Saturday, May 19, 2007

Grrrr.

So tonight, the graphic scoreboard on the Nationals broadcast read "O's/WSH."

I really loathe the arrogance of refusing to refer to your own team by the city. But it's infuriating when it extends to the Nationals broadcast. And again, it's just a reminder that the Nationals are still influenced by the mafioso in the Warehouse on West Camden Street.

(Yes, it's much easier to bitch about MASN than write about the Nats' anemic hitting or Manny Acta's penchant for crazy late game pinch hitting and double switches.)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Mister Angelos Screws the Nats

More MASN bullcrap, and another reminder that the Nationals still have the ugly hand of the ogre up north in their affairs.

This is the Baltimore MASN broadcast...



O's" and "WSH" are on the graphic scoreboard. Typical Baltimore "we're-a-regional-team" baloney. Nothing new here.

Now look at the Nationals MASN2/DCA 20 broadcast...



"O's" and "Nats." I mean, that's either insulting or patronizing. I can't decide which.

Both "O's/Nats" and "O's/WSH" are silly on their own. Referring to one team but not another by their city is presumptuous and snobby. That's nothing new for the Baltimore team. Changing the nomenclature of the Nationals on the graphics just for the Baltimore series is even more silly.

But having one on each broadcast is demeaning.

It's minor aesthetic thing. But it's a prime example of why I and other Nationals fans hate the Baltimore franchise, their management, ownership and their sham TV network. (And at the same time, a lot of us don't mind the team and a majority of their fans.)

Yet another reason that while the Baltimore franchise control the Nationals TV rights, Washington does not have a truly independent baseball team.

It is imperative that we crush the crush the O's before the start of the rainy season

It's bad enough that we have to witness the abomination that is interleague play, this weekend the Baltimore Orioles and their fans come to RFK. If you're going to the stadium this weekend, be sure you're up to date on your shots.

And I hope the Nats aren't letting the enemy mascot in the park this weekend, but I'm prepared to be disappointed.

So let's just say ... a shiny new donkey for whoever brings me the head of the Oriole bird.