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The Nationals are a juggernaut

Jun 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners v Washington Nationals Getty Images

UPDATE: Holy schnikes! Jim Riggleman resigned right after the game.

Washington just beat Seattle 1-0, with a walkoff sac fly — the most exciting walkoff in all of baseball! — to win it. That’s a sweep of the Mariners. The most mind-boggling thing about it is that the sweep comes even though Mariners’ starters allowed a mere one earned run in 21 innings of work in the series. Talk about tough luck. Or being opportunistic. Or simply strange crap happening. Pick one, because they all apply.

Today’s win was the Nats’ 11th in their last 12 games.  They’re a game over .500 and are easily playing their best baseball in years. Possibly their best baseball since coming down from Montreal.

Nats fever: catch it!

  1. isdtyrant - Jun 23, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Jim Riggleman caught Nats fever. He had to resign because of it.

    • quintjs - Jun 23, 2011 at 4:11 PM

      It would also explain the lack of production for Werth.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 23, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Loose usage of ‘juggernaut’ but it’s a fun word so the judges will accept it.

  3. natstowngreg - Jun 23, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Glad to see you’re beginning to see the light, Craig.

    Actually, the best ball was played in the Nats’ first half-season, in 2005. They had one of the best records in either league. Went downhill from there.

    As I commented elsewhere, it’s feeling like this team is learning how to win. Jayson Werth has compared being on the current Nats to his experience with the Phillies when they were learning how to win. Yes, it’s lucky, opportunistic, and other unquantifiable things. But for those of us who have endured the exact opposite for most of the last 6 seasons, it’s a lot of fun.

    BTW, I thought the most exciting play is the walk-off balk.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 23, 2011 at 4:28 PM

      Note: My comments were posted before learning that Riggleman had resigned.

  4. FC - Jun 23, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Wow and the Phillies complain about their offense! 1 ER in 21 innings! That’s TOUGH! That’s usually enough to sweep the OTHER team, not yours!

  5. stevem7 - Jun 23, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Shows how out of touch the GM Rizzo was with things. Either that or what an extremely poor Manager of People he is.

  6. schmedley69 - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    The fever is spreading in D.C. They’re expecting record crowds for the next home stand. Upwards of 20,000 expected for each game.

  7. qcubed3 - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    After years of struggling in DC, the Natinals are finally starting to earn their “o’s”.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 23, 2011 at 11:29 PM


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