"What? Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell No! And it ain't over now. Cuz when the going gets tough, the tough get goin! Who's with me? Let's Go! Come on!"
(John 'Bluto' Blutarsky, via Animal House, 7/28/1978)
2008: just like 2007, over before it even started?
Hell no! Sort of. But that doesn't mean we won't be cheering 'em on all the way to September 28th.
2008 marks a new beginning for the Nats; a new ballpark, new faces, a rejuvenated farm system (ranked 9th in the latest rankings by Baseball America), etc. etc.: the organization seems to be headed in the right direction. But our gut tells us that in the end, the 2008 Nationals will end up looking strikingly similar to the 2007 model: not a historically bad team, just a hard working, but somewhat forgettable sub-.500 one. As a fan, I ask for one thing: just play hard.
We'll stick with the same W-L total we picked last year: 76-86, good for 4th place in the NL East. Despite what the headline of this post would lead you to believe (and what we said yesterday), we're going to omit the rest of our MLB predictions to spare ourselves the embarrassment. Remember: this is the site that predicted Jerome Williams would lead the Nationals in starts last year. You understand, of course.
One more prediction: Elijah Dukes will become the first player to homer at Nationals Park, and it'll happen tonight.
- No surprises: FelipE, Da Meathook, will come off the bench. FelipE has changed his tune about accepting his new role.
Opening Night at last!! (yes, we used the exact same video & quote above for Opening Day 2007. Will probably do the same next year, too.).