And now we’ve reached Level 5H+!!! in the Nats preseason hype tour, with Davey Johnson’s most recent comments to Chris Russo on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Unleashed.
The question concerned the unprecedented level of expectations surrounding these Nats, and how Johnson’s youthful players would handle it.
“Well, you know, it’s a young team still, and last year we didn’t have any veteran presence on the ballclub,” Johnson said. “But as a baseball man, I look at the potential, the upside of everybody. If we just play to our potential — we don’t have to play over it. If guys start doing things I know they’re capable of doing, I think we can win the pennant.”
The pennant, huh? Like, go to the World Series? While never having had a winning record? That goes one step beyond “we should make the playoffs. There’s no doubt in my mind,” which is what Johnson said last month.