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The Nationals will honor the Navy SEALs tonight

Aug 16, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

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Because they’re in Washington, the Nationals have come to be baseball’s designated, well, National team when it comes to ceremonies, honors and things like that. Which I kind of like. Tonight they will be doing some of that honoring. Adam Kilgore reports:

On Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, the Nationals will wear cap emblazoned with the Navy SEALs logo to honor the 22 SEALs killed alongside eight other U.S. servicemen and eight Afghans in the Aug. 6 helicopter attack in Afghanistan.

Nice move, Nats.

  1. pbsenerchia - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Why do you hate the Nats, Craig? This type of sarcasm is reminiscent of your most vile anti-Phillies rants.

    • paperlions - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:50 PM


      I thought each layer of this witty comment was well crafted. Well done.

  2. humanexcrement - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    If we praised scientists half as much as we kiss the asses of troops, if we valued scientific and technological discovery as much as we value war, war, war, imagine how much better this country would be.

    • humanexcrement - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      I figured that one would get a lot of thumbs down. Sorry, I criticized the one thing that’s too sacred to say anything bad about, your precious Spartan warrior aristocracy. We send these guys to fight pointless wars that have no clear objectives, never end, and drain the economy and then overcompensate for it by praising them to a ridiculous degree, and the whole thing just perpetuates itself. Maybe we should praise people who advance civilization rather than soldiers and businessmen.

      • Alex K - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:44 PM

        I take back trying to say it nicely, your just being an asshole.

      • pbsenerchia - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:48 PM

        There would be no society without soldiers and businessmen.

        What are you, 15? Shouldn’t you be trolling hipster vegan blogs or something?

      • humanexcrement - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:52 PM

        I am an asshole. Hence the name.

      • Alex K - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:02 PM

        Blaming the troops is killing the messenger. It’s a totally different thing to blame the people who send the troops off to do their jobs.

      • drunkenhooliganism - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:06 PM

        Those 30 men died fighting for something they believe in. That something includes allowing nameless stains the freedom to opine on the internet.

      • pbsenerchia - Aug 16, 2011 at 10:57 PM

        @excrement – Your username doesn’t mean “asshole”, it means “shit”. So it is actually quite apt, just not in the way you seem to think.

    • Alex K - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      If scientists job description involved getting shot at by people who want to do harm to our country then maybe we would kiss their asses as much.

      I get that you were trying to make a point, but you chose a very wrong way to make it.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:52 PM

      If I’m not mistaken, nimrod, technological discovery and advancement went a long way toward fighting these wars. 10,000+ troops have sacrificed their lives in these wars, and that number is still rising. If it wasn’t for the military and their service and sacrifice—which includes death, limbs, mental issues, as well as precious time away from their family and friends—would you be able to spew your hatred here? No.

      Now, why don’t you go back and kiss Fred Phelps’ a$$, jagoff.

      • humanexcrement - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM

        That’s right, I forgot–free speech is a direct result of our perpetual pointless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I remember that, back in 2001, when we didn’t have any freedoms, but then by overthrowing the Taliban, the Thought Crime Police all disbanded and now we can say whatever we want! Thanks for the history lesson. But for people championing freedom so fervently, you really seem to dislike free speech. I think deep down you hate free speech, or at the very least you hate it when that right is exercised in a way you don’t like.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:29 PM

        The First Amendment guarantees that the government will not infringe upon your free speech, jacka$$. It does not say that you won’t be verbally b!tchslapped or taken to task on a baseball blog for your idiotic views and vitriol spewing. You might want to read it before you start citing it.

        And where did I say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan gave you rights in the First Amendment? I said: “If it wasn’t for the military and their service and sacrifice—which includes death, limbs, mental issues, as well as precious time away from their family and friends—would you be able to spew your hatred here? No.” Where does that say anything about Iraq or Afghanistan? Or are you simpleminded enough not to know where thoughts are separate?

    • oilcanjim - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:14 PM

      I’ve been to Iraq three times. I don’t have any great desire to go to “war war war”, but willingIy do what I’m ordered. We as a nation voted in the leaders who make these decisions. If you don’t like it, feel free to move to France. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

      • humanexcrement - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:21 PM

        That’s right! Anyone who has a perspective that differs from yours should have to leave the country! You, after all, are the moral arbiter and dictator of the national opinion. I love how you people just spew these stupid cliches like you made them up yourselves. It’s amusing to me. Perhaps you should consider a move to another country where dissent is not tolerated, that way you never have to listen to people who think for themselves rather than towing the propaganda line. USA! USA!

      • oilcanjim - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:44 PM

        Never said you HAVE to leave the country. You certainly MAY, though. I’m not the dictator of opinion: I’m not an elected official. The military takes its orders from elected civilian leadership- elected by folks just like you. So your anger is misguided. And I’m happy to listen to your opinion. Fair warning, though: it makes you sound like a jackass.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 16, 2011 at 6:13 PM

        Oilcanjim, I repeat my post from below to 19dscout to you. Thanks for your service.

