Washington Nationals: Time to say goodbye, but its more see you later


For my last post about the Washington Nationals, this is a big thank you to everyone that has supported the site the last three years

Three years ago, I began working as a co-editor here at District On Deck writing about the Washington Nationals. While it was a team I wasn’t that familiar with, the organization had a group of stars in Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, and eventually Max Scherzer that I was interested in writing about on a day-to-day basis. I am glad I took that chance.

Today is my final post as co-editor on this site and it is a voluntary decision. I will be writing about a different sport on a different platform, but this isn’t the place to talk about that. Thursday night was my final game live tweeting and Twitter isn’t the proper place for all of the thank you’s.

First, I want to thank people such as Dave Hill and my former Yanks Go Yard editor Billy Brost who helped encourage me to take on a different challenge. I had been at FanSided since I was a junior in high school. I’m 25 now and have learned so much about the game and writing from working at FanSided.

Second, my original co-editor Pablo Roa. Pablo and I worked together during 2015 and part of 2016. There were many tough times for the Washington Nationals in 2015, but Pablo played an instrumental role in helping me learn the ins and outs of the organization and why they have been a consistent winner despite the postseason failures.

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As I have been writing about baseball, my interest has been in the minor leagues and telling their stories. I want to thank the announcers for all of the Nats affiliates for treating an outsider not from those areas with respect and helping me tell their stories. There are so many bright spots with Victor Robles, Juan Soto, and Erick Fedde that make the future of this organization bright.

Next, I want to thank all of the people who have read the site, followed along with our live tweets on Twitter, and listened to our postgame shows. We didn’t intend to do postgame shows for every game this year, but we enjoyed talking to all of you everyday and having special guests on the show whether it be players, announcers, writers, or managers.

Of course, the site is still in good hands as Drew Douglas will be taking my spot as co-editor. Drew is a rising star with his writing and hosting. He is a Nats fan and can provide that unique perspective of being in the area that Ron and I can’t provide.

Last, but not least, I would like to thank Ron Juckett. Ron has been my partner-in-crime for the last 13 months and the site has taken leaps and bounds since then. We’ve become a great team and not only did I form a bond with him writing about this game, but I made a friend for life and could not be happier.

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To all of you who are Washington Nationals fans, you deserve this team finally making a championship run and I hope that they eventually get there. The future is bright and they have the right man at the helm in Mike Rizzo. Enjoy this run of success and don’t take it for granted. Of course, you can follow me @Rickinator555 on Twitter and I will talk Nats with you at anytime.