Tyler Allard, aide to Representative Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) wore a green Nationals hat on a trip through Israel earlier this week. First off, the Nats are SO BAD that it's not a good idea to wear their hats anywhere but Allard's choice of timing was just bad. Here's what happened:
"An Israeli airport security guard pointed to the hat with the curly W team logo and demanded with a tone of disgust, “Why do you wear that?”“Good question,” his father, former longtime Senate aide Nick Allard, replied. “They are hopeless. They desperately need relief. You never know when they will hit, and because their defense is so bad, they suffer more than they can dish out. It’s not rational and I can’t explain why, but we are loyal and we love them.” The more he talked, the more upset the security folks became, Nick Allard reports. Their luggage was checked and rechecked, and they were quizzed by security.When they were finally cleared to board, Allard wrote in an e-mail, the head of the security detail said: “We do not appreciate your Hamas headgear.” Green apparently is a Palestinian “color,” Allard speculated, and the vaguely Arabic Nats logo might have been mistaken for an extremist emblem."
Damn. Sorry Nats fans. Not only is your team one of the worst in baseball, but their alternative hats can cause international incidents.
[Note: Story via ourkitchensink.com.]