Loserville? Take that down the road.
It’s District of Champions.
Move aside Riggo, Sonny, Darrell and Art – there’s a new Mount Rushmore in town. OK, Ovie gets a corner, but Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon, Howard Kendrick and Ryan Zimmerman have replaced the Redskins as the most popular players in town for the next generation. Oh, the old Redskins players are still memorable, but more like grandparents whose fading photos in frames force others to retell their tales. Who’s your daddy now – the Nats.
Indeed, the near 50-year grip on the nation’s capital is over for the Redskins. And don’t tell me when they win once more they’ll regain the city because the Redskins are never going to win as long as Snyder owns the team. Twenty years of rollercoasting from awful to all right is all Snyder can muster. Fans have had enough and with the Caps, Valor, Mystics and Nats showing there is a better way, the Redskins nonsense is no longer tolerated.
The Nats are now the top team in Washington even whenever returning to normalcy. Attendance will top three million fans next year while the Redskins will be lucky to get 500,000 truly in seats. Juan Soto is now more important than the Redskins quarterback – whomever that turns out to be – while Zimmerman assumes the role of elder statesman over Green.
It’s not the smell of illegal smoke turning the Navy Yard into the new Foggy Bottom changing opinions, traditions and norms. It’s winning with a likable crew that now has the Nats earning centerstage. Oh, the Caps and Mystics have their followers, but baseball is America’s game and where better than the nation’s capital to raise the banner?
Because Loserville is now located in the past.