"To get from the Dead Sea — below sea level — to going up Mount Everest, it's a long haul," Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner said of the team's farm system. "Doing it in just five years, patting ourselves on the back, it's pretty phenomenal."
It's one thing to talk a good game. It's quite another to back words up with action.
Potomac Nationals first baseman Brett McMillan sat by himself in a hotel room at the Frederick Comfort Inn and watched Barry Bonds, after breaking Hank Aaron's home run record, raise his arms to the sky in honor of his late father.
Ross Detwiler stood and posed for pictures, wearing his new Washington Nationals No. 18 jersey, flanked on both sides by Ryan Zimmerman and Chad Cordero.