Manny Burriss Puts On For DC Sports (including the Wizards)
Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog has a quick Q&A with Diamond District-bred San Francisco Giants shortstop Manny Burriss. It’s a must read if you put on for the DMV. Here are a couple of the better excerpts (h/t @macg_og):
I should know the answer to this, but did you grow up rooting for all D.C. teams?
All of them. All of them. The only one I didn’t really do was the Bullets when I was growing up, because that’s when everybody loved the Bulls. But yeah, I loved all of them. And once they turned into the Wizards and moved back into the city, that was my team. I love D.C. When the Nationals came here, that was my team, for real, until I got drafted.
Is it weird though, to be representing another city and still root for D.C. sports teams?
No, not at all, not at all, because I’m so about D.C. Last year, the Wizards did horrible, and I was there cheering it up, screaming in our clubhouse whenever a Wizards game would be on TV, because that’s my city, I don’t want to root for anybody else. Except for baseball.
I’ll give Manny a pass for rooting for the Bulls as a youngster. He’s right, pretty much everyone did. Ok, well I didn’t.
Since moving to D.C. at 10 (in ’90), officially becoming cognizant of pro basketball (previously, the closest NBA team to me was in Atlanta 380 miles away), the Bullets/Wizards have been my one and only true team.
I would have loved to see the reactions of his teammates in the Giants clubhouse when Burriss was screaming for the Wizards in such a crappy year.
On another note, LeBron James aka the self anointed “King of Ohio” grew up rooting for the Yankees, Cowboys and Bulls (and still sports a Yankees cap all the time) … way to represent ‘Bron ‘Bron.