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2008: a year to forget in D.C.

The year 2008 will be hard to live down for fans of the Washington Nationals, but we have to keep track of things and learn from our mistakes to better next year. Accordingly, I have updated the Washington Nationals page with complete data for 2008, and some new data showing the longest winning and losing streaks for each year, the highest scores, etc.

On the plus side, from a Washington-area perspective, at least the Redskins beat the Cowboys on Sunday. Barring a post-season matchup, that will be the last time the Redskins ever play in Texas Stadium, as the Cowboys are moving into a new stadium next year. It is located near the Ballpark in Arlington. I wonder if the fact that the Washington Senators moved to the Dallas-Forth Worth area in 1972 has anything to do with the bitter rivalry between the Cowboys and the Redskins? Just a thought.

The mail bag

Peter Ballou informs me that that batter on the cover of the first issue of Sports Illustrated in 1953 at Milwaukee County Stadium was none other than Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews. See Thank you, Peter.

On the road again...

I will be traveling for the next couple weeks or so, paying homage one last time to the House That Ruth Built, and won't be able to respond to any e-mail inquiries. Please hold off on sending e-mail messages until I return. Thank you very much!!!

Posted (or last updated or commented upon): 06 Oct 2008, 6: 45 PM

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