I just want to make this clear before I jump in the car and drive eight hours back to the big city: It's almost not early.
The Nats bandwagon is growing. I no longer get sneers when I wear my hats everywhere. More often than not, someone has something nice to say about the progress the team has made.
Not that there aren't some a-holes out there still who refuse to recognize. I've heard a lot "it's early, get back to me in September."
Long way to go, sure, but it really isn't early. I did some google searching to find an exact definition and couldn't find one so I'm just going to make one up on my own and declare it official.
The Nats have five more games and then it's not early. First 40 are early. Next 80 at midseason. Final 42 are the end game.
I'm enjoying the fine "early" start but trying to keep it all in perspective. If the Nats are in a similar position when the end game starts, my excitement might be out of control.
Would I take 20 wins every 35 games? Simple math tells me that's 80-60 with 22 to play. I'd take my chances with that. Doable? Who knows? Who thought 20-15 was doable to this point?
Yeah, I know. It's early.