We asked six die-hard Nationals fans to tell us how life has a way of
molding itself around 162 games, whether that means planning your vacation around road trips or having
At Bat alerts buzzing your smartphone. These are the romantics, the cynics and the fanatics who populate a baseball town.
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74, New York
Television host and son
of famed Washington Post
sports writer Shirley Povich
“I was always a Yankee hater, but when I came to New York [in 1986], the Yankees were a terrible team. They were so bad in the mid-late ’80s that I started to root for them and I bought season tickets. Now, fast forward, I’m so in love with the Nationals that I have retired my Yankee tickets — I don’t have season tickets anymore — and I have purposely purchased season tickets to the Mets so I can see the Nationals nine times this year.
“Anybody who’s been around Washington baseball knows how disappointed we’ve been for so many years. And last year was just the thrill of our lives. I don’t want to set us up for a fall by expecting too much from the team.
“My brother David and I both have season tickets to see the Nationals in Washington. I only get down a couple of times a year, two or three times a year, but my brother must go to at least half the games.
“I would love to be there opening day, but I think I gotta work. In between segments, trust me: I not only look every time there’s a score, but I check the box score every half inning. I get At Bat [updates] every half inning just for the scores of spring training games! My father would have said, ‘You’re half-baked! You’ve gone nuts!’
“He would definitely like what he sees. There’s no question he would love the makeup of the team. He would love Davey [Johnson, the manager]. He always did admire Davey anyway, both as a player and a manager. He would get a big kick out of this particular team, because it’s his kind of team. He would especially love [outfielder Bryce] Harper in terms of the talents that he has.”