[March 7th] -- Wasn't it just yesterday
that Mayor Anthony Williams exclaimed, "Baseball is back in Washington!?"
The City Council voted 9-4 Tuesday night to affirm the lease that had already been signed and agreed to by Mayor Williams and the minions at Major League Baseball. Although it seemed that the vote was a "given," that nothing could go wrong, we've all been following this story far too long to take anything for granted.
And so now it's finished. Finally.
Over the next days and weeks, renderings of the new D.C. stadium will be unveiled, bonds will be sold and spades of dirt will be turned with all the pomp and circumtance this city can muster. About the same time, perhaps a little later, the new owner will be named [I'm predicting with 90% certainty that it will be either the Lerner or Malek group]
. Soon thereafter, the team's fight over it's name will be history as well. Then, come the end of the season, h
eads will roll, checkbooks will open, and Washington will be just like every other baseball city in the major leagues.
A personal note to my readers:
I have been honored to be in a small way a part of the first year of the Washington Nationals. Just as the Yankees were in New York 100 years ago, so will the Nationals be in Washington 100 years from now. When the Orioles moved from Baltimore to New York and became the Highlanders [later the Yankees], there were only newspapers to mark the event. Only a few images still exist of Hilltop Park and those first players.
F When the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954, radio was there to tell the story of their first year. In 1962, The Mets first game was broadcast on WOR-TV in New York. Cable sports networks recorded the first steps of the Colorado Rockies. Until this moment, the main stream media decided how and when to cover the birth of a baseball franchise.
But no more.
Dozens of blogs covered every conceivable angle of the Nationals' first year. The Washington Post reports the "big picture," a story that appeals to everyone. But they only tell half the story. We in the Nationals blog-o-sphere provide a "under the hood" view of baseball in Washington. Each of us cover a small square of the story, but by sewing together our individual stories, a quilt of knowledge covers the team.
One hundred years from now, stories written by "Capitol Punishment," "Nasty Nats," "Banks of the Anacostia," "Just A Nats Fan," and so many more will still be bouncing around the 22nd century's version of the internet. Our voices will still be heard. But more importantly, the story of this unbelievable roller coaster of a first year will remain for our children's children's children to read.
And that aint so bad.