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Wire Taps: Juan Soto arrives in style; Is D.C. a minor league sports city?; Tim Collins + Justin Miller may help

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the second of three with the Padres in D.C.

San Diego Padres v Washington Nationals Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

I, for one, welcome our new nineteen-year-old overlords.

Here’s the scoop from South Capitol:

As Tim Collins gets called up, another unheralded internal relief option for Nationals
Tim Collins has undergone Tommy John twice, and got the call yesterday. But Justin Miller, who quietly made a name for himself a few years back, could be coming as well.

Boswell to worried Nats fans: Stop. Enjoy the journey. Really.
The Nats aren't going to run away with the division this year. They have a bunch of players on the DL. The bats are struggling at times. This sure doesn't *feel* like fun, but optimism is still reigning in the Nats’ clubhouse, which is replenishing its supply of starters by the day.

Juan Soto’s home run was a Nationals shot heard round the world
The Nats' presence in the DR used to be a joke. Now, it's a system that has created big-leaguer after big-leaguer, and Juan Soto is just the latest stud.

Why does Michael Wilbon think D.C. is a ‘minor league sports town’? How much time do you have?
Wilbon, kind of fairly, notes that the town has an obscene obsession with the Redskins, and everyone who doesn't like the Redskins is from somewhere else.

NatsGM Prospect Spotlight – Juan Soto
Soto signed for $1.5 million, a decently fast player with a whole lot of confidence in himself and his perception of the strike zone, which is often correct. He's also very good at hitting baseballs.

Wonderteen Juan Soto Homers On First Pitch Of First MLB Start
31 Double-A ABs, one strikeout, and, uh, this.

Before yesterday, things were not looking pretty
The Nats, believe it or not, are in fourth-place. Juan Soto came up out of desperation. Ryan Madson is hurt. EVERYTHING IS FINE.