- Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer
WASHINGTON In his first general managing job, Jim Bowden grew accustomed to brushing St. Bernard hair off his clothes and building competitive teams on Chihuahua-sized budgets in Cincinnati. Those were the hazards of working for Marge Schott. So it's understandable that he regards every day with the Washington Nationals as a good day.
Some days just happen to be better than others. Last weekend, Bowden attended a tee ball game on the White House's South Lawn, and President Bush introduced him to the crowd as "my good friend Jimmy Bowden, general manager of the first-place Washington Nationals.''