Reflections on the Washington Nationals

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Monday, October 08, 2012

Reflections on the Washington Nationals

Here's a subject I never talk about on the air: baseball. Not just baseball; a championship team in Washington, the Washington Nationals.

This team is in post-season for the first time since 1933. The only World Series they won was 1925 when they were known as the Washington Senators. A musical comedy years ago called "Damn Yankees" had them winning, but only after a player sold his soul to the devil. That's how bad they were for many years. The phrase of derision was "Washington: first in war, first in peace and last in the American League." Now they're first in the National League.

The Nationals have the best record in baseball. It's too early to know whether they will go all the way, but Washington has a baseball team it can be proud of.

A couple of points: They have won without a government grant or affirmative action. They won their division on talent, persistence, sacrifice and knowledge. Should that send a message to our grievance-envy-entitlement society? I think so.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: October 8, 2012