The Nationals Get Bounced & I Am A Bad Sports Fan

So once again our local Washington Nationals have been bounced from the playoffs with a whimper. None of the D.C. area sports teams has been in a championship, let alone won one in decades. The Capitals, Wizards, Nationals and of course the Redskins have been in an embarrassing championship drought of epic proportions. Cleveland has won a championship more recently than we have. Cleveland!

I had this idea back in the spring that I would follow baseball this year (I did go to one game), and like the homer I am I would go with the Nationals. The first baseball team I ever really followed and cared about was the Florida Marlins in the 1990s. I lived in Florida back then and since the Orioles were kind of a waste, I went with the Marlins. That was fun, they won some World Series, and then they blew up the team.

The problem with being a baseball fan compared to my number one sport, NFL, is that you have to pace yourself. In football, every game matters. If you start the season 0-4, you start to feel the creep of doom. In baseball, you could theoretically lose 10 games in a row and still legitimately be a playoff contender. I’ve never gotten used to that rhythm and ergo I was not in the right mindset this year to be a baseball fan.

The closest I got was setting up Google to alert me to when the Nationals were playing and to show me if they won or lost. So I was aware of them making the playoffs, I just didn’t care much.

I’m not even really an NFL fan. It’s my favorite sport but I’m really just a Redskins fan (yes, they should change the name, in case this is the first you’ve read me). It’s the only team I get an increased pulse and heart rate over, the one that I watch from the first kickoff to the final whistle, even when they’re blown out.

I may try again to follow another sport – maybe the Wizards, but they should change their name to something remotely connected to the region – but in all likelihood I’ll be bitching and moaning in December about how the Redskins managed to miss the playoffs. Again.

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  • Dbtheonly

    ‘Skins didn’t miss last year.

    Baseball plays 10 games for every one an NFL Team plays. If the baseball season were 16 games long, things’d be different.

    But how many baseball players do you see carried off the field? Football and Boxing destroy their players.