What a wild, magical ride. The season opener. Bryce Harper’s debut. All the injuries. First place in the NL East. Best record in baseball. Ian Desmond’s breakout season. The crazy comebacks and walkoff wins. Blowing a 9-0 lead to the Atlanta Braves. The Big Three starters, and the Other Guys. Stephen Strasburg and the shutdown. Gio Gonzalez’s 21 victories. The four all-stars. Michael Morse’s pantomime grand slam. Jayson Werth’s home run off Heath Bell. Werth’s home run off Lance Lynn. Washington’s first playoff team since 1933. The team’s first division title. The gut-wrenching end.

Much will be remembered about this season, and my colleague Adam Kilgore and I were glad to have covered it all for you. Thanks for following along this season here on Nationals Journal, and the rest of our coverage. Thanks for interacting with us, keeping us honest and reading all that we posted. 

This weekday Morning Brushback post will go on hiatus until spring training. But continue to follow along here for Nationals news throughout the offseason. There is still plenty of be covered, from the Nationals’ players headed to free agency to Davey Johnson’s contract to potential offseason surgeries for players to winter dealings and more. We will soon roll out reviews of the season and evaluations by position, examine top free agents, looks at the farm system and top prospects and more. Our first one will start today.

The 2013 season opener is April 1. Pitchers and catchers report in roughly 125 days. This morning post will return then, too. Have a safe and happy winter. See you back here in the spring. Thanks again.



The brutal Game 5 loss invites second-guessing, writes Adam Kilgore

The Nationals and the ‘almost’ NLCS, writes Thomas Boswell.

Drew Storen harrowing night, told in exceptional detail, by Mike Wise.

Nationals exit is more painful because of Stephen Strasburg shutdown, writes John Feinstein.

The Cardinals keep winning, topping the Giants, 6-4, in Game 1 of the NLCS, writes Barry Svrluga.