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Nationals GM Jim Bowden Arrested Attempting to Erect Toll Booth on Brooklyn Bridge

posted Feb 22, 2009, 9:28 AM by Steven Seagal   [ updated Feb 22, 2009, 4:40 PM ]
Washington Nationals' General Manager Jim Bowden was taken into police custody this morning while attempting to erect a toll booth on the Brooklyn Bridge to subsidize revenue for the franchise.  "No, you don't understand - the franchise purchased this bridge from Smiley last month.  In fact, we have renamed it Nationals' Bridge," Bowden was heard explaining to police as they handcuffed him and led him to a waiting police cruiser.  "You're making a big mistake!" Bowden exclaimed as police forced him into the car.  Ramon Hernandez Put Down The Gun has learned that in addition to duping Nationals' front office personnel into giving him a $1.4M signing bonus in 2006 by posing as a 16 year old short stop prospect, Esmailyn "Smiley" Gonzalez collected an additional $150M from GM Jim Bowden in exchange for what Bowden believed was ownership and toll rights to the NYC landmark.  An MLB investigation determined that Gonzalez is actually Carlos David Alvarez Lugo, is 4 years older than he led Nationals officials to believe, and has no legitimate claim to the famous East River crossing.

At press time, Bowden was observed using his one phone call frantically trying to reach Odalis Perez, who has been dodging Bowden's calls since agreeing to arrange for the Nationals to have exclusive rights to all prospects from Perez's native Domincan Republic in exchange for a large, undisclosed sum of money.

Bowden, seen here last year, bids on the Capitol building in an elaborate scam that cost that Nationals $25M