There are so many reasons fans have stayed away from Nationals Park in droves this season. The economy stinks. The Nationals stink. The ballpark has lost its charm after one season.
Here, though, is one very good reason to want to go to next Wednesday night’s game against the Giants: Randy Johnson will be going after career win No. 300.
The Big Unit ensured that by beating the Braves last night in San Francisco. His next scheduled start comes Wednesday against the Nationals, and if he wins he’ll become only the 24th pitcher in baseball history to reach the magical 300 number. And based on the total lack of other active pitchers who have any chance of getting there themselves, this could be the last time we see a 300-game winner for a long time.
You’ll recall that Johnson earned win No. 298 against the Nats at AT&T Park less than three weeks ago, though Washington’s hitters did OK against him. They scored four runs and posted eight hits in only five innings. So perhaps there’s hope.
Then again, if you’re a Nats fan struggling through a miserable season, would you rather see your team beat Randy Johnson and spoil his shot at history, or would you rather actually see history?