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Most significant moments: The clincher

Dec 29, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

Photo by Bob Youngentob / CSNwashington.com
Even in defeat, the Nationals clinched the NL East title on Oct. 1.

As we count down the final days of 2012, we're also counting down the Nationals' five most significant moments of the year. It all culminates on Dec. 31 with your vote for the most significant moment of 2012. Today we focus on Moment No. 3: The Nats' clinching of their first NL East title…

This city waited 79 years to experience something like this, the local ballclub popping champagne corks and celebrating a championship. So when it finally happened Oct. 1, it mattered not one bit to the Nationals nor their fans that it happened in spite of a loss.

Decades from now, few will remember that the Nationals clinched their first NL East title — the first baseball title of any kind for a Washington major-league team since 1933 — by virtue of the Braves losing 2-1 to the Pirates only moments before the Nats were shut out by the Phillies, 2-0.

"The way it happened tonight, it doesn't matter," a soaked Ryan Zimmerman said on the field at Nationals Park some 45 minutesRead more »

  1. Joe Seamhead - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    I'll never forget the emotion that I experienced at the stadium that night. Beyond words.

  2. Dryw Loves the Nats - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    I'll never forget section 313 sitting at the park, staring at our phones, paying more attention to the other game than ours! And, of course, the emotion. Beyond words, indeed, Joe.

  3. JayB - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    A game i missed in person. Coworker who I gave my ticket to said it was awesome….yea yea whatever ;)Looking back at the month of Sept they were just over .500, swepped by ATL and lost 3 of 5 to Cards. Team backed into the division crown with a shutout loss to the Phils at home. In hind sight was the writing on the wall for all to see. Maybe this team is not as good as we all hope they are. They clearly do not have September and October figured out yet.

  4. MicheleS - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    I was sitting in Section 112 and it was great!

  5. NatsLady - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Or May, apparently, when they were also "just over .500," and the Marlins were scorching hot…

  6. JD - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    You are right JayB. Those 100 wins were clearly a fluke.

  7. baseballswami - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Wins are wins in April, June or October. The Braves were scorching hot down the stretch, but we had enough of a lead and played steady enough to hold them off. I think that extreme pressure day In and day out proved to be a factor that wore down some nerves. And it's too early on Saturday morning for doom and gloom. Quit killing my weekend buzz.

  8. NatsJack in Florida - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    JayB = "THE DARK CLOUD"

  9. alexva - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    my dear JayB, you have exhausted my powers of refudiation.happy new year to allgyfng in 2013!!

  10. NatsLady - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    The team is built. Outfield, rotation, bench, infield (2 solid alternatives) and bullpen except for maybe one "situational" reliever. All the talk is just that, talk, until the games start. Then we see.

  11. sjm308 - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    I was in 308 – Oh wait, you guys already know that.Eeyore(JayB) – how poetic that you were not there. You would have found something to gripe about instead of getting caught up in a wave of joy which I am guessing you can't experience. Maybe its genetic. Here will be your post after we win the World Series "Well, I expected this and I thought we should have won in 4 games, or even 3. The real test will be to see if we can win the next 15 years as well. Not sure Rizzo knows what he is doing. Oh well, have to go look for my house, its not where it was this morning. Over and out, Eeyore JayB."

  12. Joe Seamhead - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    JayB, you can be such a curmudgeon. Rather then piss in everyone else's Wheaties first thing in the morning,just smolder in your own vile, will you? They didn't back into the division crown, it just happened the clincher occurred on a night when they didn't win one game.[It also happened while the Nats/Phills game was still in progress]. Yes,so they clinched the East in a rather anti-climatic way, but it in no way diminished the joy of seeing people of all ages, but especially those that went back to the days of the Senators, literally getting tears of joy. For me, it was more satisfying then being at RFK for the 1972 Redskins win over Dallas. Virtually everybody's expectations were exceeded by the 2012 Nats. Even though I predicted the NL East crown for them last November, I never thought that they would go to the World Series last year.

