I'm sorry, even though the Nationals are in a 17-32 slump (I've counted), I refuse like the rest of you to give up hope. I truly am sorry, but it disgusts me how ill you guys are speaking of this team.
Every member of this forum WANTS the Nats to do well, on the field and off, game in game out.... You're wanting them to win is nothing special in this forum, WE ALL WANT THEM TO WIN.
NONE OF US DESERVE to be berated by you or anyone else for expressing our opinions. You have no right to sit there and tell us you care more about this team than we do. Just because we choose to share our thoughts, and just because it doesn't jive with your way of thinking, does not mean your way is the right way. So what if our opinions are different from yours, WE ARE ALL NATS FANS, just as much as, and certainly no less than you are.
Fans come to and stay in this forum because they can criticize (as well as praise) the players, coaches, front office and goings on in and around the team, without fear of getting their heads ripped off. Just because someone has an opinion about the team that's not up to someone else's standards, doesn't make them less a fan.
In this forum, we are all Nats fans, and part of being a fan is being able to critique the team.
Opinions always have been and always will be part of the game. And remember, there's not a blessed thing wrong with being passionate about the team you love.
I was taught to look at the bright side of things too, and the bright side of all this, is that there WILL BE A NEXT YEAR and come January 1st 2006, no matter what the team looks like, they are still tied for first, have the same magic number as every other team. And another bright side is that the team will finally have an owner who WANTS the team, who WANTS to make it a WINNER.
If your ancestors (Re. forefathers) couldn't take criticism, do you think being an American would worth a hill of beans? If they could do it, why cant you?
No disrespect, but complacency breeds losers. I want this team to improve, not just today but every day... So I will criticize, complain, gripe, scream and bellyache till the cows come home, or until the Nats WIN, whichever comes first.