The Nationals Pastime

Led by its crafty, crusty manager, the new team in Washington is winning over a baseball-starved city

How can it be that our nation's capital has a baseball team in first place so late in the season? The last time that happened was in 1933, so long ago that the Democrats were in charge. Indeed, the last time Washington even had a baseball team was 1971, when the old Senators left town, a few years before Nixon did.

It may be that the new, division-leading Washington Nationals are enjoying a change of scenery. Before moving south this year, the team had spent 36 mostly futile years as the Montreal Expos and for the past decade had played before...

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