Thursday, September 30, 2004

The Senators Return!

No, not John Kerry - fortunately for all of us he is still on the campaign trail, preparing for tonight's big debate. But the Montreal Expos have officially selected Washington, DC as their future home. The Washington Post article linked above (may require a quick registration to view) suggests that the Expos could be playing in Washington by April 2005, in a brand new stadium less than a mile from the Capitol Dome!

I, for one, think this is fantastic, and am psyched about the nation's pastime returning to the nation's capitol - the thought of an errant homerun ball hitting a congressman on the head makes me giddy (and probably wouldn't hurt their intelligence much).

The only question now is what to name them. The "Washington Senators" played in DC for years, but that franchise (and the old name) is owned by the Texas Rangers - yes, President Bush's old team - and it's not likely that the word "Senator" inspires the same awe that it did 50 years ago. I think the "Expos" deserve a new name, since they haven't played well under their current one in years. I suggest the Washington Capitols (with great nickname potential - the 'caps'), but other suggestions have included the Washington Water-Gaters, among others. Any ideas from the peanut gallery?

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