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Nationals owner: “We’re going to the World Series this year”

Jan 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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I’m sure this won’t come back to bit him in the butt or anything:

At a “State of the Nationals” forum for season ticket holders featuring principal owner Mark Lerner and general manager Mike Rizzo, Lerner drew loud applause by proclaiming, “We’re going to the World Series this year.”

Not that we can mock this kind of thing too much. Everyone and his brother will be making predictions for the 2013 season soon, and they’ll be just as likely to be right as Lerner’s here. And at least Lerner’s has the benefit of being based in part on emotion and positivity as opposed to faux wisdom.

  1. danaking - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    “at least Lerner’s has the benefit of being based in part on emotion and positivity as opposed to faux wisdom.”

    Good point. I’m not a Nats fan, but it’s good to see an owner getting the fans revved up in this era of Jeffrey Loria and Stuart Sternberg.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      He’s got Natitude…24/7

    • stoutfiles - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      I wouldn’t be shocked if they don’t even make the playoffs.

      A couple of injuries and players not meeting last year’s numbers, coupled with improvements from teams within the division…nothing is ever guaranteed.

    • indaburg - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      Please don’t put Sternberg in the same class as Loria. Loria flat out insults the intelligence of his fan base. Sternberg does no such thing.

      • jashton11 - Jan 28, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        The only thing that Sternberg and Loria have in common is that they both own MLB teams in Florida.

        One has built a well-run organization that has more wins than every team except the Yankees and Phillies over the last five years; the other is Jeffrey Loria.

  2. mtr75 - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Mets owner: “We’re going to win 65 games this year.”

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      “And we’re going to try to win the Back Page war this year, too, because that matters”

    • thebadguyswon - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Enjoy your run of empty division titles that don’t come with a world series trophy.

  3. greymares - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Is Lerner a Philly season ticket holder ?

  4. csndrew - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I never put any weight in what players/coaches/execs tell fans at a pep rally. At these type of events, people will say anything to get some applause. They just don’t realize that it’s 2013, not 1993 or 2003, and this kind of quote is going to be taken as a guarantee.

  5. digbysellers - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Yeah right dude, the Phillies are winning the WS this year…hahaha! That signing of Durbin today is going to put them over the top!

    • illbringdabeers - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Most people won’t understand this a joke…

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Thats the beauty of it – he is covered no matter what :)

    • dwdive - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      I think it’s funny that everyone is writing off the Phillies already. Especially Nats fans, you guys better hope that team loses their 2 best pitchers and 3 best hitters to injuries again..

      • senatorsguy - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        … 3 best hitters… good one…. signed, Delmon238

      • dwdive - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Delmon wasn’t on the team last yr, so I’m struggling to understand your comment? The Phils were without 2 of their Cy Young award winners and 2 of their MVP’s for more than half a season last yr. Oh yeah, and some guy named Utley missed most of the yr as well. All 5 coming into this season healthy plus Michael and Delmon, plus Span? And you are saying they have no shot at winning anything? That’s funny…

  6. prestigious1 - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Might have won it last year had they not shut down their ace n

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      ……or if Storen had thrown one more strike.

  7. pinkfloydprism - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    He is right. We all have the chance to buy tickets to the games.

  8. rpink24 - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    How does one draw loud applause from 10 people?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      They had really big hands.

  9. 12strikes - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Oh… They must have traded Jayson Werth.

