The Secret Behind The New 'Screech'
He's gaunt, scrawny, a shadow of his former, semi-cuddly self. If he were on offer at the poultry counter, you'd give him a pass and wonder what had gone wrong down at the Perdue plant.
The Washington Nationals have unveiled Screech 2.0, the reworked team mascot, and the result speaks of a certain slimming process that fans weren't expecting so soon after the announcement that the team had acquired its first genuine slugger, Adam Dunn.
Somehow, the new mascot looks like an afterthought. Here, the team is saying to future Screeches, put this head on, and oh, yeah, wear this jersey too.
Over on the Bog, Steinberg has Nats PR chief Chartese Burnett saying that Screech has matured and is now "like a teenager.... He wants to be youthful and hip and cool." Which would imply that our Long Nationals Nightmare (a.k.a. "Clint") is either moving toward adulthood or being shoved out entirely. Because no family has room for more than one emerging adolescent, right?
But as ever in the politics of sports and the always-intriguing relationship among the Nationals, the District and an all-too-sensitive fan base, there's a natural tendency to ascribe even deeper meaning to any big move. What does this all mean? Please vote below and come ahead with your own theories to explain the transformation of Screech.
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