The Nationals’ 2013 season filled with so much promise ended sooner than many expected, but what a wild, eventful ride it was. The joyous spring. The otherworldly expectations of “World Series or bust.” Davey Johnson’s final spring. Opening day with Stephen Strasburg’s seven strong innings and Bryce Harper’s two home runs. Harper’s crazy April. His two collisions with outfield walls. Jordan Zimmermann’s dominance, 19 wins and an all-star selection. Harper’s performance in the home run derby and his father’s pitching.
All the injuries. The horrid hitting. Danny Espinosa’s derailed season. A 48-47 record at the break. Rick Eckstein’s firing. Every game against the Braves. Harper’s plunkings and Strasburg’s retaliation and subsequent ejection. Strasburg’s complete game. His meltdowns and improvements. Anthony Rendon’s promotion. The rise of the rookies. Jayson Werth torrid second half. Denard Span’s 29-game hitting streak. His game-saving defense. Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing. His power surge. Tyler Clippard’s excellence. The bullpen implosions and rebuilding. Dan Haren’s horrific first half and second-half resurgence. The late-season surge into wild-card contention. Johnson’s final games.
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’ plans to tweak the roster, the managerial search and the rest of the pieces that fall in place after it. We will still provide a steady stream of content, information and interesting tidbits here. 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 installment on the positional reviews will start soon.
The 2014 season opener is April 2. Pitchers and catchers report in roughly five months. This morning post will return then, too. Have a safe and happy winter. See you back here in the spring. Thanks again.