Monday, July 11, 2005

free the nationals!

Baseball has reached the All Star break and improbably the Washington Nationals are in first place in the NL East. They've gotten there based on good pitching, decent defense, and some luck. Although first was too much to hope for, the Montreal Expos in the second half of last year were a decent team, as they were in 2003 and 2002, so it is maybe less of a surprise than it appears.

What is really a surprise is that we are over half-way thru the season and Major League Baseball STILL hasn't selected a winning bid for the team. How long does it take to make a pick and pocket $350 million? Let's get going here, Bud Selig. Time's a-wastin' here -- every day without an owner is one more day where the hideous TV deal with Peter Angelos' Orioles holds the Nats back from adequate local exposure.

Of course, every day without an owner is one more day that the 29 co-owners of the now-profitable franchise can pocket a few bucks. But surely baseball's bosses couldn't be that crass or venal. Could they?