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Relatively speaking, the Nats have proceeded to this level in almost no time. Attendance has lagged behind — apparently waiting for more visible progress — but interest and enthusiasm is catching up. It’s also spilling over to create new fans and draw more casual observers. Buckhantz has seen this script before. He dismisses suggestions that D.C.’s support won’t be worthy of the Nats’ accomplishments.

“Give this city a consistent winner, and they’re going to come out,” he said. “Look at the Capitals. Eight years ago, you couldn’t put 6,000 people in Verizon Center. Now you can’t get a ticket. That’s the best example. If the Nationals are vying for the division title each year, people will come out.”

Considering the roster and its youthful nature, it looks like the Nats will contend for awhile.

Upon further review, the evolution didn’t take long all.