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Morning Commute: The Stephen Strasburg/Nationals Buzz Has Worn Off

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In the interest of making myself look dumb, here's something I wrote about the Nationals a while back that clearly didn't turn out as I thought.

We all know how this town works. Unless you're the Redskins, the size of your fanbase depends on how much you're winning and how much buzz you generate. So with that said, let me throw out this prediction. Assuming they become a winning club, the Nationals will be the next team to capture the city. 

Well, they aren't winning, so that I guess absolves me a bit. But still, I never thought there'd be a day this year where the stadium wouldn't sell out for a Stephen Strasburg start. This also just wasn't any Strasburg start; it was his first start since his DL stint and it was on a day when the famed "Ring of Honor" was unveiled. Clearly, the buzz has faded, as Adam Kilgore noted:

Only 25,939 at #Nats Park for #Strasburg. 27,037 came the last time he faced the #Marlins -- and that was IN FLORIDA. The thrill gone?    

I guess the city has already moved on to the Redskins. Oh well. That was fun while it lasted.

Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:

  • The Wizards still have a couple open spots on the roster. Bullets Forever writes that they should fill those spots with young players, not veterans.
  • Bullets Forever also forecasts the next five years in the Southeast Division.
  • Hogs Haven talks more about their experience hanging out with Joe Gibbs and other Redskins people at the Hall of Fame last weekend.
  • Federal Baseball recaps the Andre Dawson ceremony from last night. 
  • Maryland basketball has a new star recruit on their radar, and this one might actually be promising, writes Testudo Times.
On tap at SB Nation D.C.: With the Wizards' schedule now out, we'll let you know which home games are the ones you really should attend.