(Mike Rizzo got a pie in the face and the Silver Elvis wig from Stan Kasten the night the Nats signed Bryce Harper. Screengrab via CSNWashington.com by Nationals Enquirer staff.)
The Nationals announced today that Mike Rizzo has been given a 5-year extension and promoted to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations to go along with his General Manager title. Congrats to Rizzo, who has come a long way since being hired in 2006 by Jim Bowden to head up the Nationals scouting department.
"There really hasn't been a shortage of my stamp on the organization. I do believe that, with the new responsibility, the new title and, really, the new job description, it will be my baby and my fingerprints will be all over the organization even more so than they are already."
(Mike Rizzo, via Nationals Journal, 10/19/2010)
So, if the Nationals are Mike Rizzo's baby, does that make Jim Bowden Mike Rizzo's babydaddy? Or is it the other way around?
And there's another one there about changing diapers, but we'll leave that alone for now.
Anyway, this five-year extension also means it will be impossible to run Mike Rizzo out of town for failing to sign Adam Dunn this offseason.
If you're interested, here's the complete text of the press release from the Nationals: