They’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

The Washington Nationals are going to the World Series!!!

It’s a sentence that seemed so far away, in the early days of terrible teams playing in their temporary home at RFK Stadium. I still loved going to watch them play in that dump of a stadium, just because baseball was here, in DC. But man, there were some bad teams. Some guys (Alfonso Soriano, Dmitri Young, Adam Dunn) stopped in for a quick visit to reboot their careers. Some guys (Nook Logan, Nyjer Morgan) seemed to have so much potential only to fizzle out.

Then there are the ones that I wish could have been a part of this. Brad Wilkerson, my favorite player that first year, traded to the Rangers for Soriano. Nick Johnson, oft injured but a “professional baseball player” in every sense. Chad Cordero, the Chief, and bright spot in dark days. Ian Desmond, anchor of the infield for years. Michael Morse, who brought fun to the park. Jayson Werth, who signed when it seemed like no free agents wanted to come to DC. Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, Tyler Clippard, and rubber-armed Livan Hernandez.

It goes without saying that I am most happy for the franchise player, Ryan Zimmerman. Even in those early days when I still went to Nationals games to see them play my beloved Yankees, I couldn’t help but cheer for him walking it off on Father’s Day in 2006. He’s been through everything with this team, and he deserves it more than anyone.

You may be wondering, “What if the Yankees make the World Series too, who will you root for?” The Yankees were my team growing up, I was born in New York, and I loved watching them my whole life. But DC is my home now. The Nationals are my team. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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