Today is the home opener for the Washington Nationals. After a long winter, and a deeply disturbing political season, I’m ready to get back to something a bit more uplifting. The Nationals are well positioned to win the National League East Division again in 2017, and I hope they will go deep into the playoffs. Perhaps they will even take the World Series. There’s long way to go yet before that becomes a possibility, but at this time of year most fans have visions of a flag flying over their stadium announcing a championship. I’m no different.
Every team has to play 162 regular season games, make the playoffs, and then win a minimum of three series to claim the victory. It’s a grueling effort. And while it is not a given that the home opener is a measure of the success, or failure, that will follow, here is the list of results for opening day for the Nationals since they came to Washington 2005, along with their record for the year. Not a stellar opening day performance for the Nats, but I’m hoping for better things in 2017.
|Date of Opener||Visiting Team||Score||Won/Lost||Season Final Record||Division Finish|
|4/14/2005||vs Arizona Diamondbacks||3-5||W||81-81||5th|
|4/11/2006||vs New York Mets||1-7||L||71-91||5th|
|4/2/2007||vs Florida Marlins||2-9||L||73-89||4th|
|3/30/2008||vs Atlanta Braves||3-2||W||59-102||5th|
|4/13/2009||vs Philadelphia Phillies||8-9||L||59-103||5th|
|4/5/2010||vs Philadelphia Phillies||1-11||L||69-93||5th|
|3/31/2011||vs Atlanta Braves||0-2||L||80-81||3rd|
|4/12/2012||vs Cincinnati Reds||3-2||W||98-64||1st (Lost NLDS to Cardinals 2-3)|
|4/1/2013||vs Miami Marlins||2-0||W||86-76||2nd|
|4/4/2014||vs Atlanta Braves||1-2||L||96-66||1st (Lost NLDS to Giants 1-3)|
|4/6/2015||vs New York Mets||1-3||L||83-79||2nd|
|4/7/2016||vs Miami Marlins||4-6||L||95-67||1st (Lost NLDS to Dodgers 2-3)|