When baseball officials leaked their preferred name for the D.C. team last week, some fans were disappointed that “the Senators” would not be resurrected.
A couple of guys from Cincinnati, meanwhile, jumped for joy. Michael Bergman and Richard Vigran own Bygone Sports, a company that makes T-shirts and other apparel printed with the names of defunct or fictitious sports teams. Two years ago, they tried to trademark “Senators,” but it was already taken, so they went with “Nationals”—the name that will likely appear on Jose Vidro’s jersey next year—as a backup. “Blind luck is the way they described it to me, and that’s the way I see it,” says the company’s attorney, D. Clay Holloway. “We have had preliminary contact with someone at Major League Baseball—we have yet to speak in person; we’ve played phone tag. I know nothing about what he’s calling for.”