Stranger things have happened, but at this point the Nationals have pretty much a 99.9999999 percent chance of making the playoffs. It could all easily unravel beginning tonight, but for the most part it is safe to start preparing as if they will be in the postseason. The team has prepared by making tickets available and accommodations all around are being made, apparently even for a potential championship parade.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier appeared on WTOP radio on Thursday and addressed safety issues regarding a playoff run, keeping the metro running later, and the logistics of having a parade.
"We'll ask for reimbursable details, and that will be paid for by the Nationals," she says. "We're still working on the finalized plans and what it's going to cost. Once that's done, we're going to work with the Lerner family to get that finalized."
She sounds pretty confident they will get to the playoffs and that there will be reason to celebrate.
"It's going to be a big celebration for us here in Washington," she said.
"We already have (the playoffs) sealed up," Lanier added. "We know we're going."
Whether it happens or not, we'll see, but at least we know the city will be prepared. It may sound presumptuous to some, but if a city as sensitive about security as D.C. anticipates something this big, they need to take precaution.
It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.