Nats Park’s Ryan Zimmerman-inspired superhero

When Nats fans dress in costumes and people photograph them, I think I’m expected to provide the backstory. Here’s the latest.

You remember Ben Goodhue, right? He used to dress as a donkey for Adam Dunn? And as the Beast for Michael Morse? And as a Lucha Libre guy for the world?

His latest came Saturday night. His father-in-law was visiting this weekend and “said he’d go to a Nats game and pay for tickets IF I dressed up,” Ben explained in an e-mail. “I had bought most of a He-Man costume after Halloween this year. We normally sit in left-center field, so Zim’s presence in left and He-Man was a natural play on words to Ze-Man: Master of the Left Field.”

Right. You can see how this happened. Frankly, it’s remarkable that it took this long for a young Nats fan to dress as Ze-Man: Master of the Left Field to win free tickets from his father-in-law. The rest of you should be ashamed of yourselves.

(Courtesy Ben Goodhue) (Courtesy Ben Goodhue)

“I think this suit approached a record for number of photos taken with fans,” Ben further wrote. “My wife has suggested that I use less tight shorts if I wear it again.”

Right. Because otherwise it might be embarrassing.

Anyhow, I’m unable to fact-check this next paragraph, exactly, but when you’re quoting Ze-Man: Master of the Left Field, you can probably just close your eyes and hope for the best.

“This was one of the few games where I got to the park with plenty of time to see the opposing pitcher warm up,” Ben further wrote. “I goaded [Julio] Teheran a bit about his recent performance at Colorado (7 ER in 6.1 IP) as well as the size of his necklace (enormous). Pregame is pretty quiet and I was only a row away, so my comments were audible to the bullpen. [Braves bullpen coach] Eddie Perez was standing next to Teheran and once I started discussing the necklace…he grabbed the nearest Nats field security guy, who told me that this was my first of two strikes; next time I’d be out of there Pitching coach Roger McDowell came over and took over for the incensed Perez. Fans next to me debated whether they should begin taunting him with “second spitter” (Seinfeld reference).”

Anyhow, Ben further pointed out that Teheran has pitched more than 323 Major League innings, and he has a grand total of one balk, a balk that was attributed to frustration on a night he was taunted by Ze-Man: Master of the Left Field. I dunno. You tell me.

“I am always animated at sporting events and I really get into the crowd participation,” Ben wrote. “The costumes help me, and the fans around me, to get in the spirit. It also provides notice about what sort of fan I am to anyone who sees me. I have at least two more new costumes to debut this year. The next one will be more of a group one.”

More of a group one. The mind boggles.

By the way, this weekend also yielded a dude in a Spider-Man costume.

Plus the National Zoo.

Weird group, Nats fans.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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