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Clinching a Dream


Last night, the Washington Nationals did what was unthinkable just less than a handful of years ago. They clinched one of the toughest divisions in baseball.

Upon winning the National League East, the Nats officially dethroned the reigning five-time division champion Philadelphia Phillies. Despite the 2-0 victory for the rivals who reside two hours up I-95, a changing of the guard managed to take place in their presence.

At 96-64, winning the NL East pennant is a culmination of years of last-place finishes (five of eight since moving to D.C. to be exact) and a lack of a support system from Major League Baseball when ownership as well as major league and minor league talent were absent.

For D.C. baseball fans, this title was 79 years in the making, with the last pennant coming before World War II. The success of this miraculous 2012 team will not only transition fans from an older era recalling the days of the Senators but will introduce proper baseball to a newer generation.

Just for fun, here is video of Gio Gonzalez calling Nats owner Mark Lerner “The Pimp With the Limp.” Imagine Robert Griffin III calling Dan Snyder by that name.

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Nats Finish Road Trip With 8-2 Record


Since returning from the All Star Break, the Nationals have been on fire, posting a 24-11 record and most recently compiling eight wins during a 10-game road trip. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nationals Targeting Pitchers, Catcher Before Trade Deadline


One day after the Nationals split four games with the division rival Miami Marlins in their first series following the All-Star break, news comes from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that Washington will be looking for some arms and a catcher before the trade deadline approaches. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nationals Represent at the All-Star Game


With Gio Gonzalez, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg sporting their gray road uniforms, Washington had three representatives in the 2012 MLB All-Star game tonight in Kansas City. Four if you count shortstop Ian Desmond, who backed out due to an oblique injury. No matter how you add it up, this season has produced the most mid-summer ambassadors for the Nationals since the mid-90′s Montreal Expos franchise. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nationals Turn Back the Clock with a Comeback


As each week goes by, a playoff berth is looking more and more realistic for the Washington Nationals.

The pessimistic D.C. sports fan in me always errs on the side of caution when it comes to expecting postseason production out of the local teams. For the past two decades, the Redskins average one playoff appearance every four years. The Capitals have turned second round playoff appearances into a common occurrence over the past five years. Advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals has been another task altogether. The Wizards had a good run by tinkering with the first round several times in the mid-2000′s prior to Gilbert Arenas’ firearm catastrophe. D.C. United has been Washington’s most successful pro sports franchise since their inception in 1996 but given the level of popularity of soccer in the area in contrast to the “big four” sports, that success doesn’t resonate quite like the rest.

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