Gandhi won’t sign off on current lease; Dutch!; spring training info

Changes to stadium plan anger financial chiefThe Wash. Times
As it is now, CFO Natwar Gandhi will not endorse the ballpark lease because it is missing a clause “requiring a reserve of rent to help back the stadium bonds.” Ghandi indicated that Wall Street is not going to issue bonds at the favorable investment grade rating without the reserve. The upshot — the lease is probably not going to approved on February 7, likely because it will be pulled. In an editorial today, The Post argues that the council should not approve the lease without the endorsement of Gandhi.


Poised for takeoff into baseball stardomVirginia-Pilot
Norfolk/Virginia Beach’s paper of record picks up Barry Srvluga’s article on hometown-boy-made-good-so far Ryan Zimmerman. By the way, MissChatter asked Zimmerman if he knew his nickname was Dutch at the Nats caravan on Saturday. He did not.

Speaking of the caravan, I stopped by and picked up a blue Nats visor and Erica got a cooler. I skipped the autographs though, it is not really my thing, especially with an hour wait ahead of me.


Fan Guide: Washington Nationalsnationals.com
A look at spring training 2006.
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Mr. Tony on MNF?

Earlier DCRTV.com noted that the NY Post (I don’t feel like registering) is reporting that Tony Kornheiser could be part of a three man booth for Monday Night Football when it moves to ESPN next year. ESPN is deciding whether to retain Al Michaels and if they do not, Kornheiser would join Mike Tirico and Joe Theisman. Of course, this assumes that Kornheiser would be willing to fly, something he is not terribly fond of I recall.

While Kornheiser is popular, he is overexposed with at least one too many jobs. Sadly, his columnist job seems to be the one that needs to go. I remember when he was a real sportswriter and not just a talking head, gag writer. Anyway, I don’t see any point of having two Washingtonians in the booth if you don’t have the guy who said “c’mon Sandy baby. Lossen up. You’re too tight..”

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More on the new lease agreement

Baseball Consents To Revised Lease DealThe Post
The District and MLB hammered out a new agreement, but it does not have any cost caps, which concerns swing votes Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) and Vincent C. Gray (D-Ward 7). Fixed costs will be negotiated with construction companies and are subject to council approval in a separate vote. CFO Natwar Ghandi is not happy about the changes either.

Since MLB gave the District until June 20 to approve the lease, we can expect this to drag on for quite a while longer, even if the council approves the lease. Don’t get excited about a prospect for an owner before the All-Star break.

More from The Wash. Times: Williams pitches stadium’s new deal


T(H)OM LOVERROStadium theatrics a farceThe Wash. Times
A major initiative involving the D.C. Council a farce – now way. No hwaaaaaay…

Nats’ Guillen Makes Pitches To Soriano, SosaThe Post
RF Jose Guillen is talking up the Nats to Alfonso Soriano and free agent Sammy Sosa. How did he become the goodwill ambassador? Oh yeah, his nemesis, team player Brad Wilkerson got traded. He might miss the opener (The Wash. Times) too.

Wetteland takes role with NatsThe Wash. Times
Former Expo/Yankee/Ranger John Wetteland has been officially named the bullpen coach.
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