Like Michael Morse – shown here grinning as he steps to the plate to lead off the bottom of the 9th in a 2-0 Nationals loss to the Phillies – I don’t think I’ve ever had this much fun in a ballpark after a loss.
Best. Losing. Night. Ever.
Candice and I were at Nationals Park on Monday, October 1st, hoping to watch the Nats clinch their first ever National League East Division championship.
It didn’t happen the way we hoped, with a Nats victory. But since they played so well from April through September, this loss on the first day of October didn’t keep our boys from clinching. About 10 minutes before our game ended, the Pittsburgh Pirates (bless their hearts) defeated the Atlanta Braves. With a magic number of one, the deed was done and the outcome on the field was anti-climatic.
For the third time this year, I made the big screen, this time holding up a pair of Champs banners that our seat mate had brought to the park.
Let the celebration begin!
To help, here are my photos from tonight: My scorecard from the game (with my new N.L. East Division Champs t-shirt). Bryce Harper high-fiving the crowd. (Best interview line tonight with the 19-year-old Harper – Radio interviewer: Bryce, are you drinking cider? Harper: That’s a clown question, bro!) Fireworks at the stadium. DJB wearing his new Division Champs hat!
And listening to SportsCenter tonight, they just say, “How about a Beltway World Series?” How about it!
More to come…