Pop the champagne! Pull up the banners! Print out the T-Shirts! Re-dust that spot on the mantle and put out the trophy! (They get a trophy right? They should get trophies.)
The Nats are NL East Champions!*
*According to me.
Say what you want about how this or that happened in the past. You remember that because it was unique. The most common thing to happen with a big lead is you maintain it or expand on it. There are two other good teams in the NL East right now. One has a mental block that prevents them from succeeding, the other dug themselves such a big hole they only recently crawled past the dreck into 3rd. If the Nats crash and go 7-20 the Braves still have to go 14-12. The NATS HAVE THIS.
I don't have much to say about the games going on. The Cubs stink, and they rolled out a bad pitcher last night He had a 4.55 ERA in AAA this year. 4.00 ERA last year. He walks too many. He doesn't strike out that much. He gives up hits. He gives up home runs. He's here to fill a rotation spot because there is no one else to do so. He's Mike Bacsik. The pre-2011 Nats used to roll this guy out and hope he'd do just well enough that they'd somehow squeak out a win. The post-2011 Nats pound guys like this. The NATS HAVE THIS.
What happens now? Stay healthy. That's about it. Keep playing hard, obviously, but stay healthy. Keep pitchers well rested. Give everyone some days off. Start thinking about getting these guys ready for that first playoff game.