when hope springs eternal in the human breast, as everyone’s team begins in first place. I stayed up late watching the Washington Nationals in their new stadium play the Atlanta Braves. It was a good game that the Nats won in the last inning when Ryan Zimmerman hit a walk off home run. My resolution this year is to try to follow and be for the Nationals, since I now live in the D.C. area and feel a community obligation to support the local team. I’ll still pull for the Milwaukee Brewers, but I will watch Nats games on TV, check their box scores every day, and go to some games if I can get tickets (which, I am told, may not be easy in this first year of a new stadium).So the floor is now open for optimistic predictions. ESPN pundits were predicting that the Cubs would be in the World Series! Don’t I hear that every year?