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Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo celebrate Bryce Harper signing

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in the middle of their press conference announcing the signing of first overall pick Bryce Harper, Stan Kasten pulled a whipped cream pie -- planted in the corner by administrative assistant Harolyn Cardozo -- and smeared it all over Mike Rizzo's face. They also brought out the silver Elvis wig.

"It stings," Rizzo said after wiping most of it off his face.

"Champagne stings, too," Kasten said. "Wait until you get that."

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 17, 2010; 12:57 AM ET
Categories:  Bryce Harper , draft  | Tags: Bryce Harper, Mike Rizzo, Stan Kasten  
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Posted by: john_l | August 17, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

OK - now let's go out and get that champagne!!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | August 17, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: js_edit | August 17, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Link to the video please!!!

Posted by: clodilla | August 17, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Where's the outrage that Baseball needs to institute an age limit as is the case when teenagers want to enter the NBA draft? Where are the comments about needing a rookie salary cap? Where is the outrage that these teenagers make all of this money? Wait....maybe it doesn't apply when the teenagers are white?

Posted by: tramellcanady | August 17, 2010 1:56 AM | Report abuse

The big difference, Tramellcanaday, is that MLB has an extensive, established minor league progragm - where kids get paid to develop over time. Regardless of race or national origin.

Whereas, with football and basketball, the non-NFL non-NBA options aren't nearly as strong. And yeah - it also helps baseball players that almost nobody cares deeply about college baseball, compared to Football and Basketball.

Yeah, there's a class issue - but if you want that look more at Tennis and Golf.

Posted by: dlgood | August 17, 2010 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Sorry dude, you're completely off-base here. The highest-paid position player in last year's MLB draft was black. And the reactions have been the same.
The age limit thing is irrelevant to baseball because baseball has minor leagues for development. The NBA does not. As for the rest of the stuff, the rookie salary cap, the teenagers making money, there are plenty of people talking about these exact things, wanting the system to be changed, and it most likely will be in the coming years. But you can't be expected to know that since this is obviously your first time on this board.
There are still plenty of places and situations in this country to play the race card. The MLB draft is not one of them. You can go now.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | August 17, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Pie in the face video here:

Posted by: lacrosseradio | August 17, 2010 2:21 AM | Report abuse

tramellcanady writes:

"Where's the outrage that Baseball needs to institute an age limit as is the case when teenagers want to enter the NBA draft? Where are the comments about needing a rookie salary cap? Where is the outrage that these teenagers make all of this money? Wait....maybe it doesn't apply when the teenagers are white?"

Oh good lord!

Firstly, there is outrage. But there is no collective bargaining agreement yet in place to limit these salaries. I assure you that issue will be dealt with in 2012.

Secondly, this has not been a major issue until about 3 or 4 years ago when agents like Scott Boros, and others, really started pushing the salaries many times higher than they had been. Again, this will now be dealt with in the next agreement.

Thirdly, what you clearly do not understand is that this draft only applies to American-born players. All other players from around the World are free to sign with whomever they wish -- at whatever salary they can get. I assure you many Latin American and Japanese players of all colors are getting as much -- and even more -- money than their "white" American counterparts. Bryce Harper's contract would not even make the top-10 all-time total dollars paid to a Latin ballplayer.

Fourthly, just about 100% of the Latin players signed have no other option except pro baseball. There are no colleges giving out scholarships to these kids. So if you want to put a stop to this, all you would be doing is dooming hundreds of peoples' only chance at getting out of the type of poverty that would make any American inner-city look like Beverly Hills.

So get your facts strait.

Posted by: noslok | August 17, 2010 2:29 AM | Report abuse

tramellcanady hates white people, what a racist jerk

Posted by: DCCapsfan19 | August 17, 2010 2:33 AM | Report abuse

"Stan Kasten pulled a whipped cream pie -- "

Regarding pie: hwhipped cream or shaving cream? Tend to think shaving cream might sting, but not so much hwhipped cream, though I possess no empirical evidence to substantiate such claims.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | August 17, 2010 3:21 AM | Report abuse

Not that I've done the experiment, but if it stung the eyes it's a safe bet it's shaving cream and not whipped cream, same as the 'pies' in the face the players like to give each other (but not receive) in honor of standout performances after winning games. Since clear vision is important to playing baseball, if not necessarily to general managing, maybe when Rizzo's done celebrating and wiping his eyes he'll realize he oughta just invest in a few cans of real, nonirratating whipped cream and keep them in the locker room fridge for special occasions...

