Posts Tagged ‘Washington Nationals’


June 19, 2008


I’ve always said that, when it comes to judging sports organizations, you can’t fix stupid. Teams that have losing records rarely confine their imcompetence to ON the field. Those organizations usually treat their players and fans the same-LIKE CRAP. That’s why bad sports franchises suck year after year after year.

The latest example of this comes from our nation’s capital. The Washington Nationals have decided it’s now official team policy to make shirtless male fans cover up at the ballpark. According to the Nationals it is “indecent exposure” for men to take their shirts off at a baseball game.

That’s right, no shoes, no shirts, no admittance to Washington Nationals baseball games.

The story came to light after a shocked Nationals fan was forced to cover up at a recent game. The man wrote a letter to the editor which was published in The Washington Post under the catchy title “Something to Get Off My Chest.” In part, the man’s letter read:


Last Sunday, a few of my friends and I decided to brave the scorching heat and watch the Washington Nationals play the San Francisco Giants. The heat index was going to be over 100, but that didn’t stop us from going to RFK…

Around the third inning, a ballpark employee informed me and a friend that we would have to put our shirts back on. We were told it was illegal and considered “indecent exposure.” We pointed out the many other shirtless men, and she assured us she was getting to them as well. We were dumbstruck.

We were not drunk, loud or rude. We were simply sitting in our seats watching the game. As this was happening, I thought about how we and many other fans had just spent a considerable amount of money to support the Nationals. This is how we are treated? If it is illegal to have your shirt off, I had better be careful when I go running on the Mall.

Even after this embarrassing story came to light the Nationals are sticking to their guns. The Post talked to the team’s director of communications who says the National’s Guest Code of Conduct states, “Obscene or indecent clothing will not detract from the guest experience.” She says the Nationals interpret this to mean men have to wear their shirts at the ballpark.

Keep in mind this is the same city where the professional football team ENCOURAGES its fans to wear no shirt:


Or to dress like this:


And don’t even get me started on Georgetown basketball fans:

Yet, the idiots with the Nationals continue to maintain it is ILLEGAL for a man to take his shirt off at the baseball park.

The city’s professional soccer team, D.C. United, realizing how stupid the National’s policy is, issued a statement which said,

“The passion of our supporters cannot possibly be contained by clothing,”

When you get outmarketed by a Major League Soccer team you are truly one of the most inept franchises in sports.

Even the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department was forced to take a position on the issue. A police spokesman said CATEGORICALLY anywhere in the District “If a male takes off his shirt it’s not considered indecent exposure.”

A poll in The Washington Post is running about 50/50 on the issue. Slightly more than half the people polled think it’s unamerican to not be able to kick back at the ballpark on a hot day with a beer and your shirt off. The rest think there are too many fat, sweaty guys with no shirts running around already.


June 11, 2008


Oh well, at least he waited until June before melting down this year.

Controversial Washington Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes got into a heated exchange with his manager, Manny Acta, during last night’s game. Dukes then broke one of baseball’s “unwritten rules” by showing up his manager after the game.

The trouble started after Nationals outfielder Lastings Milledge hit what turned out to be the game winning home run against Pittsbugh in the eigth inning last night. Apparently there was some confusion as to whether Acta thought Dukes and other Nationals players were “showing up” the Pirates. Acta had defended Dukes on a couple of other incidents recently about showing up opposition players. (Once last week when Dukes hit a game-winning homer, and just a couple days ago when Dukes taunted Pirates ace reliever Matt Capps after a rally.)

According to an report, Dukes thought that Acta had REFUSED to shake his hand. After the game Dukes refused to shake Acta’s hand. He even faked a high-five to his manager then left Acta hanging when he put his hand up to slap Dukes’ hand.

You might think this would be enough to get Dukes booted from the Nationals. You would be wrong. A few minutes after the incident Acta, Dukes and general manager Jim Bowden had a closed-door meeting. According to they “settled the issue.” has a story on the incident with the video: CLICK HERE


March 15, 2008


 New York Times writer, Murray Chass, is tired of all this Jesus nonsense.

Writing in yesterday’s Times, Chass called for a “seperation of church and baseball.” He also questions whether baseball “Faith Nights” are really all about money.

Chass was particularly critical of the Lerner family which owns the Washington Nationals.


Probably because the Lerners continue to allow “Faith Night” at their ballpark despite the fact they’re Jewish.


Rather than promoting ALL faiths, these events promote only an evangelical brand of Christianity.

Although the Lerners refused to be interviewed for the article, a club spokesperson did comment,

“Our purpose was to garner ticket sales,” said Chartese Burnett, the vice president for communications of the Washington Nationals. “It had nothing to do with faith.”

Instead, Chass says it’s all about money.

The Nationals sold 3,000 extra tickets for their game with the Cardinals when they held Faith Night, charging an additional $10 for a postgame concert. Chass asks whether the Lerners really need the money that badly.

Frankly, I think we pretty much passed the point of no return in the “Is-baseball-overcommercializing-region?” debate when they came up with the Christ Bobblehead.


Or maybe it was the Red Sox Yarmulke:


Chass concludes, “Why should teams be in the business of promoting any particular religion? The idea has caught on in baseball because clubs want to sell tickets. That’s why Major League Baseball will never halt faith nights. Anything for a few dollars more. But it has no place in baseball. Baseball crowds are made up of people of all faiths and no faith. No segment should be singled out.”