Pennants atop the scoreboard Two weeks ago, I drove down to Washington to meet up with two college friends and see the Nationals play the Reds. We’d speculated a couple of weeks before and bought tickets hoping it would be Stephen Strasburg‘s debut. But unlike many Nats fans, we didn’t bitch when the team announced
Major league GMs are making deals like fantasy owners drunk at an All-Star Game party. It started on Nov. 3 when the Nationals traded third baseman Vinny Castilla to San Diego for pitcher Brian Lawrence. That one’s easy: great move for Washington. They open up third base for their first-round pick last summer, Ryan Zimmerman,
The fans in Washington have taken to the Nationals as everyone — outside of Peter Angelos — expected. You’ll even see some Expos caps in the crowd at RFK Stadium, as I did on Saturday, a sign that those who come out to the ballgame aren’t simply there because it’s the new fad in town.
“First in war, first in peace, and last in the American League.” That’s what they used to say about the old Washington Senators, the hapless bunch of baseball men who couldn’t do much in two separate attempts at playing baseball in Washington, D.C. So this time, when they brought baseball back to the capital, perhaps
Washington will be a great big-league city, and it won’t be long. It’s just not quite there yet. At roughly 7:06 p.m. on April 14, 2005, the first pitch in the first official Major League Baseball game in 34 years was thrown by Livan Hernandez of the new Washington Nationals. Leadoff hitter Craig Counsell of