The Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga, Chico Harlan, Adam Kilgore, James Wagner and columnist Thomas Boswell recall the journey of the Washington Nationals since the team moved from Montreal to winning its first division title in 79 years, and all the good and bad moments in between.
The Washington Nationals have had an incredible season, capped by winning the National League East pennant on Monday night. But for a video that covered the history of team, I wanted to show how much making the playoffs is pretty remarkable for the Nats, that had over 100 losses only three seasons ago.
I interviewed current and former Nationals beat writers for The Post, as well as columnist Thomas Boswell about the defining moments in the team’s history. I gathered photos and newspaper pages from the Post’s archive, looking for images and headlines that captured the team’s defining moments through the years. We worked with Major League Baseball to gather footage of the team’s highlights (and lowlights) throughout their 8 seasons, and I can’t say enough about how helpful they were in quickly filling our requests.
The Nationals pennant means a lot to Washingtonians, especially those who were here when the Senators left for Minnesota, or grew up without a team altogether. As a fan of a different NL East team (which, for journalism’s sake, shall remain nameless), I know how much baseball can mean to a city, and I hope the Nationals first playoff appearance can make D.C. a baseball city again.