If you watched, listened to, or read any of the various accounts of Stan Kasten's Farewell/Victory Tour through the Washington D.C. media on Wednesday, you'll notice that Stan expresses love and much thanks to many people. But there's one glaring omission -- evident within the first minute or so of the above interview between Stan and CSN Washington's Russ Thaler. And we quote:
"I'll always be a friend to this franchise. I love the players, I love the front office, I love the owners, and uh, that will continue. And most importantly, I love this city. I've had such a blast living here, working here, and I'll continue to spend lots and lots of time here. In the meantime, I'm also going to remain an owner at least for the forseeable future so yes, I will continue to be pulling for the Washington Nationals."
(Stan Kasten, via CSN Washington, 10/6/2010)
MASN's Ben Goessling posted a complete transcript of Kasten's Wednesday afternoon press conference at the President's Club at Nationals Park. Interestingly, unless we missed it: not once does Stan offer even a scintilla of a gesture of thanks to Nationals fans. Instead, Stan keeps his razor focus on a vague concept of fans who will eventually be there in the future; fans who don't actually exist in the here-and-now. Take this Q & A snippet, via Goessling's transcript: