The Nats claimed their second NL East tile in three years. It's been a long journey since the early years in DC. It's rewarding to pour your heart into a team from the outset and eventually get to celebrate. There were a lot of losses to endure before we got to cheer on a winner.
I especially feel good for Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard, Craig Stammen, and Ross Detwiler, who have been with the franchise for so long. I only wish that Ryan Zimmerman, Mr. Nat, had been there to celebrate.
And of course, it feels extra good to clinch in Atlanta. The past two seasons, the Braves have represented everything that's wrong with baseball. They've hit opponents for no particular reason, started fights, and scuffled with umpires. The Nats had struggled a bit with the Braves until turning things around midway through this year.
The thing I love most about the Nats is that they genuinely seem to enjoy each other's company. It's an easy team to root for, which is a real luxury for a fan. Here's to another month and a half of Nats baseball!