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What the Washington Nationals found when they arrived at Citi Field on Tuesday afternoon was history set to repeat.
In a sweatshirt and shorts, looking relaxed as usual, Ian Desmond sat on a couch inside the visitors' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday watching an afternoon game. The night before, he'd hit a home run. The night before that, he'd hit a home run. Before that, it was doubles in back-to-back games.
The silence that pervaded the visitor's clubhouse at PNC Park on Wednesday night was drenched in frustration. Players sat quietly at their lockers or swiftly made their way toward the showers and the waiting busses. Not too many, it seemed, wanted to spend much time reliving what had just transpired.
The moment the ball hit his bat, Wilson Ramos knew. He flung his arms out, dropped his bat and lifted his hands above his head. He held the pose all the way to first base, as his teammates poured out of the Washington Nationals' dugout, the clock inching toward 11 p.m., and the raucous Nationals Park crowd showering them with adulation.
The Atlanta Falcons didn't have a pick in the first round of the NFL draft.
In a Washington Nationals season that is just 11 games old, Steve Lombardozzi spent nine of the first 10 getting antsy.
Most mornings, Bryce Harper sits at his locker inside the Washington Nationals' clubhouse and chats quietly with Jason Michaels.
On one of his first days inside the clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium this spring, Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond stood at his locker and tried on the new, crisp white baseball pants that were waiting for him.
Standing in the visitors clubhouse at Coors Field a week ago, Nationals manager Davey Johnson summed up veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez in one sentence: "Livo has pitched a lot of good games," Johnson said. "Unfortunately, when he's a little off, he's really off."