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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."