Washington Nationals: Lasting impressions of 2017

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 3: Fans walk through the Center Field Gate before the opening day game between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 3: Fans walk through the Center Field Gate before the opening day game between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images) /
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RON JUCKETT

Unfinished business is my lasting impression of 2017.

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Although I get the sense the Nats organization is among the best in the game, they have a difficult time getting that point across to you. For them, this was the toughest year since buying the club from Major League Baseball.

On a personal level, I am relieved they understand building a contender is a constant effort. From the trades at the deadline strengthening the bullpen to the realization Dusty Baker was not the best fit, the front office and ownership are stronger now than they were last January.

You, the fans, have expectations. Although anything short of a dynasty will disappoint some, your passion and dedication make a difference. What was unthinkable happened, the Lerner’s exceeded the luxury tax to win. They will do the same in 2018.

What I do not see is a franchise on the decline. Far from it. This team is building an organization built to win over the long haul. They draft smartly and understand you must spend money. Those lessons are tough and that stems from your unhappiness.

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Baseball is a sport that tugs at your emotions. The 2017 Washington Nationals made you feel the rainbow. That is a good thing.

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