After taking a comfortable 6-0 lead early in last night's Game 5 showdown of the National League Divisional Series against the Cardinals, the Nationals probably felt as if they were a shoe-in for an NLCS match-up with the Giants. Then, the Cards made a dramatic comeback and eliminated the Nats from the playoffs with a 9-7 victory. If witnessing the collapse right before their eyes wasn't painful enough for Washington fans, all they needed to do was wait until the following morning.

At 7:01 AM, Nationals fans, including Tom B., received an email letting them know about an upcoming presale of World Series tickets. Just one problem: the team was just bounced from postseason contention. Hit the thumb to see a screengrab of the disheartening email and check out a transcript of the message below.

Your exclusive online-only World Series ticket presale will be held on Monday, October 15. As a Nationals Season Ticket Holder you will be offered this opportunity to purchase up to four (4) single game postseason tickets for each possible World Series home game using the one-time use password provided to you in this message. You will also have the opportunity to purchase postseason parking for each game that you purchase during your online presale process. One-time use passwords will not be reissued and are non-transferrable.

Presale Start Time: Monday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m. ET
Presale End Time: Monday, October 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET

IMPORTANT - To purchase tickets to more than one game:
You MUST click on "Add Another Event" to add each game into your Shopping Cart during the checkout process.

Your one-time use password is: WFYPKT9

Passwords will not be reissued and are non-transferrable.
Please click on the ‘Postseason Ticket Presale' button below to read complete details and instructions.

Postseason Ticket Presale

World Series Games*:
• World Series Game 1 - October 24, if necessary
• World Series Game 2 - October 25, if necessary
• World Series Game 6 - October 31, if necessary
• World Series Game 7 - November 1, if necessary
*Official game times for World Series home games are still to be determined.

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[via Deadspin