Miss Iowa issues challenge to Batista

Miss Iowa issues challenge to Batista

WASHINGTON -- Katherine Connors, Miss Iowa 2010, wasn't pleased about comments made by Nationals right-hander Miguel Batista on Tuesday night.

After receiving a round of boos from the fans after it was learned that right-hander Stephen Strasburg wasn't making his scheduled start, Batista, who made the spot start, said he understood why the fans were not happy to see him pitch.

"Imagine if you go there to see Miss Universe and you end up having Miss Iowa. You might get those kind of boos," Batista said. "But it's OK. They have to understand that as an organization, we have to make sure that the kid is fine. You don't want to expose him out there."

On Wednesday, Connors had a few words for Batista.

"I know I can throw a pitch or two!" Connors said in a statement to DesMoinesRegister.com. "The question is, can Miguel Batista walk the runway in a swimsuit?"

Batista said his words were taking out of context and he told his attorney to send flowers to Connors.

"The way I said it wasn't the way it was interpreted," Batista said. "What I meant was the person that you listen to is Miss Iowa, and you go, 'Oh, here you go.' When you take a look at the woman, you go, 'Hold on: She is from Iowa, but she is gorgeous.'

"That's what I want people to see. I walked to the mound and people started booing. They haven't see me throw a pitch. It's like the same thing. You go to see Miss Universe and you get Miss Iowa. You want to turn around and you see the woman and you say, 'Hello.' Miss Iowa is a really pretty woman, very beautiful."

Batista pitched like an ace on Tuesday, tossing five shutout innings in a 3-0 victory over the Braves.