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Obama Disses the Nationals

There are certain steps one must take to become an official member of the Washington D.C. community. You have to choose a house of worship, and schools for your kids. You have to complain about tourists, and about traffic on the Beltway, and about the humidity, and about the lack of good bagels and acceptable pizza. And you have to take playful shots at the Nationals.

Well, welcome to Washington, Mr. President.

"There's a lot of parity [in baseball this season], which I think is terrific, because it means everybody around the country has a little bit of hope for their team," Obama said on national television during tonight's All-Star Game. "Maybe with the exception of the Nationals."

And yeah, he added the caveat about them being young and having a new ballpark. That's ok, sir. You live here. You're allowed to say it. Just take off that White Sox jacket.


(Video via Stet Sports Blog)

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 14, 2009; 10:43 PM ET
Categories:  Nats  
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Comments

I'm far more supportive of President Obama's policies than his predecessor's, but at least George W. Bush went to a few Nats games -- even a couple where he didn't throw out the first ball, but simply watched from the VIP box at RFK with no fanfare. Obama hasn't managed to attend one Nats game yet (Mark Plotkin, get on his case about it).

Hate to say it, but I think Obama is a bit of a frontrunner...and that's something I wouldn't expect from a White Sox fan.

Posted by: VPaterno | July 14, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

I actually visited tonight to see if this would be here. I didn't expect there to already be a youtube video. It doesn't get any better than the good ol' camera held in front of a television for recordings.

Too bad there isn't parity in the All-Star game. 13 straight.

Posted by: sitruc | July 14, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't mind seeing the President out at the ballpark, VPaterno, but how does not attending Nats games and continuing to publicly be a White Sox fan make him a front runner? I have no problem with him being too busy to make it out to a game or throw out a pitch. Making it out for first pitches has become trite and belittles fans. If he takes in a game, so be it. I just don't want to hear complaints about security the next day though. Regarding White House visits after championships: I have no problem with him making the teams do public services for the visit so long as credit goes where it should. In the end, I say good for him for attending some of his daughters' soccer games.
I'd love to see him at the Maryland Soccerplex for a Freedom match with the girls or RFK for DC United. There is a doubleheader coming up....
There is an obligation when it is an international event and world leaders are present, but a local event? Meh. Go because you want to. The only unacceptable thing the President has allowed is tours of the White House for Chicago teams. The Chicago Fire shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the White House.

Posted by: sitruc | July 15, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Wale is on Late Night with the Roots wearing the red W hat. That's something positive, right?

Posted by: sitruc | July 15, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Steinberg this is old news. Bog boy is up to his old tricks ..... we've all seen it before. Try doing a positive write-up, maybe on the all-star Ryan Zimmerman? Oh that's right, you only like taking the negative angle. Sigh.

Posted by: djmichaels | July 15, 2009 1:57 AM | Report abuse

I agree with VPaterno. Nice that Obama attended the All Star game, threw out the first pitch, chatted up the players before and sat in with Buck and McCarver for some more air time. However, by now he should have at least paid one visit to Nats Park like Dubya did. Doesn't have to stay the entire game, but show some support for the home team. And yes, Mr. President, if you do leave the White Sox jacket in the car.

Posted by: Wallpass | July 15, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Nats Park is welcoming of opposing teams and fans. Why would the President take off his White Sox gear? They'd probably make it White Sox night if they knew he was coming and give out Ozzie Guillén bobble heads.

Posted by: sitruc | July 15, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Obama went to a Wizards game (frontrunner?) and he is more of a basketball guy. why would he want to go to a Nationals game? so his security detail can outnumber the other fans in attendance?

@djmichaels - lighten up. the Nationals have an all-star because every team has to have 1, so it's not much of a story that he's there. yes, he's having a fine year, but he's not exactly Steve Carlton on the '72 Phillies.

the team is terrible, the front office is terrible and the owners are terrible. people are going to dwell on the terrible until it starts to turn around. believe me, if the Nats come out of the break with a winning streak under their new manager, you're going to read all sorts of positive coverage. but if a squirrel runs on to the field and defecates on the pitcher's mound, you're going to read about that, too.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 15, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I have season tickets and even I don't want to go to Nationals games anymore. Why would Obama?

I'll just summarize it for you:

Nats give up two runs in the first.
Nats score three in the third.
Nats give up 6 in the 7th, 8th and 9th and lose 8-3.
Repeat.

