A week or so ago a poster mentioned that the Lerners must go after and sign some free agents next year to really prove it.
So if they do this, just who the heck are they going to send down or cut off the team to sign them???
I guess we could sign another pitcher though. (shrug)
BTW...speaking of 'Cool Aid'...
has Billy Ripken FINALLY started drinking it yet?
>>"We may have to wait until we win the division until he begrudgingly admits we're a good team. I don't feel easy about writing that 'when' in the last sentence with the Braves only 4 games behind us."<<
There's no "when" in that sentence.
About a month ago, I heard Billy Ripken say that he was "sipping" the Nats kool-aid.
- LOL -
kasten was blowing smoke up everyone's gluttos maximus and saying his plan would have the Nats contending in 3 years 2009. Which of course 09 and 10 were pitiful so kasten will take credit for creating such a bad team that led to Strasburg and Harper
In fact if I saw kasten I would spit on him.... take that back change the p to an H
>>"as soon as Stan with the phantom plan left, it came together. he was the problem. Operative word WAS"
It started coming together before that, the departure of Bowden had to be the biggest single factor. That (for the most part) allowed Rizzo to start building the roster the way he wanted to do it.
>>"Do you mean to say Daniel Cabrera was nor part of the solution?"
Nice case-in-point, Bowden signed him in Dec. '08 for way too much money and then Bowden was gone right at the start of the Grapefruit League season, on March 1, '09.
He didn't last long under Rizzo:
"I look beyond the contract and look at the execution and performance of the player, and it wasn't up to par. I was tired of watching him." —Mike Rizzo, on released pitcher Daniel Cabrera, May 26, 2009...
" I am curious if those who said the Lerners were to cheap and that the team was doomed have said : oh sh**t I was wrong : . Fun to see a plan come together.:) "
Yes it's great to see, but to answer your question: It did not need to take all these years and all the pain to get to where we are. It took this long because The Lerners Are Cheap. So yes, they are cheap.
They could have put a competitive team on the field every year - not a championship team, just one that would generate hope of a playoff spot - and still have had sufficient resources to get to where we are now. The plan, taking 100+ loss seasons - that's "seasonS", plural - in order to be able to draft Strasburg and Harper, was not necessary. Sure, I love having those two now, but realistically, without them, we might have won 3-5 games less - and still be in first place.