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These boys – OUR boys of summer – they’re going to spend some time playing baseball this fall.
That’s right – a playoff spot. CLINCHED.
And the best part is they’re not done yet. They know that too. I’m so proud of ALL of them who were interviewed on the postgame show tonight who said that this was merely the first step. The t-shirts and hats may say “Playoffs”, but they aren’t going to stop until those shirts say “NL East Champions”.
But for now, let’s enjoy it. Look forward to postseason baseball.
We’ll start off this post with an apology: there are posts to be posted, and we haven’t posted them. Life gets in the way. In this case, I have been the one who should have been posting, and I’m currently out of town (and yet, writing this), but the hope is that being out of town may also give you some interesting stuff to read. Curious? Look for a post later in the week that will explain things. For now, we’ll go back 5 days to the Nats’ first game against the Pirates on Wednesday. As a note – I was at the game with my brother and due to a decision to keep score – all photos are taken by him (using my camera).
And there’s nothing like watching the offense work together when things are going well. We got to witness Bryce Harper hustle out his first MLB triple, and then watch as Ryan Zimmerman sacrificed to bring him home and give the Nats the early lead (spoiler alert: they never lost it). It’s good to see the Face of the Franchise working with the Young Gun to make big things happen.
We got to see home runs. LOTS of home runs. There was Ian Desmond leading off the third with a solo shot. And then in the sixth, we got to watch Adam LaRoche and Xavier Nady hit back-to-back bombs.
Later in the game, with the bases loaded, LaRoche would hit a 3-RBI double to earn his 1000th major league hit. Great stuff.
And while the Pirates kept up and were within 1 run for most of the game, everyone on the team played their part to close things out for a curly-W.
On a personal note – the fact that it was Military Appreciation night was special for me. In addition to my brother, my younger sister joined us for the game. She’s been in the Navy for 5 years now, and loved being able to come see her hometown Nats for free (and having an excuse to wear the camo Nats cap)! Spending a perfect night for baseball with my siblings is about as nice a thing as anyone could ask for.
Full photo set from this game can be found here.
And thanks to my bro for playing Jimmy Olsen to my Lois Lane.