The MLB Playoffs 2012 is right around the corner and the Washington Nationals are on the verge of making their first playoff appearance in franchise history with a seven-game lead in the NL East over the Atlanta Braves heading into Thursday night with less than a month remaining in the regular season. Obviously, there’s no guarantees as far as how far the Nationals will go if they make it, but if you talk to local police–they’re already planning a celebration for a World Series win.
In anticipation of the Nationals entering the MLB post season, the chief of D.C. police says she expects the team will pay for important additional security for games and celebrations … These plans will accommodate more than just the immediate stadium area, she says. Police are already planning for a parade in the event of a Nats’ win, and for spontaneous celebrations in the streets.
“It’s going to be a big celebration for us here in Washington,” she says. ”We already have (the playoffs) sealed up,” Lanier says of her confidence in the team. “We know we’re going.”
As comfortable as a seven-game lead in the division may be, these folks in Washington should realize that nothing in the NL East is guaranteed–just ask the Braves squad from last season and the 2007 New York Mets. The talent is certainly there for the Nationals to go the distance and become World Series champions in 2012, but it would be safer to take things one game at a time to avoid any sort of future embarrassment in case the team fails to live up to expectations.
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