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The 2005 Washington Nationals: Major League Baseball Returns to the Capital Paperback – September 19, 2006

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"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

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Urban planner Ted Leavengood writes a column for seamheads.com and his work has appeared in Elysian Fields Quarterly.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786426780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786426782
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,752,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kenneth P. Voytek on December 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
A neat book that chronicles the inaugural season of the Washington Nationals in 2005. It also represents the author's first book out of the chute -- and he has written a winner. The book is written from the perspective of a fan -- a seasoned fan who has watched baseball for many years -- and provides many of the highlights and lowlights of the Nationals first season -- and insight into the mind of a fan who is passionate about baseball and captures the essence of baseball in DC. I attended a few of the games he wrote about and he captures the crowds and the games quite well and the social milieu that is Washington DC and RFK Stadium. Other than a few typos here and there, the book is worth the read if you are a true fan of baseball. While sometimes discursive and pendantic, it balances digging in on some topics and raising other issues that are worthy of consideration. Now that the Nationals are no longer owned by MLB and will be moving into a new stadium in a few years, this book represents an important benchmark regarding the "history" of the Nationals. I recommend this book to others interested in the Nationals or a different take on the national pastime.
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