The Washington Nationals (a Major League Baseball team, kinda) don't have a whole lot going for them right now. Sure, they signed Mr. 40 Home Runs, Adam Dunn, but their Opening Day starter is still John Lannan, he of the career 11-17 record. They lost a league-high 102 games last year, the franchise hasn't had a winning record since 2003, when they were in Montreal, and right now on Bodog, their odds to win the World Series are 125:1, behind just the Pirates (150:1) and the Orioles (175:1). Things aren't looking good for the District's team. "Talk about needing a bailout!"
Fortunately, there is one small, tiny, glimmering beacon of delicious hope to the 2009 Nationals season: beer.
Dan Steinberg, doing the Lord's work over at the DC Sports Bog, recently received the list of beers that will be at the Red Porch restaurant in center field this year, and, well, just look:
Bottles: Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Bell's Oberon American Wheat Ale, Harpoon Summer Ale.Emphasis added, by me.
Draft: Peroni, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, Southampton Triple Abby Style Ale, Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen, Williamsburg Tavern Brown Ale, Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager.
As Steinberg points out, "In other words, if you want to drink to 'I can't remember what happened in the third inning' levels, that will be a lot easier and tastier this time around."
Did I become a little more excited about my Opening Day tickets in left field, just a stone's throw from the Red Porch? Oh, I did.