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Morning Commute: The Senators Finally Win A Playoff Series

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Earlier this year, the Nationals established a Ring of Honor in their stadium and named a number of players who were important to baseball played in Washington to make up the inaugural class.

Some played for the Expos, the franchise this team was before it moved from Montreal. Some played for the Homestead Grays, the Washington area's Negro League affiliate. But there were also those who played for the Senators, Washington's MLB team until they moved to Texas after the 1971 season.

The Nationals felt it was necessary to honor the members of all three franchises because even though they never existed, they were still part of the City's history. With that in mind, I wanted to acknowledge what the Texas Rangers did last night.

Behind another superhuman performance by Cliff Lee the Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of their first-round series, advancing to face the Yankees in the ALCS. It was the first postseason series win the franchise's history including the 12 years they spent as the Senators of Washington.

If we can add Andre Dawson, a career Expo, to the ring of honor (which I'm all for) than we can certainly take some time to pay homage to one of the City's past baseball incarnations after they achieve their greatest success. It took the franchise almost 50 years, but they finally made it to a League Championship Series.

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

  • Is LaRon Landry a DPOY candidate? I'm not really the guy to be asking; you should try Hogs Haven
  • Over at SB Nation our very own Mike Prada ranks the NBA's coaches from 1 - Larry Drew.
  • Testudo Times previews the upcoming Maryland football game by chatting with SB Nation's Clemson blog Shakin' The Southland.

On tap today on SB Nation D.C.: Ben Broman of the aforementioned Testudo Times ranks the ACC's football teams. And Mike Prada talks about one of the Wizards' most interesting players, Yi Jianlian.