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Posts featuring long-time Washington Post columnist and Nats fanboy Thomas Boswell.

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Jordan Zimmermann throws first DC no-hitter since 1931 in Nats final regular season game

Monday is the 10th anniversary of the announcement that baseball was returning to D.C. What happened on Sunday morning might be one of top three highlights of that decade — Jordan Zimmermann pitching a no-hitter for the Washington Nationals:

103 pitches, 10 strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 runner advanced to first on a wild-pitch strike three and then got promptly picked off. Here is the final out, a diving catch by defensive replacement, LF Steven Souza, Jr., as told by four different broadcasters:

That’s a really good call by Bob Carpenter. It was thrilling to watch.

Zimmermann recorded just the third 9-inning no-hitter in D.C. history. Other no hitters (as seen on Washington D.C. Baseball History Facebook group):

Walter Johnson – July 1, 1920 / 9 innings
Walter Johnson – August 25, 1924 / 7 innings, game was called due to rain.
Bobby Burke – August 8, 1931 / 9 innings
Jordan Zimmermann – September 28, 2014 / 9 innings

Ian Desmond hit a second inning homer and that was all Zimmermann needed for run support.

A great game deserves a great gamer:

Thomas Boswell finally saw a no-hitter:

The only two moments that compare to this — Ryan Zimmerman’s Nationals Park Opening Night Walkoff in 2008 and Jayson Werth’s Game 4 walkoff in 2012.

So far.

This was an exclamation point to a 96-win season with home field advantage in the NL playoffs. Zimmermann’s performance gives Nats fans a roaring crescendo to the regular season. The tension of the playoffs can wait for several days as it will surely happen, particularly when the opponent is determined by the NL Wild Card play-in game.

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On mentally preparing oneself for the 2013 Nats

Having followed and blogged about the Washington Nationals since before they took the field in 2005, the expectations of success are still kind of strange. There are glowing stories like this one from Sports on Earth: Smells Like Team Spirit. Then there are the wild predictions that the Nats could win 105 games (How the Nationals can make historyESPN and Can the Washington Nationals make history in 2013?Beyond the Box Score). I suppose the prediction aren’t wild — if everything comes together they could surely win 105 times before September 30. That’s asking a lot and winning 105 games does not mean much once the post-season starts other than getting in. We saw that last year, the 98 win Nats couldn’t get past the 88-win St. Louis Cardinals.

Last year, despite the heartbreaking ending, was wonderful because the 2012 exceeded expectations. Thought to be a year away, they won, kept winning, and then won some more. In his book True Believers, Joe Queenan noted that the best seasons are ones when a team wasn’t supposed to win — no expectations equals enjoying winning for its own sake without the burden. He’s a Philly fan, so he endured a few generations of not winning anything so in a sense, he is correct, Last year came close to that for a Nats fan.

I’ll admit I’m echoing what Thomas Boswell recently said in his column Washington Nationals, as one of MLB’s best are guaranteed . . . almost nothing. We are probably going to see the best D.C. baseball team since 1933 if not 1924.

I expect the Nats to be in a tough race with the Atlanta Braves this season with the Philadelphia Phillies being good enough to be a threat. The season will probably be tenser and with less wins. Don’t worry if they don’t win 98 again. Hope they win the division again and then 3 in the NLDS. This may be the norm for the next several years. Let’s hope so and have fun with it, it has been a long-time coming.

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Nats: Boswell thinks Davey Johnson is – THE MOST INTERESTING MANAGER IN THE WORLD

THOMAS BOSWELL: Davey Johnson: At 70, Nats manager enters one final glory yearThe Post
It came over a week late, but the most-highly regarded Post columnist (according to Mr. Irrelevant) sent Davey Johnson a big Valentine in the form of the column above. It is, as expected, overflowing with praise and has the trademark paragraph or two of concern after the jump, but the overall narrative is that Johnson is incredible and perfect — the fanboy columnist’s impossible dream.

If Bos were hipper, he’d have said something along the lines of Davey can speak Spanish…in Japanese like the Dos Equis ads.

I’m looking around for scheduled chat, but can’t find one. If he shows up, I’ll post it here. UPDATE: Looks like he’s going to do one:

Ask Boswell: Redskins, Nationals and Washington sportsThe Post
“Sports Columnist Tom Boswell will take your questions about the Redskins, the Nationals, the NFL and more. ”

35 days until Opening Day…

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Nats: Boswell chat at 11?

Thomas Boswell, the long-time Post columnist and Washington Nationals fanboy (though he denies it) has been columnizing daily or close to it since he arrived in Viera, Fla. for Spring Training. Here is his preview video:

Boswell wrote one column that essentially said “The excellent baseball players on the Nats are mostly introverts and SO AM I” in addition to his usual stuff. Since he has a good team to write about, he doesn’t have to spend as much time finding ways to make player stats to rationalize his homerism. All fine and good, but those are edited columns and I want BOSWELL UNCHAINED to tell us what he really thinks of the current Nats. Apparently, he’s got a chat at 11 a.m. today. Sometimes those things get posted and nothing happens — that was going on throughout January, so don’t get your hopes up.

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