posted by Chris Needham at
Jim Bowden, permanent GM.Congradulations, we're now about to be the Baltimore Orioles of the NL East, only with a better rookie.
By yellow586, at 7/01/2006 12:13 AM
You know what?Fuck Bob Watson. Fuck him right in the ear. Fucker.
By Anonymous, at 7/01/2006 12:18 AM
in the words of Nelson Muntz, Ha Ha!
By Ski, at 7/01/2006 12:52 AM
This is no surprise. It was no secret that the Lerners liked Bowden long before they got the team. Give Bowden credit, he figured out who was going to get the team and then he did what he does best, a massive suck up job. The Lerners were dumb to fall for it. Now we know they are not only cheap, but they are dumb too. This was another "in your face" to all Nats fans.
By phil dunn, at 7/01/2006 7:16 AM
In 1971, I cried under the sheets of my bed, listening to the last game of the Senators on a transistor radio.Now I am 46 years old and I cry in my home office reading the news of Jim Bowden's contract extension.There is so much pain involved with DC baseball....
By Anonymous, at 7/01/2006 9:41 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with Phil Dunn and anon. Losing by 10 runs to Tampa Bay then keeping the incompetent alcoholic GM must be the nadir of the franchise and a slap in the face to those of us who waited over a generation for baseball to return to DC. How dare the MLB cartel and the mainstream media expect Washington fans to turn out for a substandard product, a franchise bled dry before being sold at a premium, helmed by incompetents in the front office and the dugout, and staffed by has-beens and never-will-bes. How dare they more call Washingtonians bad baseball fans when they refuse to fall for that ruse.Is it too late to rename the franchise the Generals or, at least, acknowledge that "Nats" is an acronym for "Nearly Always, They Suck?"
By ghostofwadelefler, at 7/01/2006 10:01 PM
You know, I really should be as upset about this as all of you are, considering that I hate Bowden as much as anyone. However, as I sit here looking out at the sparkling Adriatic, I can honestly say that I am not giving a damn about it. We all knew it was coming months ago anyway. So I suggest you get a drink, sit back and relax. And if possible, take a trip to the Dalmatian Coast. Because it really will make you not care about a thing :P.
By JW, at 7/02/2006 12:58 PM
Being a fairly recent convert to the Nationals, I don't have the history with Bowden that you all do, so I'm going to give Kasten the benefit of the doubt and guess that he either sees something there that we don't, or plans to keep Bowden on a very short leash. I found this quote from Kasten interesting: "I want people to regard a GM as permanent, part of the fabric of creating the long-term plan. They are never to be regarded as interim, short-term, one year or two years. If you announce the end date of a contract, you start counting the days and asking, 'What about his next contract?' " So we, and the players, and the other GMs, are to regard Bowden as permanent. That's fine, that probably strengthens his negotiating position, which is good for the team. But in back-room reality, maybe he's only got the job on some kind of probationary status. None of us knows. I spent nearly all of last week drinking Coronas and building sand castles on a North Carolina beach, hence my relaxed attitude. Swept by the AL East? Whatever...pass the pretzels.
By Rich from Richmond, at 7/03/2006 11:05 AM
I have nothing to say about Bowden. But I have a nutty thought that I thought I'd share. One consequence of the NL getting clobbered by the AL in interleague play is that it will probably be the case that it will take fewer wins to win the NL wildcard than it usually does. Right now, the Reds hold the wildcard lead, and are playing only .537 (<87 win pace). And the Nats, remarkably, are only 9.5 games behind them. Of course, there are lots of teams (like a dozen) in between. The odds are that one of them will get hot in the second half, so that it will probably take 88 or 89 wins to take the wildcard. But that's the point -- whichever of the dozen or so NL teams that isn't leading a division (or, more precisely, doesn't end up winning a division) that gets on a hot tear in the second half will take the wildcard. For our Nats, getting 88 wins would require going 53-26 (playing .671) the rest of the way. Is that likely? Of course not. (They "only" played .617 during the magical first half of last year.) But hey, it's a funny game....
By Anonymous, at 7/03/2006 3:56 PM
Bowden has no patience as we saw with the Reds. Never mind he acts like a salesman from, "Tinmen", when all the other GM's act like pro's (at least in public.) What GOOD manager would sign up with this guy. Oh and when was the last time he said he made a mistake?
By Anonymous, at 7/03/2006 5:46 PM
Chris? Where are you? Have you given up on us?
By Anonymous, at 7/05/2006 3:58 PM
he's gone missing
By Anonymous, at 7/07/2006 9:21 AM
He's on the quest for the world's most tasty veggie dog.
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Bitter rantings by a sometimes-analytical fanboy who loves the Washington Nationals, even though you probably can't tell 3/4 of the time.