Talkbackers have pointed opinions about the Nationals, Redskins and my observations about Pittsburgh hockey fans.
It’s unfortunate that, with the weak attendance the Nationals are about to have this season, you already raise the issue of whether the D.C. area deserves a Major League Baseball team, noting [last Sunday], “the game is here now.”
The 2007 Nationals are not a Major League Baseball team, and no city in the country would support the kind of game this crew is about to play. The Nationals are not only the worst team in baseball, they could be the worst team since the 1962 New York Mets. It’s unfair to judge the Washington region if it fails to go crazy for this team, which in addition to being horrid, also plays in fan-unfriendly RFK. The test of whether D.C. is worthy of a Major League Baseball team should await the day when it actually has one. Rick Biehl, Arlington The Lerners’ ownership and D.C. building a new stadium for 2008 ensure the Nationals’ existence here for decades. But after 34 years of fans clamoring for big league baseball in Washington, 2007 should be about the game. The Nats’ ownership has been upfront about rebuilding from the ground up, although it could have done better by the pitching staff. By the way, I like RFK for baseball.
As a longtime Redskins fan, I continue to be dismayed over the club’s recent antics. But I’ve come up with a two-step maneuver: K Complete the trade with the Bears for Lance Briggs, giving the Redskins more linebackers than needed and making a mockery of last year’s selection of Rocky McIntosh. K Move up before draft day by trading all of our 2008 draft picks to get JaMarcus Russell. With this move, we build excitement on draft day, we get a young quarterback that we don’t need, we create a three-way controversy at that position and make a mockery of the 2005 draft-pick moves to get Jason Campbell. Jim Johnson, Columbia Jimbo, are we being sarcastic about the local NFL team?
Regarding your column of last Sunday on Pittsburgh’s hockey fans: Pittsburgh is a great hockey town, and the rumored move of the Penguins to Las Vegas had little to do with the lack of fan support for the franchise. Mellon Arena was sold out for a significant number of games since those rumors started flying. I’d also like to respond to your rhetorical question: “Do fans who drove here from Pittsburgh in Pens sweaters also travel to Philadelphia and live to tell their stories?” Pittsburgh fans support their teams, and that does include travel to hostile venues. Jason Mackey, Vienna Jason, the next time you drive to Philly for a Flyers game wearing your Pens sweater, let me know and I’ll alert the EMS gang.