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 Sliding from Before to After

Stan Kasten's announcement today that he's leaving the Nationals at the end of this season has me looking back through the many photos I've taken of him, mainly during the construction of Nationals Park. Without any commentary as to his impact on the Nationals' fortunes on the field, I will say that he was a great "face of the team" during the building and opening of the stadium, and his gregariousness made it easy to get a lot of fun pictures. I tormented him with multiple shots of him on his Blackberry, and also made sure to get the complete series of Hard Hat photos as the ballpark went up, and he indulged me for the most part. (He probably enjoyed having at least one member of the "media" who was more interested in the stadium than in "The Plan.")
So, I've tossed together a quick gallery of my favorite Stan photos, which may provide a moment or two of levity. And I'll also sneak in a quick thanks to Mr. K for letting "just a blogger" be part of the Nats' move to South Capitol Street.
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Pat says: (9/23/10 8:51 PM)
Today is a sad day in Natinals (as Mr. Tony likes to say) history and a stunning indictment of the Lerner family. Well, not that stunning to anyone who cares about this team. Kasten is a first class executive with an impressive track record of success. He lead the the Braves from the pile of dung they once were to the most successful franchise of the 90s (yes, even more than the Yankees). He also lead the NBA's Hawks in the late 80s in the 'Nique years and was the youngest team prez in NBA history.

What is most sad about Kasten's departure is that, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. A total winner like Kasten being told by the Lerner family to keep a complete and total loser like Jim Bowden (and eventual convicted felon) around. Spending chump change on Bowden's retreads and drinking buddies from Cincy (except for worthless Austin Kearns). Allowing the 2008 pick to get away over money. It all makes perfect sense. Stan Kasten is a proven winner and the Lerners, from the penny-pinching dad who is the latest in penny-pinching baseball owners like in Pittsburgh and KC and Cleveland looking to make profits off losing teams instead of investing in winning ball clubs, to the dickheaded son who is too busy shagging fly balls during batting practice and being a silver-spooned jerkoff to pull his head out of his rear and make some sense out of his life. The Lerners are baseball losers. It is more than a fact.

Stan Kasten is a winner. The Lerners are losers. God bless you, Stan. Go F yourself, Bud Selig and the Lerner family.

My highlight of the Kasten era was at Fan Fest '10. I happened to run across Stan and his wife on the 3rd level. Just that week, Stan had guest hosted Mike Wise's show on JFK and had Tom Glavine on. It was a great interview and talk about two guys who know each other extremely well. I told Stan that he did great on the radio, that his interview with Glavine was awesome and would he ever host Wise's show again? He said "Sure, I'd love to have that chance again." Then his wife told me, "You know what? You look a lot like Tommy when he was younger."

That was one of the sweetest things anyone has ever said to me. It's not every day someone tells you that you look like a future Hall of Fame pitcher and one of the baddest dudes to ever play the game. Tommy also played hockey, too, as did I. So it was even sweeter.

God bless you, Stan Kasten. Success is in you future. Unfortunately we can't say the same about the Lerner family.


Adam says: (9/24/10 9:52 AM)
Wow, opinionated much? Your comment borders on slander.

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