Baseball’s “boo birds” are back.

Spring is here and with it, the national pastime, baseball. Baseball fans are a dedicated and knowledgeable bunch, and they will boo you lustily for any reason or no reason at all.

And so it was Tuesday. The team in our nation’s capital is called the Nationals, and in Washington, DC they called on a very familiar figure, Vice President Dick Cheney, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at their first game at home.

And the fans were ready to let him know just what the thought of him. The boo birds of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium ripped into the VP, loudly and repeatedly. It wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that the sustained booing was what caused the VP to bounce his pitch into the dirt, several feet in front of the catcher.

I love baseball.