March 07, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Mark Teahen (30) fields the ground ball during the spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
My sense is that nationalism and various stripes of monarchism and absolutism are closely intertwined, save for a few countries that have cultivated a strong republican mythology, like France. Imagine that as a way of addressing this problem and encouraging further discussion upon the subject, Major League Baseball had the Royals and Nationals play a 162 game mega-series. Who would prevail in 2012?
Notice that the Nationals have lots of former Royals lying around.
Nationals in a box: 2011 Record: 80-81, Key additions: Mitch Atkins, Andres Blanco, Brett Carroll, Dan Cortes, Mark DeRosa, Chad Durbin, Jeff Fulchino, Gio Gonzalez, Edwin Jackson, Brad Lidge, Mark Teahen, Key Losses: Collin Balester, Todd Coffey, Alex Cora, Jonny Gomes, Livan Hernandez, Tom Milone, Layyyyynce Nix, Ivan Rodriguez, Matt Stairs
Are the Royals better than the Nationals?
Yes (348 votes)
No (375 votes)
723 total votes