When the Nationals beat the Phillies on October 3 to clinch the N.L. East, Philly shortstop Jimmy Rollins had a hard time congratulating the new champs.
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond had by all accounts a breakout season for Washington in 2012.
Despite trading off some of their assets before the deadline, the Phillies still have enough talent to compete for a playoff spot in 2013.
The Washington Nationals -- who never posted a winning record, never reached the playoffs and never won a division title in their first seven seasons in the District -- didn't just knock down