Nate McLouth entered 2014 feeling as good about himself as he had in some time, for no shortage of reasons. He was healthy. He was coming off back-to-back strong seasons in Baltimore.
Ted Leonsis and Mark Lerner always thought they knew what this would be like. Images of the Winter Classic at Nationals Park had floated through their minds for years.
Nats first baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be cheering for his friends on the Capitals at the 2015 Winter Classic, but for Nats GM and Chicago-native, Mike Rizzo - that's another story.