Monday, May 01, 2006

The Post Says It's Lerner

Leave it to the incompetent hacks on the DC Council to get Bud Selig to utter the magical words we've been waiting to hear! A last-minute power play by wannabe Mayor Vinny Orange and Mayor-for-life/crackhead Marion Barry, which is causing the DC Council to vote on a resolution opposing the Lerner bid (and all but calls them slave holders), seems like it's just ticked Bud Selig off enough to spur him into action.

Say it Heath! Say it Nakamura! We've been waiting!
Major League Baseball is likely to award ownership of the Washington Nationals to a group led by Bethesda developer Theodore N. Lerner, after efforts by District politicians and others to steer the selection to competing bidders apparently backfired, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Commissioner Bud Selig, who will decide who gets the franchise, was angered by accusations that Lerner's group was unacceptable because it had included minorities only as tokens rather than genuine partners, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the negotiations.

Oh yeah! Right there Heath! That felt soooo good to read, didn't it?

More from the twosome:
lthough there is no timetable for an announcement and Selig likes to deliberate at length, two sources familiar with his views said he has virtually ruled out Lerner's two main rivals...

When Selig and other baseball officials learned about [Orange's and Barry's incredible stupidity] late yesterday, they were incensed and strengthened their resolve to back Lerner, according to the sources....

Two sources with the Lerner family, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of baseball's directive not to talk about the sale, said yesterday that the Lerners had been in talks with minority investors for as long as a year and that they recently finalized agreements with those investors after prompting from MLB. Brown has been an investor with the Lerners since last year, according to a family source.

Way back in December, Marion Barry tried to paint himself as THE reason why the stadium vote had failed, something I tried to deconstruct. He wanted to be a power player and strongarm MLB into doing his wishes.

It didn't work then, and it didn't work now. Bud Selig is many things. But he will not be bullied.

So us Nats fans owe Barry and Orange a great big "thanks!" for their rank incompetence and bumbling. The Clousseaus of City Government have seemingly solved this baseball team's greatest mystery! We know who our owner is!


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