Kasten Loves Bodes
Jon Heyman follows up yesterday's blurb about Bowden being the hotseat with some quotes from Stan Kasten poopooing the report. Well... sort of. Heyman obviously hasn't become intimately familiar (get your mind out of the gutter) with the StanSpeak Translator, so let's help him out.
The marriage of holdover Nationals GM Jim Bowden and new team president Stan Kasten was predicted by some to be a tough one from the start, and while there are whispers the odd couple isn't seeing eye-to-eye, Kasten strongly stressed that those rumors are untrue. "That takes me by complete surprise. I don't know who leaked it,'' Kasten responded by phone. "I think everyone's on the same page except for Mr. Lerner, and I know we've made a lot of progress (I hope Jon doesn't ask who "We" is) from what was a difficult situation (I hope Jon doesn't realize that this doesn't actually address the Lamar thing) when we took over and was made worse by some of Jim's signings such as Guzman. Even Jim's critics like me would have to admit he's had a pretty good run of moves....somehow''
The perception around baseball is that Bowden "isn't Stan's guy,'' and that he retained the job because he quickly formed a relationship with Ted Lerner's son. But Kasten gave no credence to that with his comments (HA! rookie. I give no credence to anything. Ever.).
Additionally, Kasten shot down any thought he's unhappy with his new arrangement, saying, "I'm doing great. The money is rolling in. We've got high hopes to be even richer. I'm very excited about the progress in selling tickets we've made so far. I think we are coming together much quicker than anyone thinks, especially our financial backers.''