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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Wilson Ramos
Maybe the key decision for the Nats will be whether to sign starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann to a long-term contract extension. Shortstop Ian Desmond is in line for one, as well. Both players will be free agents after the 2015 season.
The Nationals believe Wilson Ramos can catch 125 or more games in 2014, leaving them less interested in acquiring a veteran backup.
The odds of Cano, a free agent who has had a brilliant career with the Yankees, joining the Nats are only slightly higher than the odds of a Ferrari showing up under a certain tree in Accokeek, Md. But what's a holiday season without a few dreams? And this is one dream the Nats really should try to make a reality.
The new manager of the Washington Nationals, hired just last week, was a third-base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks when Wilson Ramos, now Williams' catcher, took his time trotting around the bases after a home run in a game in Phoenix more than two years ago. The fiery side of Williams erupted.
As Davey Johnson said late Monday night, there are "a thousand different" reasons the Nationals' season ended in elimination, as opposed to celebration. Here are three issues that contributed to their struggle.
At a time when their fans — when their city — may have most needed it, the Washington Nationals provided a scene of unbridled joy Tuesday afternoon.
Ramos was the unquestioned star in a game filled with them -- Bryce Harper was 3-for-5, Ian Desmond was 2-for-4 with five RBI, and Denard Span went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 26 games -- as the Nationals sealed an 11-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Stephen Strasburg gave up four runs and four hits in six innings to help the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 6-4 on Sunday.
Pick through the debris from the Nationals' busted season and few scraps elicit more head-scratching than Monday's acquisition of David DeJesus.
In the Nationals' 6-0 sweep-clinching victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, Strasburg was masterful. He needed just 99 pitches to secure the first shutout, and first complete game of any kind, of his professional career. In doing so, he delivered his finest performance of the season.
As they packed their clubhouse Sunday afternoon, preparing for a five-game road swing through Detroit and Milwaukee, the Nationals were celebrating their fourth victory in the last five games — and the most lopsided win in team history.
There's no better reminder that the long-dormant race for the National League East's pennant is finally alive than Scott Hairston. No, that's not a misprint.
No, the good-natured Johnson isn't about to crack up. He's stuck in the same limbo as the rest of Washington, hounded by a question behind the self-deprecating humor that even the most advanced statistics or experienced manager can't answer. When will the Nationals hit consistently?
As Ramos stood at the top step of the Nationals' dugout in the seventh inning of Washington's 8-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers and basked in the curtain call that followed his go-ahead three-run homer, all he could do was smile.
For the first time since April 14, the Nationals are as close to having their full complement of players as they will likely get all year. An offense that has languished among the league's worst all season posted 23 runs in its previous two games heading into Tuesday night's contest against the Milwaukee Brewers.
"We're in the race for the wild card and I want to keep helping the team to win games," Ramos said. "I lost, last year, the opportunity to play in the playoffs because I had knee surgery and this year I want to help the team to make the playoffs and enjoy that moment."
"I believe in what I can do," said Ramos. "I know I had two injuries and I lost 2 1/2 months. But I know if I stay healthy all year I can do a better job than what I'm doing right now. The season is not over yet."