ESPN is announcing tonight that Bud & Co. will announce that the Expos become the Nationals on Monday. My report on "Grays" is, therefore, wrong.
Luckily, I can explain why, unlike most times. The Grays were the clear favorite of Mayor Williams of D.C. as well as the leading ownership group (the DCBaseball group, led by Fred Malek). The failings of the DC mayor to get the deal passed left Bob DuPuy with the need to make some sort of splash. While the hat designs were presented for three names, only Grays was sent back for a second design. That's where my source saw it.
Anyway, the decision's apparently been made. Whether the new ownership group will go all Bullets to Wizards remains to be seen.
On the plus side, I'll defy you to find anyone else that named Len Kasper as one of the favorites for the Cubs PBP job as me. Len's a great guy. I met him first at the Cubs-Marlins NLCS and was impressed then. I think the Cubs made the right choice.
Finally, forgive the wonkiness here lately. I appreciate the patience everyone's shown through a strange and difficult time. We're going to "change the metaphor" here soon and I hope everyone will hang with us.