Nationals quickly becoming relevant

It's been a June to remember for a Nats team that's no longer in NL East basement

Originally Published: June 23, 2011
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

There are games that are so compelling -- and so potentially meaningful -- they require a star next to them in case they lead to something important, not just in a team's season, but perhaps even for the future of a franchise. Tuesday night might have been one of those games for the Washington Nationals. Down by four runs in the ninth inning, they scored five runs, the last three on a walk-off home run by rookie catcher Wilson Ramos, to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5.

The victory moved the ...

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