Posted by: fushezzi | July 15, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

@djmichaels

I do recall Steinz producing some positive news about the Nats a couple weeks back. And that was positive news they didn't deserve. This is already a 60-loss team. Honestly, taking jabs at a sports writer is a pretty futile endeavor. I think it just allows you to redirect your rage about your awful Nats in another direction. How about Steinz and other reporters can start being more positive when the Nats get to at least 20 games under .500.

Posted by: CDon | July 15, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

exactly fushezzi.

i used to go all the time, 20/30 per year. last year i went three times. this year once (work function). why would i expect someone who isnt a fan to watch this bs? the atmosphere stinks. 5k fans. a bad team. a dbag mc. dumb games between innings. oh yeah...brisket. forgot

Posted by: makplan20002 | July 15, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

fusheezi and makplan are dead on. and still Selig defends the Lerners? Baseball is more corrput than figure skating

Posted by: jpfterps | July 15, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a wolf in sheep's clothing. What he says about the Nationals or any of our other beloved teams I could care less about. I'm thankful he doesn't go to any of our Caps or Nats games as security always lands up being a nightmare.

Posted by: kthhken | July 15, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Obama should appoint a "Czar" to fix the Nationals, he has appointed over 30 other "Czars".

Posted by: kthhken | July 15, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Obama throws a baseball like my grandma (sorry Grandma, you were the least coordinated person I could think of). His pitch was so weak, it was embarrassing.

Now Dubya, that's a guy who knew how to throw a ball.

Posted by: Barno1 | July 15, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Sports Bog FAIL....

No mention of the Prez's sissy throw?

C'mon now...you are all about dumb controversies with pictures to prove yet no write up of the pitch?

1)crappy initial camera angle
2)Pujols is squating ON TOP of the plate (one would think a baseball player would know to squat behind the plate...unless told to do otherwise)
3)Pujols has to reach a foot in front of him so the eephus pitch doesn't hit the ground

Sports Bog FAIL....

Posted by: right3 | July 15, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama throws a baseball like my grandma (sorry Grandma, you were the least coordinated person I could think of). His pitch was so weak, it was embarrassing.

Now Dubya, that's a guy who knew how to throw a ball.

Posted by: Barno1 | July 15, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Whew. Good thing Bush knew how to throw a baseball. No wonder the country was in such great shape when he left.

Posted by: CDon | July 15, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Baseball is an American sport. We can't expect Obama to know how to play with him being born in a foreign country and all.

But enough about politics.

Stein...are there any player props offered at MGM?

Posted by: fushezzi | July 15, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Obama, with his girlie pitch last night, did nothing to disabuse the notion that he is an effete elitist.

Posted by: poguesmahone | July 15, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Politics aside, I think I'd prefer Obama sitting courtside at a Wizards game to W hiding in the owner's box while snipers patrol the roof at RFK.

Maybe that's just the socialist in me talking, though.

Posted by: bryc3 | July 15, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Politics aside, I think I'd prefer Obama sitting courtside at a Wizards game to W hiding in the owner's box while snipers patrol the roof at RFK.

Maybe that's just the socialist in me talking, though.

Posted by: bryc3 | July 15, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse
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Oh yeah, that's when he gave the secret service the night off!!! Idiot!! It took three times the detail to protect courtside Verizon compared to RFK or Nats Park.

Posted by: dkidwell61 | July 15, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Barno - Throwing a ball is about the only thing W. did well...at least Obama didn't pull a Caron Butler...that would have ensured him a one term presidency!

Posted by: authorofpoetry | July 15, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I was also struck by the odd camera angle, and the eephus pitch was definitely funny, once they showed the replay. Also, I wish they'd had at least a small window on the screen showing the game action during the chat. It really irks me when they don't do that, whether it's a sideline reporter, a celebrity, or a politician (or are those last two the same thing?). Hello. I'd like to, you know, see the play on the field.

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1)crappy initial camera angle
2)Pujols is squating ON TOP of the plate (one would think a baseball player would know to squat behind the plate...unless told to do otherwise)
3)Pujols has to reach a foot in front of him so the eephus pitch doesn't hit the ground

Sports Bog FAIL....

