The Nationals are Deadbeats

The Washington Nationals will be mercifully finishing their season later this week, closing out merely 30+ games out of contention for the NL East, although the good news is that they are only 28.5 games out of the wild card. To cap off their inaugural season in their gorgeous new government paid-for home, the Nationals are celebrating by not paying their rent. After all, why should they bother, the product on the field is gift enough! Ted Lerner, the owner of the Nationals contends that the stadium is not “substantially complete” and so refuses to pay rent until the changes have been enacted. The city collects sales tax revenue from the stadium that is supposed to help pay down the debt from the costs that the city already outlaid. Unfortunately, since the Nationals completely and totally blow, no one goes to the games. And really, why should you? The product on the field is miserable, barely able to beat anyone, as of right now the Nats are 58-98, thats AWFUL–although I’m pretty sure that half those wins came against the Mets… With the lack of actual fans paying for tickets and buying things at the stadium Washington DC officials are forced to use a special business tax fund to help pay the debt off, of course the fund is not supposed to be used for this purpose and cannot last too long. But Ted Lerner, net worth $2.5 billion doesn’t think he needs to pay off the debt that the city accrued for his benefit. Why should a man who develops real estate think that paying one’s rent be a good thing after all. First he gets his $611 million dollar stadium financed by the city and the residents of Washington DC and now Lerner decides to tell them to all go fuck off. Nice.

Here’s a thought, if you aren’t going to pay your rent why don’t you at least use that money to help your team get better, for example by signing your NUMBER 1 DRAFT PICK, Aaron Crow, or hiring a GM who actually makes GOOD decisions. If you know that a player wants a giant bonus you don’t want to pay, DON’T FUCKING DRAFT HIM. Or is it better to remain mediocre forever? Someone take control of this franchise away from these people. I think when MLB was mishandling the team that it was in better hands.

3 Responses to “The Nationals are Deadbeats”

  1. 1 reuben
    September 23, 2008 at 8:11 am

    couldnt agree more. i havent been to see the virginia nationals since 2006. will not go again.

  2. September 23, 2008 at 10:26 am

    I went to the Nats-Pads game Saturday night and was less than impressed–with both teams. It seemed like they were both just playing out the string and ready to start playing golf. For a $43.50 ticket I expected much more.

    The best experience of the year was getting $5 bleacher seats on a Friday night. At least I didn’t feel like I was getting ripped off…until I bought a $7.50 beer.

  3. 3 Bob
    February 24, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Since the Lerners don’t want to pay the rent fot the stadium the DC goverment should file law suites to force them to pay.Or have the lerners sell the team to someone that can manage them with some kind of leadership.

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