couldn't the Nats be in play for the big names like Holliday or Lackey? They sure as hell have the payroll space.

Personally, since this team is so bad and has so many holes, I would rather they sign 2 solid starters like Garland and Marquis rather go the Lackey route.

This idea that we can't compete in payroll is flat out ridiculous. We are not Pittsburgh. This is one of the richest areas in the country.

Posted by: Section505203 | December 15, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

for whatever it's worth, throwing money at someone like lackey or holliday right now doesn't make a ton of sense to me (beyond the "hey, let's at least have a top half payroll and not go 'cheap' on the talent" argument).

guys like that get big contracts with longer terms where they'll be at the end of their contracts and probably beyond the contract value before the team can actually take advantage of them.

as 505/203 said, i'd rather see garland/marquis or something like that to solidify and shore up the roster and work on finding the younger talent, whether drafting (wish that had started more solidly earlier) or trades or, if the opportunity for the right guy at a long-term deal appears (like tex), then go for broke on them.

lackey/holliday would give us a few more wins next year, but will be on the downside and getting paid more than they're worth by the time the nats can contend.

Posted by: sec231 | December 15, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Rizzo right in the mix at the Chapman workout today. Looks like the interest is genuine. For a team that wants to build through draft acquisition, getting Chapman would be like getting an extra #1 pick (between our '09 and '10 #1 picks).

Just dreaming, but a 2012 rotation including Strasburg, Zimmermann, Chapman, Lannan would be vintage 08 Rays, without the requirement to sell them all off.

Apologize if already discussed.

Posted by: natinbeantown | December 15, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Here's the link to the ESPN Chapman story:
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4745486

Posted by: natinbeantown | December 15, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I hear you sec231, but I think that the club shooting for a couple of place-holder SP's is not the answer. Neither Garland nor Marquis is close to being an Ace; each has problems (Garland walks way too many guys, Marquis has not been under a 4 ERA in years, and neither is dominant in terms of strikeouts). They'd be an upgrade to what the Nat have, of course, but both would be No 3 SP's for the top 10 teams, at best. So, why add multiple mediocre guys?

Posted by: dfh21 | December 15, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness i'm out of town so i didn't hear the propaganda otherwise i would have been forced to call in and confront that lying piece of a half smoke listen i love this team okay maybe love is a little strong but most of you know what i mean i haven't liked Kasten since the firing of F.Robby so i beleive nothing of what he spews from that pie hole of his and all of you who talked about the FA's are right Kasten is a puppet for the Lerners hoping that we fans will fall for it well..........i'm not and i don't think anybody else is either.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 15, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I see a new post up yonder.

Posted by: Scooter_ | December 15, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Legs broken by Bowden? Come on. Lannan, Zimmerman, Dunn, Willingham, Flores, among others, all Jimbo's doing. And he did not trade away/cut loose one guy who has turned out to be a star someplace else (unless you want to count FLop -- and I hope you don'). Sure he had more than his share of losers, I am not trying to defend the guy, but he's not responsible for the amount of money the club is (un)willing to spend.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 15, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse
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Can't believe you actually tried to compare the situation in Seattle with the Nats!!! MLB DESTROYED the Expos/Nats club prior to the move, emptied the farm system to the leagues far far worst, and held the team back through the first few years as they required approval for every move until an owner was named.
Seattle had no such external issues to deal with!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 15, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

so... what you're saying, dfh, is why get any pitchers if they're not aces?

look, not every team has an ace (see the discussion before about how many there actually are and note how many teams have 2-3 of the candidates).

my view is spending big money on a true ace when you're not going to contend for 2-3 years, at best, is a waste of money. especially if they may not be aces by the time you do and you end up with 2-3 years of overpaid #3-4 starter at the end of their contract. it just doesn't make sense beyond placating a fan base. from a pure "build a team" approach, it's wasted money.

sign the ace in 2 years when you're ready to contend and have him under contract for 4 years then. that makes far more sense to me than signing him for 4 years now. especially if his salary 2 yrs from now makes it more difficult to sign the guy you really need then.

now is the time to sign decent veterans to two-year contracts to shore up the holes in the team so you have flexibility when you actually *NEED* the big gun.

unless, of course, you can find a guy in his mid-late 20s to sign long-term. that's different. but spending that kind of money on a 30+ guy when you can't contend doesn't seem very smart to me.

don't get me wrong and think i'm not frustrated with the lack of development in this team. the nats wasted a couple of years with nothing but retreads and washed up players. signing a garland or marquis or pinero isn't the same as signing odalis perez.

