There's Stan Kasten, above, in a classic AP Photo from 2008 in a nearly finished Nationals Park. And here's a classic Stan Kasten quote:
"We'll get the attendance we deserve. ... If we give the fans a reason to support us, they will be here in droves."
(Stan Kasten, via Nationals.com, 4/13/2009)
MLB.com's Bill Ladson caught up with the former President of the Nationals who was at Nationals Park Thursday night to watch his Dodgers face his former team. Stan says he's happy for the Nats.
Anyway, here's Kasten, the master of StanSpeak, who was essentially at the wheel driving the party bus during the Philly fan invasion of Opening Day 2010 and frequently ran to the Washington Post's Thomas Boswell to complain about Ted Lerner's penny-pinching ways during the lean years, praising everything about the way the Nats went about their business from the start:
"The turning point was Day 1, when [the Lerner family] was committed to a program of scouting and player development -- long-term building, try to build internally, get home-grown players. As we see, the team that we see out there on the field is largely homegrown with some very key important strategic pieces added on top of it. That was always their plan. They didn't waver during the tough times. They stuck to their plan. You are seeing the results now. It appears they are going to enjoy those results in the years to come."
(Stan Kasten, via Nationals.com, 9/20/2012)