The 2005 Washington Nationals

Major League Baseball Returns to the Capital


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About the Book

Here is the story of the 2005 Washington Nationals. Told from a fan’s perspective, the narrative begins inside RFK on opening day, expressing the simple pleasures of baseball that 34 years couldn’t erase. As the team took one series after another, baseball fans quickly forgot that many on the roster had ever played to empty seats in Montreal. Descriptive prose covers each game, from the crack of Brad Wilkerson’s bat to Livan Hernandez’s eight-inning outings.

About the Author(s)

Ted Leavengood is managing editor and a regular contributor of He is the co-host of “Outta the Parkway,” which broadcasts weekly on Blogtalk Radio as part of the Seamheads Podcast Network and is the author of two other books on Washington baseball history.

Bibliographic Details

Ted Leavengood
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 279
Bibliographic Info: 32 photos, tables, appendix, index
Copyright Date: 2006
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2678-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1


1. Do You Believe in Magic?      11

2. In for the Long Haul      27

3. After the Thrill Is Gone      35

4. Playing in the Shadows      45

5. Cream at the Fillmore West      56

6. Seven Days in May      62

7. Oh, Canada      75

8. Where’s That Famous Golden Touch?      82

9. There’s No Place Like Home      97

10. Money Buys You Everything      115

11. Won’t Wipe O› Your Face, No Matter How Hard You Try      127


12. That Little Something Extra      145

13. I Put a Spell on You      153

14. Head to Head at the Ted      167

15. It Takes a Worried Mind      174

16. Baby, I Always Take the Long Way Home      185

17. Staying the Course      199

18. Cry Me a River      213

19. Just Another Turner Classic Movie      225

20. Trojan Horse      237

21. Our Winning Season      244

Epilogue      258

Appendix      261

Index      265

Book Reviews & Awards

“While baseball games generally last nine innings, the memories they elicit endure for a lifetime. Baseball fans mark time by where they were when significant events occurred—a no-hitter achieved or broken up in the ninth inning, a game-winning home run, a monumental or historical achievement or simply a few hours shared with friends, disputing a manager’s wisdom—or lack thereof—and downing beer and peanuts. Ted Leavengood’s The 2005 Washington Nationals, chronicling the first season of the Washington Nationals and baseball’s return to the nation’s capital, shares this fan-centric view of America’s pastime, taking readers into the swaying seats of RFK Stadium as they witness the unfolding of a long-awaited love affair. Leavengood offers a thorough evaluation of the Nationals’ debut season, relying on a well-honed, fan-in-the-stands perspective. Before players played, managers managed, or sportswriters worked a deadline, we were all baseball fans, dreaming of ninth-inning heroics. Leavengood captures that passion for the game in its simplest form—one that all too often is forgotten.”—Pete Kerzel, free-lance reporter for The Associated Press