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Great Moments in Hubris: The D.C. police are already planning for a Nats victory parade

Sep 6, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

MLB-Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals

I’ve always been one for planning, but I’m also one for keeping some types of planning close to the vest. For example, I don’t think the Nationals will appreciate the Chief of Police for Washington D.C. going on the radio and talking about how she’s preparing for the World Series parades and stuff:

In anticipation of the Nationals entering the MLB post season, the chief of D.C. police says she expects the team will pay for important additional security for games and celebrations … These plans will accommodate more than just the immediate stadium area, she says. Police are already planning for a parade in the event of a Nats’ win, and for spontaneous celebrations in the streets.

“It’s going to be a big celebration for us here in Washington,” she says. “We already have (the playoffs) sealed up,” Lanier says of her confidence in the team. “We know we’re going.”

I guess it’s better than what the Nats themselves and so many of their fans are doing: planning for the next six World Series championships that their careful handling of Stephen Strasburg has rendered an inevitability.

  1. DJ MC - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    As a general issue, it makes perfect sense. Any kind of mass gathering of people within the District, particularly if they’re going to use streets like Pennsylvania Avenue or North or South Capitol Street, need to be planned well in advance even if just to make sure security is ready to be put in place.

    That said…they’re officially doomed.

  2. nolanwiffle - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Get it right the first time, and the next five will be a piece o’ cake. That copper’s got Natitude!

  3. Joe - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    I don’t see a lot of basis for criticism here. It’s not like she went on the radio specifically to blab about the Nats. It was an “ask the chief” show that covered a variety of topics. She was asked what the department was going to do in the event the Nats made the playoffs. What’s she supposed to do, say they won’t even think about it until the team clinches? This is called “doing your job.”

    Maybe great moments in exuberance, but hubris? I don’t think so.

  4. heyblueyoustink - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    ” Nothing wrong with planning a good victory celebration! ”

    -General George Custer

  5. natslady - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    She goes on the radio every week for a segment called “Ask the Chief.” So, someone probably asked her. What was she supposed to say, “No, we could have 500,000 people in the streets but we’re NOT making plans?”


    • bigleagues - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      “This season has been very exciting to watch. Obviously, we all hope that the Nats have continued success in the post-season. I want to assure the public that the Mayor, myself and other relevant entities and departments are having ongoing discussions to ensure that we are prepared to handle whatever scenario presents itself.”

    • frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      Yawn is correct. No one associated with the team did this. No one is calling a WS.

      The nations capital and large target for terrorists is planning to try and keep bad things from happening.

      Nothing to see here folks… move along.

  6. illadelphiasphinest - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Being that the Nats draw about 12,00 to 15,000 per home game. They only sold somewhere between 12,000 and 14,000 full season tickets. How many people would even show up to a parade?

    • natslady - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Will there be fireworks?

      • chumthumper - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        Isn’t the reaction to shutting down Strasburg enough fireworks for ya?

    • kelsocarpenter - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      Are you high? The Nats are drawing 29,462 per game this year and it’s only rising as the playoffs approach. It’s 2012 ya know, not 2007. And you should know that, you’re a Phillies fan.

      • bigleagues - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        You are probably right about that.

        Phillies’ fans play an integral role in filling Nationals Park earlier this season . . . and have lent a helping hand in portions of the previous 7 seasons.

        Much the same way Red Sox and Yankees fans helped the Orioles through some lean years.

        Benevolence – it’s one of things that makes this such a great game!

      • bigleagues - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:20 PM

        HBT readers are running 2-1 against benevolence and attendance facts.

        I would have thought differently.

  7. natslady - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Dan Steinberg ‏@dcsportsbog
    Bryce Harper is apparently back on Twitter at @Bharper3407

  8. Detroit Michael - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Parade marchers will be allowed to go 180 paces, but must stop after that, even if they have not reached the city center.

    OK, you know SOMEONE has to make the Strasburg reference, so we might as well get it done.

    • natslady - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      That was above average. Better than Craig’s.

  9. stex52 - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Just good civic planning. It also makes sense to let the people know there will be a plan in advance.

    Non-story from a civic viewpoint. Now did it put the curse on the Nationals? Probably.

    • natslady - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Someone was planning a parade in Houston? :)

      • stex52 - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        Perhaps within a decade or so. Hope springs eternal.

  10. johnnyb1976 - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    The road to the world series will run through Cincinnati. Bank it. Good luck with that Nats.

    • akismet-e6748cca3a16ea6e8283008d25583adc - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      The Nats took the Reds 3 of 4 at home and 2 of 3 in Cincinnati to take the season series 5-2. I’d say “good luck with that, Reds.”

      • akismet-e6748cca3a16ea6e8283008d25583adc - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        In fact, here’s the Nats season head-to-head against all other current playoff position teams:
        – Cincy: 5-2
        – SF: 5-1
        – Atlanta: 10-5
        – St. Louis: 3-1

        Strasburg or no Strasburg, the Nats are still going to be a formidable opponent in the post-season, especially with the way the offense has been improving over the past couple months.

      • natslady - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM


        – Dodgers: 0-3
        – Pirates: 2-3
        – Yanks: 0-3
        – Rays: 3-2
        – O’s: 2-4

        I still think the Nats will be fine, but they have to, y’know, play the games…

      • natslady - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

        Sorry, Rays 2-1 (Edit function).

  11. dchail - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Good to see your working hard coming up with some hard hitting reporting Craig.

  12. indaburg - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    That’s some bad juju right there.

  13. raysfan1 - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    “I agree.”
    –Crazy Horse

  14. raysfan1 - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    The planning does have to happen well in advance of the event. The bragging? Yeah, might be better to wait for the actual victory first.

  15. mazblast - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    She wasn’t bragging. She was asked if they have plans in place and said they do. It’s called PLANNING. Police departments, like the military, fire departments, emergency crews, and any good corporation, have contingency plans for just about any major event.

    IMO, the answer wasn’t stupid, it was the question.

  16. dcbear90 - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Gotta love Nats fans talking smack after finally having a successful season. Try acting like you’ve been there before.

  17. keithbangedyermom - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    “I guess it’s better than what the Nats themselves and so many of their fans are doing: planning for the next six World Series championships that their careful handling of Stephen Strasburg has rendered an inevitability.”


  18. ndnut - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    They need to plan not only for victory but also for defeat. While most sports riots occur after winning, a couple years ago Vancouver, BC, Canada experienced riots after losing in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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