  13. Joe Seamhead - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    JayB, the Cards are the team that backed into the the first round with the disputed win over the Braves in the wildcard game with the infield fly rule call.

  14. sjm308 - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    By the way, when I cast the Nats Insider Winnie the Pooh tv series, I see MicheleS as Tigger, and maybe natsfan1a as Kanga. NatsJack or JohnC can be Christopher Robin (voice of reason). Natslady is Owl (although she is smarter than the AA Milne owl).All we need now are Pooh & piglet. Since they are the main characters, I guess we could give those roles to Mark and Chase. I am leaving out some of my favorite posters but you are all free to ask for parts and maybe I will make changes. Try as I can, I find no role for Peric even when he is on good behavior and I agree with him. Milne didn't write that kind of part. Definitely no place for Legion of Doom people, this was a kids book but has a great message for adults as well. You guys should reread when not looking at baseball stats. Only game I could find was "pooh sticks" which involves a bridge, a couple of sticks and a swift little creek. Pretty sure JayB would find something wrong with the way the sticks were thrown in the creek.Go Nats!!

  15. NatsJack in Florida - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Actually, baseball is the perfect game for someone like JayB. You know… the guy that loves pointing out everybody's failures. Since baseball is such a poetic game of failures, he has endless days of joy for even the most successful teams and players experience moments to be framed as failure.Yes.. it's easy to see why JayB enjoys baseball.

  16. NatsLady - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Joe, Atlanta was losing that game anyway, with errors and so forth, and even they knew it. My lasting memory is of the trash fans threw on the field and Atlanta sportswriters saying that "proves" fans care. If it hadn't been a playoff game, Atlanta would have probably forfeited.

  17. sjm308 - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    So, what you are saying NatsJack is that joy to JayB is finding failure in others. I still am betting he either can't or refuses to find happiness/joy in much with his life if we believe that what we read here is any indication of who someone is.Honestly, I have to believe that natsfan1a is just really a nice person. Never have I read anything to disprove that. I have met Seamhead and 222, MicheleS, and you (briefly) and all your writing on here matches what I experienced in person. Speaking of meeting insiders, where has Natswonk been? It was so great to read about his daughter getting caught up in her first real year of becoming a baseball fan.

  18. SCNatsFan - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Any Nats fan who comes out of last season unhappy is either someone who just jumped on the bandwagon or someone who just won't let themselves be happy. As a long suffering Expos fan it was the best season ever (more fun then the strike shortened trip to the playoffs) and I've never been more excited for spring to arrive.

  19. baseballswami - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    What matters is where you stand after 162. We lost the night we clinched. I have to think that is somewhat common since the standings are based on a combination of wins and losses. Even though the Braves were breathing down our necks the final numbers have us at 98 wins and the Braves at 94- not right behind us after all. My petty confession- I loved watching the Braves lose the wild card game , no matter how it went down , and watching Medlen lose- I find him to be an arrogant little pissant. Guess the Braves didn't handle his TJ recovery so perfectly now , did they? They didn't go past that wild card game. Lots of you seem to be bitter about the Cards- they got hot at the right time. I see the Braves as a royal, daily pain in the posterior.

  20. Joe Seamhead - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    NatsLady, you are correct,the Braves were losing 6-3, but if the disputed call had not been made the Braves would have had the bases loaded with one out.Momentum crossed the field.No guaranty, of course, but the call pretty much killed their rally.The Atlanta fans were a disgrace to baseball that night.I just don't like it said that the Nats "backed in" to the playoffs. With a couple of less injuries they probably would've had it sewn up a week earlier.

