Friday, February 13, 2009
Winning Back Hearts
It's like as if a huge cloud has been lifted off the shoulders of Our Washington Nationals. Hearts are pumping again about DC baseball. With just two days before the beginning of Spring Training, NatsTown is the Talk Of The Town. There hasn't been this much excitement over a player introduction since Alfonso Soriano in 2006. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend yesterday afternoon's Press Conference at Nationals Park to personally witnessed Adam Dunn being officially introduced to the local media--work had me locked down covering The President Of The United States.
It really didn't matter though because everyone else came to cover.
Look at the turnout: Not just the usual suspects--The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Bill Ladson from Nationals.com, Craig Heist from WTOP and the folks from Comcast SportsNet. But this time MASN showed the entire 3PM Press Conference Live. I don't believe that's ever happened before for Washington in an off-season Press Conference. Tom Boswell was also back--with praise. Even Dan Steinberg was blogging LIVE!! from the newser (I thought he didn't like covering The Nats?). ESPN and The MLB Network all showing interest. In fact there was National Interest in Washington Baseball yesterday, not just Local Interest in Our Washington Nationals.
Big, Big Difference.
Adam Dunn may not be the end all to everything Our Washington Nationals need to do to field a winner on the playing field in 2009 and beyond. A tremendous amount of decisions still need to be made with Our 25 Man Roster over the next six weeks and coming months. Even Our Manager Manny Acta admitted yesterday Washington has much more work to accomplish. But at least for the first time, in some time, DC Baseball is back on the National Stage. The Baseball World is paying attention again.
What the signing of Adam Dunn has really accomplished is turn a new spotlight back on Our Washington Nationals--interest that wasn't there just two days ago. A faith never lost by The African Queen and I. We've never lost faith and we never will. But with Spring Training Camp opening tomorrow on Valentines Day 2009--some in NatsTown are again embracing Our Team with their hearts. Hope rekindled, a new bond found that no one probably wants to see broken anytime soon.
The African Queen and I wish all of you a Very Happy Valentines Day!!
Photo--Courtesy Associated Press