The Washington Nationals open their long awaited 2013 season today. The season features a four critical components for the 2013 Washington Nationals.
First, it is the final season for Manager Davey Johnson. Johnson was signed to a one year deal to manage the Nats in 2013 and try and win the World Series. Although he will not manage next season, Johnson has made clear he is not exiting baseball and will likely stay in a front office role with the Nats, as he formally retires from coaching. The 70 year-old former major league player and manager has six major league playoff appearances, one Pennant, and one World Series win, the 1986 New York Mets. In his final managing season, his Washington Nationals have lofty expectations, from predicted World Series winner to "World Series or Bust" right from the mouth of Davey Johnson. Davey embodies what major league baseball is all about, the national past time. The Washington Nationals roster loves Johnson and will embark on an opportunity to deliver the ultimate prize for his final season.
Second, under Davey Johnson, the Nats won a franchise best 98 games last season and won their first National League East title as the Washington Nationals. Johnson led the Nationals to their first post-season play in 79 years. The Nats enter the 2013 as the reigning National League East champs and embark on their first title defense. However, in many eyes, that is not good enough. The Nats 'plan' has come to fruition and the roster is loaded in a wealth of baseball talent. Several baseball media outlets have predicted the Nationals to win the World Series this season. Perhaps, the biggest challenge for Davey Johnson in 2013 will not be winning, but managing the lofty expectations with such a young roster. Pressure can be adverse. Johnson's hall mark may very well be managing that pressure.no comments