Miss Iowa 2008, Diana Reed, performs in the talent portion of the Miss America pageant in the video above. Miguel Batista is an accomplished poet and writer, and has pitched 16 seasons in the Majors. Can Miguel Batista twirl a baton like Miss Iowa 2008? Maybe not. But could Katherine Conners, Miss Iowa 2010, pitch for the Washington Nationals (h/t to @ misschatter)? Some nights, maybe?
"I know I can throw a pitch or two! The question is, can Miguel Batista walk the runway in a swimsuit?"
(Katherine Connors, via DesMoinesRegister.com, 7/28/2010)
Now, prior to last night, the greatest quote in Nationals history was uttered by Julian Tavarez, when he compared signing with the Nationals in March 2009 to hooking up with a 600 lb. J-Lo.
We'd be remiss if we didn't note for the record that Miguel Batista's post-game comment in which he compared himself to Miss Iowa, and Stephen Strasburg to Miss Universe, has now rendered Tavarez's quote as second best. One more time:
"Imagine if you go to see Miss Universe, then you end up having Miss Iowa, you might get those kind of boos. But it's okay. They have to understand that as an organization we have to make sure that the kid is fine. You don't want to expose him out there and screw up his future."
(Miguel Batista, via Washington Post, 7/27/2010)
Awesome. Oh, and please don't ask why we went looking for Miss Iowa footage on YouTube. It hasn't been easy around here the day after Strasmas became Scratchburg. We're coping as best we can.