Coming in at #23 is Topps' new favorite team, the Washington Nationals. I never really cared for the Montreal Expos as a kid as I mentioned before because they were the Canadian National League team and their nickname was weird. I was 12 and chanting USA was still a fun thing to do. As I matured, the Expos were a fairly likable team because they were an abused and unwanted team. Their move to the capital of the United States would have really appealed to that chanting little bastard that I used to be, but didn't appeal as much to the man he became. They were a very forgettable team for the first few years and then became the "New" Yankees in that they were Topps' hyped babies. I have a feeling the Nats will be moving down this list further in the next few years. Let's check out some trivia and the first half of the 2012 Washington Nationals.
If I were a Nationals fan...
Title of the blog - National Pride
Favorite Player (current) - Danny Espinosa
Favorite Player (all time) - Tim Raines (yep the Expos still matter here)
Least Favorite Player (current) - Bryce Harper
Least Favorite Player (all time) - Stephen Strasburg (couldn't choose one without the other)
2012 Washington Nationals Total Cards = 44
The Nationals are the 6th team shown that have a color change from 1986 Topps. They are also the team that made me decide to do color changes in the first place. I knew I didn't want to leave them with the Expos name because it would have looked stupid and the light blue color wouldn't fit with the Nationals, so all of you that don't like the color changes can now blame Washington. Here is what this franchise looked like in 1986 Topps.
Finally, the Nationals also bring us the 8th man to also appear in 1986 Topps, Davey Johnson. Even though he was Dave Johnson back then, you definitely see he wanted to be called Davey. During his original photo, Johnson was exactly one year away from a World Series title, could history repeat itself? Here is his side-by-side, Johnson actually looks pretty good for 25 years later, despite trying to hide the dip.
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