  21. sjm308 - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Back to the Title of the post. One picture that will NEVER leave my camera is the one on the scoreboard. NL EAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS

  22. natsfan1a - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    I was at the game as well and had this to say afterwards: natsfan1a said…EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!! That may have been my most awesome birthday ever. Yeah, we backed in but I'll take it. Our section had a pretty good "Let's go Bucs" going on. Saw some old school t-shirts, too. My fave was a Termel Sledge. Remember him? A couple of us went up to the guy to compliment him on it after the game. Well played, sir. Also liked the guy with the "first in war, first in peace, and first in the National League" sign. Coming home on the Metro, there was a young guy with a Pirates jersey. After I thanked him for tonight, he said he grew up as a Pirates fan and rooted for the Nats as well after coming here. I think he said he was wearing the jersey in honor of the 40th anniversary of Clemente's 3000 hits record (it was kind of noisy on the train). One guy asked him whether he'd ever heard so many fans cheering for the Pirates as at tonight's game. :-)October 01, 2012 11:49 PM

  23. sjm308 - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Or as 1a would post NL EAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS

  24. natsfan1a - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    You got it, sjm. :-)

  25. natsfan1a - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    And well done.

  26. baseballswami - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    I think you might have thought we backed in if it had been the final game and the Braves finished one back of us. We finished four up on them– that's not backing in, that's just a coincidence of clinching on a particular day where you lose. No matter. We ended up winning 98 games with all those injuries and SS shutdown. That's impressive. And that night was glorious.

  27. natsfan1a - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    I'm not knocking the achievement by any means, swami.

  28. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I think there's a Twilight Zone episode about a guy who is a zealous but joyless fan, thereby pissing off the baseball god of such things. He wins season tickets for life, but circumstances forever conspire to have him miss every really good game. And forever is a long time.Brilliant guy, that Serling.

  29. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    and 1a, I was there (h/t Scooter) in my 2005 First Game Jose Vidro #3 jersey.

  30. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    And just to lay off other posters and Rizzo for a few minutes, give it up for the fans who did come around as the season went on. Slowly, they're getting the hang of not standing up to go during a Harper AB; knowing when to cheer, and what to cheer for; even occasionally appreciating a good play by the opposition. Fewer waves, swapping out Syrupy Caroline for Take On Me, and being generally welcoming to other teams' fans, except for Taking Back the Park, which was awesome. More of that, please!

  31. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    "Refudiation" is my new favorite word.

  32. baseballswami - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Natitude- brilliant. Take Back the Park- brilliant. Bryce stealing home against Hamels. Davey's "they can fire me" statement. Jayson's HR. Each and everyone one of those things showed a real sea change for 2012. It was the season where the Nats forged their own identity and particular brand of baseball. Interesting year, too. Caps, DC United, Nats, now NFL. Some real swagger going on. Just the start of things to come!!

  33. NatsLady - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Sofa, wasn't "refudiation" invented by Palin?

  34. Unknown - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    "This division is tough," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "To me it's as tough, if not the toughest, division in baseball. And we won it."Well said and true forever. A GREAT accomplishment and, better, I might add, then winning a 3-round tourney where a team plays, at most, 19 games.I will always cherish the moment MLB at-bat confirmed that Pgh had won — and the division thus belonged to Our Beloved Nats. What happened in the playoffs does not diminish the wonderfulness of this accomplishment and that night.Let this warm you until the day pitchers and catchers report. Happy New Year folks.

  35. natsfan1a - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Swami, I'm guessing that Jayson's dinger will show up in the 2012 significant moments. Was there for that game, too. Loved it!

  36. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    NL, yes; like Shakespeare, she said, she makes up words. ; )And I just don't see Michele as Tigger. Tigger is verbose, compulsively competitive, claims to be an expert at almost everything (he's not), never admits fault, and despite their own good naturedness he generally gets on the other animals' nerves, as they seem to give him a wide berth, probably from all the bouncing. And "Tiggers never get lost." Doesn't sound like Michele to me.

  37. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    And Mark would have to be Christopher Robin, no?

  38. MurrayTheRed - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    It was great, I was there, but better was the game that gave us the winning season.

  39. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

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  40. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    If the Clincher is #3, then Games 4 and 5, in that order, have to be 2 and 1, probably in that order, right? Maybe Zim's cortizone shot should be in there, though. Getting Ramos back was pretty significant, top ten maybe if not top five.

