Tom Boswell has a column in the Post today in which he claims that Nats fans will have a crisis of conscience at tonight's Nats/Orioles exhibition game. Let's break down some of his foolishness:
"Now that it's here, Washington fans who enjoyed an Orioles feast for decades, then fumed for years as Baltimore's owner blocked a team for the District, have a chance to voice their feelings.
If they can figure out what those feelings are."Well, I know what my feelings are. I live in the D.C. area, not Baltimore, and the O's can go to hell and take their owner and their cable network with them.
"Why, who knows, the Orioles may be cheered in Washington and the Nationals be received courteously in Baltimore."
Why, who knows, monkeys might fly out of my ass! The Orioles will be loudly booed when they take the field tonight. We might see the loudest booing since Barry Bonds came to town last fall. I'd expect that the Nats will be viewed with indifference in Baltimore. Fans up there simply don't care about the Nats. In fact, today's Baltimore Sun baseball page doesn't even mention the exhibition games. Not one word.
"After all the pleasure that the Orioles gave to Washington baseball fans for one-third of a century, isn't dignity and appreciation at RFK the least that is owed? And after all the years that the Orioles' mere existence prevented Washington, a town twice Baltimore's size, from getting a team, shouldn't Baltimore have the good grace to say: "You waited long enough. Welcome back.""
No. A thousand times no. All your base are belong to us.
"Besides, how deeply can Washington and Baltimore hate each other when they are both busy being mad at the same man? The enemy of my enemy is my friend."
Angelos is a douchebag. Angelos owns the Orioles. The Orioles are proxy douchebags.
"If you try to find a Nats fan with a genuine visceral dislike for the Orioles, you may have an all-day job."
Boz, if you keep writing columns like this, you may not have an all-day job. There are thousands of Nats fans with a genuine visceral dislike for the Orioles.
"Every rendition of the national anthem at a major Washington sports event still gets a burst from the crowd at, "Ohhhhhh, say does that star-spangled banner . . ." That happens nowhere else in America. And the "O" is for "Orioles.""
Ah, that annoying little practice. The fools that persist in doing this at RFK continually get booed loudly enough that this disrespectful interruption of the anthem had almost completely subsided by last September.
"My son is in this camp. He watched his first games in the upper deck of Memorial Stadium, became a teenager in the mythological Ripken era and, at spring training, discovered that many Orioles will shake a kid's hand. To him, they are baseball. Camden Yards holds his memories. Someday, he may set foot in RFK. Or Nats Park. But not yet. He's loyal."
So the son of the sportswriter for the Washington team has yet to set foot at a Nationals game? Well, that about sums it up, doesn't it?
"Each fan will have a personal response to this dilemma. So far, no one has any hint how either team will be received in the other's park. Soon, we'll know. Perhaps we'll see schizophrenic signs like: "Free the Nats. Go O's.""
Or, we'll see signs like: "Boswell: Put Down the Bong!"
Boswell is a fool and completely out of touch with die-hard Nats fans. In fact, as I blogged about the other day, I think the area media is out of touch with die-hard fans.
A good news story, for the paper and the team, would be how after only one year, the team has enough rabid fans to spawn 15-20 year-round blogs, a handful of 24/7 bulletin boards, and fan clubs with the clout and/savvy to get Members of Congress to stand outside of RFK and denounce Comcast. Oh, and these same fans have inspired those Members of Congress to hold a hearing next Friday with MASN and Comcast over the TV dispute.
But instead we get crap like this Boswell column. It's a damn shame.