Editor's note: Our MLB Toasts got derailed during the stretch run and postseason, but we're back to say goodbye to the rest of the league. Follow @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and await our call for submissions for more toasts. We restart with the Washington Nationals.
It was "World Series or Bust," they said. Such a declaration is almost inviting disappointment. And sadly for fans of the Washington Nationals, 2013 was a bust.
They made it interesting toward the end, getting hot, turning into the team that many in the baseball world assumed they'd be. But it was too late. Between a bruised Bryce Harper, the Atlanta Braves riding a runaway train to first-place and the ultra-competitive NL Central taking all the wild cards, the Nats had too much to overcome to make the postseason. But still, a toast to the Nats.
To the Nats, for giving us Jayson Werth, Jayson Werth's beard and Jayson Werth's bat. To the Nats, for keeping us talking about The Wave, love it or hate it. To the Nats, for amusing us with gags like this. To the Nats, for keeping us on our toes about our Zimmermans and Zimmermanns.
We're not going to bogart this toast. Here's what the people had to say about the 2013 Nationals. Add your own toast in the comments.
— Jayson Werth's Beard (@JWerthsBeard) October 2, 2013
— JUNEBUG®⚾ (@JuneYank6) September 25, 2013
— Daniel Keith (@Beastnthebushes) October 2, 2013
— Cal O'Beam (@JackoBeam) October 2, 2013
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