Posted by: evanescent_panoply | August 17, 2010 3:24 AM | Report abuse

Maybe it's just me but shouldn't such celebrations be saved for real accomplishments? Like maybe making the playoffs for the first time? Kasten should just let Rizzo be the face of the FO. The pie in the face was Bowden-like.

Posted by: pwilly | August 17, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

If so, then pretty much all major league players are Bowden-like, 'cause they do that all the time. I liked it. But that's just me.

Rizzo got the top draft picks signed two years in a row, working with Bora$. Eh, seems pie-worthy to me. But I'd rather not pick first next year. ;-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 17, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

By "real" I meant on-field accomplishments. Seeing one suit pie another after a tough signing seems cheesy to me. Only thing missing was the leather pants.

Posted by: pwilly | August 17, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

A wide-ranging thread on this board a couple of weeks ago discussed the important steps the Lerner regime would have to take to establish the Nationals as a serious, competitive franchise. Amazingly, a broad consensus developed, IIRC, on four steps. THe first, to sign Harper, has been taken, and then some. I suspect a lot of us feared that the draft budget would allow Rizzo to land either Harper or Cole/Solis/Ray, but not all of the above. So much for those concerns.

The second step agreed on (again, a broad consensus) was the re-signing of Dunn. Third, I believe, was a deepening involvement in the international market (following on the signing of Maya). And fourth was an expanded payroll for 2011.

Well, kudos to the Lerners, Kasten, Rizzo and his team for taking the first step! It will be fun (I hope) to follow the development of this draft class. In this regard, why limit the press conference next week to Harper? Why not bring in the Big Four signed last night? (No disrespect to the others already signed, like Hague, who are otherwise engaged playing professional baseball.)

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | August 17, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Stop playing the race card it is really getting old.

Posted by: onealethia | August 17, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Man, what is *with* you people? This was a good thing, and half the posts are complaints, or complaints about the complaints.

Good draft, got to help the whole system. The pie (whipped shaving cream?) and the wig was a great touch.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 17, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Just watched the video, and Rizzo seems to have gotten a real kick out of the pie. I don't think that he qualifies as a suit, either. Not to dis his GM skillz, 'cause I think he's doing fine, but he's a crusty former scout. If the pie fits, you must acquit, or something like that...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 17, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Here's hoping that when they do bring out the champagne, Bryce Harper will not be old enough to drink it.

Posted by: KenNat | August 17, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Also, it's good to see the Elvis wig back. I was wondering what had happened to it.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 17, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

The comments about the race card in this argument are all on the mark. Remember, MLB has a 16-year-old limit for non-US players. That's still better than most international soccer leagues (e.g., Messi was signed by Barcelona at the age of 13) but the difference is that the NCAA isn't the default developmental league for MLB. Now, who would've ever designed collegiate athletics to have the primary role to develop pros?

And, once again, I am in full agreement with Sec3. This was an INCREDIBLE draft for the Nats. Arguably 4 first round signings, plus Maya. Think about that people!. Sec 3, amazing we still haven't met up at Duffys!

And, "here-here!" to KenNat, although it doesn't matter how old Bryce will be when the champagne flows, he may wear it, but (as a strict Mormon) he won't be drinking it anyway!
Here's hoping that when they do bring out the champagne, Bryce Harper will not be old enough to drink it.

Posted by: KenNat | August 17, 2010 8:40 AM

Posted by: mo_dc | August 17, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

1a, apparently the Elvis wig never leaves the building...

and Mo, yeah, come to think of it, you DO owe me a beer, as I recall...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 17, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

This is pretty tangential, but I would guess that the reason shaving-cream pies are typicall used instead of whipped-cream is that either one is going to splatter everywhere if smacked forcefully into someone's face... but if it's whipped cream, the little specks that you don't manage to find and clean up are likely to start smelling pretty bad after a couple days.

Posted by: someguynamedjosh | August 17, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Also, shaving cream is often found in a locker room. Whipped cream? Ermmm....

Posted by: Section506 | August 17, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

This is even more tangential: Most of the "pies" in the face are delivered on the field after a game, not inside an office after a draft signing...and judging by the number of today's players who seem to be continuously sporting at least three day's worth of stubble, I'm almost as surprised they even have shaving cream on hand!

Posted by: evanescent_panoply | August 18, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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