Category: Washington Nationals


Sep 25

Three reasons the Nats will advance in the 2017 postseason

By Marty Niland It’s fun to be a Nationals fan right now. The team is winning on its final road trip of a record-setting offensive season. It has locked up home-field advantage in the National League Division Series, and Bryce Harper is most likely headed back into action for the final week of the regular …

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Sep 11

Nats and their fans get the celebration they deserve

We partied like it was 1933. For the first time in several generations, Washington baseball fans celebrated a championship  the right way: on their home field after a win. It hadn’t happened in Washington since Sept. 21, 1933, when the original Nats beat the St. Louis Browns, 2-1 at Griffith Stadium. After Lefty Stewart tossed …

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Aug 28

Nats getting key plays from unlikely sources

How many injuries can the Nationals withstand and still maintain the second-best record in the National League? Let’s hope that question remains rhetorical. But when an infielder who wasn’t supposed to get out of the minor leagues this season and the 13th different man to play the outfield in 2017 are making key plays, it’s …

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Aug 07

Nats’ likely bench players gaining valuable experience for postseason

The dog days of August are proving to be a grind for the Nationals, playing .500 ball in their past 10 games. But while they endure this rough patch of injuries and a sometimes sputtering offense, they are laying valuable groundwork for the postseason. Let’s face it, with a 13-game lead in the National League …

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Jul 31

Washington needs sports stars like Howard, Zimmerman

Marty Niland July 30, 2017 was a day Nationals fans should long remember. On that sunny Sunday afternoon, they got to celebrate a baseball milestone along with two men who became stars at times when their teams and fans needed it. In the third inning of the Nats’ 10-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Ryan …

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Jul 27

Willingham’s Two Grand Slams

July 27, 2009 Josh “The Hammer” Willingham accomplished a very rare feat when he became only the 13th player in major league baseball history to hit two grand slams in one game. Willingham’s first grand slam came off of the Brewers’ starting pitcher Jeff Suppan in the fifth inning. The second grand slam occurred only …

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Jul 24

Despite injuries, bullpen woes, Nats making the best of it

How are you feeling about the Nationals’ season so far? Are you one of those glass-half-empty types who believe that the 59-38 Nats have underachieved this season and should be competing with the Los Angeles Dodgers for baseball’s best record, if not for so many wasted scoring opportunities and blown leads? Or is your glass …

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Jul 17

Remarkable recovery made Tommy John a household name

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the date a Dodgers pitcher tore an elbow ligament, an injury that eventually made his name not only a part of baseball vernacular, but a household term. We learned over the weekend that Nationals pitcher Joe Ross will have Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, a procedure that one-third of …

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Jun 05

NL Best Nats should be well represented in All-Star Game

These are great days to be a Nationals fan. Once upon a time, Washington was ridiculed as “first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League.” Now, after winning five of the first six games on their current West Coast road trip, the Nats are first in the National League, and first …

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May 29

Wounded Warriors were part of 1945 contenders

Every game at Nationals Park, the Nats and their fans pay tribute to members of the United States military who have recently returned from combat, some who were wounded in the line of duty. The fans seemed especially appreciative of World War II veterans in Sunday’s pregame Memorial Day Tribute, giving them a rousing welcome. …

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