The Washington Nationals are the 2019 World Series Champions. And yes, this is true.
After what wasn’t the most outstanding regular season performance in baseball, the Nationals #STAYEDINTHEFIGHT and defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park.
There has been lots of coverage about how the Nats were 19-31 on May 23 before they turned their season around. This was also the first World Series where the home team never won. And the first World Series in DC since the Senators in 1933 when owner Ted Lerner was one year old. This win represents many firsts and feels like a dream come true for us all.
The NLDS curse was finally broken, and after that, Nats fans got their fair share of hope. The four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS was exhilarating and the 2-0 lead in the World Series was almost unbelievable. They hit a bit of a skid at home, but the Nats played two games with their backs against the wall and stayed in the fight to win.
This team went through a lot this season. There were some unavoidable injuries, but beyond that, there were some serious bullpen struggles. Daniel Hudson came in and helped right the ship and celebrated the birth of his daughter during this surprising playoff run.
Max Scherzer is a walking wound. He broke his nose, suffered from some shoulder issues, and then couldn’t move his neck before winning Game 7. Trea Turner broke his finger early in the season and revealed that it’s still misshapen. The players knew they had more at stake than their own statistics and overcame these trials to propel the team to victory. Davey Martinez had a heart scare late in the regular season, and he pushed his doctors to let him come back earlier. He told the team last night that they cured his heart. This postseason nearly gave me a few heart attacks, but now my suffering DC sports soul has been satisfied
And after suffering as a DC sports fan since 2005, I just stared in awe at the TV last night. I laughed a bit, shed a few tears, and witnessed history. We fans haven’t had much practice at this whole winning thing, but that’s okay. I’m sure I speak for all Nats fans when I say we are beyond excited for the celebrations. (Attention Washington Capitals: Are you free to meet at the Georgetown fountains this weekend?)
It’s been a wild ride for my first season covering the Nats for The Sideline Observer, and I can’t wait to see where this team takes us next.
Thank you, Nats.