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Jayson Werth? Stephen Strasburg? Who had the second-most iconic moment in Nats history?

Jayson Werth? Stephen Strasburg? Who had the second-most iconic moment in Nats history?

We have a segment on our 'Nationals Talk' podcast called 'Nationals Supreme Court' where we lay out arguments and vote to settle once and for all the most time-tested debates in Nats history. These are the types of debates you may have with friends or family from time to time, and with three people we can break the tie. 

This week, we are tackling five of the biggest Nationals debates in writing: the second-most iconic moment in Nats history (Monday), who gave the Nats more value between Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper (Tuesday), the best jersey in Nats history (Wednesday), whether they made the right move with Dusty Baker (Thursday) and the best trade in Nats history (Friday).

Today, we look at the second-most iconic moment in Nationals history aside from the World Series run. The votes were cast by Todd Dybas, Nick Ashooh and Chase Hughes...

Todd Dybas: Stephen Strasburg has said he didn’t know what to expect in his hype-filled debut. He was 21 years old, a year removed from being drafted and taking the mound for a stumbling team.

What followed was one of the most memorable debuts in Major league Baseball history and a significant jolt for the Nationals’ brand. Afterward, Strasburg’s name was anchored into organization history even if he never made another start. Instead, he became one of the organization’s pillars for a decade-plus.

Juan Soto’s single in the N.L. Wild Card game was under consideration here. As was Jayson Werth’s walk-off postseason homer. But, the vote goes to Strasburg meeting almost incomprehensible hype for an organization in search of its footing.

TODD'S VOTE: Stephen Strasburg's 2010 MLB debut

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Nick Ashooh: This had me torn. What Stephen Strasburg did in his debut was historic. Heck, I recently wrote about how incredible it was to be there. That being said, Jayson Werth’s walk off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS is the answer here.

It was a playoff moment, and until the Nats won the World Series, was their most iconic. The postseason always adds pressure, which makes the big moments of success even greater when they happen.  

NICK'S VOTE: Jayson Werth 2012 NLDS Game 4 walk-off homer

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Chase Hughes: Any time these questions are presented, I'm always amazed at just how many choices there are. The Nats have only existed since 2005, yet they can boast all sorts of individual and team accomplishments, both in the regular season and playoffs, and now a World Series title.

The World Series, of course, tops them all. So, that makes this question a difficult one. But the question is framed as 'most iconic' and that to me means most unique and lasting. By that definition, I have to go with Stephen Strasburg's MLB debut in June of 2010.

Though Max Scherzer's 20-strikeout game was the rarest individual feat in Nationals history, Strasburg's debut was in some ways the most unrepeateable. He was the most hyped pitching prospect in who knows how long, the game was on national television with a sold out crowd and he delivered with 14 strikeouts. I think it will be referenced more often than any other non-World Series moment in Nationals history for many years to come.

CHASE'S VOTE: Stephen Strasburg's 2010 MLB debut

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WINNER: Stephen Strasburg's 2010 MLB debut, based on a 2-1 vote.

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Is Nationals vs. Orioles a true rivalry?

Is Nationals vs. Orioles a true rivalry?

Let's just get this out of the way now -- no, it's not a rivalry. 

There, now we can move forward from here.

With the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles getting set for their first series of the 2020 MLB season, the conversation about whether or not "Nats and O's" should be considered a rivalry is once again rearing its ugly head. 

Here's the deal, Washington and Baltimore have a rivalry -- you know, the cities -- but the teams aren't even close to that yet. For true rivalries to form in sports, the foundation is always rooted in meaningful games. I mean, they're not even in the same division. Just because two teams' ballparks are an hour or so away from each other doesn't mean the players on the roster have a deep-rooted hatred for one another.

Think of some of the most historic rivalries in sports, the biggest moments are either postseason games, or games that can determine who wins a division and goes to the postseason (or conferences in college, but you get the idea). 

Washington Football Team and Cowboys, Lakers and Celtics, Duke-North Carolina, Yankees Red Sox, and the list goes on. Every single one of these rivalries grew organically, not just geographically. They've had to beat each other to win their division, their conference, or advance in the playoffs. 

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The games have to matter first, it's just that simple. This means that until we see a Nationals-Orioles World Series, we can continue to argue about whether crabs cakes or mambo sauce is better, but we can't call this weekends' series a rivalry. 

Maybe one day. 

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone complains about Phillies fans blowing airhorns outside stadium

Yankees manager Aaron Boone complains about Phillies fans blowing airhorns outside stadium

Phillies fans haven’t been allowed inside Citizens Bank Park to heckle opposing players this season, but they still found a way to draw the ire of New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

During Thursday night’s contest between the Phillies and Yankees, Boone pulled the umpires aside in between frames to complain about a group of fans outside the stadium blowing an airhorn during his team’s at-bats. The sound could be heard on the TV broadcast as Phillies starter Zach Eflin handled Aaron Hicks, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres in 1-2-3 fashion.

They’re apparently called the “Fandemic Crew” and have attending all Phillies home games to cheer them on. Word quickly reached the group that Boone wasn’t happy with their airhorn.

Considering the fans were outside the stadium, there really wasn’t much the umpires could do. It appears not even a pandemic is going to stop Phillies fans from making their presence known.

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