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Happy New Year From The Nats Blog

As 2012 comes to an end, it only seems right that we take a moment to remember what this past year really meant to the Washington Nationals and baseball in DC. When the season started in April, expectations were high for the Nats. They were the first Nats team that had a real shot to finish over .500, and they even had a chance to finish third in the NL East, which would have been their best finish ever.

Talk about exceeding expectations. The Washington Nationals finished the season 98-64, which was good for the National League East Division Title, the best record in the NL, and the best record in baseball. They spent 149 of 162 days in first place in the division, and they were never one game below .500.

Built on pitching and an offense that got better as the season wore on, this team was one that brought excitement back to baseball in the Nation's Capital. We will all remember where we were when the Nationals won their first division title in team history, where we were during the first playoff game at Nationals Park, and where we were when Jayson Werth hit his masterful NLDS Game 4 walk of home run, the celebration for which is pictured above.

There are so many other great moments to remember from 2012, and I hope you'll share your favorites with us in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter as a way to ring in the new year. Happy New Year to you and yours, and be safe. We have lots of baseball to watch together in 2013.

About Joe Drugan

Managing editor of The Nats Blog and co-host of the Nats Talk On The Go podcast.

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