Monday, March 02, 2009
I Am In Charge (Here)
As a life long Washingtonian, and The African Queen for 38 Years now, we appreciated the humor of Team President Stan Kasten's comment today: "I Am In Charge." The only word missing was "Here". Famously, after President Ronald Reagan was shot on August 13th, 1981--then Secretary of State Alexander Haig stated "I am in charge here." Haig wasn't then. In fact, he was third in line to the throne and was embarrassed, but Political Washington made that line--infamous in history.
Really that line was unbelievable.
As it turns out, Mr. Kasten's nearly identical comment today spoke the truth. He's wheeling and dealing, making things happen in the wake Our Now Former General Manager Jim Bowden Officially Resigning On Sunday. Alexander Haig had limited power. Stan Kasten--this day--has the final say right now. Not only is he considering trades with other ball clubs but reportedly is attempting to sign Our Franchise Player Ryan Zimmerman to a long term contract--and what could be better than that?
Good for him--because The Z-Man needs to be locked up as soon as possible. Of course, signing Our Number 11 would make The African Queen very happy. And at the same time, Mr. Kasten is asking those club employees wanting to step up and make themselves known. This is the time to make yourself a player.
What underling couldn't appreciate that? Really? What business are you in that The BossMan says bring it on--tell me what you think? What are we doing wrong here? What do we need to improve ourselves? How can we do things better?
Reportedly, that's exactly what Mr. Kasten told Baseball Operations today in his private meeting this morning with staff.
Don't be timid.
Speak your mind.
Tell it like it is.
Make Us Better.
Some may disagree, but sorry, that's pretty impressive in our book.
Having no idea how JimBo ran his operation internally--it's refreshing to publicly hear that Our Team President--Currently Also Interim General Manager--wants to listen to all options. Put everything on the table. Many times, those below have some good ideas. But are silenced over the fear that speaking out of turn will diminish their value to those in charge. Upper Management fearing those below them might make The BossMan less valuable.
That's not the case today.
Because on day two of a new era for Our Washington Nationals--"I Am In Charge (Here)" means Bring It On!! Tell me whatever you feel Our Washington Nationals need to do to get us better--not only on the field--but in The Public's Eye.
Bottom Line--Give Me Everything You Got.
You Have Got to appreciate the gumption and willingness to learn from EVERYONE involved with Our Washington Nationals--no matter who they are. Mr. Kasten understands that Washington Employees were not hired to follow the leader. They were brought on board to fill a missing void.
"I Am In Charge (Here)--Very, Very Refreshing Words From Our Team President Today.
PS- Yeah, believe it or not, The African Queen and I are still in Central Florida. An extended stay now--thanks to the never ending newsworthiness of Our Washington Nationals. And it's pretty entertaining by the way. Besides--it may have been 60 Degrees most of the day here in Melbourne, Florida--chilly by local standards. But that beats 10" of snow in Washington, DC over the past 24 hours. And thanks to Our Next Door Neighbor--Dolly--who let us know that she was shoveling both her and our driveway today--knowing The African Queen and I were still "Doing Baseball" with Our Washington Nationals. You can bet that Dolly wished she was here with us right now. Her classic comment: "Man, I hate you guys for always being away at the right time!!"
You have got to LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR DOLLY--she was getting into the spirit of it all. (There is plenty of laughter on that commentary--and you would have to know Dolly to fully understand)