The Nationals have found a running mate for Bryce Harper. Washington has partnered with the longtime “rival” Orioles to bring out the voters in greater numbers to support a Bryce Harper/Jason Hammel final vote ticket. Excellent strategy by the Nationals to pick a man from a team that can get the Nats some votes from outside their sphere of influence. Just like on a Presidential ticket, the Nationals played it smart and picked someone from somewhere far far away. That’s right, look for Harper to not only get votes from a 30 mile range around DC, but also from a 40 mile range around DC!
Hammel also balances out the ticket in other ways, including being a pitcher and not having any long-term potential to be good.
What’s really notable about this union between one-time rivals is that we on this blog predicted it back at the beginning of April. We are clearly of a great level of intelligence and should be hired by all teams to suggest alliances for the sake of the All-Star Game Final Vote. White Sox and Cardinals, what about a Peavy/Freese ticket? It almost sounds like “Pee Wee Reese,” if you’re inebriated enough.