In the seven years since Washington returned to organized baseball, there hasn’t been a single season better than .500. This season’s 91-58 Nationals have claimed at bare minimum a Wild Card berth in the playoffs this season, and with it a share of DC history.
Words are inadequate to the raw emotion of relief and triumph that seemed to overtake the fans in the 9th inning as Drew Storen retired the heart of the Dodgers lineup on strikes. 30,359 roared as one to celebrate the win, but the Nationals were low-key in post game interviews, quick to point out that the Division was still up for grabs, and that they won’t rest as long as they’re in pursuit of something no DC baseball team has claimed since Calvin Coolidge was in the White House: the World Series trophy.
Congratulations to the Washington Nationals, on behalf of a grateful city, on restoring respectability to our baseball chops. Bravo Zulu, and may the sub horn sound.