(Reuters Photo. Ted and Mark in happier times. Smile Ted, the money is still rolling in!)
"They bought a team from Montreal that didn't really have anybody there. [And they have run this thing straight into the ground. In hindsight, I should've just contracted the damn Expos. And I should have known a bunch of mall rats weren't fit to own a baseball team. I apologize. I'm considering just contracting the franchise and putting everyone out of their misery.] But they understand what they have to do, and I have every confidence they will do that. I don't think they need me or anybody else to defend them."
(Bud Selig, via Nationals Journal, 7/14/2009)
Actually, Bud thinks the Lerners are "on the right track." Go figure.
Earlier this afternoon, Bud Selig held a Q&A session with the Baseball Writers Association of America. Dave Sheinin (Post) and Mark Zuckerman (Times) transcribed the Nats-related details online. Not surprisingly, Bud refused to admit there's a problem in Washington, rushing to the defense of the Lerner Family (via Chatter/Wash Times):
Q: On what basis can you say they understand what they're doing and you have confidence in them to do that?
Bud Selig: Because I've been talking to them, and I know what they want to do, and I know what they've done in their farm system, and I've had other people evaluate their farm system and their organization. And while obviously this has been painful for them, I have every confidence they know what they're going to do and they're going to do it.
Feel better now, NatsTown?
Meanwhile, if you haven't read Thom Loverro's piece from earlier today, it's required reading...