Monday, November 12, 2007
Pope Benedict XVI At New Nationals Park
With The Official Word that Pope Benedict XVI will not only visit Washington, DC beginning April 15th, 2008, but also conduct Mass at New Nationals Park on April 17th--the opportunity arises to look at The Pontiff's Visit to South Capitol Street in a little different light--with humor.
And, all of this is written in fun. None of which--should be taken seriously or offend anyone. Because--unquestionably--The Pope's Visit to The Nation's Capital is a HUGE EVENT and SERIOUS MATTER. A Gathering in which I have NO DOUBT--I will be credentialed and attending for my television network. The Pope is a Serious Man--but his visit to New Nationals Park does provide some GOOD POTENTIAL HUMOR.
So--If Pope Benedict shows up in his infamous PopeMobile--will the sides of his vehicle be emblazoned "GEICO" as the sponsor. The Pontiff is in America--sometimes you just have to roll with the punches.
Maybe The Pope can let "The Most Thrilling Closer In The Game" borrow The PopeMobile for one journey to the mound during the 9th inning of a Save Opportunity. Any Help from Above for Chad Cordero would be more than welcomed by Our Fans.
Will his Mass, at New Nationals Park, be sponsored by Lockheed Martin (A Defense Contractor)? Will Communion be brought to everyone by McDonalds?
Will Our Lovable Loser--"Teddy" get a special audience with Pope Benedict? If anyone needs Divine Intervention--"Teddy" sure could use it.
Speaking of Our Racing Presidents--would they not be GREAT!! as Personal Protection for The Pontiff on South Capitol Street. Just the site of all them surrounding His Holiness--would be a SIGHT TO BEHOLD. What a Photo Op!! A Picture to be REMEMBERED FOREVER!! Really, it would be. Too bad--its most likely not going to happen.
Would My Best Friend Screech!! invite Pope Benedict up to his Bird's Nest--for an inside look at The Creature Comforts of His Home. Since The Pope speaks so many languages--could they converse?
Would Our "Jesus Battery"--Jesus Flores and Jesus Colome be blessed by The Pontiff? Maybe Pope Benedict can illicit enough confidence into Colome so "The Human Rain Delay" could speed up his delivery on the mound. No one pitcher in baseball slower between pitches than Jesus Colome. Pontiff--please help us.
And, "Church on Thursday" or any other day for that matter (April 17th is a Thursday) being yelled out by The Section 320 Faithful toward My Main Man!! Ryan Church--would take on a WHOLE NEW MEANING.
Yes--"Church on Thursday" would never be the same.
Finally--I can just see this moment. Our Manager Manny Acta--The Most Charismatic of Men. Not only can I see Manny getting an audience with His Holiness--but also--convincing Pope Benedict XVI to play catch with him. A least a few tosses. Yeah--if Manny Acta could get him to do it--that would be FABULOUS.
None of these possibilities are anyway near to happening at New Nationals Park on April 17th, 2008. But, it sure is fun to think about them. Please Remember--this is all written in fun.
But--what may well actually happen is Pope Benedict XVI Blessing New Nationals Park--just a few days after The Very First Game is ever played there. That's pretty good timing on his part. That's also pretty cool!!