(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Nats principal owner Mark Lerner did a bunch of interviews late last week, before everyone went to Kansas City for the All-Star festivities. James Wagner had Lerner’s comments on baseball matters up on Nationals Journal; Lerner also talked to MASN’s Johnny Holliday about off-the-field matters.

Like, for instance, the fact that the Nats have the fourth-biggest attendance increase in Major League Baseball, are averaging nearly 30,000 fans a game, and seem likely to finish in the top half of MLB attendance for the first time since 2005.

“As many of the fans know, I’ve said all along, when we got to the point where we deserved the fans to come out — when we were winning, and winning consistently — they would be here,” Lerner said. “It’s proved out. That’s starting to happen. It’s been fantastic in the last, I guess, four or five homestands. And I only anticipate it’ll get tougher to get tickets as the season goes on, as we get closer and closer to September and hopefully playoffs.”

Then Holliday said that a lot of people around baseball must be envious of the Nats franchise.

“Well, we tried to do it the right way,” Lerner said. “And we’ve been straight with our fans since day one — which was May 3rd of 2006 — that we were gonna try to build the right way, that we had to get worse before we got better. We were given nothing. We had no farm system. We had a poor major league roster. And we said if we’re gonna do this, we have to do it. We’re doing it for the long term and not a one-year wonder kind of situation.”

Lerner also reiterated what he had told Wagner, that “this club is great the way it is,” and that “unless there’s some major injury, again, I would not be surprised that Mike [Rizzo] stands pat” at the trade deadline.