  41. baseballswami - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Just off the list at maybe six — John Lannan coming up from Syracuse and being the stopper after that horrible Friday night meltdown. The whole Lannan situation was an interesting sub- plot. I am pulling for him except when he faces is.

  42. baseballswami - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Us.

  43. Traveler8 - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Clinching the title was a great, great moment, and it was amazing to see the electricity that went through the stands when the Pirates -Atlanta game went to Final. I count myself very lucky to have been there.

  44. Feel Wood - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Haters gotta hate. Sometimes they're out front with it, sometimes they back into it. But haters gotta hate.

  45. Joe Seamhead - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Werth's hit in Philly after not throwing the ball in the stands was pretty super, too. It was a great regular season, filled with so many memories, culminating in winning the NL East title.In early English-lit classes I had a hard time determining when a story was a comedy or a tragedy, but for a guy who has had season tickets for so long, yet doesn't seem to have gotten any joy from the season, seems like a tragedy to me.

  46. sjm308 - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Gorse: now that you expand all of tiggers traits I guess you are correct – I just thought of tigger as someone excited about life (our nats!!), and thought of him as a happy bouncy tiger. I didn't realize he never admitted faults, I will have to go back and reread.

  47. sjm308 - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Gorse: I do want to thank you for adding your thoughts on this deep topic (ha,ha)

  48. sjm308 - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Is that Morse in Mark's picture!! I loved when they came back out!!! I also loved that most of us were still there to great them. It really was a great moment and the excitement up in 308 was amazing.

  49. natsfan1a - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I would think so, sofhackage, but then again I am a Fan of Very Little Brain, or a Kanga, or something. :-)On a significant moments note, hmmmm…yes…clinching the best record in baseball, vs. the Phillies, was pretty sweet, too. I was at that one as well. Ahhhh, the memories. So nice to have a number of them from which to choose, eh?A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! said…And Mark would have to be Christopher Robin, no?December 29, 2012 10:04 AM

  50. natsfan1a - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Speaking of Morse, absolutely loved the moment when he stepped out of the box with a huge grin on his face as the fans serenaded him after the clinching cheers had subsided (if I'm remembering correctly, which I don't always do).

  51. TheManBearPig - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    A 98-win team doesn't "back in" to a division title. Winning on clinch day, especially against the Phillies, would have been so much better than the way it happened, but the loss of that one game didn't detract from the celebration of a season-long accomplishment.

  52. natsfan1a - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    As previously noted, I'm not taking anything away from the season's accomplishments, which I thoroughly relished. Oh, bother. I think it's time for a little something (heads for kitchen, humming a little hum). :-)

  53. UnkyD - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Still, for me, The Hamels Confrontation has to be on the list, yet….

  54. 3on2out - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Swami certainly hit on one of my most significant moments: the Lannan start to stop the bleeding after that debacle of the Braves coming back (when SS was the starter) from being down 9 (NINE!) zip. I think it was that game (and that series) that convinced me the baseball gods weren't just jerking me around. The Nats were for real! A more obscure moment (but for me profoundly significant) that Seamhead's recollection brought back in a rush was the Werth foul ball incident it Philadelphia. Many neutral fans thought he was being a jerk and certainly ALL the Phillie Phans thought so. I know it cost some sweet kid a souvenir but for me it spoke volumes. Jayson was saying, "I didn't come to DC just for the money…I came to help build a team to come back here and pound you into dust. I am not an expat Phillie. I am a National."

