No, really. Police head Cathy Lanier recently went on a radio program to say that a party plan will be in place if and when the Washington Nationals bring home the district's first World Series in 88 years.
And here I thought I was twirling the baton a bit too early when I wrote about the Rangers' possible parade plans when they held a 3-2 lead in last year's World Series.
Police are already planning for a parade in the event of a Nats' win, and for spontaneous celebrations in the streets.
"It's going to be a big celebration for us here in Washington," [Lanier] says.
"We already have (the playoffs) sealed up," Lanier says of her confidence in the team. "We know we're going."
Look, local authorities taking early measures for the route and security for a possible parade party is nothing new. But this has to be the first time anyone has ever said anything about it with a magic number that still rests in the double digits and almost an entire month of the regular season still to be played. In a sport where regular-season success can mean little while being booted by a hotter team in a five-game series, no less!
On the other hand, the police department has an election to contend with the following week as well as an inauguration a few months later. You can't blame them for doing a bit of prep work, nor can you blame them for not acting like they've been here before.
Because they really haven't been.
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