Found October 01, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
The Washington Nationals clinched the NL East division title in backdoor fashion tonight after the Braves lost 2-1 to the Pirates. Despite Washington's 2-0 loss to the Phillies, they mathematically clinched the division, and celebrated like crazy despite getting shut down by Kyle Kendrick. But I digress. After the game, when speaking to the media, Washington first baseman Adam Laroche had this to say. Adam LaRoche (who, oh by the way played for the Pirates!): "This is the first time in my life that I've rooted for the Pirates."— Amanda Comak (@acomak) October 2, 2012 Obviously LaRoche is just pandering to the media, but this is one of the dumbest quotes I've seen an athlete blurt out. LaRoche played two and a half seasons with the Pirates from 2007 to 2009 before being dealt to the Red Sox (for a week), and then back to the Braves, who originally traded LaRoche to Pittsburgh before the 2007 season. I'm aware LaRoche is a Nationals player now, but for hi...

Adam LaRoche takes a curtain call...

Via @Nationals: LaRoche, on whether or not he'd celebrate his 100th RBI: "I don't know, I'm still recovering from last night." Back in spring training if you'd told us we'd be posting an "Adam LaRoche takes a curtain call" thing about Adam LaRoche taking a curtain call after blasting his 33rd home run (100th RBI) on October 3 the night after...

Bryce Harper celebrated division title with apple cider, beer-spraying (photos)

As you may recall, Bryce Harper’s signature catchphrase, “That’s a clown question, bro,” might never have caught on and taken over the interwebs if it hadn’t been for a reporter in Toronto inquiring about whether the 19-year-old Harper had any intention of taking advantage of Canada’s younger legal drinking age earlier this season, so it [...]

Gio Gonzalez called Mark Lerner "the pimp with the limp", dumped a beer on Ted Lerner's head

If you didn't love Gio Gonzalez BEFORE last night, then how about his post game interview with MASN's Kristina Akra, in which he hugged Mark Lerner (who was in a walking boot) and yelled into the camera: "The pimp with the limp right here! The pimp with the limp! And he came out! And he came out! That's the love right there...Oh my God. I can't hug him too...

Washington Nationals Don't Appear Interested in Home Field Advantage, Start Bench Lineup

Having clinched the National League East division last night during the Nationals 2-0 loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies, but home field advantage still on the line, the Nationals have decided to rest their regular players. This is tonight's lineup vs. the Phillies: Lombardozzi 2B,

Nationals 4, Phillies 2

WASHINGTON -- Adam LaRoche started the sixth inning with a tie-breaking homer, and the Washington Nationals went on to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night. The Nationals (97-64) moved one step closer to locking up the top spot in the National League playoffs and home-field advantage all the way through. The magic number for that is one, pending the outcome...

Thoughts From Nationals Players On Winning 2012 NL East Title

  The Washington Nationals are 2012 Nationals League East Division Champions. I know I wrote that earlier, but it doesn’t ever get old to hear, does it? For years, I’ve watched teams walk away with the division crown, not quite knowing what it was like. But now, I understand what it was about. It was unbridled joy from the players, the staff, and yes, even some media...

The Grinch Who Stole Clinchmas

"I don't try to put my best foot forward when we're down."(Davey Johnson, via MASN/postgame comments, 9/30/2012) Cardinals 10, Nationals 4: No clinch today. Captain Hook didn't have a quick enough hook for an awful Ross Detwiler, handed the game to Chien Ming Wang. Det N' Wang combined line: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 2 HR, 2 wild pitches...

Nats clinch division despite loss

Thanks to strong pitching from Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper's burst of energy and Adam LaRoche's slugging, the Washington Nationals won enough from April through September that even a loss on the first day of October could not stop them from clinching the NL East. Despite being beaten 2-0 by the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night, the Nationals earned...


"Kind of embarrassing, when everyone in the stadium is clapping against you when you're at home." (Ian Desmond, via Washington Post, 9/28/2010) "That's just the way it is. The Philly fans are die-hard. They came down here. That's how it always is. Hopefully it changes over the next couple years." (John Lannan, via Nats Insider, 9...

Nationals lose game, but clinch division title

WASHINGTON - The Nationals came up with an interesting way to win their first-ever division title. It wound up having nothing to do with their play on the field -- but they'll take it. Darin Ruf's two-run triple in the second inning held up, and Kyle Kendrick earned his career-high 11th win as the Phillies blanked the Nationals 2-0 Monday night. But it wasn't a...

Sticking Up for the Nationals

This was likely the wrong way to go about it, as the average fan struggles to see past the colors of its own team. That’s completely understandable. You pay good money to support your team – in this case, the Philadelphia Phillies – so you do not want to give props where props are due.And you’re probably looking at that title and wondering why I’d write nice things about...

Phillies-Nationals Preview

If all went right for the Washington Nationals, they could have celebrated an NL East title in Philadelphia last week. Now, with their magic number still at one, the Nationals will get a chance to close out the East with the Phillies in town. Washington goes for its first division title - and the franchise's first in 31 years - on Monday night in the opener of a season-ending...

The Washington Nationals Clinch National League East With Braves Loss to Pittsburgh Pirates

The Nationals are National League Champions, despite the Nationals still playing.
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