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Friday, November 01, 2019

With Nationals’ World Series win, the D.C. sports curse seems well and truly dead

Just a few years earlier, Washington Nationals fans would have known the script when they first took that lead over the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the World Series. The lead wasn’t going to last.

The city had gone title-less in the major sports for decades despite having some decent teams. They just all fell flat on their face. The Nationals teams of 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017. The Alex Ovechkin era of the Washington Capitals. The Gilbert Arenas and John Wall Washington Wizards teams. That one time the Washington Redskins had a healthy Robert Griffin III.

Until the Capitals finally got over their second-round hump in the NHL playoffs and hoisted the Stanley Cup, it was hard not to think of D.C. as one of the most tortured sports fanbases.

Now, the Capitals are champions. The WNBA’s Washington Mystics are champions. And the Nationals are champions after a season in which their title hopes looked dead on multiple occasions.

I forget- after the last decade and a half of World Series champions, are there any baseball-related curses in the United States that haven’t been broken?

QLE Posted: November 01, 2019 at 12:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: curse, nationals, washington

Saturday, October 26, 2019

World Series is back in DC and it’s one expensive party

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first World Series game in the nation’s capital since 1933 had all the trappings of a modern-day big event: exceedingly expensive tickets, massive traffic jams and long lines at the entrances and concession stands.

No one seemed to care about all that, not with the Nationals holding a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series heading into the biggest baseball game this city has hosted this generation.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!” declared 43-year-old Colin Miller, who paid $849 for a standing room ticket that provided him a spot far beyond the right field wall for Friday night’s game.

The hottest seat in town did not come cheap. Miller was standing next to a guy he’d never met, 39-year-old Paul Crickenberger, who plunked down $2,400 for two 40-game season tickets in 2020 for the right to spend $350 for a standing-room slot.

So, was anyone here lucky enough to attend, and what was the experience like?

 

QLE Posted: October 26, 2019 at 12:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: washington, world series

Friday, October 11, 2019

Nationals vs. Cardinals: Washington or St. Louis? How each city stacks up

The Nationals finally won a postseason series. The Cardinals are vying for their 20th World Series appearance in franchise history.

The only other time these two teams have faced off in the postseason, the Nationals blew a 6-0 third-inning lead and the Cardinals used a four-run ninth inning to end Washington’s season.

But that was 2012, and this Nationals team has already overcome major adversity and advanced further into the postseason than any before it. As the teams get ready to decide National League supremacy, let’s take a look at the tale of the tape.

Unfortunately, I’ve never been to St. Louis and have nothing to say involving the quality of conditions there- anyone familiar enough with both of these cities to pass judgment?

 

QLE Posted: October 11, 2019 at 12:51 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: comparisons, st. louis, washington

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