UPDATE, 9/17: The Nationals did, indeed, win against the Braves on Tuesday night. Read the original post below for what you need to know about scoring playoff tickets.
Brace yourselves, Washington: Nationals playoff hysteria is on the cusp of returning. If the Nationals dispatch the Atlanta Braves (and their fans’ odious Tomahawk Chop mantra) Tuesday night, Washington will win its second National League East Division title in three years and start fueling fever dreams of a Baltimore-Washington Parkway World Series. (The Orioles might also clinch their division tonight.)
With 13 games left after Tuesday, a win tonight would be the earliest time a Washington baseball team has clinched a postseason berth, beating the 2012 Nationals, wo clinched at least a wild-card spot on September 20, and the 1933 Senators, who won the American League on September 21. The 1924 Senators, the last Washington baseball club to win a World Series, didn’t clinch their league championship until that season’s second-to-last game on September 29 with a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.
Assuming the Nationals win eliminate the Braves from division contention, the Nationals are ready to start selling tickets to the National League Division Series, for which they’d host the first, second, and fifth games. (Games 1 and 2, scheduled for October 3 and 4, fall on Yom Kippur.) But the team is optimistic that it’ll be able to start selling playoff seat Monday starting at 10 AM. Here are the rules for buying postseason tickets:
- They will be for sale only online and over the phone at 888-632-6287. No advance sales at the Nationals Park box office.
- There’s a four-ticket limit per order for each game.
- A limited number of standing-room-only tickets will be for sale at the stadium immediately before each game.
- Season ticket holders who renewed for 2015 before September 5 already got their postseason ticket strips; anyone buying a new 2015 season package can still get early access to buy playoff tickets.
Until Monday, see if our spooky math about the 90th anniversary of Washington’s last World Series victory panned out.