Right-handed hurler Stephen Strasburg told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny show that Will provided in-flight entertainment for the team’s All-Stars during their trip to Kansas City.
“A lot of times we’re just messing around,” Strasburg told the radio hosts, when asked what he talks about with teammate Gio Gonzalez. “You know, we’re talking about anything, from baseball to D.C. [and] U.S. history trivia. It was actually kind of funny, on the flight out here we had George Will make some flash cards for us, so we have a little bit of knowledge of former presidents and everything now. So we’re gonna quiz some of the other guys in the rotation when we get back.”
“Who was the third president?” co-host Holden Kushner immediately asked.
“Who was the third? Was that Jefferson?” Strasburg responded.
This appears to indicate that Will’s flashcard method has been successful, although I’ve always found going from 1-19 fairly easy. It’s the Cleveland/Harrison/Taft era where I occasionally get bogged down.
News reports indicated that the Nats All-Stars were not just asking each other George Will-inspired presidential trivia questions on the plane, incidentally.
“Strasburg brought his Yorkie, Bentley, on Ted Lerner’s private jet on the way here and had Bentley played dead for Lerner and his wife,” Adam Kilgore wrote.
If that wasn’t the weirdest plane ride in All-Star game history, I’d like to know what was.
(Via Reader Garrett. Also, Will recently wrote about his son’s incredible devotion to the Nationals; read it here.)