Or rather, perhaps, is this the right time to introduce myself? I was planning this already, but given the Riggleman news perhaps I should have waited a bit, but here goes.
I've been hovering in the background this season (and last) and have made the occasional post, but if you've seen any of those you've probably wondered, "Who is this guy?"
Well, I have been a fan of the team since the beginning. It may be suspicious to get that off the bat, so to speak, first, but I don't think the abrupt resignation of the manager would be the ideal stimulus to joining a bandwagon.
As I'm sure we all do, I remember the move rather well. I sort of forgot about Linda Cropp without really bothering to take the time for forgiving.
Esteban Loaiza was on the mound the first time I was at RFK. We lost to Roy Oswalt's Astros, 3-2.
(Loaiza, by the way, is still the second best pitcher in Nationals history by fWAR, behind only Livo. John Patterson is still third, and Strasburg is already 8th. It's been a sad time until lately.)
Saw Zim's winner at the first game at Nats Park in 2008, but only on TV since I was at college (I got out in 09).
I've also been there at the stadium for Dunn's 300th HR. Randy Johnson's 300th win, too--after waiting until they called the game the night before.
I'm sure I'm not the hardest dying of the die-hards (for instance, I preferred the witnessing the history of the Johnson game to the alternative of calling ball 4 on Dunn correctly--hopefully that's not a deadly sin around here), and you'll never see me post 100 times during a game, but I'm here, and just wanted to let you all know that. See you all around.