Pennant or penitentiary?
Having recently moved to our nation’s capitol, I am slowly beginning to look into the teams that call this area home. No team will ever be able to replace the Tigers in my heart but I see nothing wrong with supporting an NL team up until the point that they are pitted against Detroit. Well, unless it’s a team from NYC. I refuse to support any team from the NY metro area but that’s another story for another time. My point is that in coming to the DC metro area, I am faced once again with the prospect of two teams.
It would not be blasphemy to support the Orioles since they are terrible. And, beyond the the fact of their complete ineptitude is the greater fact that they will play both the Yankees and Red Sox many times this season giving me just as many chances to cheer against both teams. This makes me happy. However, because the Orioles will also have to face my Tigers throughout the season, which means that I have settled on supporting the Nationals. To be honest, though, I don’t necessarily consider this settling. The main reason is that because, just like the Cincinnati Bengals, the Nats have possibly the most felonious team in baseball.
The wonderful part about getting to watch the Nats all season long is that they could send a team to the playoffs or they might just send a couple players off to the joint. I mean, we’re talking about a team here that suits up both Elijah Dukes and Dmitri Young. How could you not love the possibilities? Now, I already have a special place in my heart for Dmitri since he used to be a Tiger but at the same time I recognize that this is a man who had a warrant out for his arrest in Detroit and once punched a fan during a minor league game. And Elijah, for all his talent, is probably best known for impregnating a 17 year old foster child living with his relatives. However, in the city that gave us Marion Barry, can you really expect anything less? All I know is that I will be watching all season long, including tonight as the Nats start things off against the Braves.