‘Nuts about the Nats': Return of a baseball fan

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) holds his All-Star jersey during a ceremony before a baseball game with the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, July 8. WTOP News Director Mike McMearty says Harper helped renew his interests in the Nationals. (AP/Alex Brandon)
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wtopstaff | November 14, 2014 9:13 am

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Mike McMearty, wtop.com

“Baseball is not necessarily an obsessive-compulsive disorder, like washing your hands 100 times a day, but it’s beginning to seem that way. We’re reaching the point where you can be a truly dedicated, state-of-the-art fan or you can have a life.” — Thomas Boswell

WASHINGTON – I’m back.

I was gone for a while.

I used to be a baseball wonk — couldn’t devour enough box scores.

The Elias Book of Baseball Stats was my leisure reading.

The strike of ’94 and the cancellation of the postseason and World Series did me in. I won’t bore you with all the great storylines that were buried under the ugly, green tarp of that strike.

I didn’t completely disappear. My, then-love for the Orioles and Cal Ripken kept my toe in the batter’s box, but I went into a deep slump after the Yankees swept the Orioles in the ’96 ALCS. (Seriously Richie Garcia – how do you screw up that call?)

The firing of Davey Johnson

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