Nats manager: 'We proved our worth'

Updated: October 13, 2012, 1:55 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- For their first seven years, filled with on-field losses and off-field gaffes, the Washington Nationals merely existed, barely mattered.

That's why so much that happened in 2012 felt new and significant to them. All the regular-season wins -- a best-in-baseball 98 -- and the NL East title, the postseason highs and lows, the intense attention to the decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg in September.

And when it ended, in as difficult-to-digest a way as possible, the ...

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