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Nationals clinch D.C.’s first playoff berth since 1933

Sep 20, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

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There will be October baseball in our nation’s capital for the first time in 79 years.

The Nationals beat the Dodgers 4-1 on Thursday to clinch a postseason berth. Not only will this mark the team’s first playoff appearance since moving to Washington in 2005, but it’s the franchise’s first playoff berth since the Expos lost the NLCS to the Dodgers in 1981. It’s also the first time the franchise has won 90 games since 1993.

Tonight’s winner was left-hander Ross Detwiler, who is slated to replace Stephen Strasburg in the postseason rotation. He allowed one run and three hits in six innings to move to 10-6 on the season. His 3.10 ERA is actually a bit lower than Strasburg’s 3.16 mark.

While the Nats are now guaranteed a spot in the postseason, managed Davey Johnson said the team wouldn’t celebrate tonight. They intend to save the champagne for if they can lock up the NL East. They’re currently 5 1/2 games ahead of the Braves.

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  1. rs2driver - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    One small step for Nats…One giant leap for all Nats fans.

    • dcfan4life - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:57 AM

      And thats what makes this team so great. The fans out of nowhere went nuts. Mike Rizzo went nuts. But the players acted as tho it was just another game. Showing their poise and understanding their job isnt done. I loved it, and thats why i believe this team is taking the division and at least should see the NLCS.

  2. johnnyb1976 - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Congrats to the Nats and their fans it’s been a long time coming for them. A Nats v. Reds NLCS looks like a great matchup to me, Reds winning of corse.

    • natslady - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      To Dusty: Get Well Soon. OK, now, Go Nats! As Davey said, “What’s the big deal?” Get the Division, that’s when you put plastic over the lockers. Today, just a champagne toast…and the neighbors allowed a few fireworks. They have Natitude “Playoff” tees. If they’re not sold out, I’ll get one tomorrow… and hope it’s out of date within the week!!!!!

      Astros fans, it can be done. Don’t give up hope.

      • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM

        Those for whom there is no hope should not be encouraged to. It leads only to deeper despair.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:48 AM

        Yes, the baseball world had factored the Nats into the playoffs already. Yes, Davey was quite unimpressed at the prospect of simply clinching, at worst, the visitors’ slot in the National League Death Match(tm). Yes, the bigger jobs — winning the NL East and the #1 NL seed — remain.

        But standing at Nats Park with about 30,000 of my closest friends, watching Drew Storen strike out Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, and Hanley Ramirez to clinch the playoff spot, it felt [expletive deleted] good. Especially striking out Hanley, the Nats’ long-time nemesis.

      • papalurchdxb - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:20 AM

        She was offering hope to the Astros OG, not the Feesh!

      • nolanwiffle - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM

        The man who has hope lives differently

        – Pope Benedict XVI

  3. rs2driver - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Johnny B1976.Nats handled Redlegs this year. If H. Rod didn’t immolate that Sunday afternoon in 9th inning …Nats go into Queen City and sweep Reds. Careful what you wish for my friend. Tip of the cap to Reds as well as 2012 World Series Tournament entrant.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      Yes, the Nats won 5 of 7 from the Reds, but their last meeting was May 13. At this point, what happened in April and May doesn’s mean a great deal.

      Besides, one of them will have to beat the Giants first. The other will have to beat the winner of the National League Death Match(tm), most likely the Braves or Cards.

    • johnnyb1976 - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      I was trying to be nice but since you want to be a jerk i can too. Yes the Nats did take 5 of 7 from the reds IN APRIL!!! when the reds wasnt playing their best ball. Being a Nats fan youve never sniffed playoff baseball so of corse you dont know how to be humble at all, jerk! playoff baseball has a way of messing with a young team thats never experienced it before, sort of like a virgin thats getting ready to not be a virgin anymore.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    That “Natittude” thing is so damn awful.

    • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      Try spelling it “Gnatitude” and you won’t take it so seriously.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:25 AM

        Not the worst idea. Compared to ideas like, say, spending mucho cash on free agents to fill your new baseball palace, then selling off when the team doesn’t win. Just as a totally random example, mind you.

        Ever since we got our (half) season tickets with “Ignite your Natitude” on them, this season’s marketing slogan has struck me as a bit lame. However, I fear that the “Natitude” part is sticking.

    • kevinleaptrot - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      Here in the DC area we have a lot of gratitude for the Natitude! Nice to lock up a playoff spot, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. It would be nice to get to 100 wins to help forget about those 100 loss seasons of not too long ago. Happy that we have a superior baseball team in town to help take our minds off of the continuing nightmare that is the Redskins. Don’t care what happens in the playoffs just as long as the Nats win their last game! Go Nats!

  5. Old Gator - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Indeed, congratulations to the Gnats and their fans. Why don’t you all go out for a celebratory Ethiopian dinner in Adams-Morgan and snort a snifter of Tej for the Gator.

    I was barely an adolescent at the time, but I remember my father saying that the Washington Senators were “first in peace, first in war and last in the American League.” I know it’s been a long wait.

    Of course, the wait for an uncorrupted, intelligent, service-oriented Congress is going to be a lot longer.

  6. natstowngreg - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Thank you. But one challenge at a time. Getting a Washington team back to the playoffs took 46 seasons of actual Major League Baseball and 33 seasons of nonexistent Major League Baseball. The problems of the U.S. Congress are 223 years old.

  7. vcupats - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Went to tonight’s game – great day to be a Nats fan :)

  8. tellyspop - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Congratulations to the Nationals! To the Astros fans, words from Emily Dickinson:

    Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul,
    And sings the tune–without the words,
    And never stops at all,

    And sweetest in the gale is heard;
    And sore must be the storm
    That could abash the little bird
    That kept so many warm.

    I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
    And on the strangest sea;
    Yet, never, in extremity,
    It asked a crumb of me.

  9. mrklutch - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    From a Phillies, congrats to the Nats to a great season. Good luck in the playoffs.

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