Posted by: right3 | July 15, 2009 10:37 AM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 15, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Look at the bright side. When Gretzky called out the Devils as a Mickey Mouse franchise (which was true), they got a lot better. Thrity Ownership NEEDS to be called out and publicly, nationally embarrassed. If the Lerners have ANY sense of pride (which I doubt; they stiffed the city on rent for a new city-paid stadium) maybe they can be shamed into improving the team. Nothing else has worked.

Posted by: gbooksdc | July 15, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The pitch - it's a ceremonial pitch. It's not meant to strike any one out. Now here's an idea -- have Kim Jung Il stand in with a bat and have our President brush him back or just go for the rib cage. Let Biden catch and when Il charges the mound, Joe can take him out from behind.

Posted by: bkhoward | July 15, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama's wimpy throw wouldn't be so comical if the guy hadn't gone to such great lengths time and time again to portray himself as some kind of jock. He is ANTHING but. Anyone who has ever watched him play basketball on youtube can attest to the fact that this is one of the most uncoordinated men you will ever see on a court.

OOOOOOh, you were a "star" on the Hawaii basketball team...WOW!!! That must have been really difficult as the only guy above 5 ft 6!

Posted by: Barno1 | July 15, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Also, darn you, Steinberg, for tempting me to post on here when I was determined not to do so...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 15, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

My 6 year old daughter looks my athletic with her throw's than he did.

Also, what's with the jeans? You're the President, not a regular Joe, is it to much to ask for him to where a pair of khaki's? Good Grief.

Posted by: Section505203 | July 15, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"Obama, with his girlie pitch last night, did nothing to disabuse the notion that he is an effete elitist."
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Obama has some faults, but he's not "an effete elitist." If he were, he'd be a Red Sox fan.

Posted by: VPaterno | July 15, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

He shouldnt be talking trash, when his first pitch was in the dirt. He is lucky Pujols moved up and still caught it low

Posted by: thomassmith1 | July 15, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

And his favorite player would be Manny Ortez.

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Obama has some faults, but he's not "an effete elitist." If he were, he'd be a Red Sox fan.

Posted by: VPaterno | July 15, 2009 2:01 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 15, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

http://www.breitbart.tv/white-sox-fan-obama-botches-name-of-commiskey-field-during-all-star-game-interview/

HAH!!!!! Obama botches the name of his "beloved" White Sox stadium, which was named Comiskey Park for, oh, about 100 years. Yeah, he's SUCH a big sports fan, and SUCH a big jock. Yet can't throw a baseball 40 feet without looking like a wimp and can't even pronounce the legendary stadium where his supposedly favorite team plays.

Reminds you of a certain other Democratic presidential nominee, who combined the first name and botched last name of 2 different All Stars for his hometown team. Or the time said failed politician called Lambeau Field "Lambert"...

The reason for these botches is simple: they aren't really sports fans, they're not jocks, they're just lame, phony, politicians who think it makes them look cooler if people think they're into sports.

Posted by: Barno1 | July 15, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't a diss in my opinion. Obama was trying to show he knew what was going on in the game. He said that everyone pretty much was still in the race, then thought to add that the Nats weren't. He had mentioned just seconds earlier about what a good season the Dodgers were having. and even I, as diehard a Nats fan as could possibly be, concede that we really don't have a chance to win in 2009.

I agree with the poster that there are commentators stretching to be negative about the club. I'd put the headline on this post to be among them. I can't wait for more references by Boswell to "Natinals", a manufacturing error which occurred several months ago. Yeesh, that reference is so stale its growing mold. Move on.

Posted by: raymitten | July 15, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse


Seriously Stein, this is boring, stupid and predictable -- congrats you've perfected the art of pile on -- want a cookie? Do us all a favor and get another direction or get another gig --

Posted by: Terpsrule | July 15, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I have to disagree with those thinking that Steinberg has an anti-Nats agenda. In fact, if anything, the opposite is true. He clearly wants the team to do well, wants the crowds to flock to the stadium, and wants to see playoff baseball in DC. How do we know this? Well, because he's said so oh, about 1000 times.

I know people who read this paper may be used to their team being trashed by an agenda-driven reporter (Redskins: La Canfora. Terps: Yanda. Any team that's on a losing streak: Sally Jenkins...etc) But this is simply not the case with Steinberg. He likes all of DC's teams and wants them to do well--if only bc it's better for the bog if teams are winning.

Posted by: Barno1 | July 15, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Barno, some quick Googling didn't turn up a link but in a chat earlier this year Steinberg admitted to having a soccer-related grudge against the Nats.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 16, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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