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Miguel Batista on catching Miss Iowa's first pitch

If the hype of Stephen Strasburg signifies how mighty the modern sports media machine can become, the Miguel Batista-Miss Iowa union pretty well sums up how bizarre it can be. Katherine Connors today announced on Twitter she will throw out first pitch tomorrow at Nationals Park. Batista confirmed he'll catch it.

"That will be nice," Batista said. "They're making a lot of news about it. Hopefully by the end of the day, when she goes back to Iowa, she says something good about us. Hopefully she says, 'Oh, he was a cool guy. He looked like a low-budget Vin Diesel, but he's nice.' Hopefully we're going to show her the best of Washington and she'll have a good time."

Told that Miss Iowa has been practicing her pitch, Batista replied: "Really? Well, if she thinks I'm going to be practicing the swimsuit and the high heels, not a chance."

It was easy to wonder what Batista made of the fallout from one hilarious comment he made after throwing five scoreless innings Tuesday in place of Strasburg. He sort of shrugged.

"That's why they pay you guys the big bucks," he said.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 29, 2010; 5:44 PM ET
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If she throws more then two pitches I bet she develops bone chips in her elbow... I think it is the mound.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | July 29, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

If she can't get loose beforehand McCatty will call in Kunze the trainer and they will have to DL her. Then Senator (and ex-Philly Fem) Jim Bunning (and who of course must be at the game to be among his Philly Fem Fans) will get pissed and claim she is a fem ... well she is dude check eeeet out as Boris would say?

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

The miss Iowa thing has rapidly become the most boring story of the year; shouldn't the post be covering something more important? Oh, you know, something like whether the nats will trade their best hitter?

Posted by: swanni | July 29, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Who cares. Who is coming to Washington if the Nationals trade Dunn to Tampa as the trade mill now says. That is the issue not Miss Iowa's marketing schemes.

A trade with Tampa is smart because the Rays don't have the ability to sign Dunn long term. And the Rays have far better talent to send back than the White Sox. Getting two prospects there might really help. Supposedly Hellickson is off the table, but Rizzo says the team that gets Dunn is going to take a hit. Hellickson and Barnese would be a hit, a whole bunch of hit.

Or even better, trade Willingham for two prospects and let Morse play left field. Then sign Dunn for three years. I wish Miguel Batista the best with Miss Iowa, but let's talk baseball.

Posted by: Juliasdad | July 29, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Nightmare scenario:
"Attention ladies and gentlemen, Miss Iowa encountered difficulty getting loose. Throwing out the first pitch in her place......................................Rosanne Barr.....

Posted by: TimDz | July 29, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

F miss Iowa - cover baseball please

Posted by: swanni | July 29, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, why do we have to hunt all over the Internet for news on possible nats trades? Doesn't Adam have any sources?

Posted by: swanni | July 29, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Sources other than miss Iowa, that is

Posted by: swanni | July 29, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

And whatever happened to the Cuban defector? Come on, guys, start being journalists!

Posted by: swanni | July 29, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Yo Swanni: Lighten up, Francis.

Posted by: Drew8 | July 29, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

They can post all the rumors they want, but until a trade is made it's all jsut guesswork, or less.

Posted by: marathoner | July 29, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

swanni says: "F miss Iowa"

Who wouldn't?

Posted by: 202character | July 29, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

We don't often blunder into an old fashion publicity stunt, but this is a good one. Bill Veeck would have loved it. Though it seems to have driven some people insane. If you don't publish a real story because you run out of space on the internet covering this, that will be wrong. But in the meantime, this is just enjoyable.

Posted by: markfromark | July 29, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Priorities gentelman!! What do you think is more important Ms.Iowa comming to DC or how Rizzo intends to improve this woefull ball club and farm system(by trading for top notch prospects) i don't know about you but i'd to see Ms.Iowa throw out the first pitch in her swimsuit!!(LMAO)

Posted by: dargregmag | July 29, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

For all you guys grousing about the Miss Iowa kerfuffle: Lighten up. Baseball is supposed to be fun. There's nothing wrong with an amusing little side story. You want tooth-gnashing anger and adrenaline-fueled mouth frothing and hostility caused by testosterone overdoses, wait until football season.

Now, anyone wanna bet Riggleman is trying to figure out how to make a double switch involving Miss Iowa and Willie Harris?

Posted by: gilbertbp | July 29, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Haven't seen you posting here in, like forever - You just wake up from a long nap, or what? Cranky as always though, you need to take heed to what Drew8 advises & lighten up.

Posted by: BinM | July 29, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

hehehe; She's a good diversion from the possibility of trading away good Nats' players.
Kewl comments by Batista, too...

Posted by: Hattrik | July 29, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ - this post must have been linked on the home or sports page, the weirdos sure have shown up to complain. Who says that Mike Rizzo cares about this and is neglecting the trade deadline? It probably took Adam 5 minutes to gather this funny story. It takes Ken Rosenthal 5 seconds to tweet the latest incorrect rumor about Dunn - why don't some of you f off to mlbtraderumors and let us smile about Batista in peace. Where's the Bourbon and Maalox?

Posted by: Kev29 | July 29, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Capps to Twins for C Ramos

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | July 29, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

This is a GREAT story, guys. You ever hear of a work-life balance? This is a sports-sex balance.

Posted by: paulkp | July 29, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

As it's not a formal affair, I imagine that Miss Iowa will forgo the tiara. But I sure hope she wears her sash, if for no other reason than to help stifle boos from those Phillie fans in attendance who can read.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | July 30, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully she says, 'Oh, he was a cool guy. He looked like a low-budget Vin Diesel, but he's nice.'

Great line...

Posted by: Sunderland | July 30, 2010 5:21 AM | Report abuse

Battista is a funny man

Posted by: nativedc | July 30, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully she says, 'Oh, he was a cool guy. He looked like a low-budget Vin Diesel, but he's nice.'

Miguel Batista has a knack for one-liners. Awesome.

Posted by: chrisduckworth | July 30, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Any fan from the Midwest 'got' Batista's comment the first time. Those who didn't must be fans from the East Coast. Best part is yet to come now that Batista has been invited to judge the Miss Iowa 2010 Pageant in October. Maybe the ladies on "The Views" will have him on their show, too. He's obviously a very talented pitcher, but he has other talents that could get an invitation to judge American Idol.

Posted by: momshugs | July 30, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Love that Vin Diesel line. Miguel's quickly becoming one of my favorite Nats.

Posted by: thedude1974 | July 30, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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