The revival of baseball in the Beltway

Afterthoughts for so many years, Nationals and Orioles showing they're for real

Originally Published: September 25, 2012
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Washington Nationals utility man Steve Lombardozzi has lived in Columbia, Md., about equal distance between Washington and Baltimore, for 20 years, since he was 4. He is too young to truly understand the tremendous story that is developing in and around the Beltway, a story of hope and redemption and magic, a story that has never been told in that area, a story that wasn't supposed to happen this season. All Lombardozzi, 24, knows is that, until this year, he couldn't remember a .500 season for ...

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