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L-Millz and Riggo

(Ricky Carioti - TWP)

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: "Riggo!!!!!!!!"

Milledge: "Who?"

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." "Thrilledge Milledge."

"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."

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 20, 2008; 3:49 PM ET
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it was Blastings Thrilledge

Posted by: sec 312 | May 20, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

inquiring minds want to know dan... what's with skins trying to make a full court press for you????

Posted by: hmmmmm | May 20, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

This guy's obviously never heard of Steve Eminger.

Posted by: Go Skins Go | May 20, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

John Riggins only has one Super Bowl ring. He appeared in Super Bowls 17 and 18, but was gone by the time the Skins played the Broncos and Timmy Smith had his one moment of glory.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | May 20, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

For some reason I thought Don MacLean wore 44.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | May 20, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I love Lastings "Impression" Milledge. Steinz you need to ease off him a bit. He's not from this area and as you said wasn't born to see Riggo play. Not everyone is a Redskins/football fan.

Posted by: The Man, The Myth, The Milledge | May 20, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Blastings Thrilledge is my blog. I doubt L-Millz is interested in that. I'm interested, however, in what this talk about boning his bat around the toilet bowl is about.

Posted by: John Peterson | May 20, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I guess the "Fan, approximately" forgot about another #44 in the years since Riggo. I'm typing, of course, about the inimitable Christian Laettner.

Posted by: TSW | May 21, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

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