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Lerner Discusses Nationals' Nine-Digit Payroll, Possibility Of An All-Star Game In DC
Published February 22, 2013
WHO'S GONNA RUN THIS TOWN? Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, appearing on ESPN Radio 980 in DC, said he thinks the market "could become primarily a baseball town, with the Redskins always being right there in the picture." He added, "I do believe -- because I’m a baseball person and a baseball fan first and foremost -- that when you put a good product on the field, a baseball team that’s an exciting team to watch with good personalities, (players) that you control over a number of years and it’s not just a one (year thing) where you’re always flipping over the roster via free agency and trades, and (fans) can really sink their teeth into these different personalities and personas." In DC, Dan Steinberg wrote, "The 'primarily a baseball town' bit is probably not accurate, for a variety of reasons. But I do think the Nats could nail down the No. 2 spot, if they haven't already" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 2/21).
THE FUTURE IS NOW: Nationals CF Bryce Harper is on the cover of this week's SI, and HBO’s Max Kellerman said, “Mike Trout might be the best baseball player I’ve ever seen already ... (but) what Bryce Harper just did at age 19 to the National League is pretty scary.” Kellerman said SI “doesn’t have to give him the cover based on what he’s already done,” but he “might wreck National League pitching this year” (“Dan Le Batard Is Highly Questionable,” ESPN2, 2/20). MLB Network’s Chris Rose said Harper “is not only the face of the Nationals," but he and Trout in two years “are undoubtedly the face of this game.” MLB Network’s Kevin Millar noted, “You’re not going out on a limb there, Chris” (“Intentional Talk,” MLB Network, 2/21).