Davey Johnson and Nationals Nation are all on monkey tilt. 10-11 is no fun.
But if Davey was on monkey tilt this morning, after watching his ace fall to 1-4 and his offense struggle for a fourth straight game, tonight he’s probably on super-mega-hyper monkey tilt. As he reshuffles his lineup to look for a spark, maybe he can look to some of baseball’s most notorious monkeys. A top 5 list:
In 2002, the Anaheim Angles marched all the way to the World Series on the strength of the bullpen, Thundersticks, and a monkey dancing around on their jumbotron. 11 years later, he’s still dancing and standing tall as the mascot of a team even more underachieving than the Nationals.
The Lamigo Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League of Taiwan play in Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium in Taoyuan County, Taiwan. The Monkeys franchise began play in 2003 and existed as the La New Bears until 2011. Since changing their name, their fortunes have changed too, winning their second Taiwan Series Championship in 2012. This shouldn’t be surprising considering how fearsome and tenacious monkeys can be. If Lamigo and the Rally Monkey teach us anything, it’s this: you introduce a monkey into the situation, however abstract, good things happen.
Can Curious George play baseball like his friend Jimmy? What a ridiculous question. Of course he can. After a series of unfortunate misunderstandings and naive missteps by the intrepid protagonist, George saves the day and becomes the hero. Oops, I forgot to say Spoiler Alert.
What if I were to tell you I could cast a mid-90’s sitcom star in an unwatchable children’s comedy about a monkey playing baseball? Does that sound like something you would be interested in?
1. This Monkey playing baseball on a Japanese comedy show
I shouldn’t have to explain why this is number one.
- Davey Johnson and the Nationals are on Monkey Tilt (halfstreetheartattack.com)