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Sitting in a dugout thick with South Florida humidity Wednesday afternoon, manager Davey Johnson offered perhaps the truest statement about the 2011 Washington Nationals.
As the clock raced toward 11 p.m., Davey Johnson walked into the interview room with tired eyes and, somehow, a victory.
Leadoff hitter Ian Desmond saw three pitches Monday before crushing a 1-2 offering from Los Angeles Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda deep into the seats above the visitors bullpen in left field. He was greeted in the Washington Nationals' dugout with high fives and back slaps all around.
About a week-and-a-half ago, Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman stood at his locker inside the Nationals clubhouse, beaming from a 6-4 Nationals victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Five hours and 19 minutes after Livan Hernandez stood on the mound at Nationals Park for the first time Friday night, Jayson Werth stood 60 feet, 6 inches away from it representing the start of the Nationals' final stand. Philadelphia Phillies closer Ryan Madson had been summoned. A two-run lead was his protect and the Phillies' 81st victory was seemingly moments away.
Yunesky Maya arrived in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse five minutes before 6 p.m. and took the locker next to Ian Desmond. Danny Espinosa and Desmond lent Maya hangers for his jersey. When the clubhouse was closed to reporters at 6 p.m., the deal to send Saturday's scheduled starter, Jason Marquis, to Arizona in exchange for a minor league shortstop still had not been confirmed.
Though the Washington Nationals lost three of their final four games entering the All-Star break, they still were one of the hottest teams in baseball. The coin that had flipped against them in so many one-run games early in the year had turned in their favor.
HOUSTON | Though the Washington Nationals lost three of their final four games entering the All-Star
HOUSTON | Though the Washington Nationals lost three of their final four games entering the All-Star break, they still were one of the hottest teams in baseball. The coin that had flipped against them in so many one-run games early in the year had turned in their favor.
When the Washington Nationals traded Nyjer Morgan this spring, they did so knowing they'd be ridding themselves of a player who didn't seem to fit well with this year's team at the expense of losing a leadoff-hitting center fielder.