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Countdown to Futility: Nats '08

As this potentially historic baseball season enters its final month, our Washington Nationals are on track to post the worst record in Washington history, surpassing any misery that the forlorn Senators made legendary.

Today, if you do nothing else, you must read Stephen Hunter's fabulous piece in Style on the power and the majesty of losing, and the one true way to cope.

If you need an antidote to the acres of coverage of a political convention in which there is no news, this is your story. If you need to understand what newspapers can provide that the web has not yet found a way to generate, this is today's read. If you just love a great bunch of sentences, go read it now.

By Marc Fisher |  August 26, 2008; 7:43 AM ET
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Anyone heard from the Kasten or the Lerners about their great plans for this team. This aint like running a shopping mall boys. And please other teams ahve suffered injuries. Nats need to replace Jimbo and Manny with some one from Little League. Maybe the coach and GM from the Hawaii team are available. Manyy just aint ready for the big leagues and probably never will be. Bowden is all mouth no brain.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 8:05 AM

Brilliant piece by Mr. Hunter. We can offer our two minutes of hate to the racing presidents, to Bud Selig & the other owners of MLB for what they did to this franchise before selling it (my personal favorite), or to the current front office / management structure for the product they currently have on the field. So many targets, so little ammo.

Posted by: BIM | August 26, 2008 8:17 AM

The difference between the Cubs and the Nats are that the Cubs play in a funky blue collar stinkhole and the Nats play in a sterile corporate robot box. When's somebody going to steal the white home run seats out of RFK? Even the thieves are lazy in our town.

Posted by: I need a drink | August 26, 2008 9:47 AM

Until you brought it up, I had completly forgot that Washington had a baseball team.

Posted by: RvWinkle | August 26, 2008 10:19 AM

Can we spend them back to Montreal! Please!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 11:18 AM

Worst Washington record ever? Then the Nats are going to have to pick up the (losing) pace. As of today they are 46-85 (.351), which projects to 57-105. Here are the DC team records worse than that:

Original franchise:
1903 43-94 .314
1904 38-113 .251
1907 49-102 .325
1909 42-110 .276
1949 50-104 .325
1955 53-101 .344
Expansion franchise:
1963 56-106 .346
In Montreal:
1969 52-110 .321
1976 55-107 .340

Posted by: Cosmo | August 26, 2008 11:21 AM

Sure, hating is fun (As a long-suffering Redskins fan, I know a thing or two about hating The Danny) but at this point in the season it would be a lot more fun to root for something: going dead last in MLB. Besides the whole draft thing, we would also be able to wallow in the perverse joy that we weren't just bad, we were absolutely horrible. We could be the muenster cheese, sardine, and deviled liver sandwich of the 2008 season. In our crapitude, we could find comfort in the fact that although were weren't very good at being good, we absolutely *rocked* at sucking. We just can't let those Padres or Mariners steal out crown of shame. So I say "Go Nats!"...all the way to the bottom.

Posted by: j-man | August 26, 2008 1:23 PM

As long as this is the only truly bad season the Nats have and they get the #1 pick (Stephen Strasburg), they recognize that the natives are getting restless, they realize that they can't count on Johnson or Young to be healthy and need to sign Teixeira, and they get rid of Bowden, Rijo, Lenny Harris and Tolman, then 2009 will see them close to .500 and 2010 should mark the first season of many with crisp October nights at the new ballpark.

Posted by: Section 117 | August 28, 2008 2:23 PM

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