Nats ballpark (yawn)

I have not been paying very much attention to the continuing saga of the Nats ballpark this week, it is getting very old and not much is really happening or will be for sometime. Anyhow, here are a few articles from the past few days:

D.C. Metro Fund Weighed To Boost Navy Yard Stop
Land Sale Possible To Fund Stadium
City official: Lease still weeks away

There may not be a vote until February. Ugh.

Oh yeah, the Nats picked up a pitcher (ESPN.com), Ramon Ortiz too.

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Powell on "This Week" talks Nats

Powell Gives Thoughts On Stadium DealWRC-TV
Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell was on This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. The two talked about a bunch of unimportant things for a while and then the topic of the Nats came up. The transcript follows:

Buying the Nationals?

Stephanopoulos: You mentioned Washington, D.C. You want to be owner of the Washington, D.C., baseball team, the Nationals.

Powell: Well, I’m on a club that is trying to purchase the Washington Nationals from Major League Baseball, yes.

Stephanopoulos: Think you’re going to get it?

Powell: I certainly hope so. The first thing we have to get is the stadium issue resolved. And the city council has now put that off until early next year.

And I hope the city council will find a way to support the stadium deal. That will work itself out one way or the other. And I think, after that, Major League Baseball will announce who they wish to see own the team.

And I’m fairly confident in the group I’m with, led by Fred Malek, a longtime Washington resident. And there are a lot of us on that club who have roots in this community.

And I think we can do, perhaps, a better job than any other group to represent the interests of the community and to make sure that the Washington Nationals reach out to the community, bring baseball back into the inner city, get more young African-American kids and other minority kids interested in baseball.

Stephanopoulos: Frank Robinson talked about that all the time.

Powell: Yes. And we can can do it. I think our club is perhaps better positioned for doing that.

But, George, you’re giving me a golden opportunity to talk about my club and my company, but there are seven other competitors as well. They’re not as good as us, of course.

Stephanopoulos: Well, it sounds like you think you’re going to get it, then.

You can read the whole transcript here from This Week here: Powell on Iraq, Domestic Spying and Baseball

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Nats: while we were out

In D.C. Drama Over Baseball, It’s Hard to Tell Who’s on FirstThe Post
Remember that gigantic sucking sound last week? It was the leadership vacuum in the District and whenever there is a giant sucking sound in D.C. you know that Marion Barry (file photo) is not far behind.

Oh and just a reminder, Carol Schwartz (R, at-large) wanted everyone to know that she had nothing to do with Barry’s plan.


Nats Bring Back Stanton, Look to Add StartersThe Post
Reliever Mike Stanton, who was traded for a couple of BoSox minor leaguers the last week of the season has resigned with the Nationals. That might have been the best trade Jim Bowden made all year.

More from The Wash. Times: Nationals bring back Stanton

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Spanky, Curley asked JoePa to quit last year

Penn State’s Paterno proves his way worksPost-Gazette
A great article about Joe Paterno’s return to glory. We learn that on the day after Penn State’s final 2004 game Graham Spanier, university president, Tim Curley, athletic director, and two others came to his house to ask him to step down; Paterno was not having any of that talk. He convinced them to “get off my backside” by telling them he was 2 or 3 playmakers away from a really good season. He was right — again.

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