The Washington Nationals professional baseball franchise needs a copy editor to keep it from making boneheaded errors like this one, across the bottom of this banner, posted at the Nationals’ home opener Thursday:
Specifically, please note the word “honoriing”:
Welcome to 2011, Nats fans.
Thanks to Dan for posting this. And thanks to my old friend Angie Muhs for pointing it out to me.
Oh, dear. This was much, much worse than I thought.
The awesome Amy Goldstein — a copy editor for ESPN — tells me via Twitter:
They also misspelled pitcher John Lannan‘s name during pregame intros. Steinberg wrote another post about it.
And, sure enough, Steinberg wrote about it and posted a screen cap:
The name is Lannan, not Lannon.
But wait! There’s more! Steinberg also posted about this message blasted on the giant TV screen at the stadium on Opening Day:
The problem? Opening Day for the Nats was Thursday. Which was still March.
Again, the Post‘s Steinberg is all over this.
- Find his post about the 9/11 tribute banner here.
- Find his post about John Lannan’s name here.
- Find his post about the March/April thing here.
And all this happened on just one night.
These guys really, really need a copy editor. And fast.
You know who else needs copy editors? Local TV news operations. Chicago’s WMAQ-TV in particular. And other local TV news operations. And Baseball jersey manufacturers. And Kansas State University. And the New York Jets, the Minnesota Vikings and the St. Louis Cardinals. And college athletic department ticket offices. And the Virginia general assembly. And college alumni magazines. And pharmacies. And the makers of Sudafed. And Borders bookstore. And Tea Party candidates. And city and county Boards of Elections. And government agencies. And South African traffic cops. And Google Newsâ€™ â€˜bots. And billboard companies. And sign painters.Â And rubber stamp designers. And restaurants, breakfast joints, Chinese restaurants and cake decorators. And South Africa’s New Age newspaper. And the Washington Post, the New York Times, the New York Post, the Chicago Sun-Times (Hey! A repeat offender!), the Virginian-Pilot, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Carbondale, Ill., Southern Illinoisian, CNN and Time magazine. And newspapers in the U.K. And drive-in movie theater managers. And Home Depot and manufacturers of â€œhoodies.â€ And T-shirt designers.Â And road paving contractors.