The Washington Nationals did not play a game on Opening Day, and by now you know they will not be playing any games this weekend either. As long as we waited to get the bitter taste of the 2020 season out of our mouth, we now have to wait even longer. The salt in the wound is the Nationals have not played one regular season game in front of their fans since capturing the World Series title in 2019.
While the Nationals were sitting on the sidelines, there were games being played. Even though stadiums were at limited capacity, the ballpark experience was still the same. Baseball is back, and just because the Nats couldn’t get on the field, doesn’t mean good things didn’t happen.
Even though the Washington Nationals were unable to get on the field we still have three reasons to be happy after Opening Day.
The Braves lost.
I don’t care if it came at the expense of a Philadelphia Phillies win. The Atlanta Braves lost and that is reason to be ecstatic if you are a Nationals fan. Now, if they can just lose the next 161 games, we can all go into the postseason (except the Bravos of course) happy.
The Braves are good at baseball, winners of the National League East the last three years. Do we hate them because they are good. No. We hate them because of their arrogance about being good, when it comes with mediocre results.
In the time they’ve hung three divisional banners (is there even such a thing) the Nationals have hung a pennant and won a World Series. Last year was the first year the Braves had won a playoff series since 2001.
Anyone else tired of having Ronald Acuna Jr. crammed down their throat? I get it, he’s one of the faces of the next generation of the game. Isn’t Juan Soto? Acuna hit 41 regular season home runs as a 21 year-old. He’s a great ballplayer. Soto hit 34 in his age 20 season, and three more in the World Series. Can he get some of the spotlight?