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Monday, October 08, 2012

Not exactly America’s team

If you are still rooting for the Expos, you’ve just lost it.

I don’t mean to begrudge the Nationals their success in bringing postseason baseball back to Washington for the first time since 1933. Just keep in mind that if you root for the Nats, you’ll be siding with Washington’s political and media elite..

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2012 at 08:27 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: nationals, orioles

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   1. ajnrules Posted: October 08, 2012 at 09:04 AM (#4258960)
Bitter much?
   2. Natty Fan Posted: October 08, 2012 at 09:25 AM (#4258966)
So, the Philly press has gone from "We took ova der park! We rulez!" to "Jayson Werth is mean and won't throw us da foul ballz!" to "The Washington Nationals baseball club is, quite frankly, a metaphor for the disenfranchisement of the average working American."

I gotta tell you, this season just keeps giving back to Nats fans.
   3. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 08, 2012 at 09:36 AM (#4258968)
Natty, I've never heard of this writer before. So don't use him as a typical example.

The Phils-Nats relationship is that of the little brother growing bigger than the big brother who used to give him noogies. If/when the Phils fall into the toilet in the next (or next few) year(s), it will be interesting to see if the Nats fans ascend** on CBP.

** If Philly is north of DC, the fans couldn't descend, could they?
   4. Joey B. Posted: October 08, 2012 at 09:37 AM (#4258970)
Suffice it to say the Phillies fans are having a tough time coming to terms with being displaced. I was at the bar almost all day watching everything yesterday, and a dude was there a couple of seats away from me in a Phillies cap, and I got a kick out of watching him walk out in disgust as soon as the Nats won. See ya, pal!
   5. McCoy Posted: October 08, 2012 at 09:42 AM (#4258975)
** If Philly is north of DC, the fans couldn't descend, could they?

Philly is the pit of hell so I'd say descend is the proper word.
   6. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 08, 2012 at 09:42 AM (#4258976)
Talk about dog bites man columns. Not to mention the irony of an anti-elite screed coming from a columnist for Bloomberg.
   7. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: October 08, 2012 at 10:21 AM (#4258997)
andy

bloomberg really took a turn a year or so ago. i think a bunch of old newsweek writers got hired or something because half of their articles giving the view of the writer are some kind of 'tax the rich' theme

very disappointing change
   8. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 08, 2012 at 10:27 AM (#4258999)
bloomberg really took a turn a year or so ago. i think a bunch of old newsweek writers got hired or something because half of their articles giving the view of the writer are some kind of 'tax the rich' theme

very disappointing change


So is Bloomberg just following the demand of the marketplace, or are they now traitors to their class? Either explanation works for me.

Or maybe it's just sour grapes from a Phrontrunning Phillie Phanatic. Those types are found in all income classes, and it needs no further explanation.
   9. Traderdave Posted: October 08, 2012 at 11:41 AM (#4259078)
I'm a daily Bloomberg user (execept today, thank you Cristobal Colon!), specifically the terminal not the webpage. A couple of years ago the poltics turned up, especially on the TOP news page as seen by terminal users. General shift toward Rockefeller Republicanism and very anti Tea Party, evangelical wing, etc. This fits Mike's own views, more or less, as he's always been a centrist/moderate R, focused on business & budgets with respect for reality.

Poltics had been a second or third tier topic on Bloomie before that. The shift Harvey & Andy see has been so pronounced it could only have come with Mike's blessing, IMO. I seriously doubt it's just becuase of a few new writers.
   10. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 08, 2012 at 11:51 AM (#4259091)
Poltics had been a second or third tier topic on Bloomie before that. The shift Harvey & Andy see has been so pronounced it could only have come with Mike's blessing, IMO. I seriously doubt it's just becuase of a few new writers.

Yeah, and in truth what I wrote in #6 was just a hit-and-run bit of fluff. I don't really think that there's any tie-in between this column and any overall political philosophy. This guy's just a disgruntled Phillies fan.
   11. OsunaSakata Posted: October 08, 2012 at 12:12 PM (#4259119)
The column first appeared in Bloomberg View on October 3. Jonathan Mahler wrote the book Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning.
   12. DKDC Posted: October 08, 2012 at 12:23 PM (#4259138)
I read this on the terminal last week, I'm kind of surprised it wasn't linked here until today since it is so over-the-top silly.

I'm not sure, I agree with the above assessments on the slant of the Bloomberg view articles. They publish a ton of commentary from all sides of the political spectrum, including stuff so out there that the NYT or WSJ would be embarrassed to publish it.
   13. Loren F. Posted: October 08, 2012 at 12:47 PM (#4259165)
Dumb column. The contrary view practically writes itself: "Thank goodness the Washington, D.C. elite have the Nationals to agree over. Perhaps Republicans and Democrats jointly rooting for Bryce Harper can lead to other, less-partisan interaction between the two parties, thereby serving as the ice breaker that leads to bipartisan cooperation on the budget, the deficit, and other serious issues. That would be a home run for the American people." Okay, I wrote that in four minutes, but you get the idea. And that, too, would be a dumb column.
   14. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 08, 2012 at 02:43 PM (#4259256)
Philly phans have years of disappointment ahead. Enjoy.
   15. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 08, 2012 at 02:52 PM (#4259263)
Unless an unusually high % of the Toolsy McSkillsets they've accumulated pay off, I fear you are right. Of course the Yankees are in a similar boat, n'est-ce pas?
   16. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 08, 2012 at 03:02 PM (#4259276)
I believe the Yankees are in the playoffs.
   17. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: October 08, 2012 at 03:13 PM (#4259283)
Which has nothing to do with my question about "years of disappointment ahead". Unless you meant "weeks of disappointment ahead".
   18. Nats-Homer-in-DC Posted: October 09, 2012 at 02:32 AM (#4260171)
Fans of a winning team are almost always annoying.

And then there are the teams, whose fans are annoying whether they're winning or not. The Phillies and Red Sox come to mind.

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