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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is an avid traveler. He rarely misses a road series when the Nationals are in season, and Rizzo has been racking up the frequent-flyer miles this offseason as well.
Sitting in a dugout thick with South Florida humidity Wednesday afternoon, manager Davey Johnson offered perhaps the truest statement about the 2011 Washington Nationals.
Michael Morse, among other Nationals, said it best: "I can't wait for next season."
As the ball cracked off Michael Morse's bat and began its flight into the right field seats, the crowd at Nationals Park started to erupt. The cheering didn't stop as he rounded the bases and received the now-traditional flying elbows to the helmet from several of his teammates, and they only got louder as their 29-homer slugger disappeared into the dugout.
Their numbers the last turn through the rotation read like a laundry list of one of the league's best staffs. Ross Detwiler: 7 1/3 scoreless innings; Tommy Milone six scoreless; Stephen Strasburg, six innings, one run; Brad Peacock, five scoreless.
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.
They have four aces, two former MVPs and a roster stacked with guys who've made numerous All-Star teams and earned plenty of awards.