Nationals win NL East division title

Just after 9:45 p.m. Monday night, the Atlanta Braves lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates. And the result 250 miles to the northwest of Washington let loose a celebration eight years in the making inside the District. The Washington Nationals clinched the National League East championship, and they danced in the dugout as their loss went final.

Fans celebrate after the Washington Nationals clinching National League East, sending them into the playoffs at Nationals Ballpark, Washington, DC., Monday, October 1, 2012.(Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

Fans celebrate after the Washington Nationals clinching National League East, sending them into the playoffs at Nationals Ballpark, Washington, DC., Monday, October 1, 2012.(Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

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