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As 2012 comes to an end, it only seems right that we take a moment to remember what this past year really meant to the Washington Nationals and baseball in DC. When the season started in April, expectations were high for the Nats. They were the first Nats team that had a real shot to finish over .500, and they even had a chance to finish third in the NL East, which would have been their best finish ever.
Talk about exceeding expectations. The Washington Nationals finished the season 98-64, which was good for the National League East Division Title, the best record in the NL, and the best record in baseball. They spent 149 of 162 days in first place in the division, and they were never one game below .500.
Built on pitching and an offense that got better as the season wore on, this team was one that brought excitement back to baseball in the Nation's Capital. We will all remember where we were when the Nationals won their first division title in team history, where we were during the first playoff game at Nationals Park, and where we were when Jayson Werth hit his masterful NLDS Game 4 walk of home run, the celebration for which is pictured above.
There are so many other great moments to remember from 2012, and I hope you'll share your favorites with us in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter as a way to ring in the new year. Happy New Year to you and yours, and be safe. We have lots of baseball to watch together in 2013.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Remember back in 2010, when Bryce Harper went on the radio in DC and publicly declared his love for the Cowboys (and the Yankees and Duke and the Lakers)? Well, it seems that Harper's Twitter bromance with RGII has fixed him for good -- because Bryce Harper, the Cowboys fan, is rooting for the Redskins over the Cowboys in tonight's NFC East clincher -- and he wore his RGIII...
Photo above by @mrjustingbrown via @dcsportsbog of Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth at last night's Redskins game.
Werth's beard appears to be in mid-season form, but the paunch seems to be in perfect post-Christmas form. One explanation: Werth spent the month of December working as a mall Santa?
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While free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche is in talks with
“multiple opposing clubs,” the slugger is still maintaining that his preference
is re-signing with the Washington Nationals, according to Adam Kilgore of The
“We’re talking to a few other teams,” LaRoche said Friday
evening in a voicemail. “Got to keep things open in case Washington...
– First baseman Adam LaRoche is still a free agent and he's still interested in coming back with the Washington Nationals writes Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. But since negotiations “remain stagnant” between the two, he's been talking to a “few other teams.”
“Got to keep things open in case Washington doesn't work out,” LaRoche said. “I'm still...
Well, last year we rung in the New Year with a photo of Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen wearing festive hats on New Year's Eve. This year, we'll go with Ryan Zimmerman wearing one of those hats last night, with his fiancee. Happy New Year, NatsTown.
Lotsa unfinished business in 2013...how many days until pitchers and catchers report?
(Photo via @heatherdownen)
The Orioles and Nationals could potentially match up for a
trade that would send slugger Mike Morse from Washington to Baltimore in
exchange for a package built around a left-handed reliever, reports Dan Kolko
of MASN Sports.
The Orioles strike me as one team that could be a good
match, given their need for a middle-of-the-order bat and Morse's ability to