Not even a World Series can unite a deeply divided D.C.

by Roy Stewart


Christine Brennan has become less of a sportswriter over the years and more of a political hacktivist.

She loves to bury Donald Trump anytime she can intertwine the President into a sports story, and as someone who’s deeply embedded in the Washington sports landscape having covered the Redskins glory days of the 1980s, Brennan wants you to believe there’s this World Series fervor sweeping over our Nation’s Capital.

She no longer refers to the football team as Redskins, but rather “Snydermen,” because wokeness is more alive and well in Washington than baseball, but Brennan somehow thinks the Nats are blowing the top off the Capitol building.

“We’re certainly seeing it right now in Washington D.C. Everyone’s taking note and it’s great to see. In the middle of October this is normally a football city,” Brennan told CNN from her suburban home, “This city was waiting to erupt for the baseball team…and now this has turned into a baseball town.” 

No, not really.

Yes, the Redskins stink to hog heaven, but there is no eruption and there’s barely a tremor. The city is banding together as they hop on the bandwagon at just the right time. I’m not even ready to re-name the National Mall as “The Nationals Mall.”

You might think Washington D.C. would be beyond thrilled to have a team participating in its first World Series since 1933, but the city was sleepwalking its way through the six-month long 162-game season. 

No one in Washington and the surrounding D.C. metro area truly cares about this team. It seems more people find entertainment in watching an impeachment vote on C-SPAN – if Democrats actually had the courage to take up such a measure.

Attendance dropped nearly 11 percent from last season, and the Nationals weren’t even ranked in the top half of the Major leagues in putting butts in the seats. This season produced the franchise’s worst attendance figures since 2011.

In fact, Nationals fans were so united throughout this postseason stretch run they actually came 7,000 people short of selling out Game 4 of the National League Divisional Series against the Dodgers when Max Scherzer was pitching. 

Whether it’s Astros in 5 or Astros in 6, this World Series frenzy will die down quicker than the Trump-Russia collusion story once the Robert Mueller report was released. 

In fact, baseball as a whole is in serious trouble. One million fewer people took in a baseball game this year than they did in 2018 despite selling the most affordable ticket of the four major sports. 

It would be a pleasant diversion if a World Series played in our Nation’s Capital could bring the city (and more importantly the country) together in the same manner a Yankees World Series banded a nation in 2001 following the events of 9-11.

However, the political divide is way too deep now that impeachment inquiries are all the rage. 

Dial up Google on that very topic and your search will return roughly 158,000,000 results. A Washington Nationals World Series search came back with 98,000,000.

If you want to find out just passionate D.C. fans are about this baseball team, then the Washington Post should cast a poll in tomorrow’s paper asking readers to make a choice: Remove Trump from the Oval Office or grant the Nationals their first ever World Series championship. 

You’ll discover really quickly how little baseball resonates down in the District.

But the best part of this 2019 team is truly how they got here.

Proof you can reach the World Series and save $330 million in the process after slugger Bryce Harper departed for Philadelphia in the offseason.

The idea of accomplishing more with less. If only the corrupt bureaucrats and swamp rat politicians could adhere to that same policy.