On Thursday evening, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo provided the answer.
Rizzo confirmed by text that a picture making the rounds on Twitter of the trophy sitting in a window of his townhouse is, in fact, real.
“In honor of Opening Day!” Rizzo said.
A great move. As I wrote Thursday, my walk around the ballpark ended up being kind of a downer. It just made me miss baseball more.
My normal “commute” to the ballpark, almost always by foot, takes me through the Navy Yard neighborhood, where Rizzo lives. I generally make it a point not to walk by Rizzo’s house, even though it’s on a pretty direct path home, because it just would seem weird. Sportswriters stalk front-office executives enough at the ballpark or arena. No need to stalk in the neighborhood!
But now I wish I had walked that way Thursday. The trophy seemed to lift the spirits of those who saw it. It’s a reminder that the Nationals are still champs and there’s still a banner to raise and rings to give out, whenever baseball — and everything else — finally returns.
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