L-Millz and Riggo
Actual Dialogue from today's Fan Q&A with Lastings Milledge at the ESPNZone.
Fan, approximately: "I wanted you to know that I'm pledging $5 to some Nationals Charity Foundation every time you steal a base, and I'm going to up to $10 every time you steal home, but really, the reason I'm raising my hand is to ask, do you know the last athlete to come to Washington and wear 44? I'll give you a hint, he's got a radio show in this town, and he's got three Super Bowl rings."
Milledge: [Staring blankly].
Nats Vice President of Communications Chartese Burnett: [Jumping out of her chair with "Riggins" on her lips.]
Fan: "John Riggins!!!!!!!!"
Milledge: "I'm not sure...."
Ok, not quite Maroon and Black, but same basic idea. Although in Milledge's defense, he wasn't alive when Riggo was the Super Bowl MVP, which is scary.
Anyhow, Milledge won back the crowd by saying he hoped he and his teammates could win three World Series championships, but still, this was mintier than the ESPNZone's Summer Rolls.
The other highlight, I suppose, came when a fan asked Milledge what he thought about the nickname "Blastings Thrilledge."
"Whatever you want to call me," L-Millz said. "Whatever works, as long as I'm getting hits while you're saying it. If I don't get no hits, you can't say it any more...I like it, that's fine, we can roll with it."
He also said "I don't want to be on the side of my toilet boning my bat," which made sense in context, and talked about outfield dimensions using the words "parabola" and "curl route," and then got all serious when someone asked him about the team's offensive struggles.
"It's a tough game out there," he said. "It's a game of failure. It's a tough game, it's tough mentally, it's mentally draining, I can tell you that. I think this is one of the only games that really, really affects your family. It goes beyond just 'Ok, game [over], you didn't do good, go home. If you don't come through, if you don't get a hit, it's not that your family don't think you can do it, it's just that they want you to do so well. They're used to you being an all-star, an MVP, high school Player of the Year, and then you get to the major leagues where everybody has been there at that stage of their careers. It's a toll, man, it's a toll on your family. But this is what we want to do. It's a dream, and we've just got to roll with it."
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