Who knew? A year ago, Washington was in the midst of its 33rd consecutive season without major league baseball. One year later, the red-hot Nationals are the No. 1 story in all of baseball, surprising everyone and delighting their fans.

Good news is the Nats' radio situation seems to have been resolved with a strong signal coming from Radio Free 104.3-FM in Southern Maryland. Bad news: still no TV here in Riva. I thought I had a chance when Atlanta was in town, but the TBS broadcast was blacked out (what's up with that?) unlike the Cubs-Nats games on WGN from Chicago that were allowed to air.

Mike Sheehan, Riva

You must complain to your cable provider and get DirecTV and its "MLB Extra Innings" package. Just do it.

As the son of George Case, former Senators outfielder and later coach of the expansion Senators and a member of the Washington's Hall of Stars, I have always been very interested in Washington baseball and am thrilled with the success of the Nationals.

George W. Case III, Yardley, Pa.

Your father was a great base stealer (six-time AL leader) and outfielder for the Senators (1937-45 and '47). He also endorsed a Rawlings baseball glove that I purchased for $7 from Reisler Brothers Sporting Goods on what, at the time, was a less-than-chic South Beach and, in my opinion, a contributing factor in my leading the Miami Beach Little League in errors during the 1950 season.

Going to RFK Stadium to see the first-place Nationals is like playing golf and getting a hole-in-one each time out. What a joy. Tuesday night I got to see the first game the Nats played atop of the NL East at RFK Stadium. But in a season of improbable firsts, Oakland's Mark Kotsay lined the second pitch of the game directly at me in the right field stands. I made the barehanded catch, my first ever, nine days before my 56th birthday. As I raised the ball high above my bright red Washington Nationals hat, I thought to myself, happy birthday.

Ted Haynie, Solomons

Isn't it amazing how little it takes to make a 55-year-old man feel like he's King of the World? Happy birthday.