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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Boswell: 2012 Nats to open an exciting era in D.C. baseball

This sense of infernally, eternally delayed baseball gratification, a wait that’s annoyed generations of Washington fans, including the Lerner family, now seems to be coming to an end. Finally, there’s a season that sends out a universal tingle. After signing Jackson, General Manager Mike Rizzo told me, “I have some phone calls to make.” To Johnson, he said: “[Forget] ‘potential.’ Let’s win some games.” To players, his message was, “The window is open.”

 

The window into the Other Realm, where a Washington baseball team actually contends.

TerpNats Posted: February 19, 2012 at 03:02 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. McCoy Posted: February 19, 2012 at 05:18 PM (#4064388)
Well, it would help if they didn't hold off on ticket sales until March 8th. Didn't pretty much force anyone interested in going to opening day and gettting decent seats from having to buy multigame ticket packages and then charge an arm and a leg for pretty much all seats except the very worst.
   2. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 19, 2012 at 05:34 PM (#4064393)
If Omar Vizquel makes the Blue Jays roster he will be the only major leaguer who was alive the last time there was a winning team in D.C.
(Also applies to if Jamie Moyer makes the Rockies roster)

(Arthur Rhodes and Mariano Rivera were born shortly after the 1969 World Series)
(Matt Stairs and Tim Wakefield have retired)
   3. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: February 19, 2012 at 06:22 PM (#4064418)
Boswell has been around D.C. for a long time, but you don't have to look back to the days of the Senators to appreciate what could happen this year.

As an ex-pat D.C. native I think many who have followed the Nationals since 2005 will equate this season as the first which allows them to raise their heads above water and breathe, really breathe, for the first time. The inaugural 2005 season was a mirage that tricked us, the intervening years were pretty hellish in both on- and off-field comedy and tragedy ("Natinals" jerseys, fire chief prohibiting fireworks, generally crappy play, etc.) making the Nats a laughing-stock.

The optimism approaching the 2012 season seems spiced with more than just the usual Spring Training hopes. The Nats front office staff appear less likely than ever to shoot themselves in the foot, then figure out how to stick a second fork in their remaining good eye. This is a new feeling for Nats fans. It might not be justified, ultimately, but some projections have them better or much better than .500 this season. Pinch me.

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