It all started on April 23rd, with the Nats coming off a 98-64 season that won the NL East, fresh out of Spring Training. On that day, the song “Brave” by Sara Bareilles came out. Throughout the summer, the lyrics “I Want To See You Be Brave” sounded to me like she was singing “I Want To See You Beat Braves.” Now, whenever I hear the song, I sing it that way.
Now, I don’t have to anymore. After Logan Morrison caught Jayson Werth’s foul pop for the third out in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Atlanta Braves clinched the NL East on the Nationals’ 4-2 loss to the Marlins. It was a sad goodbye for Davey Johnson, but he should be proud because his team fought so hard to win and went on the biggest winning streak of the season in September. Davey came to DC to win, and now that this is (sadly) his last game, we’ll always miss him on top step. They showed a cool highlight video of Davey’s career.
But not everything was sad today. Ian Desmond almost got his 20th stolen base in the 2nd inning, which would have made him a member of the 20/20 club again this year. I think he’ll still do it. He was hit by a pitch and was going for the steal/hit and run, when Adam LaRoche flew out to left field. He also made an amazing leaping catch to rob Giancarlo Stanton of a hit in the Marlins’ 8th.
The other big highlight was getting really cool scarves as a giveaway. That’s why this post is called “Scarves and Barves.”
After the Cincinnati Reds bamboozled the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon, 11-3, the Nats’ season is basically over. I’ll still be watching the remaining Nationals games and the playoffs and World Series. Shortly, I’ll write the top 30 moments in the Nationals 2013 season.
I wish the best of luck to the A’s, Dodgers, and Red Sox, Cardinals, and Tigers in the playoffs. And I guess to the Braves too. But next year the Nationals are going to CONTEND! I’ll be looking back at my predictions from the pre-season and writing about how I did, and I’ll tell you who I’m rooting for in the postseason. Let’s Go Nats!
- The Nats won the second game of the double header 5-4 on a walk-off error, like they did against the Braves.
- Ian Desmond got the 20-20 (20 HRs, 20 stolen bases)! He is the first Nationals player to make the 20-20 Club twice. Maybe next year he’ll pull off the 40-40, like Alfonso Soriano did in 2006.
- Stephen Strasburg recorded his 500th strikeout. He is the 3rd-fastest pitcher to reach 500 Ks since 1900!