National Pastime: Sports, Politics, and the Return of


National Pastime: Sports, Politics, and the Return of Baseball to Washington, D.C. [PDF / EPUB] National Pastime: Sports, Politics, and the Return of Baseball to Washington, D.C. A riveting chronicle of the extraordinary debut year of the Washington Nationals the team that brought America s pastime back to the nation s capital for the first time in over three decades and quick Sports, Politics, ePUB ´ A riveting chronicle of the extraordinary debut year of the Washington Nationals the team that brought America s pastime back to the nation s capital for the first time in over three decades and quickly emerged as the team to watch in the season It all started in a freezing double wide trailer parked outside RFK stadium but this was no off season tailgate This was the official front office of Major League Baseball s newest team Crammed into the spartan space, Tony Tavares, the Washington Nationals newly appointed president, began the monumental task of National Pastime: PDF/EPUB or fashioning a big league team that would, just six months down the road, usher baseball back to the nation s capitalBarry Svrluga, sports reporter for the Washington Post, has followed the saga of the Nationals from the early, intense political wrangling over bringing the team to Washington, to the defining triumphant moments and anguish of their first ever season A savvy observer of both Washington and Major League politicking, Svrluga covers the conflicts that undermined the existence of a DC team since the early s including the bitter opposition of powerbrokers inside the baseball establishment itself , Pastime: Sports, Politics, PDF/EPUB å and ended with the migration of the Montreal Expos to DCGranted exclusive access to the players, the clubhouse, and the innermost workings of the team, Svrluga covers the surprise sensation of the season which not only saw the Nationals gain a foothold on the Washington sports scene, but dominate the NL East through much of the season From the outspoken legendary manager, Frank Robinson, to the inside stories of Jose Guillen, Livan Hernandez, and Brad Wilkerson, Svrluga brings the personalities of the team to life, interviews the most dedicated fans who ve waited since the days of the Washington Senators for baseball to be restored in their city, and chronicles the team s emotional ups and downs throughout the season A fresh new voice in sports writing, Svrluga combines the enthusiasm, authority, and attention to detail that guarantees this to be the definitive book of the Washington Nationals first seasonThe nation s capital hadn t had a spring like this inthan a generation In less than a week, the Nationals players and coaches were headed north They didn t know what kind of stadium awaited They didn t know what the reception would be They didn t know the town, how to get around, where to live, what to do Most of all, though, they didn t know who would play where, who would hit in which spot Frank Robinson stewed over it all He was supposed to go to Washington, bringing back the city s first team in a generation, with this situation From National Pastime.

    EPUB is an ebook file format RFK stadium but this was no off season tailgate This was the official front office of Major League Baseball s newest team Crammed into the spartan space, Tony Tavares, the Washington Nationals newly appointed president, began the monumental task of National Pastime: PDF/EPUB or fashioning a big league team that would, just six months down the road, usher baseball back to the nation s capitalBarry Svrluga, sports reporter for the Washington Post, has followed the saga of the Nationals from the early, intense political wrangling over bringing the team to Washington, to the defining triumphant moments and anguish of their first ever season A savvy observer of both Washington and Major League politicking, Svrluga covers the conflicts that undermined the existence of a DC team since the early s including the bitter opposition of powerbrokers inside the baseball establishment itself , Pastime: Sports, Politics, PDF/EPUB å and ended with the migration of the Montreal Expos to DCGranted exclusive access to the players, the clubhouse, and the innermost workings of the team, Svrluga covers the surprise sensation of the season which not only saw the Nationals gain a foothold on the Washington sports scene, but dominate the NL East through much of the season From the outspoken legendary manager, Frank Robinson, to the inside stories of Jose Guillen, Livan Hernandez, and Brad Wilkerson, Svrluga brings the personalities of the team to life, interviews the most dedicated fans who ve waited since the days of the Washington Senators for baseball to be restored in their city, and chronicles the team s emotional ups and downs throughout the season A fresh new voice in sports writing, Svrluga combines the enthusiasm, authority, and attention to detail that guarantees this to be the definitive book of the Washington Nationals first seasonThe nation s capital hadn t had a spring like this inthan a generation In less than a week, the Nationals players and coaches were headed north They didn t know what kind of stadium awaited They didn t know what the reception would be They didn t know the town, how to get around, where to live, what to do Most of all, though, they didn t know who would play where, who would hit in which spot Frank Robinson stewed over it all He was supposed to go to Washington, bringing back the city s first team in a generation, with this situation From National Pastime."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 241 pages
  • National Pastime: Sports, Politics, and the Return of Baseball to Washington, D.C.
  • Barry Svrluga
  • English
  • 15 July 2019
  • 9780385517850

10 thoughts on “National Pastime: Sports, Politics, and the Return of Baseball to Washington, D.C.

  1. says:

    While this book probably won t appeal to those who are not Nationals fans, any Washingtonian who loves baseball will enjoy this account of the difficult and bizarre course that baseball took out of and then back into the nation s capital auther Barry Svrluga does an excellent job of profiling the Nationals and the local politicians involved in their return This book is for all those who spent hours watching DC city council meetings in early 2005, and for everyone who was lucky enough to witness the Nationals magical first season that saw a bunch of guys nobody wanted contending for a playoff spot.

  2. says:

    Although I m a New York transplant and Yankee fan living in the DC area, I was excited by the return of baseball to the city and the establishment of the Washington Nationals This is a great account of the team s exciting first season and the people who played important roles in getting the team here and competing on the field.

  3. says:

    The first part detailing the political wrangling in Washington DC and in Major League Baseball is fascinating The rest of the book is a narrative on the first season of the Nationals The writing style is choppy Sometimes I had to read a sentence than once to get it.

  4. says:

    Lots of DC political intrigue entwined with a decent history of the Nationals first season The author does a little trick in my view to fill pages by including bios of various players.

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