Category : nationals

the second coming of strasburg

(photo by Cheryl Nichols) Since 2005, the Washington Nationals have been largely ignored, both locally and nationally. Sure, it felt nice to have baseball back in our lives here in the nation’s capital, but fans largely stayed away, mostly because the team wasn’t very good. When the “Natinals” did make headlines, they were rarely positive. Games were lost in bulk and missteps by management were far more common than any one fanbase should have to suffer though (just Google the […]

this strasburg kid is pretty good

(photo by Greg Fiume) The statistics might say otherwise, but make no mistake about it – last night was the first perfect game in Washington Nationals history. If possible, phenom Stephen Strasburg was even better than advertised as the Nats cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of 40,315 at Nationals Park. The anticipation of Strasburg’s debut was unlike anything we’ve ever seen in baseball. The hype, the national spotlight, the media circus. We’d seen it […]

reds, umps defeat snake-bitten nats

(photo by Brian Murphy) Since their arrival in 2005, the Montreal Expos have been lovable losers. Nothing more. You could compare them to kid picked last in gym class or the child most likely to be bullied into giving away lunch money, but any way you spin it, it’s been a rough road for the Washington Nationals. Thankfully, for every prepubescent boy, there mercifully comes a time in life when that scrawny, bird-chested boy begins to transform into man. You […]

oswalt welcomes trade to nats

(photo by Jake Nielson) Sometimes a change of scenery makes all the difference in the world. It seems like just the other day that Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt was being ejected from a game against the Washington Nationals. Just two and a third innings into his work day, Oswalt lost his temper after missing on a pitch to Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham and yelled something. Home plate umpire Bill Hohn took umbrage and barked back at the pitcher. Oswalt […]

nats bats crush houston, strasburg on deck

(photo by David J. Phillips) After having 12 of their last 15 games decided by two runs or less the Washington Nationals finally got to enjoy a blowout, cruising to an easy 14-4 victory over the Houston Astros. And while D.C. sports fans are salivating at the thought of a certain rookie pitcher being added to the rotation, it was a lesser-known rookie pitcher who earned his team-best fifth win Monday night. Nats fans are already dreaming of Stephen Strasburg’s […]

nats are suddenly relevant again

(courtesy photo) As was the case with many folks around town, the Washington Capitals’ early exit hit us like a stomach punch. Just when we were getting used to one of our local franchises going from pretender to contender, they suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the 16th-best team to make the playoffs. We’ve never been accused at looking past an opponent, but blowing a three-games-to-one lead against the Montreal Canadiens caught us off guard, to say the […]

learning from leonsis

(courtesy photo) Yesterday Tom Boswell of the Washington Post wrote a column about the state of the D.C. sports scene which he appropriately summarized as “misery loves company.” In it, Boswell addressed the sorry state of the Redskins, Wizards and Nationals. The article gives reason for cautious optimism with names like Bruce Allen, Mike Shanahan, Mike Rizzo and Jim Riggleman taking over for failures like Vinny Cerrato, Jim Zorn, Jim Bowden and Manny Acta, although admittingly darker days are ahead […]