Trouble? There's no trouble. And there is no war. In an interview with NBC4's George Michael, Jim Bowden denies that there's trouble brewing between he and Old Frank.
(Thanks to the miracle of Tivo, an unofficial excerpt from the interview from WRC-TV NBC4, around 5:55 pm, 2/22/2006)
George Michael: "I wasn't even going to bring this up, does that mean I shouldn't worry about Frosty Forecast for Florida, that there's a war between you and Frank Robinson?"
Bowden: "Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha! There's no war. There's no war between Frank and I. I got a big kick out of that article, in fact I talked to both Frank and the writer today. And you know the fact of the matter is the article said we didn't get his input on the backup catcher. Just not true George. He was in the room at the winter meetings with myself, Bob Boone, Tony Tavares, Brian Barker, Tony Siegel when we went through the entire [list]. Frank has been involved."
Quotes from Robinson in the Washington Post and Washington Times regarding the backup catcher situation seem to indicate something entirely different:
"From what I read, that is the perfect scenario for this ballclub. That's what I read...That's the first time I've been asked. It's a little late now. You would think that would be something coming from the manager, wouldn't you? But you guys chose to go to the general manager. So I am not going to comment and second guess the general manager. I just work here." (Frank Robinson, via Washington Times, 2/22/2006)
"From what I read, that's the perfect scenario. . . I would think that would be something coming from the manager, wouldn't it? I'm not going to comment and second-guess the general manager." (Frank Robinson, via Washington Post, 2/22/2006)
>Meanwhile, on a totally unrelated note, Nationals dot com reports that the Nationals are trying to to extend Bowden's contract. His current deal is up on April 30.