It’s hard to win a championship–even if it’s only a division championship. Some franchises go decades without winning their division. It’s easy to forget since most of it happened in Montreal, but the current Washington Nationals franchise went 31 years without a division title. And since they worked so hard to achieve it, goshdarnit, the current Nationals management doesn’t want you to forget it. Accordingly, the above sign will be greeting every fan filing through the Centerfield Gate during the 2013 season. (Another view below).
Once you’re in the stadium, they want you to be reminded again. And when you look at the scoreboard, you will be…maybe. An identical sign is directly above the stadium’s high definition screen, but it’s barely noticeable compared to the large number of pixels right below it.
I don’t know the right way for a team to recognize a championship in its stadium. At Turner Field, the Braves have banners for each title on the facade of the upper deck in left field (see below). In New York, the Yankees don’t even seem to bother because they have so many (also, see below). Perhaps we’ll see a day where winning is so common the Nationals don’t find it necessary to mount a sign above the main entrance to their stadium. But until that day arrives, enjoy your banner 2013 Washington Nationals. You’ve earned it.
Except you Denard Span. You just got here.