Wed May 05 01:05pm EDT
I never thought a baseball-related misstep on Capitol Hill would make me laugh more than Ted Kennedy honoring "Sammy Sooser" and "Mike McGwire," but I should've known better.
Via Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog comes news that Bobby Cox was welcomed to Capitol Hill earlier this week by Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) with a Congressional order and a specially-commissioned cake. Nice gestures, right?
Well, yes, were it not for the fact that Cox's last name was spelled wrong on the bottom of the cake that you see above. I don't need to tell you how they misspelled it, either, because your first and most lewd guess is absolutely correct.
It appears the cake got the John Bobbitt treatment before photogs could document the snafu and the host politicians quickly and predictably passed the buck for the mistake.
Update: The Atlanta Journal Constitution has a picture of the whole cake.
From Roll Call:
Isakson spokeswoman Sheridan Watson said that she ordered the confection from Restaurant Associates, the vendor that handles cafeteria services in the Capitol, and that Cox's name was spelled correctly in the email exchange with the company.
"Whether the mistake was accidental or intentional, I don't know," Watson tells HOH. "Maybe someone employed by Restaurant Associates is a big Nationals fan."
Heh. Cox is sure to get his share of retirement gifts as he manages his last season — he's already getting them, in fact — but I doubt any will be more memorable than this one.