F903 Summer 2018 The Road to the Show: The Nationals’ Minor Leagues
Wednesday, 9:40–11:05, June 20
Fairfax Lord of Life
Instructor: Jim Dunphy
Everybody likes to go to Nats Park and root for Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. But they weren’t always playing baseball for the Washington Nationals—they served an apprenticeship in the Nats’ minor league system. In this illustrated and anecdote-filled class, we will start at the lowest rung of the minors, the Gulf Coast League, and work our way up to the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League, one rung below the majors. We’ll look at the history of the clubs, take a tour of the good, the bad, and quite frankly the ugly of the minor league stadiums, and look at some famous players who have trod those fields. It’s a long and winding road to the show—the major leagues.
Jim Dunphy was born in Brooklyn shortly before the Dodgers left, had the misfortune of being a Mets fan when he grew up, and then moved to the DC area shortly after the Senators decamped for Texas. He has been a partial season-ticket holder for the Nationals since 2012, and takes credit for the fact that during that year they were in the postseason for the first time. Six years later, he is still waiting for the first post-season series win.