Lerner press conference

I was able to attend the Lerner press conference at the Fairmont Hotel on M Street NW this evening. I took 25 photos of the event. You can watch the press conference and report via wusa9.com.

Since I was snapping photos, I was not able to take notes. Here is what comes off the top of my head:

  • “Well, it’s been some kind of day.”

    Ted Lerner read from a prepared statement. His best line — “I had not realized I was such a man of mystery until I read a couple of recent newspaper articles.” He generally did not answer questions from the press, his son Mark and Stan Kasten, Nationals president.

    He pronounces the city, “Warshington.”

  • Mark Lerner also read from a prepared statement.
  • Stan Kasten spoke without notes. His three main points: player development, customer satisfaction, community relations.
  • When asked if they lived in the District, Ted said they paid $10 million in taxes to the city. Most other questions were answered by Mark Lerner and Stan Kasten.
  • Vincent Orange showed up early in the press conference, Marion Barry showed up about halfway through. Both were noted by Edward Cohen, son-in-law of Ted and a principal owner.
  • James Brown mentioned that grandfather was involved with the Hattiesburg Black Sox, a Mississippi baseball team that continues to this day.
  • I got a press kit, the releases are linked below
  • I met Charlie Brotman and had my photo taken with him.
  • Barry and Orange managed to get down to the stage quicky after the formal press conference. Barry shook Ted Lerner’s hand for over a thirty seconds and was in the middle of several photos taken of all involved.
  • Okay, I have go to bed.

    More from Marc Fisher of The Post: Two Words on the Nats’ Owner: Abe Pollin

    LERNER ENTERPRISES PRESS RELEASES

    Washington Nationals Baseball Club, LLC Lerner Family Named New Owners of Washington Nationals

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    The Lerner Philosophy on Ownership of the
    Washington Nationals

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    Nationals Baseball Club, LLC
    The Lerner Family Biographies

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    Nationals Baseball Club, LLC

    About Lerner Enterprises

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    Nationals Baseball Club, LLC
    Additional Investor Biographies

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