The quarterback spoke to several media members, and as far as I can tell, attempted to tell all of them that the parade coverage shouldn’t be about him.
“Today’s not about me,” he told WTOP. (Audio here.) “It’s about the brothers and sisters, the fathers and mothers, the aunts the uncles the cousins, everyone who’s died to help us live the way we live, to even have the opportunity to have this parade. So that’s what we’re here honoring.”
“It’s not about me,” he told WUSA. “They asked me to come out because they wanted my parents to be here. And I told them without a doubt I was gonna be here, because I want my parents to experience this, because they put in the time.”
Unlike many, Griffin also understands the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.
“I think people get Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day mixed up,” he told WTOP’s Andrew Mollenbeck. “Memorial Day’s more about the people who died — celebrating the fact that there’s people out there that made the ultimate sacrifice for us to live the way we live. And I was blessed enough to have my parents both come back from service in wars. Not everybody that I grew up with was blessed enough to have that opportunity. So it’s about celebrating those people.”
AMERICAN IDOL REFERENCE OF THE DAY
Taylor Hicks was also there. That led to a #GoSkins tweet.
ALL YOU’D WANT TO KNOW ABOUT KNEE SACS
Here’s Nationals medical director Wiemi Douoguih, on Bryce Harper’s knee:
“The worst-case scenario is that it swells up and then it would need to be drained, or even have that sac surgically removed,” Douoguih said. “That’s something we want to avoid and that’s why we’re shutting him down now. From a structurally standpoint, it’s not harming any of the ligaments or tendons or particular cartilage in his knee. That’s what we’re most concerned about. We’re trying to control so it doesn’t advance to the point where we need to take that sac out, or take fluid out.”
ORIOLES RGIII SHIRSEY RETURNS
If it’s a Nats-Orioles game, there must be a guy in an RGIII Orioles shirsey. Here he was, yet again. Via @JulieMerks.
NEW NATS PARK BEERS
The only place to reliably get good beer at Nats Park is the Red Porch, which introduced four new beers over the weekend. See below.
In a related story, I was at a minor-league game in Allentown, Pa., over the weekend. They were serving 32 oz. Victory and Troegs drafts for $9.75. That’s the way to drink good beer at a ballgame, apparently.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats host the Orioles at 7 on MASN and MASN2. The Heat are in Indiana for Game 4 at 8:30 on TNT. All TV and radio listings are here.