Normally, Jim Bowden travels around Florida this time of year, watching his team. The Washington Nationals expected as much on Saturday, figuring they'd see Bowden slide into a choice seat at Roger Dean Stadium, in Jupiter, Fla., for the afternoon exhibition game against the Cardinals. But Bowden never showed. In sane times, this would raise no questions whatsoever; the GM is perfectly entitled to skip a two-hour road trip. These days, though, the no-show raises antennas. After the game, in a new low for journalistic self-dignity, I drove to Space Coast Stadium. (In fact, I'm here right now.) Bowden's office is on the fourth floor, overlooking the first base side of the field. The door is open. But he's not there. And his car is not in the parking lot. What does that mean? Well, probably that his day is already over -- and not because Kasten ordered it to...And the RSS feed cuts off there. When commenters over at Nationals Journal including me started asking "wha happen?" Tracee Hamilton in the comments on a separate post wrote "Sorry, a bit of premature posting." As Chico says, in sane times, such an event would raise no questions whatsoever. But these days, my attennae are up. If anyone else out there happens to have grabbed the rest of this post, please let me know.
- FWIW, Harlan's Sunday article is up here. It seems to cover at least some of the same ground as the phantom posting.