"We didn't have the resources to ever have a competitive payroll, or we weren't able to sign our first-round pick because we weren't given the dollars to finish that. But the reality is it is going to be a gold mine. It is just going to take some time... Washington is going to draft Strasburg. The decision has already been made. It was made when I was there. That is who they are going to take."
(Jim Bowden, via Washington Times, 4/29/2009)
He hasn't lost his touch!
Jim Bowden takes to the airwaves in LA, blames Cheapskate Lerners for his crappy team(s), failure to sign Aaron Crow.
Also, despite what Stan Kasten might tell you at this hour, Jim says the decision has already been made to draft Stephen Strasburg.
Hat tip to Thom Loverro of the Washington Times, who taps into pure comedy gold by tracking down Jim Bowden out in L.A. doing a part-time radio gig on an ESPN affiliate. Of course, Jimbo never disappoints; Loverro's piece is filled with one Jim Bowden Whopper after another; never mind that the quotes are almost a month old (from an appearance on April 1). Try this one on for size:
"In my whole career, I never got a choice where to be. The Cincinnati Reds chose me. The Washington Nationals chose me. This time I am going to choose where to be. And certainly radio and television are two things that I love, and that's what I am going to be pursuing."
Boy, do we miss Jim. We're actually surprised by the news he's in LA; almost expected to hear he'd moved in with Jose Rijo down in the Dominican. Wonder if he's still sticking to that prediction of a championship season for the Nats in 2009?