The Washington Nationals still await their National League Division Series opponent, but what they learned Friday morning was when they’d be opening their first playoff series.
The Nationals will play the winner of tonight’s one-game wild card playoff between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at 3:07 p.m. on TBS.
That means the first playoff game in Nationals history will begin right around the same time as the third quarter in the Redskins game on Sunday. There may be some fans for whom this poses a problem, but just be glad the Nationals aren’t on the west coast, opening the playoffs at 9:37 p.m. on Saturday night and playing Game 2 Sunday night at the same time.
Game 2 of the NLDS will be played at 4:37 p.m. on Monday afternoon.
For more on who the Nationals are awaiting, check out Nathan Fenno’s story from this morning’s paper.
– The umpires for the Nationals’ NLDS were also announced Friday morning and there will be a few familiar faces on the crew.
The umpires will be Paul Emmel, Marvin Hudson, Joe West, Jim Joyce, Alfonso Marquez and Ed Hickox. West will be the crew chief.
Hudson, of course, is the only umpire to eject manager Davey Johnson this season after Hudson blew a call at first base (errantly calling Adam LaRoche off the bag in Atlanta when his foot never left it), refused to get help from his other umpires on it and ejected Johnson when he took exception to Hudson’s refusals to attempt to get it right.
West is the only other umpire to eject Johnson since he returned to a major league managing gig in June of 2011.