July 29, 2010

Gratuitous Nats Posting (TM) - Batista-Gate! Edition

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Uh, oh! Miguel Batista is in some serious hot water with the good folks of Iowa for his remark about beauty queens I mentioned yesterday:

To recap:

Washington Nationals starter Miguel Batista, the replacement starter for injured Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday night, made fun of himself after hearing the home crowd boo. They paid money to watch Strasburg, not him, which invoked this beauty of a quote:

"Imagine if you go to see Miss Universe, then you end up having Miss Iowa,'' Batista said, "you might get those kind of boos.''

Aaaaaand....cue the outrage!

Batista, who pitched five shutout innings and got the victory in the Nationals' 3-0 victory, never realized that his quote could cause problems. Well, at least in Iowa.


Batista discovered the outrage his comment drew in Iowa, with Connors issuing a statement: "I know I can throw a pitch or two! The question is, can Miguel Batista walk the runway in a swimsuit?"

That happens to be a pretty good comeback. Unfortunately, rather than smiling and saying "Touche," Miguel made the mistake of trying to talk his way out:

Batista apologized and sent flowers to Miss Iowa, Katherine Connors, calling her gorgeous when he saw her picture.

"People started booing me, and they hadn't seen me throw a pitch yet," Batista told the Washington Post, explaining his quote. "It's like you hear Miss Iowa, and you say, 'Iowa?' And then you see her up close and you say, 'Wow, she's gorgeous.' "

Flowers? Nice idea. Explanation? Lame. Lame. Lame.

So how will the parties turn this regrettable incident into a teachable moment?

The folks at the Miss Iowa Pageant even made Batista an offer he might not be able to refuse.

"Congratulations to Mr. Batista for an outstanding pitching performance last night,'' said Craig Heitkamp, executive co-director of the Miss Iowa Pageant. "Sometimes it's great to see the underdog win. We would like to formally invite Mr. Batista to serve on the judging panel at the Miss Iowa USA Pageant October 23 & 24 in Ames, Iowa."

That's right, a Bimbo Summit! No word on whether Joe Biden will show up.

By the way, you can see a pic of Miss Iowa if you click over to the article. Meh, I think Miguel got it right the first time. UPDATE: I think the article originally ran with the wrong pic! It's since been changed and I humbly withdraw the snark and grant Miss Iowa full Llama approval!

UPDATE: Uh, oh - Looks like this thing has the potential to go class action!

UPDATE DEUX: Here she comes, Miss Iiiiiowaaaaa.......

Of course, as a commenter pointed out, the Phils will be in town Friday when she's set to throw out the first pitch, so the stands will be full of drunken, ill-bred louts from up I-95 aways and she shouldn't be surprised to get showered with boos and beer bottles.

Posted by Robert at July 29, 2010 08:16 AM | TrackBack

Strasburg now on the DL. Given that Washington is in last place by a comfortable margin, and it doesn't look like things will change, it's the right move.

Posted by: rbj at July 29, 2010 11:48 AM

Meh, I think Miguel got it right the first time.

I think you need to pencil in your optometrist.

Posted by: B.B. at July 29, 2010 03:13 PM

The bimbo summit is an unfair crack. I've known several ladies who, in years past, competed for Miss Iowa. I can say that they all met Crash Davis' description of what women were like in the Majors---they all have long legs and brains. :)

Posted by: Kathy at July 29, 2010 04:11 PM

B.B. - The article first ran with a different pic of, I think, a different woman. It's been changed since I posted and I duly withdraw the remark.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at July 29, 2010 04:25 PM

Long legs and brains... now there's a combination.

Posted by: B.B. at July 30, 2010 02:46 AM
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