WASHINGTON – It was well into Saturday morning when the team that still isn’t ready for the postseason trudged into the clubhouse. Had the Washington Nationals looked up they would have noticed their collapse was so sudden that clubhouse attendants didn’t have time to properly pull down the plastic draped above their lockers.
The plastic was to protect the players’ clothes from the champagne celebration that the Nationals were certain to have just half an hour before. Now it was rolled up and hastily taped to the ceiling. Some of it had been ripped down and little shreds still remained tacked to the wall.