Almost every cultural group has historic sites that attract followers on a daily basis. The cult of Nationalsism is no different. The Nationals current form as a Washington team is relatively new, and has a very brief history.
But while the Washington team is new, the Washington franchise has a rich history that dates back to the 1960s. From 1969-2004, this franchise was known as the Montreal Expos. It is important we don’t forget where we came from, and what made the franchise the way it is now.
This past week, I took a trip to Montreal with a similar mindset to the many pilgrims to Mecca. After all, a trip to Montreal is one of the Five Pillars of Nationalsism, which are all noted below:
1. Kalima. The declaration of faith, professing that there is only one GM (Mike Rizzo) and that Davey Johnson is Rizzo’s manager.
2. Salat. All followers must pray five times a day while facing Nationals Park.
3. Zakat. The alms-giving, where all fans must give to Nationals charities.
4. Sawm. Fasting, which is especially hard cause Ben’s Chili Bowl is really tasty.
5. Hajj. The pilgrimage to Montreal.
I detail my experience below.