  55. c715e5d6-9d22-11e1-a89a-000f20980440 - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Re: Morse's at-bat. I was there, in 313, with my friends who arrived in the 6th(!) inning (their cat was under the neighbor's house, they wouldn't leave until the cat was safe, but they were NOT going to miss the clinch if it happened).Yes, Morse was grinning ear-to-ear as the 35,000 fans sang Take on Me in their best stadium voices. Watching his face, I could see the professional Beast Mode (get a hit and start a rally) and the "Get the Party Started in Here" guy battle for control of the at-bat. You may draw your on conclusions regarding the outcome. But at that point, it didn't really matter: we had clinched.Oh, and did anyone even notice that the Phillies post-game high fives had to be the lamest ever recorded in National's Park? (I realize that even if someone noticed, they probably didn't care ).ArVAFan

  56. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Werth's hit in Philly after not throwing the ball in the stands was pretty super, too. It was a great regular season, filled with so many memories, culminating in winning the NL East title. In early English-lit classes I had a hard time determining when a story was a comedy or a tragedy, but for a guy who has had season tickets for so long, yet doesn't seem to have gotten any joy from the season, seems like a tragedy to me.That was a good one, too. Tip on Tragedy/Comedy?If it starts out confused and order is restored, it's a comedy. If it starts out orderly and then gets messed up, it's a tragedy.

  57. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    So, yeah, tragedy.

  58. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    SJM, I might have spun Tigger's personality a little for rhetorical effect, there, I admit.Oh, and Nats Lady is Lotte the otter.

  59. natsfan1a - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Ooh, those are good, too.3on2out said… Swami certainly hit on one of my most significant moments: the Lannan start to stop the bleeding after that debacle of the Braves coming back (when SS was the starter) from being down 9 (NINE!) zip. I think it was that game (and that series) that convinced me the baseball gods weren't just jerking me around. The Nats were for real! A more obscure moment (but for me profoundly significant) that Seamhead's recollection brought back in a rush was the Werth foul ball incident it Philadelphia. Many neutral fans thought he was being a jerk and certainly ALL the Phillie Phans thought so. I know it cost some sweet kid a souvenir but for me it spoke volumes. Jayson was saying, "I didn't come to DC just for the money…I came to help build a team to come back here and pound you into dust. I am not an expat Phillie. I am a National." December 29, 2012 11:48 AM

  60. A Strong Package for Gorse Hackage! - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    But how can we have a list with no Gio in it at all? Gotta go top ten, somewhere.

  61. baseballswami - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Gio's face plant???? Gio making even JZim smile? Or Gio's complete game masterpiece? They are all sides of him. I hope no one lets the jester act fool them. He is a competitor. Many players came into their own this season. Lots of monthly and season end individual awards as well as team recognition. Lots if talent, personality, character and competitive fire.

  62. natsfan1a - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    True that. I don't know about significant, but you can't beat the face-plant for sheer drama (scared the heck out of me at the time – I was way in the upper deck and didn't initially realize that he was okay). Heck, I liked it so much, I tried to replicate it myself not too long ago, using a curb instead of a pitcher's mound. I then told my husband that now I understood what it felt like to have the wind knocked out of you and need to stay down for a moment. Can't really recommend doing that, though, despite the insight.

  63. natsfan1a - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Hah. I think I owe swami a beverage.

  64. baseballswami - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Great minds often think alike :)

  65. realdealnats - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    For me the two most thrilling scenes in 2012 were 1) Hamel plunking The Kid and then all that went into his stealing home, and 2) Werth's fake throw to the fans followed by at least a hundred foul balls driving the Philly fans crazy and then the payoff home run. Other scenes were hopeful and prideful and cathartic, but those two for sheer ongoing thrilling drama were, for me, tops.

  66. NatsLady - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Gio was really happy when he won his 2oth game.

  67. natsfan1a - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Late in the game, I was sitting in the stands with my phone at the ready to text my vote for Gio as player of the game. I'm like, why aren't they putting the choices on the scoreboard so we can vote? After a while, it dawned on me. Oh, yeah. Right. Duh. :-)

  68. MicheleS - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    I think i would probably be Roo.Gio's Complete Game at the top of the 9th with the "Lets Go Gio" chant and watching him take it in on the mound (one of the best games I ever attended, but behind Game 4). Later finding out that his Mom was right behind homeplate and a complete basket case also adds to it.The Dodger Game that got us into the Playoffs. DRUUUUUUUU's top of the 9th getting through the heart of the order

  69. baseballswami - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    You have to admit that it was particularly satisfying to clinch in front of the irrelevant Phil's in our park,, which we took back, their win meant nothing, no one cared about their handshakes. To see that, after all those games where we watched them call Nats Park Citizen's Bank South??? Truly priceless and gratifying. We need to keep them irrelevant and unwelcome. This needs to always be a hostile environment for them. I still burn over the opening day when I could not get a ticket and they booed Ryan getting his GG and Silver Slugger. Payback is hell.

