The Nats have won 10 straight. As Kilgore noted, the Nats have thus “matched the longest streak in the team’s brief history, their first double-digit run since a halcyon fortnight in June 2005, their first year of existence.”
Above is A1 on the day those Nats won their 10th straight. Below are the Sports fronts from when the Nats won nine straight and 10 straight back then, and from the 10th straight this time around.
Things that happened during that 10-gamer:
Boz wrote this:
Rarely does life inflate our dreams beyond our own recognition, then suddenly grant them. That’s not how it works on this planet. But, for the last two weeks, that’s what Nationals fans have experienced. Something entirely different is definitely up.
All of a sudden the Nats’ story is getting much too substantial for pretty prose about an orphan team embraced by an abandoned city, or bouncing bleachers that inspire luck-laced, come-from-behind, one-run wins. Spring romance is nice. Summer love is better. But a Washington team in an autumn battle for the playoffs is hard-boiled, high-pressure baseball, not poetry. The Nats better watch out, because if they don’t start losing soon, they’re going to find themselves in a pennant race in September.
Boz wrote this:
When I’m not at the games, I watch almost all Nats games on MLB.com archives since I CAN’T GET THE GAMES ON TV AT MY HOUSE 25 MINUTES FROM RFK. That’s ZERO games — except ESPN. Oh, yes, you will no doubt see an amused column on this subject at some point, since there are roughly a million people in the same boat that I am. Believe me, NOBODY lives the “TV Issue” more than I do.
Boz wrote this, about Ryan Zimmerman (from an online chat):
This guys is several years and at least 100 major league home runs away from a “nickname.” Right now, his nickn ake is “Rook.” As in, “Hey, rook, pick up all those wet towells in the lockerroom.”
A Boz chatter wrote this:
The Nats are not only a mystery to the national media, but the local broadcast media as well. Aside from the great job The Post has done, the TV and radio media here is basically ignoring the Nats. I am sick of turning on the TV and seeing lead stories about workouts at Redskin Park and the NBA playoffs. How much longer until the other media outlets in town realize what the Post already has … that the Nats are special and have a great fan base!!!
Vinny Castilla said this:
“This is not a fluke,” third baseman Vinny Castilla said. “This team is here. It’s real.”
A WaPo letter-writer wrote this:
There is a large contingent of natives in D.C. We didn’t all move here yesterday. People like me saw games here in ’71 and have been waiting 34 years. We hate the Orioles with a passion. Thanks mostly to that team’s owners (and don’t forget MLB), D.C. could have had baseball back here a lot sooner. So anytime I see that team mentioned, I usually mutter something not suitable for family hour, put down the paper or turn the channel. I’ve adjusted my subscription to the newspaper, and Comcast is next.
It’s pretty simple: WASHINGTON Nationals, WASHINGTON Post. BALTIMORE Orioles, BALTIMORE Sun. Move that non-D.C. team to the back pages, one brief article only. Cover our team first and foremost. Sheesh, how hard is this?
Another WaPo letter writer wrote this:
I’m an Orioles fan and live in Fairfax County. I was just as excited as the next guy about baseball making its long overdue return to the nation’s capital, but that does not mean my interest or my family’s interest in the O’s diminished.
To me, to even consider dropping coverage of a historic franchise that has been covered by The Post for decades, is journalistically irresponsible.
Please do not let the anger toward one man in Baltimore, take away what I consider top notch coverage of both teams and both leagues. I believe that if this comprehensive newspaper covered the Orioles similar to the Kansas City Royals, then a major disservice is being done to O’s fans throughout the region and a real slap to the dedicated customers that depended on your Orioles coverage throughout the years and banked on for years to come.
Marlon Byrd did this:
[Umpire Joe] Brinkman said he stuck out his left hand to stop the onrushing Byrd.
Nationals second baseman Jamey Carroll said Brinkman tried to corral Byrd, wrapping his arms around the player only to tumble to the ground when doing so.
Washington Manager Frank Robinson said he saw none of it until he happened to look up and see Brinkman lying feet up and Byrd standing nearby and thought to himself, “Oh God.”
Byrd said nothing. He stood in the clubhouse after the game, wearing a Manchester United shirt and repeated over and over, “I am only going to talk about the victory.”
Boz wrote this:
At least most Nats are talking the right talk. Told that his team was in first place, Robinson said, “Okay, that’s nice. We need to keep our heads the same hat size.”
“It’s only June. Don’t get cocky,” said Schneider. “We’re proud. But we have so much more to accomplish.”
How much more? Yet another question about the first-place Nationals that few could have imagined on Opening Day.
John Kelly wrote this:
As for the Nats, they are like gods.
Wilbon wrote this:
Wonder what the Nats popularity and winning ways means to the Redskins, who are accustomed to dominating the local sports news–or lack thereof–during the summer. I’m SO GLAD to have baseball here. I don’t root for the team or have any emotional investment in it. But it’s so much better a sports town now, with a baseball team, rather than a pace given over to the Redskins 365 days a year. Green Bay has ever reason to be a one-horse town and proud of it. D.C. should be better than that, more varied in its interests than that, and now finally is.