Best Team

Washington Nationals
With tickets available for mere dollars plus the cost of a Metro ride, Washingtonians could watch one of the best teams in baseball last summer for a fraction of the cost of any other professional team (and blow the savings on the town’s best stadium snacks). In 2012, the Nats turned in a stellar record, infected the city with playoff fever, and gave us a rookie to root for. (And management spared us the agony of watching any Nats stars tear up their bodies in the playoffs. Thanks, Pigskins.) The city was so into the team that even the in-game entertainment became front-page news. For turning America’s capital onto America’s pastime after decades in the baseball wilderness, the Nats reign supreme.