The Nats’ 3-2 win over the Cards Sunday gave Washingtonians the first baseball playoff win they can remember. Many Washingtonians became fans of the Baltimore Orioles after the Senators left Washington in 1971. However, Baltimore is a totally different place than D.C. Does anyone root for both the Redskins and the Ravens? Not many fans would boast of that. You have to choose between the Nats and the O’s and if you’re from D.C., the choice is clear.
In a rivalry that hasn’t meant much more than bragging rights, perhaps for the first time in the history of the Battle of the Beltways the Nationals and Orioles will both have something to play for. And for Nats’ manager Davey Johnson, there’s a little something extra on the line. The O’s were 98-64 in the 1997 season and haven’t won more than 79 games in any of the 14 years since firing him.