Thursday morning, I noted that there will be many stories in the coming days about the political heavyweights who cheer for the Washington Nationals.
Thursday afternoon, another one landed, this time from SI.com’s Mel Antonen, who lives ’round these parts.
And in probably the best part of the story, Jayson Werth reveals that he tried to talk economic policy with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.
“When you play in Los Angeles, you meet movie stars,” Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth says. “When you’re playing in Washington, you meet people that run the world. That’s pretty cool. But you have to win. These people weren’t around last year when we weren’t winning.”
Werth tried to ask Bernanke questions about QE3, the latest round of economic stimulus, but Bernanke preferred balls and strikes, Werth says: “He wasn’t talking about that economic stuff. So we talked about baseball, and it was a hoot.”
Antonen also details other bigwig Nats fans, from Martine Dempsey and David Petraeus to Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell. But I was too busy staring off into space and dreaming about the Werth-Bernanke transcript.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER…
Michael Morse gets going, Gio Gonzalez wins again, and Kilgore calls Bryce Harper “living history.”
How good would the Redskins offense be if Pierre Garcon were actually playing?
LivingSocial is paying to keep Metro open late after playoff Nats games, which is all very weird.
Alex Prewitt got a replacement ref from the Seahawks-Packers game to talk about the experience.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Bryce Harper and his siblings as little kids. Via Mister Irrelevant.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats are in St. Louis at 8 on MASN2, and are possibly one day away from clinching the NL East. The Orioles host Boston at 7 on MASN. All TV/Radio listings are here.
There was a Gangnam Style flash mob at the University of Maryland, involving Testudo. Obviously. Good photo gallery here.
CHEERING FOR YOUR SON
Drew Storen’s dad wrote a piece for SI.com on what it’s like to cheer for his son during a pennant race. “I keep thinking he must feel the same raging anguish in his appearances that I do. Because, you know, he’s my son. But there he is, on TV, acting like it’s no big deal.”
Comcast SportsNet’s Chick Hernandez reported that former Terps walk-on and fan favorite Earl Badu passed away.
DAILY HIPSTER UPDATE
Here’s the 9 millionth piece in recent days about whether D.C. is hip, and whether it matters, and whether people in D.C. are abnormally interested in whether or not they’re hip.