A Little Winning Goes a Long Way

Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard

I have to admit that when a friend asked why I had not posted a blog entry in the last month, I changed the topic of conversation to something much less frustrating: like the current state of our economy. Gas prices and the housing market were a whole lot less stressful to talk about than my dear old Nats. What had my Nats done for me lately? Nothing. The Nats appeared indifferent to a win and I was indifferent to the box score.

Then I realized what I had become... I was a fair weather fan, and there is nothing I hate more than a fair weather fan.

When the Nats hit their rocky patch, oh say back in May, I still supported the team. When the Nats approached the All-Star Break with not a hope in sight, I stopped going to Nats Park. Now I could say that I have a lot happening in my life right now--my home is mid-remodel and we have a baby on the way--but the truth is that I just couldn't stand to see my boys lose.

And then I went to the park last Friday night.

Suddenly their was life among the bleachers. The wait staff was smiling and I was less intrigued by the array of bugs that inhabit the stadium and more intrigued by the play on the field.

Say what you will about my fair-weather attitude and its sudden shift, but the sweep did more than boost my interest, it brought life back into a quickly deflating ballpark. Stop by when the Nats return to the District next week and see what I mean. Maybe I'll see you there.

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard  |  August 8, 2008; 10:01 AM ET  | Category:  Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard
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Thanks for the posting Kyra. This is right along the lines that I've been talking about for most of the season.

With the Redskins, you deal with a loss once a week. The Caps and Bul...errr...Wizards a few times a week. With baseball it's every single day for the most part.

This is why I've been saying that it's better first to be a baseball fan, then give your heart to your team.

You gotta be able to kick back and watch CC Sabathia just do his thing and go "Man, that's awesome" even if it is our guys who are taking it on the chin.

Watch how other fans in other cities respond to situations in baseball. Cubs fans do know how to cheer their team on, as do Pirates fans, etc. DC fans are just out of practice is all. Baseball teaches patience, and perspective. It reminds me I need to be patient at my plate every day too, and not swing at the first pitch.

Sure, I get surly when the Nats drop a bunch in a row, and I perk up when they get some wins. But baseball, as they say, is a marathon, not a sprint. Each day is important but as long as we fans keep thinking "Foo on that, we'll get 'em tomorrow!" then some balance is achieved.

Go Nats!

Posted by: DanD187 | August 9, 2008 1:23 PM

There are almost no sins that aren't forgiven by winning, and few virtues that aren't cursed during a losing streak or season.

Of course, our "sweepers" then went out and took the gas pipe.

And I think we all know that it isn't just about winning, it's about playing good ball. A crisp, well-executed game where the other sides ekes out a few more hits, or plays station-to-station and beats your well-played team can be sad or even deflating, but not demoralizing.

This team has demoralized me. During the sweep, the babies all looked liked they'd turned it around a bit. They gave the Rockies a rough time. Then, they handed it away, getting outscored by a gazillion to one.

Hmmm -- and who did they lose to? Nobodies like Sabathia and Sheets.

Maybe I'm not entirely demoralized. . . .

Posted by: Scoreboard Scotty | August 12, 2008 8:23 AM

I was really looking forward to this homestand. Unfortunately, this excitement did not last. I attended last night's game with a disabled individual. The handling of the situation by Nationals staff both before and during our visit was shameful.

Perhaps the Grounds Crew could do an "investigation" of ADA at Nats Park.

Posted by: Appalled, no ADA! | August 13, 2008 10:41 AM

Would you like to share what happened?

Posted by: Kyra | August 14, 2008 6:53 PM

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