Almost ten years after baseball returned to the nation’s capital, the Washington Nationals have won the National League East title for the second time.
The win not only clinched another division title but rubbed it in the face of their season-long challenger, the Atlanta Braves, clinching at Turner Field.
Ian Desmond, who was on the roster for that cold RFK Stadium exhibition game in March 2005, was the star of the night with a 2-run blast and another run scored on a wild pitch.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
The last milestone is home field advantage throughout the playoffs. They’ll probably go for that tomorrow with a lineup of September call-ups as they look to sweep the Braves.
Washington Nationals clinch NL East title with 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves – The Post
On Baseball: Washington Nationals can celebrate the present — and their future – The Post
Barry Svrluga, original Nats beat writer:
Think about that for a moment. This good foundation, this good franchise, from where there was — rather recently — nothing. Maybe this is a good time to remind everyone that 10 years ago this very night, Washington did not yet have a baseball team. And that in the winter of 2004-05, the franchise had its accounting operations in Montreal, its baseball operations in Florida, its upper management at a Georgetown law firm and the guts of a fly-by-night, do-everything staff in trailers in the parking lots of RFK Stadium. Until now, the idea of sustained baseball success in Washington was somewhere between a blind hope and an abstract theory, with obstacles to overcome that should not soon be forgotten.
Did I hear Battle Hymn of the Republic playing as I read that column?
Nats are NL East champions again, eliminating Braves in Atlanta – The Wash. Times
Nationals clinch NL East with victory in Atlanta – CSN Washington
Nationals players react to winning NL East on Twitter – CSN Washington