From 1901 until last week, no major league team in Washington history had hit more than four home runs in a home game. Then, on Tuesday, the Nats hit six. I apologized to family and friends when we attended Wednesday’s game: “After 111 years, we’re one day late.” Except that we weren’t. The Nats hit six home runs again on Wednesday, too.
In this 8-3 homestand alone, the Nats beat the contending Cardinals by a combined 18-1 in back-to-back games and, in all, won three of four. Next, they swept a four-game series from the Cubs so one-sidedly — including 15 homers — that the Chicago manager called it “men against boys.” On Thursday, for extra entertainment value, the Nats men and Cubs boys had two bench-clearing barn dances with four ejections plus Nats third base coach Bo Porter inviting the whole Cubs dugout to waltz with him personally.