I asked if they had Natitude.
“This guy has a LOT of Natitude,” said their friend, Amy. “He likes to be the center of attention, and he likes to be sassy. That’s his Natitude right there. It’s like the team — they’re sassy, and they want to be the center of attention in D.C.”
Indeed. Although they weren’t sure why I ran up to them in line like that.
“I was sure he wanted us to order him a hot dog,” Kara (“Ain’t 1”) later said of me.
Anyhow, the home opener seemed like a fine day to ask some Natitude questions. I even asked players.
“It’s a big expression that we’re using a lot,” Gio Gonzalez told me. “You know what, if it’s working, keep it....If the fans like it, we like it. That’s all that matters.”
I also asked Ian Desmond.
“I mean, good effort,” he said. “If it sticks, it’s good. I’m sure there’ll be 10 more [slogans] by the time my career’s down here. It was Get Your Red On when I first got here, and Natitude now. So we’ll see.”
But does Natitude fit?
“We’ve just got a good group of guys, strong character here, a bunch of fighters, a bunch of guys that are hungry to win. . . . We’ve been fighting from behind since day one.”
“We’re walking to the stadium, I said hey Ryan, these ponchos look good, and they’re Nats colors,” Ryan Smith said. “Home opener? Let’s get something memorable.”
“This is Natitude, baby, right here,” Baione said.
“This is making a statement,” Smith agreed.
“Now we need one more guy, though, to make the Three Amigos,” Baione pointed out.
“Will you be that guy?” Smith asked me.
“I guess,” Jesse said.
“You’re not afraid to show who you are?” he ventured.
Although really, there was a more practical concern as well.
“Players come and go,” Jesse said. “I bought my mother a Michael Morse jersey, and he hasn’t been on the field yet. He could be one and done. We’ve learned from being Redskins fans.”
“In five or seven years, these jerseys will still be good,” his dad agreed.
“Since Gary Carter’s up there on their Wall of Fame, I’d say it is,” Lechler agreed.
But I still think “99 Problems” and “Ain’t 1” won the day in the Natitude department.
“Does it reflect our Natitude?” 99 Problems considered, when I asked. “Yeah, I think so.”