Young phenom superheros and scantily clad beautiful women – talk about the makings of a blockbuster movie. That is Stephen Strasburg, Miguel Batista and Katherine Connors, the most random trio in baseball.
Surprisingly, this story isn’t coming to a theater near you, but that doesn’t mean that it’s still quite entertaining – especially how the entire situation unfolded.
It all started with just another game at Nationals Park. Rookie fireballer Stephen Strasburg was set to take the mound for the Washington Nationals. It was a packed house of rabid fans who were ready to see the young star take the hill.
Only, Strasburg became a last minute scratch for precautionary reasons, because of a sore shoulder.
The fans didn’t know about this fact before planting their butts in the seats. Therefore, you can imagine their disdain when Miguel Batista stepped out of the dugout in the first inning – with his career 96-110 record and 4.53 lifetime ERA in tow.
The boos rained down – so much that only Philadelphia fans could top it when Santa Claus comes to town again.
However, the angry cries didn’t last long. Batista tossed a gem, leading the Nats to a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Ah, but the story gets better – much better.
“Imagine if you go to see Miss Universe, then you end up having Miss Iowa, you might get those kinds of boos,” Batista said after the game.
It’s a comical comparison by Batista. However, it’s also proof that he pulled a random state from the sky and truly hasn’t seen Miss Iowa, a.k.a. Katherine Connors.
Quite honestly, if you were to compare Miss Iowa to a Major League pitcher, she wouldn’t compare to Batista. She would top both Baltimore and Kansas City’s pitching staffs combined.
Here’s some visual proof to back that theory.
As you can see, Connors’ looks are as lights out as a Strasburg four-seamer. But hey, that’s not the end to this “all in good fun” story.
The Washington Nationals decided to feed off of Batista’s quote, inviting Connors to throw out the first pitch during Friday’s game against – you guessed it – Philadelphia.
It’s safe to say once she takes the mound, no one will booing. That goes double for Batista, who will be there to catch her offering.
Hopefully, for our sake, Batista won’t come out in a swimsuit (see Connors’ original retort to his quote).
As for the young phenom Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals placed him on the 15-day disabled list earlier today – citing an inflamed right shoulder.
In the end, everything should work out well for the Nationals. That includes some new, welcomed publicity and hopefully a speedy recovery by Stephen Strasburg.
See you at the movies – or the ballpark.