'Hit me with a rainbow,' indeed. A famous writer once titled his book with that catchy phrase.
Not until now, however, has a baseball manager analyzed his own team's fortunes with the notion at the end of the rainbow was a pot of gold for the Nationals baseball team.
Yes, ever-poetic Bobby Valentine waxed eloquent during the inter-league series of Boston and Washington.
What so moved the Red Sox manager to take flight on his own airy metaphor? In a nutshell the surrender flag may be white, but Bobby saw a rainbow flag when Stephen Strasburg took the mound at Fenway Park.
Apparently Bobby was not the only one looking in rapt gaze at the Strasburg Rainbow Coalition. Thirteen of his Red Sox batters went down on strikes during a six-inning stint with the colorfully striped pitcher. You'd think the Sox were swinging bats at gnats.
The Nats ought to designate that Kermit the Frog sing about 'rainbows' whenever Strasburg takes his turn at the ballpark. Strasburg ought to find an old DVD of Finian's Rainbow with Fred Astaire.
When Judy Garland looked for that rainbow connection, all she found was a bunch of Munchkins.
When Kermit first sang "The Rainbow Connection" in 1979, he left every toad in tears.
It sort of brings us back to the Red Sox batters at Fenway where the sunny skies gave no hint that we'd be over the rainbow and under .500 before the rains could fall to save the team.
In the old days it was "Spahn and Sain and a day of rain." Now, the rain will bring "Strasburg and a Rainbow Connection."