Monday, August 13, 2007
Tipping Your Cap
For some time now, The African Queen has noticed that whenever a pitcher for Our Washington Nationals walks off the field--to a STANDING OVATION--said pitcher NEVER DOFFS HIS CAP TO THE CROWD. Nor, does anyone acknowledge the fans appreciation. I couldn't agree with her more.
Livan Hernandez ALWAYS DOFFED HIS CAP AT RFK STADIUM!! John Patterson ALWAYS raises his glove in thanks.
Yet, Not One--Not a single Washington Pitcher for Our Team has done so-IN MONTHS--on East Capitol Street. That's sad.
Yesterday, when The Arizona Diamondbacks Micah Owings was removed in the 7th inning, The Phoenix faithful gave him a standing ovation. Owings raised his arm in thanks.
Why Can't OUR PLAYERS DO THE SAME? Are Our Efforts not Flattering?
John Lannan, Mike Bacsik, Tim Redding, Joel Hanrahan and Matt Chico all received similar applause from Nats Fans at RFK during the past home stand. An Undefeated, 6-0 Home Stand.
Yet, not a single one of those pitchers acknowledged the fans cheer.
As far as Sohna and I can remember, only Jason Bergmann--walking off the mound in the 8th inning after nearly pitching a No Hitter--is the only other Nationals Pitcher to wave this season.
Are Our Fans Not Worthy Enough? Do Our Fans Not Provide Enough Support?
I don't believe that. Nor, do I believe Our Fans should be ignored.
To all the players of Our Washington Nationals:
When you are walking off the field to the HOME DUGOUT and the ENTIRE CROWD is standing--cheering your effort--Please RESPECT OUR FANS. Acknowledge The Adulation!!
A Wave of The Cap, or Salute with Your Arm is not much to expect.
And, nothing less is ACCEPTABLE!!
Yesterday's Game Photo--Jerome T. Nakagawa, The Arizona Republic