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Will the Indignities Never End For Nats?

Yikes. Less than 24 hours after being dissed by the president in front of 33.6 million viewers, politically astute D.C. baseball fans (is there any other kind?) had to endure this exchange between Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor during the latter's nomination hearing:

Cardin: "You are a hero to the Baltimore baseball fans. Let me explain. [During] the Major League Baseball strike [of 1994-95], you allowed the season to continue [without the use of replacement players] so Cal Ripken could become the Iron Man of baseall in September 1995. We just want to invite you, as a baseball fan, to an Oriole game, and we promise it will not be when the Yankees are playing, so you can root for the Baltimore Orioles."

Sotomayor: "That's a great invitaition ... You can assure your Baltimore fans that we have been to Camden Yards. It's a beautiful stadium."

By Dave Sheinin  |  July 16, 2009; 12:53 PM ET
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Seeing as how (1) the invitation came from a Maryland senator and (2) the reference was to a streak in Baltimore at a time when there was not even a baseball team in DC, I fail to see how this reflects poorly on the Nats. Furthermore, the Yankees exchange could be seen as a slap in the face to O's fans (AKA the denizens of Yankee Stadium/Fenway south).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 16, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

So a Yankees fan tells a Senator from Maryland that she's been to an Orioles game in Baltimore (which happens tens of thousands of times per year) and that she'll go again. How on earth is this a diss on the Nats?

Posted by: natsguy1 | July 16, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The indignity for Sheinin is that there IS a baseball team in DC, especially when assured Post readers that the Expos would be contracted three weeks before the announcement was made of the move to DC.

Get over yourself, Sheinin. You and Angelos lost.

Posted by: EnoughISEnough | July 16, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

That's fine. We'll just make sure D.C.'s Senator invites her to a Nats game.

Oh wait...

Posted by: grimesman | July 16, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Snap, grimesman!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 16, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, Sen. Cardin while I go for my barf bag. I also need to wipe my nose off!

Posted by: 1of9000 | July 16, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The reference to the Yankees was made because Sotomayor is from New York and would root for the Yanks if they were playing against the Orioles at the game she attended.

Posted by: Hobes | July 16, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

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