"Good luck in my interrogation"
Let's take this one at a time, with the understanding that I'm not going to say anything here that would "jump the shark", "screw the pooch", "crap the bed" or "fark the Fonzie" with the team after rekindling the professional relationship.
Wait, so now it was just an administrative error? What happened to the thanks to those of us who posted messages calling for the team to pay up, did we get jerked around over an admin issue? What happened to having to hire a lawyer to demand payment? What happened to Lerner Family payment delays being an annual joke? Are the Washington Nationals now "credit worthy"?
PowerBoater69 leaping to conclusions with a false sense of outrage is actually pretty funny...but only in hindsight. His assumptions might have been more on point in 2010 when this whole issue first came up, but I can assure you guys that this forum and an article by my friend William F. Yurasko had a major impact on resolving the late payment.http://www.yurasko.net/wfy/2010/11/some-support-for-steve-ray-pay-the-man-nats.html
1. "Administrative Error"... The Nationals employee who was handling the invoices for game presentation had been fired & did not pass along the originals when she left. Thank goodness I had copies & the person who works right under that departmental supervisor had copies. Your postings and WFY's article put the onus on the team to resolve the issue quickly. I looked over the emails from that period this morning & the head of the revamped Accounting department took things into her own hands. The one day delay from finding the invoices and issuing the check was only a matter of getting an authorized signature.
2. "Hiring a Lawyer" ... Why hire a lawyer when the issue was resolved in two days? I also studied Entertainment Law/Entertainment Management at UCLA and with few exceptions handle my own contracts with a review by my personal attorney. If there had been a refusal to pay...or an amount other than what was due...it might have been proper. I find lawyers just stink up the process.
3. "Payment Delays Being a Joke" ... Since the team switched flagship stations to WJFK and brought spot production in-house I have no idea what the delays are now, or if they even exist. One of the things Stan Kasten did was revamp and bolster the administrative departments like Accounting, Legal, etc... so I'm sure there aren't the same type of problems as when the Lerners took the team from MLB control with it's under staffing. I consider Mark Lerner a professional friend and do not generalize about the family.
4. "Credit Worthy" ... The relationship with the team has been exceptional & working down in the High-A Carolina League with the Potomac Nationals has kept me in the family. I can tell the difference between cordial and not being cold-shouldered each time I run into team representatives. At a recruiting event last Friday there were warm welcomes from 4 of the 6 executives...the other two I had never met.
...and for the record for those three who voted "disgrunted" in the poll, there was never any problem with not being picked as the primary P.A. Announcer. I was still the Producer of the Nationals Radio Network, still the TV & Radio promo voice, and both Stan Kasten and Mark Lerner said after the audition at RFK (in 13 degree February weather with the press box windows open!) my reads on the long promos like Jackie Robinson Day & Military Appreciation Day were exceptional, the player name intros from the "Hardest to Pronounce MLB Names" list were perfect, but Jerome had a younger sound & they could still have me as their on-air promotional voice...so it was a win-win.
So as far as I'm concerned...interrogation over, I'm "un-gruntled"