If you were too busy eating apple pie and tweeting pics of fireworks to pick up yesterday’s paper, then you missed Dan’s A1 story about rising local interest in the Nats.
To say that the team is playing well is an understatement, but this paragraph puts it into perspective.
But for the first time since moving to the District, the Nats have three National League all-stars, and could yet add a fourth. They will wake up on July 4 with the best record in the National League; no Washington baseball team has led its league on Independence Day since the 1933 Senators, the last Washington team to play in a World Series.
There it is again, “Washington” and “World Series” in the same sentence. But it feels different now than it did three months ago when the World Series predictions started. Back then, the shudder that accompanied Nats World Series talk was pure excitement. Now, fear and anxiety are working their way in.
That’s the nature of sports in D.C. We always assume that at some point it’s going to break your heart. The difference this year is that Nats fans are wearing their broken hearts on their sleeves.
“Look around the stadium; people actually have our jerseys on,” said Drew Storen. “They came before, but not everybody was wearing our colors.”
Apparently, winning looks good on everybody.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
* Everyone on the Nats, at least for now, can hit.
* Boz says our job is to listen to baseball, and baseball is telling us it has plans for the Nats.
* Brent Greer is playing Class A ball at Potomac, but unlike his teammates, he gets to live at home.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
There’s nothing like the 4th of July in our nationals capital. Especially after a W! So lucky to be a National! Time for some fireworks— Tyler Clippard (@TylerClippard) July 4, 2012
TWEET OF THE NIGHT II
Just called chick fil a to confirm they were open, answered and told me they closed 3 min ago. What a buzz kill.— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) July 5, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Michael Morse on the Nats’ potential:
“We really don’t know how good this team can be. I think that’s what makes us so great. The sky’s the limit.”
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT III
Tyler Clippard on the effect the team’s success will have on the payroll:
“We better win now, because we’re going to get pretty expensive pretty fast.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Nats vs. Giants, 7 p.m. on MASN. Orioles at Angels, 10 p.m. MASN2. All TV/Radio listings are here.
MLB is allowing you to vote for the final all-star via Twitter by using that player’s hashtag between 12-4 p.m. today. Bryce Harper’s is #BryceIn12. Cast your vote and then step away from Twitter for a few hours.
PLANET OF THE APES
Orangutans are learning to use iPad apps to communicate.