Before the Washington Nationals clinched a spot in the NL Wild Card game, Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez was asked about remaining focused and continuing to approach all of their games with the “1-0 every day” mantra he’s preached all season. Martinez said that he wasn’t worried about how his club would proceed going forward.
“Because we’ve done it all year, I think they get it,” he explained between games of the Nats’ doubleheader on Tuesday. “After this game is over, as we all know, they like to celebrate, they celebrate, and then they move on, and we get to the next game, so I don’t see any changes. Yeah, you know, we fought all year. Do they want to get to that one end-road game? Of course, but they know how to get there and we’ve just got to keep playing hard. I just was in there and asking guys if they needed to take the second game off and not one of them said, ‘Yeah.’ They want to play, so let’s get after it.”
Trea Turner, whose grand slam in the nightcap of the doubleheader with the Phillies put the Nationals ahead for good, talked before the second game yesterday about approaching the final games on the schedule the same way they’d approached the previous 156 to that point while they prepared for the Wild Card.
“We’ve got to take care of business,” Turner said, “and that’s down the road, but I think to be in the situation we’re in from where we started, is pretty incredible, and I think we always believed and we knew it was going to be a possibility and or going to happen, but to finally see other people see it as well it’s nice, so gotta keep doing what we’re doing, playing great and we’ll see.”
How will the Nationals react after last night’s celebration? Will they remain focused and beat the Phillies again with a spot in the Wild Card locked up and home field advantage still to be decided?