Many Nats fans who were stung by both their team’s horrific Game 5 loss to the Cardinals and St. Louis’ subsequent breakdown of the comeback were rooting hard for the Giants in the NLCS. And that worked out better than they could have dreamed.

Not only did the Cardinals lose, they did so in glorious fashion, seizing a 3-1 series lead, failing to polish the Giants off at home, and then coming apart in an unsightly Game 7 filled with non-clutch at-bats and non-clutch pitches and non-clutch fielding.

And for a great many Nats fans, it brought to mind a few quotes from the Cardinals after they stunned the Nats. Quotes like “Gio looked like he didn’t want to be out there….We smelled blood.” And like “A lot of [Nats] had the bright-eyed, deer-in-the-headlights look….We saw them taking a couple of deep breaths between pitches….We weren’t taking any deep breaths.”

Combine such confident, team-of-destiny talk with this week’s meltdown, and, well, some D.C. supporters were filled with what one dubbed “Schadenfreuditude.”

“The Giants will be busy wiping the deer’s blood off their headlights tomorrow,” one Nats fan wrote.

“Hearing that the Cardinals have that deer in the headlights look to them. Can anyone confirm?” another wrote.

“The Cardinals don’t look like they even wanna be out there. See ’em sweating? The Giants smell blood!” wrote a third.

“The Cardinals look like deer in the headlights. Giants smell blood,” another wrote.

“Think the Nats probably could’ve taken the Giants,” wrote a fifth. “But the important thing is, the Cardinals suffered a humiliating collapse.”

Of course, now there would appear to be no natural rooting interest for Nats fans in the World Series. But so be it. There will be games that matter again in, well, six months. Plus, “Schadenfreuditude” is just an amazing word, and the Cardinals willed it into being with their sheer scrappiness and boundless experience and never-say-die approach. So thanks for that, St. Louis.


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