Here’s the Davey Johnson tribute shown at yesterday’s final home game for the Washington Nationals. Some of Davey’s teammates and current and former players got together to wish Davey Johnson well as he is retiring after the season.
I watched portions of the Nationals vs. Braves day/night doubleheader yesterday and wondered why the players weren’t wearing the blue and gold caps that were in the news (see this link too). Keith Olbermann explains why.
He is 150% right. The Nationals could have auctioned off the hats and donated the money to the victims families. Would have been tremendous PR for the team. As Keith mentioned, they could have developed a hat with a dual logo hat for the same reason. Epic PR failure by the team.
(Video via D.C. Sports Bog)
Considering last year’s run to the playoffs, this is a little surprising.
Via CBS DC/WNEW
D.C. traffic on game nights might seem to indicate otherwise, but apparently the Nationals are one of the least popular teams in baseball.
Harris Interactive’s annual report on the popularity of Major League Baseball teams is out, and the Nats ranked 26 on the list of 30. The team ranked above only the Oakland Athletics, the Houston Astros, the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The top five teams on the list are the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Braves, the Dodgers and the Rangers. The nearby Baltimore Orioles are 17th.
To be fair, each of the top five teams has been playing in its home state for decades. The Nats, on the other hand, have only been in D.C. since 2005.
The Washington Nationals are looking for a few people to suit up with the team.
The Nationals don’t need players. They’re looking for people who want to portray the team’s costumed presidents who have raced against one another in the fourth inning since 2006.
Applications are due by Feb. 20. Auditions are March 2.
The team’s mascots started out as the four presidents found on Mount Rushmore: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Last season Roosevelt won the fourth-inning race for the first time. The team said in January that a William Howard Taft will join the race this season.
Potential mascots have to be able to run from center field to home plate in 40 seconds and wear a 45 pound costume for several hours.
Personally, I’m interested to see how fast William Howard Taft can run considering he was a pretty big guy like me.
- Nats’ Presidents to Race to Mount Rushmore (washington.cbslocal.com)
- William Howard Taft will be fifth president in races at Nationals Park (wjla.com)
- CSN: Nationals add Taft to Presidents’ race (csnwashington.com)