Posted by: sec231 | December 15, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

How long does the "MLB gutted the franchise and the farm system" stuff hold water? We are now entering year 6 of Nats baseball and 4 1/2 under Uncle Teddy's ownership. When can we begin to hold the Lerner's and StanK's feet to the fire?

You can bash the Mets all you want but, at least in Most seasons they have the opportunity to squander a playoff spot in late September. All the Nats can hope for is to squander their number 1 overall draft pick in June the next year.

Posted by: Section505203 | December 15, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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We're talking seasons, not months and days of ownership!! Fact is that Lerner was voted in just before the 2006 season started, so free agency and trades were long gone as teams were ready to field their teams. You are really talking about 3 seasons.
To be fair, can you name another situation in which a team has been "gutted" with CONTRACTION in mind and then asked to field a team while MLB has veto power over every move???
The fact is that even expansion teams were able to stock their rosters from other clubs.

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 15, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I listened in on Kasten for an hour or so and he was very up front.
He stated that there were around 20 #1 pitchers currently in the league and that some teams had multiples. He did not shy away from the fact that winning teams have the best pitching, and said on several occassions that the two moves that were made were "minor" in importance, leading you to believe that they intend to bring in better talent. Mentioned in the segment were 2nd base, starting and relief pitching.

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 15, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

i beleive nothing of what he spews from that pie hole of his and all of you who talked about the FA's are right Kasten is a puppet for the Lerners hoping that we fans will fall for it well..........i'm not and i don't think anybody else is either.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 15, 2009 5:35 PM
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Daregmag,

I don't think that dkidwell61 got the memo.

Kool Aid, anyone?

Posted by: Section505203 | December 15, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Nats sign Arnoldis Chapman to ten-year contract -- film at eleven.

OK, kidding. But there is a new post.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | December 15, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Daregmag,

I don't think that dkidwell61 got the memo.

Kool Aid, anyone?


Posted by: Section505203 | December 15, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse
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WOW!! What a rebuttal!!
Too bad you are so busy with your day job that you can't become the head of player personnel and save the franchise!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 15, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Nice one dkidwell61. Nice to see someone else on this board who finally understands that a gutted, slated-for-contraction franchise that wasn't left with as much as a paperclip by Jeffrey Loria, then strung along by the MLB owners for 3 years is not going to magically turn around in 3+ years.

As for Stan on the radio, he was great to listen to today. The first poster said it best - I'm still not sure why people don't like him. Pass the Natsberry Punch. I'm all in. December is for optimism.

Posted by: dand187 | December 15, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

dand187,

Serious question, not trying to be a wise guy. How long until this, "gutted, slated-for-contraction franchise that wasn't left with as much as a paperclip by Jeffrey Loria, then strung along by the MLB owners for 3 years", excuse can no longer be used? 5 years? 10 years? 15?

Like I said earlier, we are now entering season 4 with Uncle Teddy owning the team and StanK running it. When can we hold their feet to the fire?

Posted by: Section505203 | December 15, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Leopard09 -

If you've given up on the Nats (your decision and I won't argue with it), you ought to give up on Nats Journal as well. The relentless negativity really isn't fair since you aren't interested in being a fan any more.

Maybe you should move over to the Caps' page.

Posted by: Snopes1 | December 16, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

So, good seats are still available on the Caps' bandwagon? ;-) Meh. Speaking only for myself, I think I'll stick around here. (I'm pretty much an all baseball, all the time type.)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 16, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

I am in agreement with Leopard and opposed to the defeatism of section 222. I spent $4200 a year on season tix until now. At this point I will see whether Lerners will spend to win. I thought Kasten was fine on the radio, but I learned very litlle about the Nats. Why do we just sit back and assume that we can't compete with the Phils or other teams for pitching? Believe it or not, the history of sports tells us that athletes sign with the team with the most money on the table, and nothing else. The Nats have decided to play the game on the cheap while hoping they can keep ticket prices high. It's a game that won't work.

Posted by: oldwiseman | December 16, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Section505203 - to answer your question, I said to myself that once the Lerners/Kasten took over the club that I would not pay much attention to the W/L record for 5 years. I didn't think that the organization would have to fire their GM last year though. Is that a reboot? Not completely. Mr. Bowden did do some good things while here.

I see many good things: they've been restocking the minor leagues for 3 years now, they have hired a whole new front office and scouting staff, they've overhauled the on-filed coaching staff 2+ times...good things on the field are just around the corner.

The Lerners have had to learn how to be good owners too.

Believe me, I want our Nats to squash the Philthies, rout the Mets, skin the Fish and thump the Braves. But I believe in being patient. I find it hard to think they'll lose 100+ again next year. There's a stability in place now that wasn't there before.

Doesn't this beat the snot out of not having a team at all?

Posted by: dand187 | December 16, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

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