Coming off of a heartbreaking loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Division Series last season, the Washington Nationals are looking to do what they were unable to do last year and bring a World Series ring to the nation's capital.
A World Series win would certainly bring baseball to the forefront in a town that is dominated by talk over the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III's knee, and it will take a special group of players to do that.
The Nationals have one of the best bullpens in Major League Baseball heading into the 2013 season, and they now have one of the most complete batting lineups as well, with the re-signing of first baseman Adam LaRoche and the trade to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Denard Span.
Getting through the National League in the playoffs won't be an easy task this year for the Nationals, as they must go up against the Cardinals, the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds if they want to get there.
Washington will need all its seasoned veterans—such as Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Kurt Suzuki—to work with their young guns—Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond—to accomplish something that seemed like a long shot only a few seasons ago.
Yes, it will take a complete effort from everyone sitting on the Nationals' bench, including manager Davey Johnson, to win a World Series, but there are a few players who stand out on the roster who need to either keep up their numbers from last year or improve on them if they plan to go where no Washington baseball team has ever gone before.