Miguel Batista and Miss Iowa

When Miguel Batista was asked about getting booed last night when he took the mound in place of Stephen Strasburg, he responded with what seems destined to go down as one of the quotes of the year:

“Imagine if you go there to see Miss Universe and you end up having Miss Iowa, you might get those kind of boos,” Batista joked.

As witty responses from Nats long relievers go, it wasn’t quite Julian Tavarez talking about Jennifer Lopez and 600-pound women. But it was enough to get the attention of Katherine Connors, the reigning Miss Iowa USA.

She poked a little fun at Batista in return, asserting she could throw a pitch or two and questioning whether Batista could walk the runway in a swimsuit.

And Batista knew immediately he’d stirred up something.

“I did talk to my attorney, and I said, ‘Look, you better send her flowers and explain exactly what I meant,’” Batista said. “People took it in a different way. But there was no offense. It was actually the other way around. I did play in Iowa (in the minors).”

Batista added: “What I meant was, the first thing you listen to is Miss Iowa, and you go, ‘Oh, here we go.’ And when you take a look at the woman, you go, ‘Well, hold on. She might be from Iowa, but she’s gorgeous.’ That’s what I wanted people to see is, I walk to the mound, and people start booing, and they haven’t even seen me throw a pitch. It’s like what I’m saying - you go to see Miss Universe, and you hear Miss Iowa. And you want to turn around until you see the woman, and you go, ‘Hello!’ That’s actually what I meant. She is a pretty woman. Katherine Connors, she’s a very beautiful woman.”

It didn’t end up too badly for Batista; according to the Des Moines Register, he’s been extended an invitation to judge the Miss Iowa USA pageant in October.