I find it ironic becuase when you think of a Washington DC team, you’d expect the team’s nickname to be representative of the DC area, or the US in general. Having a formerly foreign team dressed in red, white and blue might seem strange to some. If the Expos were to become the “Nationals” I give a local DC sportshack roughly 2 seconds before giving them the “witty” monkier of “The Washington Canadians”. It’d be another lame sports joke... like “why are they called the Browns if they wear orange?”
Not heat with ya, Z, but I just thought you were being a little too harsh with the apple thing. I wasn’t necessarily citing the old “baseball, mom, applepie” adage. Cuz’ moms aren’t exactly indigenous to the US, either... and baseball itself could be traced to lame-ass cricket...blah blah.
I don't think the voters will really know what to do with Smoltz, because he's part reliever and part starter. He'll get in eventually, but his unusual career and the people who put a higher bar on the first ballot is going to make him wait longer.