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I haven't seen the new statuary near Nationals Park in person so I won't pass judgment. I'll leave that to Blake Gopnik, who is not a fan. The ballplayer sculptures by Omri Amrany appear "to glop," writes Blake.

My first thought when I saw a photo was that at least one of the sculptures looks like that scene in "Alien" where the creature bursts from John Hurt's chest:


Of course, it might be nice to have an alien on the Nationals this year. I think he'd certainly win those close plays at home.

In other sports news, a former D.C. rec department employee is suing the city, alleging that he was fired unfairly. Michael Williams claimed parents had complained that Mayor Fenty's twin sons were registered in the wrong basketball league, playing against 6- to 8-year-olds in the Pee Wee Division when they were about to turn 9 and should have been with the older kids in the Pony Division. Williams alleges he was fired after bringing this up.

Could this turn into Pee Weegate? If so, it would probably irritate more people than the mayor's odd travel practices. No one can muster more outrage than a wronged sports parent.

By John Kelly  |  April 9, 2009; 9:15 AM ET
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