Hello all! I'm a huge Nats fan and I have followed them religiously since the move.
I grew up in wonderful Richmond, VA and that is still where my heart is. Growing up in Richmond I was exposed to the Braves all through my childhood and would attend Richmond Braves games throughout the summer. I was growing up as Richmond was sending a ton of talent to Atlanta. As a young kid I was privelaged to watch John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones, Mark Wohlers, Tony Tarasco ect at The Diamond. Possibly my favorite R-Brave of all time is Brad Woodall, a LHP who had a few brief stints in Atlanta, but always made his way back to Richmond. Sometime in the late 90's my interest in the Braves wanned as the relation between Atlanta a Richmond deteriorated. The parent club, who owned the R-Braves invested little into the AAA franchise and did little to nothing to improve the game experience. It was a this time I had no rooting interest in the major leagues and would often root for the pitiful teams in MLB. At various times I found myself rooting for the Pirates, Royals and Brewers because they were the anti-Yankees. I severely hate the Yankees with the passion of 1,000 suns. Everything to do with that organization can suck it! Also there was a time I attempted to be an Orioles fan. I tried but I just couldn't do it, not for a lack of effort though. I just never felt a connection to the team.
Anyway, I started closely following what would become of the Expos when the rumors had them relocating to Northern VA. I wanted a team in Virginia, but I was also smart enough to realize suburbs don't really work for baseball. As soon as the Nationals moved to DC I was psyched. Finally a home team to pull for! In the first season and a half Comcast did not carry MASN, so following the club was difficult, but I did what I could on the internet. I made my way to RFK several times and I absolutely love going out to Nats Park! Some people like fishing I love watching a baseball game, no matter where it is.
I have completely fallen in love with and have embraced this team over the past 6 years. The future is incredibly bright and Mike Rizzo knows what the hell he is doing. Yes the roster this season has some holes, but the organization is loaded with talent and the MLB club is going to have an influx of it in a few seasons.
My wife and I recently relocated from Warrenton VA to Williamsburg VA and, whether she will admit it or not she has become a big fan of the Nats too (although she was confused for a while about the two Zimmerman(n)s). When baseball is not in season I am a huge college basketball fan and proud alum of VCU. In fact the loves of my life in order are 1) my wife, 2)VCU basketball and 3) The Nats.
I look forward to contributing here and I can't believe it has taken me this long to find this place.
PS: If we trade Tyler Clippard I'm going to flip my sh!t!