  10. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    In fairness – I would hardly expect him to predict soemthing poor. That said, I had to go back and read all the pre-season 2007 articles talking about who the Mets would play in the ’07 World Series

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Of course, there’s also all the talk of the Four Aces, etc. We’ll know who gets there at some point around mid-October.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        True. But that team at least won the division, just ran into the wrong team at the wrong time in the playoffs

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        No, Cliff Lee choked away a 4-0 3rd inning lead. Period.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        @Chris – yes, Cliff Lee choked, but at the same time, give a little credit to the Cards for hitting him. Also, Game 5, ,Halladay gives up 1 run and the Phillies lose? The Cards were on a roll in that post season

      • dwdive - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Of course you know that team won 102 games right? Also put one of the best “ALL TIME” numbers as a rotation? Yes, they lost to the hottest team and WS winner in the playoffs. Nobody was going to beat the Cards that yr.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        That’s my point. Teams could be oozing HOFers on paper, but that’s why they play the games. Any given Sunday yadda yadda yadda…

    • thebadguyswon - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Ok guys….exactly what do the Mets have to do with your inferiority complex now? They haven’t been a factor in years.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        A) Don’t quite your day job, you are no Doctor Phil
        B) “They haven’t been a factor in years” – yes, hence 6 year old references
        C) If I have to spell out the paralel I am making, then you need help

      • thebadguyswon - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        I understood your point. I don’t get why Phillies fans always have to bring the Mets into the discussion. They’ll be back in the discussion in a couple years, while you are still paying Ryan Howard huge money.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Mets won’t be in the discussion even when they are done paying Bobby Bonilla

      • thebadguyswon - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        They will win the division again before the Phils do. Your team is old and your prospects suck. We have a farm filled with pitching and young pitchers already there with Harvey and Niese.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        OK Mr. Wilpon

      • thebadguyswon - Jan 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        I’d rather be in the Mets shoes than the Phils. You guys are old as dirt.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        Then we agree – I’d rather you be in the Mets shoes too

      • dwdive - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Wait a minute, a troll talking about bad contracts? Mets a Nats fans know all too well about bad contracts… Werth and Santana ring a bell?

      • thebadguyswon - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        Safe to say every team in the NL East knows about bad contracts.

  11. historiophiliac - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Contrast this with Leyland’s Q&A response when asked about who would close games: “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

  12. simon94022 - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Lerner speaks with the confidence of a guy who just heard about his division rival signing Yunevski Betancourt.

  13. dwdive - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Nats fans, as bad as you think that Howard contract is? Just remember the Nats gave a bigger contract to Jayson Werth… Now that’s funny

    • Todd Boss - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Total bWAR for Ryan Howard so far in his new contract: -1.2 (2012 only).

      Total bWAR for Jayson Werth in 2012: 0.6.

      Neither of them are stellar, but its pretty easy to see value.

      I’ll take Werth’s 7/$126M over Howards 5/$125M 10 times out of 10, considering their ages upon signing, their defensive abilities at the time of signing and expected regression.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Uhhhh…..Jayson Werth is the same age as Ryan Howard. And “expected regression”? I guess you are trying to “out-nerd” your Total bWAR analysis?

  14. iamjimmyjack - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Honestly I don’t think this is a very bold prediction so long as they all stay healthy, and Dan harem returns to form. The only competition is the dodgers, giants, and reds IMO.

  15. xmatt0926x - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Look at it this way. If everyone focuses on the owner’s “We’re going to win the world series this year” then maybe we don’t have to spend the season listening to the lame “take back the park” nonsense. I’ll take that trade.

  16. Todd Boss - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Hey! Its Calcaterra’s first “Trolling the Nats” post for 2013. Does anyone want to keep a running count for the season?

  17. timpaz - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    I honestly think Nats have a good shot , but will get some serious contention from Braves in the East not to mention Giants and Dodgers in the West, and please don’t say I forgot the Cardinals.

    • thebadguyswon - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      You forgot about the Cardinals. And the Reds.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      But you DID forget about the Cardinals. How you could forget…I have no idea.

  18. unlost1 - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    great- hope ya get good seats !!!

  19. mojosmagic - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Lerner also said he is in the best shape of his life.

  20. roanboon - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I can see the Nats winning 95 games, as well as the Reds, Cardinals, Braves and Dodgers. But the question remains if any of them can beat the Giants in a playoff elimination game. That appears to be the biggest hurdle.

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