    • Charles Gates - Aug 16, 2011 at 7:43 PM

      Actually, the desire for military superiority has been the driving force behind scientific discovery throughout history. Nuculear power is the first example that comes to mind.
      Go watch those shows on NatGeo and the History Channel or whatever about Killing Bin Laden and Behind SEAL Team 6. The technology that those soliders have is pretty unbelievable…and a lot of it is manufactured by private corporations which are lead by businessmen and businesswomen.
      All in all, I really have no idea what you’re criticizing. Especially because the Nationals are using their First Amendment right to honor the late SEALs.

    • nomoreseasontix - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:32 PM

      I’m picturing a loser; career student still living in mom’s basement at the age of 29; Rolling into the local hookah bar in a cloud of patchouli oil stench, wearing that idiotic giant knit rainbow beanie and tie-dyed t-shirt to argue the topic of the day with like minded nit-wits.
      Will probably be the manager of the record store he works at part time in a few years. Has a giant ridiculous hole in one earlobe or the other.

      I’m sorry you got stripped down and tossed in the girls’ locker room when you were in high school. It’s really a tragedy and obviously warped your ability to relate to the rest of society.

      Remember, everyone thinks you’re an odd-ball loser because you’re an odd-ball loser. Not due to any fault of theirs.

  3. 19dscout - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Hey Ex, as a former soldier, let me say “you’re welcome”. If it wasn’t for those people out there every day putting in on the line, there wouldn’t be the freedoms you’re taking for granted by rolling out your snide comments.

    Good job, Nats….

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:01 PM

      Thank you for your service, no matter where or when it was given. Regardless of what our views on either war were/are, the troops deserve all the praise and thanks we can heap on them.

    • humanexcrement - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:12 PM

      So how exactly does my freedom have anything to do with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? And one further question, what did you personally do for my freedom that I should thank you? Probably you were an admin clerk or something. People in the military who have desk jobs or guard the gate in rural texas or something always act like they’re fucking Rambo or something. Last I checked, I had the freedom of speech long before we invaded Afghanistan with the brilliant idea of overthrowing the government and rebuilding the nation instead of just going after terrorists. Then we got into that money trap in Iraq, which is even worse. Get off your delusions of grandeur. The constitution actually says “freedoms” are intrinsic and unalienable–it doesn’t GRANT rights, it protects them. That’s why it says “The right of the people to…shall not be infringed.” as opposed to saying “The right to free speech is hereby granted.” Every time a certain group does have to stand up and fight for its freedom–blacks, women, gays, whoever, it’s an internal political battle in which the soldiers play little or no role. And any war we did have for our freedom happened long before you were born, unless you’re a WWII veteran. Typical American attempt to take credit for the actions of your ancestors. You have done nothing for my freedom, and for your service I’m sure you’ve been thanked a lot more than you deserve. I’m just saying I’m sick of having to hear this shit.

      • oilcanjim - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:21 PM

        Excellent point about internal political battles largely defining our freedoms. Irrelevant as to why the Nationals shouldn’t show appreciation to SEALs, EOD techs, and Soldiers who died doing what their nation ordered them to do. There’s ways to show that you think scientists deserve recognition without belittling men who would and have given their lives for the United States of America.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:12 AM

        Sounds to me like someone got Chapter’d out for “Failure to Adapt”.

        What’s wrong, shit. You’re ASVAB scores weren’t high enough to get a real job, so you ended up as a Laundry and Bath Specialist, or a Supply Clerk, in a Combat Support Unit, and some of the other soldiers made fun of you because you couldn’t pass your Common Task Training.

        Then you rode a profile until you got enough Article 15’s that it the 1SG stopped taking the time to process them. Then no one came to say goodbye when you did the duffle bag drag into oblivion?

        I’m assumming this was active duty, and not a Guard or Reserve unit that got deployed, and you started crying Conscientious Objector because you were afraid to go.

        Just because you couldn’t cut it as a soldier doesn’t give you the right to disparage those who can. The reason it’s hard is so that people like you get weeded out. It’s your failure, not ours. Deal with it and move on.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:14 AM

        Sorry, didn’t mean to make fun of real Supply Clerks. I’m talking about the shitheads who couldn’t do anything else and got put in supply to hand out toilet paper, because it was the only thing they wouldn’t screw u.

      • 19dscout - Aug 17, 2011 at 1:32 PM

        Cavalry scout, feel free to look it up. And, who do you think they call to protect your constitutional rights when they’re threatened? I have no problem with your right to say whatever you feel like saying; as a matter of fact I swore an oath several times to defend that right for you, so you wouldn’t have to. So you go ahead and talk all you want. You’re free to.

  4. nomoreseasontix - Aug 16, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Oh, and Excrement? I’d take one of the SEALS over a million of you any day.

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