New York - The sale of the Washington Nationals at a cost of 450 million to Theodore Lerner and Stan Kasten was unanimously approved by major league owners yesterday.
The new owners will now have to complete their financing before the transfer is made. Bob DuPuy, baseball's general director, said the transaction could be completed between mid-June and mid-July. The 29 major league teams bought the Expos in 2002, then paying $ 120 million to Jeffrey Loria. The Expos were then moved to Washington for the 2005 season.
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Pope celebrates Mass in his first major U.S.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI arrived Thursday around 9:30 (1330 GMT) at Washington Nationals Park Stadium to celebrate Mass before more than 45,000 faithful, the first mass celebration of his first trip to the United States began Tuesday.
The Pope made a tour of the stadium to board a popemobile to greet the crowd before getting ready for Mass to begin at 10:00 am (1400 GMT).
Strict security measures were implemented to filter the faithful who had to have an invitation nominative and pass through metal detectors before getting to the stadium.
The building, inaugurated in March by George W. Bush is the stage of the baseball team the "Nationals" and belongs to its constructor Theodore Lerner. The banner of the "Nationals" neighbors Thursday with large panels in honor of "Pope Benedict XVI (Pope Benedict XVI), the dominant place of celebration.
The bleachers filled gradually, long before the arrival of the pope, under the spring sunshine while choirs, orchestras and bands were wait assistance to the sound of religious music from the repertoire of spirituals of American blacks or classic inspiration.
Benedict XVI is to celebrate another outdoor mass on Sunday afternoon, the last day of his trip to Yankee Stadium in New York.
Again participation will be announced relatively modest 60,000, no comparison with the huge crowds attracted by his predecessor, John Paul II.
26-year pontificate, the public celebrations conducted by the Polish pope have collected a total of 400 million people.
Washington Nationals - Ted Lerner
The Washington Nationals are a baseball franchise in Major League Baseball based in Washington, DC since 2005. They compete in the National League. The Nationals have never played the World Series remains one of two formats of MLB to have never won a League title.
The franchise was founded in 1969 as the Montreal Expos. After a decade of disappointing results, the team knows an upturn in early 1980, winning his only championship division in 1981. The Expos lost two finals of the National League 3-2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Poor performance during the late 1980s, then a rebound occurs early in the next decade with players like Larry Walker, Moises Alou, Marquis Grissom and Pedro Martinez. The division title won in 1981 had been reached on a base of players' strike; «remake in 1994. The Expos are top of their division when the season was halted due to strike. It does not resume, the Expos and frustrating that had previously aligned the best results of the LMB. After the disappointment of 1994, the franchise began to lose players, fans and money.
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The financial problems of the franchise leads his move to Washington, DC, private town MLB baseball since 1971. The strongest opposition to this move was that the franchise of the Baltimore Orioles, who see Washington as included in their sphere of influence. The arrival of a local competitor is very misunderstood by Baltimore-cons who are negotiating parties, particularly in terms of TV rights. An agreement was signed between MLB and the Orioles March 31, 2005 in this regard.
The first official part of the Nationals held April 4, 2005 in Philadelphia, faced the Phillies. The meeting ended with a defeat of the Nationals on the score of 8 to 4. Five out of five of their division in 2005 with 81 victories and defeats for 81 in 2006 (71-91) and fourth in five in 2007 (73-89), the Nationals are poor and the fans get tired. We go from an average 33 728 spectators in 2005 to 23,998 in 2007. The Nationals left the chamber without much sadness of RFK Stadium where they live for the last time Sept. 23, 2007.
From the 2008 season, the Nationals play at Nationals Park (41,222 seats), any new enclosure specially dedicated to baseball.
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