The Nats are going back to the playoffs!
Hard to believe someone got them to stand still long enough for a group photo.
One again Bryce Harper wears interesting headgear for the celebrating. This year it was a Katie Ledecky USA Olympics Swim cap.
Sort of a repeat of the 2014 Division Clinch in Atlanta.
Harper's Headgear of choice was a Fire Fighter's Helmet.
The 2012 Celebration started an odd even year tradition in the Nation's Capital. Harper went with the standard backwards commemorative "Playoffs" hat like the rest of the team. He hadn't started his unique stylized trend yet.
2012 the salty dog Davey Johnson led the Nats to the stromy NLDS seas:
1975 Topps Baseball 57 Dave Johnson Braves
2014 saw the good ship Nationals sail into the rough seas of the playoffs with Matt Williams:
1995 Fleer Ultra Baseball 247 Matt Williams Giants
This year 2016 the Captain at the helm is Dusty Baker:
1981 Fleer Baseball 115 Dusty Baker Dodgers
The Nats need to start playing like they want to go deep into the playoffs. As of this posting there are four games left in the regular season and the Nats are only at 92-66. In 2012 they went 98-64 in the regular season and lost the NLDS 3-2 vs The Cardinals. 2014 they went 96-66 regular season and fell in the NLDS 3-1 vs The Giants.
This year even though they have the division they seem to have spun around and are backing into the playoffs. NOT GOOD. At least the other two times they seemed to be going forward into the post season.
CSN MidAtlantic - WASHINGTON NATIONALS CELEBRATE NL EAST TITLE
Another even year, another NL East title for Nationals
MLB - Nats jump on Bucs, wait out Mets, clinch NL East
Washington Post - Nationals clinch third NL East title with win over Pirates, Mets’ loss to Phillies