Kamide’s Korner: Area Fans Excited as Nationals Remain ‘In the Fight’

October 11 - The Nationals finally won a playoff series, and it couldn’t come at a better time for D.C. sports fans in need of a distraction from the woeful Redskins. 

Area fans, frustrated after four previous playoff runs ended in defeat in the National League Division Series, got little sleep while staying up for Wednesday night’s Game 5. Howie Kendrick, who will now be etched into D.C. baseball lore much like Aaron Boone is in New York, Kirby Puckett is in Minnesota and Magglio Ordonez is in Detroit, sent those fans to work and school yesterday morning with a big smile after his grand slam gave the Nats their first series win since moving from Montreal in 2005. 

Fans from Northern Virginia - where, let’s not forget, was for a number of years the epicenter of the movement to bring an MLB team back to the area - are hooked. By the thousands, they’ve crossed the Potomac River to support the Nats as they beat Milwaukee in the wild card game and then knocked out the 106-win Dodgers, who had represented the NL in the World Series the past two years. Heck, Yorktown coach John Skaggs even made the trip out to L.A. to watch the deciding Game 5!

A year that started by losing Bryce Harper to the Phillies and then losses in 31 of their first 50 games all of a sudden has the same feel of the Capitals’ run to the Stanley Cup two years ago. The Caps, by the way, are also on the bandwagon. Count me in as well, this is fun, this is what being a baseball fan is all about. Manager Dave Martinez, who many were ready to run out of town on Memorial Day, still has his boys “in the fight” on Columbus Day. 

Enjoy the ride, soak it in, let your kids stay up and watch the games. There’s nothing quite like postseason baseball, especially when your team is still alive.