(Photo by Nick Wass/AP. Frank Robinson has been in virtual exile from NatsTown since being shown the door at the end of the 2006 season.)
It's about time!
According to anonymous sources with no knowledge of the situation, Stan Kasten has extended a personal invitation to Frank Robinson to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park on Saturday, May 15th, capping off "Frank Robinson Day" pregame festivities at Nationals Park in honor of the former Nationals skipper.
The Nationals play on the road in Colorado that day.
Back in the day, the Nationals extended a similar invitation to Robinson tentatively scheduled for May 20th, 2007 at RFK Stadium, but the Hall of Famer refused after a series of public spats with Stan Kasten and Jim Bowden.
"I don’t feel like this organization has extended an open arms welcome to me even though they said they want to honor me. It doesn’t make me feel like it would be pleasant to have me around for a day."
(Frank Robinson, via The Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, 1/9/2007)
Stan Kasten, unavailable for comment.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming...
Unfortunately, Bill Ladson wasn't pulling an April Fool's Day prank on NatsTown when he Tweeted about the state of the Nationals' RF platoon:
@ washingnats Willy Taveras is expected to be the right-field platoon with Willie Harris.
(via Bill Ladson/washingnats on Twitter, 4/1/2010)