LEEInks Meets the Nationals

June 23, 2009 - 7:06 am

Welcome to a noon edition of the LEEInks! Today, we'll take an in-depth look at the newest Red Sox opponent, the hapless Washington Nationals. The Nationals come into Tuesday's game with a worst-in-baseball 20-46 record. The team has basically taken up residence in the NL East basement since the team's inception. In recent months, the team has become the subject of some fairly famous quotes. Last fall, presidential "hopeful" Ralph Nader even poked fun at the Nationals expense. When Nader was told that the Washington Post wasn't covering his campaign because he simply can't win, Nader then asked the reporter, "Why do you cover the Washington Nationals?" You know it's bad when Ralph Nader takes a potshot at you. The Nationals are also the subject of arguably the greatest quote in the history of words. The quote comes from old friend and part-time lawn bowler, Julian Tavarez. "Why did I sign with the Nationals? When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, and you're just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J. Lo. And to me this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It's 4 in the morning. Too much to drink. So, Nationals: Jennifer Lopez to me." This team has even had a notable "wardrobe malfunction." Not exactly Janet Jackson, but still embarassing. The Nationals boast a roster with some familiar names on it, including old friend Josh Bard behind the plate. The Nats also feature standout third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (who had a 30-hitting streak snapped earlier in the year), and home run/strikeout machine Adam Dunn. However, as much as this team can't seem to get anything right on the field, they've found a way to get one small entertainment-related thing right. Like, Milwaukee's sausage races at Miller Park, the Nationals have American presidents race around the warning track. Finally, two summers ago, the Nationals were part of one of baseball's most historic, yet ultimately controversial, moments when pitcher Mike Bacsik threw this pitch in San Francisco. With all of that said, please welcome your Washington Nationals. Or maybe today it's the Washington "Natinals." You simply never know with this team.