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Sep 16, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

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James Wagner of the Washington Post chronicles what it’s like when you combine a team that wins a boatload of games and some veterans with senses of humor:

The Nationals carry the best record in baseball on the field, but they’re also a vibrant and jovial group of players off it. They smile and laugh in the dugout, the bullpen and behind the scenes — enlivened by winning. But few of the players have ever been in a pennant race, and the light-hearted tone set by veterans is as important now as ever.

The article describes most of the stuff you’ve heard about from happy clubhouses before: pranks, jokes, icy-hot in jockstraps, etc.  Still, it’s all new in Washington.

How you can tell when the Nationals have really arrived, however?  When they do this stuff all year, win 100 games and then have bad luck in the playoffs, after which some bitter tabloid columnist writes the “maybe the Nats should have been more serious” column like you’d see in New York or Boston.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Craig, what are you doing here on a Sunday?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      Drew had something come up. Covering for him this morning.

      • manchestermiracle - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        Hope his girlfriend/wife took care of that for him…..

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        Drew went to church?

  2. manchestermiracle - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Nice to see the old Montreal Expos not suck, but what’t next on the headline front? “Hey, guys, rain is wet!”

    • kevinleaptrot - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Breaking news from the Washington Post Sports Section: “Turf At Nats Park Is Green!”

  3. manchestermiracle - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Oops, didn’t follow my own advice and proofread. *What’s

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