The Phillies did their part in attempting to create some chaos at the end of the regular season, but with the Atlanta Braves falling in Pittsburgh Monday night the Washington Nationals clinched the 2012 NL East crown. The Phillies may hve won Monday night's series opener in Washington, but the celebration in the Washington dugout started in the middle of the ninth inning once word was received the Braves had lost, making for an interesting scene in the bottom of the ninth inning in D.C.
Congratulations to the Washington Nationals. Many in Philadelphia scoffed at the notion your team could be considered a real threat to the Phillies but that clearly was proven to be a truth this season with your gritty play, young and rising stars and solid free agent signings over the last couple of years. This franchise has done everything seemingly the right way by taking advantage of high draft pick selections and bringing in key free agents to provide veteran guidance and they have done a number of things to attempt to energize the fan base, with various levels of success.