The tragedy that unfolded yesterday at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in
Washington DC that left a museum guard fatally wounded and the shooter
himself critically wounded couldn't have played out much better. For
the Washington Nationals Jewish players, that is.
The many dozens of Washington Nationals fans held their collective
breaths while news of the shooting trickled out throughout the day. One
fan, Mike Winters, spoke of his concern for the Nationals Jewish stars.
"Once I heard about the shooting" said Winters, "I thought, my god, let
Ryan and Adam be at the temple, at a Bar Mitzvah, anywhere but the
Luckily for Mike Winters and the other 63 confirmed Nationals fans,
Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn were at Nationals Park, preparing for
their game against the Cincinnati Reds. "Once I saw Zimmerman and Dunn
take the field" said Winters "I thanked my lord for having mercy on
The timing of the shooting couldn't have been stranger for Nationals
fans and their beloved team either. The Nationals had just recently selected
uber prospect and probable Jew, Stephen Strasburg in this years draft. Before the game,
Nationals manager Manny Acta spoke with reporters about both the
shooting and Strasburg. "Do I think there's a connection? Maybe, I
never met Strasburg but he sounds Jewish. Then this shooting happened.
It's all sort of, I don't know. If I had to bet on it. I'd say that Yeah, there is
definitely a connection. I'd bet my salary on it". This
reporter might do the same.