- Obama: Hole U.S. ‘digging out of’ requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
- John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: ‘I do’
Where do the Nationals fit among D.C.’s pro sports teams?
Question of the Day
In Boston, Red Sox fans celebrated the New England Patriots’ first Super Bowl victory with chants of “Yankees [expletive]!” When Nationals utilityman Mark DeRosa played for the Chicago Cubs, fans often left supportive notes on his car when he was playing well — and, um, critical missives when he wasn’t.
“I’ve never been recognized more [out in public] than in Chicago,” said DeRosa, who has played for seven major league teams. “You know when you’re in a baseball town. The fans know when to cheer, and what they’re cheering for.”
Will Leitch concurs. The New York magazine sportswriter grew up rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals and once lived in the city, widely considered to be the nation’s top baseball town. Last year, he made his first visit to Nationals Park.
Sitting with his parents above the visiting dugout, Mr. Leitch noticed something odd.
“Fans kept walking past us the whole game, back and forth,” he said. “It was the craziest thing. Finally, we figured out that they were going down to the Cardinals’ dugout and asking if they could get [then-St. Louis slugger] Albert Pujols‘ autograph. During the game!Like he wasn’t batting or doing anything.” Leitch laughed.
“My dad was morally offended,” he said. “I was more amused. Still, as a baseball fan, you have to know to not do that. I was like, ‘Wow, Washington is new to baseball.’ Maybe they’ll get it in time. They’re not there yet.”
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Patrick Hruby is an award-winning journalist who holds degrees from Georgetown and Northwestern. He also contributes to ESPN.com and The Atlantic Online, and his work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing. Follow him on Twitter (@patrick_hruby) and contact him at PatrickHruby.net.
- Taking to Twitter: Everybody's Oscar night in 140 characters
- Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin cry foul at WWE Tea Party stereotypes
- Oscar Pistorius and the 'roid rage' defense: It's no Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card
- Spatial media: Astronaut Chris Hadfield live chats from 220 miles above earth
- Hero-worship for a cold-blooded killer: The cult of Christopher Dorner
- Obama administration issues permits for wind farms to kill more eagles
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones
- Rush Limbaugh: Obama trying to make Mandela death about himself
- Obama: Hole U.S. 'digging out of' requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- CARSON: Getting to the top by starting at the bottom
- Federal deficit shrinks 20 percent in fiscal 2014
- Colorado judge: Bakery owner discriminated against gay couple
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Great discoveries in the world of restaurants and chefs fulfill the quest for delicious food and cooking.
Television commentary, reviews, news and nonstop DVR catch-up by Lisa King Dolloff and friends.
Red Alert focuses on the hottest political topics in the nation and calls Americans to action.
History doesn't have to be grim; there is a lot to be learned from the pages of time.
White House pets gone wild!