Tip-Off for 9/21/12 (featuring Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers): Playoff baseball returns to D.C.

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Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper are looking for more than just a payoff berth… 
 

The DC beltway is going to be a little more crowded this fall. The Washington Nationals have made it to baseball’s postseason for the first time since 1933 with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Nationals have yet to clinch the NL East — the magic number for the division crown is eight games.

(Washington Post)

Nats fans have endured a couple of 100+ loss seasons to finally reach the playoffs.

The Washington Nationals are headed for the MLB postseason for the first time in 79 years. The franchise returned to the DC area in the 2004 season and paid some heavy dues returning to the majors.

The Nationals lost more than 100 games in the 2008 and 2009 seasons before showing improvements in 2010 and 2011. The Nationals acquired gritty free agent Jayson Werth from the Phillies and were able to build from within very quickly with the acquisitions of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. Veteran manager Davey Johnson brought a winning pedigree to the team. Johnson was the manager of the 1986 New York Mets that won a World Series championship in seven games over the Boston Red Sox.

For Ryan Zimmerman the only player still wearing a Nats uniform since their return to the Nation’s Capital summed it up best. When speaking to the fans in an on the field interview after the game. 

“It’s one of those feelings that you’ve never had before,” Zimmerman said. “We accomplished something that none of us here on this team have ever done. I think other guys have done it on other teams with other organizations. But for us to do it here and to come as far as we have, it’s a sense of satisfaction, I guess is the best word.” (Washington Post)

The underlying story in all of this will be the noticeable absence of pitcher Stephen Strasburg who has been shut down for the season as a precaution due to his return from Tommy John Surgery.

The Lineup:

Not surprised by this at all (In Flex We Trust).

Tony DiLeo to be named Sixers GM (Eye on Basketball).

Duke is repeating itself (CBS).

Kevin Kolb’s days as a starter may be numbered (Pro Football Talk).

Maxine Waters will not be charged with ethics violations (The Grio).

Manny Pacquiao is setting the table for Floyd Mayweather (In Flex We Trust).

The Barclays Center is open for business (Twitter Pic).

Here are some Friday sounds (Sound Coud).

Dwight Howard says that he’ll make his decision to stay or go after the season (Pro Basketball Talk).

Chris Johnson not taking the blame (NFL.com).

 

Salute to The Godfather…have a great weekend!

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