The success of Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg and the rest of the bullpen has helped turn around the fortunes of the hometown team.
When the National League's Montreal Expos left Canada for D.C. in 2005, losing baseball returned to the capital. After a .500 season in 2005, the Nats lost more than 90 games twice and more than 100 games twice before starting to turn things around last year at 80-81. This year, they boast baseball's best pitching rotation, a stingy defense and a power-hitting offense.
But while the team has established itself as a winner and the crowds are growing at Nationals Park, that doesn't mean that Washington's famously transient citizenry is united behind the team.
"Parentheses: I'm a Yankee fan," Mirijanian said of his hometown Bronx Bombers. "I'm rooting for a Yankees-Nats World Series. I have not adopted the Washington teams in my 25 years here."
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.