Kasten: "A great night"
Of course, that's what Stan Kasten's going to say, but I believe he meant it. He described having a "huge punch list" of things to take care of, and the Nationals' staff is meeting tonight -- right now -- to go over stuff that went wrong tonight, some of which might be fixed tomorrow, other things that might be fixed by next week's homestand.
Among the changes:
* The radar gun for pitch speeds did not work. "It's supposed to be on," Kasten said, and we can figure it will be Sunday night.
* They need more televisions in the outfield plaza where the kids area is so fans can stay connected to the game.
* There were long lines at several concession stands -- particularly Ben's Chili Bowl. Kasten said there was nothing operationally wrong, but that the concessionaires definitely needed to move people through more quickly.
* Kasten hadn't heard from Metro yet. He said the RFK shuttle buses worked really well. Anybody differ?
* They're going to fiddle with the scoreboard display until they find something they like. They designated the Orioles starters during introductions only as "IF" or "OF" and things like that, which is just plain amateurish. They need real positions up there.
Kasten said he is open to hearing all kinds of suggestions/constructive criticism. So for those who were here, please use this as a forum for suggestions, etc. I'll pass things on that seem to be points of emphasis.
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