(Photo by Reuters Pictures. President Obama walks onto the field at Busch Stadium last night, minutes before taking a shot at the Nationals on FOX.)
First, back in April, The President of the United States of America snubbed the Nationals, declining an invitation to throw out the first pitch at the home opener (while extending an invitation that same week to the Phillies to visit the White House). Okay, we understand: he's a busy man.
But during last night's All Star game, while visiting with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the FOX broadcast booth, Mr. Obama piled on the hopeless Nationals. Over at the Bog, Dan Steinberg provides video evidence (via StetSports dot com). To our ears, the Presidential diss sounded like this:
"Everyone around the country has a little bit of hope for their team...Maybe with the exception of the Nationals."
Insert laugh track here.
Over at Washington Times/Chatter, Mark Zuckerman has a transcript of the Presidential diss, with a slightly different translation.
It's just the latest proof that the Nationals have become a national punchline.
Regardless, Obama's comments are at least proof that the The Prez is aware that there's a Major League Baseball team playing right around the corner from his house (despite the fact that the majority of the time they don't resemble a Major League Baseball team). After blowing off the Nats in April, we weren't so sure he even knew baseball had returned to Our Nationals Capital. Heck, at least "W" showed up once in a while to root for the home team from time to time when he was in office.
Final note to the Prez: if you do decide to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park some day, please leave your White Sox jacket at home.