Friday, November 11, 2005

Skunky Bud

Per usual, I'm very behind on my blogging. And like always, the big news has already been tossed around by bloggers more diligent than I. (Here, here, here, here, here, here) But I'm mad enough about recent news to chime in, even if it's late.

Well, our old friend, Supreme Emperor Commissioner Bud Selig announced there will be no owner named for the Nationals in time for the owners meeting next week. Great. Thanks a bunch, loser.

There are a lot of politics here that I won't even pretend to understand. Major League Baseball wants a lease agreement from the city before it'll name an owner. The city wants an owner first. At least, that's what I think the problem is. And I'm sure DC wants assurances that the new ownership group will be local, not an outsider like Bob Short who'll move the team to Las Vegas or Portland. And according to Jack Evans on WTOP Radio right now, without a guaranteed lease payment from MLB, the District won't be able to get a high-grade bond to pay for the stadium.

What's Bud's excuse? He hasn't had enough time to meet with all the ownership candidates! Bull. Freaking. Crap. How long does it take to meet with a group of guys for an hour each? Take him to get a freakin' hot dog at your local diner, Bud.

In reality, 1) you just don't want to etch a lease payment in stone, even after Washington's fan base has increased the value of the team AND given you a new stadium, and 2) you can't decide which ownership group will fall in line, goosestepping along with the rest of your minions in the Cult of Selig.

So what's that mean for the team? Well, free agency starts today. Two very critical Nats pitchers, Esteban Loaiza and Hector Carrasco, are free agents. Both want to return to Washington. But without an owner, we don't know if we can afford to pay them! That doesn't even include the goals of competing on the free agent market! The Nats were 2-3 players away from making the playoffs last year. Are we doomed for a Montreal/Puerto Rico quality team in 2006?

We barely even have a staff right now. Jim Bowden is only signed as GM through April. Frank Robinson doesn't have a contract, as do none of the coaching staff. How the hell are you supposed to resign your players, not to mention attract anyone new, if you don't know who's in charge?!

I've had enough. We were supposed to have an owner by Opening Day. Then by the All-Star break. Then by September. Then by the World Series. The current self-imposed deadline is next week. But Bud doesn't want to box himself in.

We've been screwed with too much. We couldn't watch the Nats on TV in 2005. We could barely hear the radio signal. Bud gave our TV rights, the lifeblood of a franchise, to Peter Angelos. If he screws us again on ownership, I pray that Congress gets involved.

Tom Davis is already pissed at you over steroids, Bud. I bet he'd love another excuse to drag you before his committee. In the meantime, I dare you to step foot on the field in Washington. The booing will make Lance Cormier feel like he got a standing ovation.

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