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TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- Of all the long-suffering fans of professional baseball teams in the Washington area, few have suffered as long, or as deeply, as Charlie Brotman.

As many longtime Washingtonians know, Charlie was the public address announcer at Griffiths Stadium for 16 years, from 1956-1971, during which time the Senators lost a lot more games than they won. And that's why the Nationals' success has been such a thrill for Charlie.

"It's bringing the city closer together, it's really exciting," Charlie said.

Though he's not officially associated with the Nationals, Charlie likes to consider himself the team's unofficial ambassador. He's friendly with the owners of the team and goes to about 20 games a year. In fact, he was planning on being at the game Monday night against the Phillies, when the Nats hope to clinch the division.

What's more, Charlie's been asked to be the honorary public address announcer for the team's first playoff game.

When asked if he ever thought a Washington squad would be the best team in baseball, Charlie answered with his typical honesty and enthusiasm. "Impossible, unequivocally, no," Charlie said.