(Stan Kasten to leave the Nationals high and dry? Photo via Kevin Dietsch/UPI, Newscom Photo)
If what Thomas Boswell wrote about Stan Kasten leaving the Nationals before the start of the 2011 season is true, then The Plan is officially dead, and NatsTown is totally f**ked. Or maybe The Plan died years ago, but nobody bothered to tell us. Is Kasten finally going to ditch NatsTown after all this time? Let's now lovingly copy and paste directly from Stan Kasten Boz:
"I can honestly tell you that no decision has been made," Kasten said. "Remember, I am the master of misdirection."
Although friends, family and baseball associates know he has been reconsidering his future with the Nats for months, and some are certain he already has decided to leave, Kasten may still want to keep his options open. And as a result, he will continue to have as much influence as possible on the Lerner family, whom he has tried, with mixed success, to move toward his less-frugal way of thinking.
(via Thomas Boswell/Washington Post, 9/22/2010)
We've said a lot of unfair and just plain dumb things about Kasten through the years. But the thought of a post-Stan-Kasten world is pretty scary. Without Kasten around, who will protect Nationals fans from the Lerners, and the Lerners from themselves? Rizzo?
If you promise to stick around for at least another year, we'll agree to take back everything bad we ever said about you, and publicly acknowledge that we know it wasn't you at the wheel of one of those Phillies Nation party buses at Nationals Park on Opening Day 2010 (although our sources report you may have been in the back of one of those buses, shotgunning beers with your favorite paying customers from North of D.C.). Please stay.
Nationals Enquirer Staff