The Nationals Blew a Six-Run Lead in Game 5 of the NLDS


I turned it off. With the Nats leading 6-1, I turned it off. Didn’t feel like watching an explosion of Natitude. 

Turns out, I missed Natitude exploding.

Here’s what I awoke to at around 3:30 a.m.:

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Screen Shot 2012-10-13 at 5.03.38 AM
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If you did as I did and didn’t see the end of Game 5 of the NLDS, you missed Drew Storen blowing a 7-5 Nats lead with two outs and two strikes in the ninth. The Cardinals scored four runs in the inning, capping off an improbable comeback from a six-run deficit.

If only the Nats had a stud pitcher capable of preserving such commanding leads in deciding games of playoff series.

Mark Zuckerman describes the post-game scene in the Nats' clubhouse: [Nats Insider]

The remnants of a celebration that was supposed to happen lingered throughout a surreal clubhouse scene, plastic tarps either torn down in haste or left to hang from the ceiling, a temporary carpet covering the majority of the room so the regular flooring wouldn't get ruined amid the jubilee.

Somewhere out of public view, cases of champagne and beer bottles had been stashed away, removed from the premises before the participants could see them. A TV crew that had been in place and ready to broadcast the pandemonium raced to clear out of the room and hustle down the hallway to the visitors clubhouse, where the actual celebration would occur.

All that remained inside the Nationals' oval-shaped office was silence, punctuated by the occasional slap of players and coaches hugging each other and saying their goodbyes for the winter.


Natitude, for sure.

We’ll let Baby Bryce have the last word:

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Their, their, Bryce. It'll be OK.

Glorious video after the jump.


42 Responses

  1. Maybe if Brycecakes would’ve gotten his high school diploma he’d be able to differentiate between there,their,and they’re.. what a clown

  2. Hahah Wow i turned it off with 2 out in 9th because I did not want to see that pos werth celebrate.

  3. This loss solely rests on the shoulders of Nationals management. In a cost saving effort, they were paying their Natitude bill on a day-by-day basis instead of going with the monthly plan. They did not have any Natitude to use after midnight.

  4. That tweet from Harper was much classier than his original effort.
    “That’s a clown save, bro!”

  5. You know, being bitter about the last couple years, the last thing I wanted was a Giants-Cardinals LCS. However, after attending Nats-Mets game several weeks ago, I couldn’t get it out of my mind how a couple Nats fans referred to the obnoxious Mets fans as, “at least they’re not Phillies fans.” Also, I couldn’t forget their sense of entitlement, showing up in the 3rd inning and leaving in the 8th. Also, shutting down your best pitcher, assuming you will be back. Screw ’em. GO TIGERS!!!!

  6. Hey Cole. I like the attempt at the joke but Kyle was the one who wrote “their, their..”

  7. I’m from Philly but now live and work in DC. I went to the Nationals division-clinching (they backed in of course, Phils put up one last fight) game with my coworkers as a work function, and I can honestly say Washington “fans” are the weakest, fakest (word?) group of wannabes I have ever met. On the way to the game, I actually had to explain why teams can’t use the same pitcher every game. I had to watch and stay quiet as the organizer of the work outing, “a true DC diehard sports fan with a DC sports blog” showed up to the game wearing a Wizards tshirt because he didn’t actually own any Nationals gear. All season I had to have generic discussions with people who would say things like “I hear the Nationals are doing great for the first time in 79 years” and politely explain that they haven’t actually been around that long. Sometime mid-summer, I had to sit in the stands behind a fully decked out “Natitude believer” only to overhear him tell his girlfriend that he was actually a Yankees fan and that he just wanted to adopt the team in the city he moved to for work (that’s a whole other topic for another day).
    I know the Phillies had an awful year and that this is the same Cardinals team that ripped my heart out a year ago, but My God this was a sweet victory for me. I just had to get this feeling down in writing, I’m on the west coast right now and it’s 5 am, but this has got to come out. I woke up with the realization of what “Natitude” really is. If you play any sort of sports video game and you look at the crowd in the stands, you’ll notice that it’s made up of about 5 generic people that are simply repeated and spread throughout the entire ballpark. This is what DC fans are like, they are generic, boring, imitation fans who don’t really have anything invested in what they are watching. They are at the game simply to say they were there, simply to have another interesting tweet/Facebook post.
    I cannot be happier that the season ended this way for a fan base that didn’t sell out their ballpark once until AFTER their team made the playoffs. Somehow, in some weird way, justice has been served for Philadelphia.

  8. Does someone want to break it to Nattitude Adjuster or should we just let him wallow in his ignorance?

  9. Except the 2007 Phils weren’t expected to roll through the NL to the WS. Stop trying to justify this epic collapse. The Nats arrogance and self-righteousness finally caught up with them.

  10. We all knew this team had no heart. They were done the day they made the worst decision in baseball history in shutting Strasburg down.
    I’m assuming were all routing for Detroit at this point. Tough to watch the last 3 teams who came through this town en route to the World Series win again right?
    Lets hope that the Fightins can return to form again in 2013!

  11. The Cards at least gave Phils Nation a small gift despite what they did to us last year. F the Nats and their fans who truly define fair weather.

  12. OH MY FUCKING GOD THIS IS SO FUCKING UNFAIR AND GAY! I can’t wait till the day that Brycecakes lets me tongue his balls. God, how i would love to smooch the underside if his scrotum after a tough loss like this. He really need me right now. It’s Bryce baby, we’ll show these Philly scumbags what NATITIUDE is all about next year!

  13. Laughed so hard when I saw that Nats fan sitting all alone with his head buried in his hands 20 minutes after the game.

  14. Hey Natitude Adjuster, nice attempt at whatever you were attempting, but Kyle was mocking Harper’s use of there instead of their. Leave Cole alone.

  15. How’s everyone’s achilles? Good? And you aren’t all old and expensive? Good. It could be worse.
    Enjoy the slide to irrelevance.

  16. How’s everyone’s elbow feeling? good? good. Than we definitely won’t have to worry about any superstar pitchers not pitching in the single biggest series (and only?) in franchise history. Whew.

  17. Go fuck yourself Werth, you cock sucking faggot. I hope you break your wrist again. Kill yourself asshole.
    PS- Rhea Hughes goes ATM

  18. Gotta love that gNatitude and how it blew up like a nuke last night! And yeah, I’m rooting for the Tigers to go all the way!

  19. I would’ve rather seen the Nats even though I hate them. Guys, this is like the Cardinals seventh trip back into the NLCS….what the fuck. Who cares about Nats’ 10 fans…the Cards are secretly making everyone look stupid AND ARE A COCKY BUNCH OF FUCKING ASSHOLES.

  20. suck it nationals. hope you had fun. don’t worry, you didn’t let down DC. nobody was really paying attention anyway.

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