Nats Kosher Fail
A few observations about this story, concerning the dismissal of one kosher food vendor and the delay in launching another at Nationals Park:
* You know it's bad when even Washington Jewish Week is queuing up to take shots at you.
* The specifics of the case are extremely murky, but this is at least in the running for quote of the year concerning the Nats, assuming it wasn't written by a humor writer for laffs:
"It's one thing to watch a last-place team lose just about every game. But when the thrill of eating a kosher hot dog is taken away, that makes it intolerable."
* According to the story, the founder of the dismissed vendor, Kosher Sports, initially said his relationship with the team had been fine, and that the arrangement was mutually dissolved, but upon hearing a sort of murky potential insult from Nats part-owner Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, the dude popped off, saying team employees were responsible for the tossing of $8,000 of still-fresh frozen kosher food. If frozen food can be fresh, the last-place Nats might as well be in first.
And the dude also claimed one of his kosher concession carts was tampered with, leaving open the possibility of non-kosher infiltration and contamination. Cue the Zapruder footage of Screech smearing bacon-wrapped-shrimp all over the inside of that puppy.
* The resolution is that the team is promising a new vendor with "a great kosher product" by mid-June, which will at least end the intolerable indignity of being forced to watch a last-place team absent the comfort of a kosher hot dog. Now if they could only get some real pickles, decent bagels and a few cases of Cel-Ray in the joint, they could stop playing baseball all together.
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