"Washington's latest love affair with baseball may still be young and, like all romances, fraught with peril. So far, though, it's outlasted both the cherry blossoms and the threatened mother-of-them-all filibuster in the U.S. Senate over judicial nominations.
"On this weekday night, nearly 30,000 came to aging RFK stadium to watch the Nationals put on a rare power display and beat the Oakland A's. They cheered for players they hadn't heard of six months ago, and wore shirts bearing a team name that was just as unfamiliar.
"It didn't hurt that these were the first-place Washington Nationals. The last time a team bearing the name Washington was on top of the standings this late in a season, the nation was in the midst of the Great Depression." ...
"It's a success story for baseball, which certainly could use one these days. Thirty-four years after the Senators left town, the Nationals seem destined for a long stay.
"That's just fine with the players, who like the fact they are settled. First place is nice, but they're just happy to be wanted."