  70. JaneB - Dec 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    My elbow is in this picture! Right next to John Will. I cried like a baby this game. We did lose but that night no one cared. We'd won enough up till that night for it to matter. The players threw a bunch of bubblegum out of the dugout in celebration and I have mine set up in my Personal National's Baseball Shrine/Museum in the work out room. We stayed for hours afterwards.This is fun. I'm betting Werth's walk off has to be the number one moment.

  71. baseballswami - Dec 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    This is making me all warm and fuzzy.

  72. natsfan1a - Dec 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    I also enjoyed clinching the best record in baseball off them a couple of days later. If memory serves, that same game clinched a mediocre record for PHI. Ahhh, helping them clinch a losing record would have been even better but I'll take it. :-)baseballswami said… You have to admit that it was particularly satisfying to clinch in front of the irrelevant Phil's in our park,, which we took back, their win meant nothing, no one cared about their handshakes. To see that, after all those games where we watched them call Nats Park Citizen's Bank South??? Truly priceless and gratifying. We need to keep them irrelevant and unwelcome. This needs to always be a hostile environment for them. I still burn over the opening day when I could not get a ticket and they booed Ryan getting his GG and Silver Slugger. Payback is hell. December 29, 2012 12:58 PM

  73. Faraz Shaikh - Dec 29, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    JayB, nice touch with mentioning STL winning 3 of 5 in September. You do know that we also watched games last season, right?

  74. Faraz Shaikh - Dec 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    *we=other NIs

  75. Joe Seamhead - Dec 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Nationals stadium will never be Citizens Bank South again, nor will it be anybody else's home away from home ever again. Never!

  76. NatsLady - Dec 29, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    top walk-off wins of 2012.http://www.bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner/

  77. dcnatsfan89 - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Zim's quote says it all. They didn't back into the division..they played great baseball all year long and as a result other teams had to play their best baseball in September in order to catch us, which clearly did not happen!

  78. peric - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    that Tom Gorzelany could end up the #1 starter on a staff that has Yvonney Gallardo borders on stupid.Well anyone who is stupid enough to say that isn't paying attention to injuries … now are they? Reminds me of when Natsjack failed to notice that Desmond was hurt and Espinosa was his replacement. Natsjack : lots of time asleep at the wheel.

  79. peric - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Michael Morse says his goal in '13 is to hit .330 hit 40 homers and drive in 120 runs.

  80. baseballswami - Dec 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    But will he be doing that for the Nats???

  81. JayB - Dec 30, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    That is just rude….

  82. sjm308 - Dec 30, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Jane – I envy your seats! Must be exciting all the time. I agree with a top 10 list and think we can supply #s 6-10 after Mark gets done with his 5. I feel certain that Werth's shot in game 4 is #1. This just makes me feel good about a very special season that obviously did not end the way we all wanted but still brought us great joy (eeyore excluded of course).

  83. SonnyG10 - Dec 30, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    It was really fun reading through these significant moments. I think next season is going to be more fun, if we can stay relatively injury free. I'm sticking with my 106 win prediction, even if ALR does not re-sign with us.

  84. baseballswami - Dec 30, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    It's going to be a roller coaster ride. Buckle up!

  85. peric - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    Now NL EAST champs best record in baseball ROY Bryce Harper ANDNFC East champs ROY Robert Griffin III. Its been a very good year even if wedo go off the fiscal cliff.

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