After last year’s whirlwind season that took the Washington Nationals to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, the team gave the nation’s capital reason to hope for another successful season of baseball.
The Nats defeated the Miami Marlins on Opening Day, 2-0 while starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitched yet another flawless game. The Nats pitcher stunned the Marlins by retiring 19 consecutive batters and allowing just three hits throughout seven strong innings of solid pitching.
While Strasburg’s performance was nothing short of dazzling, the real star of the day was the National’s 20-year-old left fielder, Bryce Harper. Harper scored both Nats runs on Monday with two solo home runs, sending the fans at Nationals Stadium into a frenzy for their beloved superstar.
“You couldn’t draw it up any better,” Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche told Nationals.com after the game. “And to have the two youngsters go out, do what they did? Let Harper and Stras go to work. They didn’t need us.”
The Nationals may have been the joke of Major League Baseball a few years ago but now they should be viewed as one of the toughest teams in the game. Batters should have fear in their eyes when they face the heat of Strasburg’s high-90s fastball; pitchers should sweat with anticipation while contemplating which pitch to throw Harper, praying that the kid will strike out.
Washington D.C.’s young talent might be just what the Nationals need for another successful season and with players like Strasburg and Harper, we just might see the Nats in the World Series in the very near future.