'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Under a cloudless sky that whipped cold wind into a sea of red, the end arrived at 2:08 p.m. local time.
Ted Lerner watched the raucous, champagne- and beer-spraying celebration from the corner of the Washington Nationals' clubhouse, sipping Dom Perignon alongside his wife, Annette.
When Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made a preseason prediction that Nationals Park would become "the ticket in town" — and team manager Davey Johnson subsequently called Washington "a baseball town, not a football town" — both men raised eyebrows.