Sunday, March 01, 2009
The Dark Clouds
The Dark Clouds began to gather moments after the word began to spread. The Storm building over Space Coast Stadium perfectly represented the day ahead. A weather change was coming and Our General Manager Jim Bowden had lost his job. Officially resigning his position as Vice-President and General Manager of Our Washington Nationals. 84 Degrees in Viera, Florida yesterday. 54 Degrees today. A chilling reminder that threatening clouds can whisk away the past, while refreshing the days ahead.
Never is it a happy day to see someone lose their job. Especially a person that displayed the passion for the game of baseball as Jim Bowden. JimBo may not have been the best General Manager out there. Yeah, he has his enemies, but Bowden has put Our Washington Nationals in a better position for 2009 and beyond. All the while directing a resurrection of Our Farm System depleted from the terrible Orphan Ownership of Major League Baseball.
No, we haven't won anything yet. We have too many Ex-Reds within Our Organization. Our Franchise was embarrassed over the Esmailyn Gonzalez revelation. And we still do not have enough talent on the Major League Roster. But rebuilding is a well long thought out process--not one completed overnight by signing every free agent out there. Ask The Washington Redskins how well they have done working just that angle?
Whether real or perceived (and life is seldom fair), The FBI Investigation of Jim Bowden on money skimming in Latin America had become a distraction to Our Washington Nationals Team--on the field. The swirling rumors polarizing the moving forward of Our 2009 Team. There is no doubt in our minds a deal was struck-saving face for both DC's Team and Mr. Bowden. And that's the way it should have been done.
Today's decision marks a major turning point in Our Washington Nationals. Over the past two weeks, Team President Stan Kasten has navigated this billowing storm with a professional insight and decision making prowess like no other. In fact, he proved how important he is to Washington's Baseball Club. Never one to play his cards publicly, he deftly waited, watched, observed and took action ONLY WHEN TIME WARRANTED. Playing Point Man for Ownership--Mr. Kasten took all the heat and warmed to its touch. Living in Washington, DC--Stan Kasten played the role of High Level Diplomat.
No one deserves to be let go from a job they love. And it's saddening to see Jim Bowden leave in such a disheartening way. But hopefully, JimBo now walks away with his head up high and with the respect of many of those now left behind to toil in his wake. We are hoping that Jim Bowden is eventually cleared of all alleged transgressions insinuated against him--those rumors advanced for some time by those that have no inside knowledge of the actual situation. And that in the end, Mr Bowden comes out clean and returns to the game he loves.
Late this afternoon those Dark Clouds lifted as Our Washington Nationals fell to The Baltimore Orioles in exhibition play 7-5 at Space Coast Stadium. The threatening storm had not brought rain--had not in fact--cancelled today's game, nor did it affect the upcoming season for Our Washington Nationals. Because at the end of the day there was no Storm, just the use of some seasoned diplomatic maneuvering to move Our Franchise forward.
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