It had been a rough winter for Jim Bowden and the Nats. They had gotten so close to achieving the notoriety and the fan support that comes with the landing of a big time free agent name. But the closer the young ball club got, the greater the pain the city felt when they were spurned time after time for a bigger more established baseball town.
But today New York and Chicago can be damned, Washington D.C is where the celebration is at. This morning on the steps of the U.S Capital Barack Obama will be signing a four year deal which could keep him in Washington for as many as the next eight.
Fans have been spotted celebrating in the streets of Washington today. For a team that has been depressed due to almost a decade of losing seasons, this signing promises a new hope and a new start for many. The impact wont be immediate, it will take hard work and time to develop, but many Nats fans believe that this is the first major step on getting this team back on track.
Talk About A Press Conference
When Mark Teixiera decided to take less money to go to New York many Washingtonians were hurt and felt slighted. The day he signed with a team that hadn't even been publicly in the talks it was a humiliating slap in the face to all of those who hoped the Nationals may achieve some sense of national relevance. The only thing worse was when the Yankees held their press conference to announce their great acquisition.
It was Steinbrenner's chance to pop the new Yankee Stadium's cherry. With bells and whistles, in typical pinstripe fashion, the team wowed the national audience by unveiling their new first basemen in front of flashing lights and a multi-hundred million dollar stadium. It was truly an event to be remembered. The handsome young slugger took his place in Yankee history and made jokes about his decision to screw over the Nats.
Well Mr. Steinbrenner, HOW DO YOU LIKE DEM APPLES?
On a serious note:
While you may agree this is either a great day or a sad day for our nation, partisan politics aside, this is a great day for our fair city. They are reporting that there are over two million people on our mall today, with as many as 3-4 million in the city. To put that in perspective, the Washington Nationals TOTAL ATTENDANCE last year was 2,300,000.
So regardless of politics, as Nationals fans, and lovers of our city, lets take this day to celebrate our town coming alive with people, festivities, and patriotism.
Go Nationals, and Go USA.