(AP Photo. Jason Marquis, looking good in the Curly W.)
"I think they need a few more [people with a veteran presence], bring a winning attitude, and pass down lessons they have learned from each team they have played on. It's an exciting time, and it's something I'm proud to be a part of."
(Jason Marquis, via Nationals.com, 12/22/2009)
"Yeah, when he was young he talked too much. You can tell he's a really good talker, really smart. He was mature at a very young age. He would talk, even though we had a locker room full of mature people. There's no question he can talk and is willing to reach out and share."
(Stan Kasten, via Chatter/Washington Times, 12/22/2009)
"I think there's a positive momentum. People see what we're trying to do. People see we're bringing in some veteran presence with a very good core of young players. But they also see these major league players like a Pudge Rodríguez and an Adam Dunn who have the option to go anywhere in baseball [and come here] I think it's a statement of where the franchise is headed."
(Mike Rizzo, via Washington Post, 12/22/2009)
Mr. Marquis goes to Washington.
It's official: Nationals introduce Jason Marquis. $15 million, 2 years.