What’s the most memorable moment in Nationals history?
Now that the Nats have been around and making memories since 2005, there are a bunch to choose from. Maybe it’s Jayson Werth’s walk-off home run that gave the Nationals life in the 2012 National League Division Series. Or Max Scherzer’s 20-strikeout game (which I was lucky enough to see as a fan, the only game I attended in the stands that season).
Not all momentous Nationals moments involve the Nationals, mind you. Sometimes, it’s the guys in the other uniforms who do something historic.
This week, our “Nationals Classics” on MASN give you a stirring comeback and a trio of noteworthy games involving the guys sporting a curly W on their home whites or road grays. Enjoy this trip down memory lane - and feel free to leave your top Nationals memory in the comments section!
Sunday, Nov. 11, 3:30 p.m. - In the bottom of the sixth inning of this game from May 9, 2016, the Nats were down 4-1 to the visiting Tigers. Then Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer. In the seventh, Ben Revere tied the game with a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the ninth, Clint Robinson stepped to the plate and sent a crowd of 27,153 home happy - after his blast survived a replay review.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. - Until Sept. 28, 2014, no National had ever thrown a no-hitter. But on the final day of the season, Jordan Zimmermann changed all of that in a 1-0 mastering of the Marlins. It took a highlight-reel catch by Steven Souza Jr. to end it, and watching the expression on Zimmermann’s face - as he realizes he made a mistake to Christian Yelich with the no-no on the line and then watches and exults after Souza’s spectacular catch - is worth the wait.
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. - Mike Bascik’s major league career ended in D.C. in 2007, when he posted a 5-8 record in 29 games, including 20 starts, for the 73-89 Nats, For most journeyman pitchers on their fourth major league team and sixth organization, Bascik would be a forgettable footnote. But on Aug. 7, 2007, Bacsik’s name was permanently etched into the major league record books when he served up Giant slugger Barry Bonds’ 756th career homer in San Francisco. A 3-2 fifth-inning fastball that leaked over the plate was enough for Bonds to feast on, and a massive celebration ensued. Everyone remembers Bonds’ blast; few recall that the Nats actually won the game 8-6, after a four-run rally in the eighth featuring RBIs by Nook Logan, Tony Batista, Felipe Lopez and Ryan Zimmerman.
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. - There aren’t many opposing players who are reviled more by the denizens of NatsTown than former Pirates outfielder José Tabata. On June 20, 2015, Scherzer was cruising toward baseball immortality, spinning a perfect game. With two outs and the perfecto on the line, Tabata dug in and, well, didn’t move. In fact, he dropped his left elbow into the way of a Scherzer’s 2-2 pitch. The hit batsman ruined the perfect game, and made Tabata an enemy of the state in D.C. for life, but Scherzer regrouped to retire Josh Harrison on a fly ball to left to cinch the no-hitter in a 6-0 victory.