The 2009 season is in the books and what a finish! Our ballclub made baseball history becoming the first team ever to start a season losing their first seven games, only to wind up the year winning their final seven.
This was my third year working alongside Ray Knight. With Ray, what you see is what you get. Both Ray and I were flying high when the ballclub won and feeling low when they lost. The crew Ray and I work with at MASN is top-notch. Without their outstanding work on Nats Xtra, there would be no shows to put up against anyone else's.
Being at Nationals Park to meet you fans made the season fly by so quickly. The interaction with the players, fans and stadium personnel was so enjoyable and next season we have even more exciting things planned for you at Nats Park.
When we talk about the players, they just don't come any nicer or more accommodating than these guys who play for Washington. The future is so bright with young pitchers, solid veterans and leadership right at the top from GM Mike Rizzo.
A healthy Nyjer Morgan would be a nice place to start for next season. When "Tony Plush" went down with that hand injury, it was as if you could feel the wind taken out of the team's sails!
Mark Lerner, Stan Kasten, and Mike Rizzo all have a plan to make our franchise the best in baseball. No question they are on the right track.
Will Jim Riggleman return next season with that interim label removed and with an opportunity to start from scratch and really see what he can do with the deck full? No one knows for sure, but Jim sure has a lot of people in his corner hoping to see that happen.
While I'm at it, let me thank you again for your thoughts, prayers and best wishes for my 11-year-old grandson Jack Rolle. He will be in Boston this entire month undergoing radiation for his cancer. Like any 11-year-old, Jack loves to get cards and letters. Should you have the time, his address is 1 Emerson Place Apartment 2-M, Boston, Mass 02114. I know he'd get a kick out of hearing from you.
Enjoy the winter, and if you get to a Maryland Football or Basketball game, find me so we can talk some Nationals Baseball.
See you next year. Go Nats!