July 5, 2005


In D.C., 'W' Spells More Than Baseball: To Partisan Fans, Nationals Logo Infused With Meaning (David A. Fahrenthold, July 5, 2005, Washington Post)

A free association exercise: Think of a Washington Nationals baseball cap. What's the next thing that pops into your head?

Some people think of the old Senators, whose caps inspired the new team's logo. Some think of the first-place team they now root for, or of hometown pride.

Then there are those steeped in the kind of partisan perspective that forced the french fry to decide whether it was with us or against us. They can't get past the "W," as in the president's trademark middle initial.

That can be good: "My immediate reaction was, 'W! Perfect!,' " said Dan Mintz, 57, of Bethesda. "Not only do I get to root for Washington, but I get to root for George."

Or it can be bad: "I just couldn't get myself to wear the red hat with the 'W' on it," said Jerry Stewart, 41, of Sterling, who bought a replica of the cap the Nationals wear for away games. Those hats are Democrat blue; the home caps are Republican red.

Wore one in the 4th of July parade and everyone just assumed it was a political statement.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2005 11:36 AM

I suppose if George Soros buys the team, he'll want to hire a chimp mascot and put the W hat on him (possibly even adding a Hitler moustache to the monkey, just to really hammer home the reference).

Posted by: John at July 5, 2005 3:26 PM

How do these nitwits keep their auto engines from seizing up? 10W-30 obviously won't do.

Posted by: Axel Kassel at July 5, 2005 5:43 PM

For sci-fi fans I recommend a cap with the Weyland-Yutani logo. The next time someone says Bush is a corporate puppet, you can answer: "Not a puppet, an android!"

Posted by: Guy T. at July 5, 2005 9:50 PM