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Around the NL East: Ian Desmond seems light on Natitude

The Washington Nationals picked up a walk-off win off a wild pitch in the tenth inning Thursday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds. It was a win that was nearly blown by former Phillies closer Brad Lidge, who coughed up a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning, sending the game to extra innings when the Nationals failed to score a run with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the inning.

Washington now sits at 5-2, on top of the rest of the NL East heading in to the second weekend of the season. The solid start may be a sign that this team has a new attitude in the clubhouse. In fact, they have Natitude.

The Nationals have had a few slogans and rally calls since moving from Montreal. This year it is simply centered around the play on words, Natitude.

Dan Steinberg, of the must-read DC Sports Bog, took some time to ask fans and players about Natitude, and let’s just say Ian Desmond seems less than enthusiastic about the slogan.

“I mean, good effort,” [Desmond] said. “If it sticks, it’s good. I’m sure there’ll be 10 more [slogans] by the time my career’s down here. It was Get Your Red On when I first got here, and Natitude now. So we’ll see.”

But as Steinberg usually does, he posts pictures of Washington D.C. fans and their unique way of supporting the team. Here is the favorite from opening day…

Photo: DC Sports Bog


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