By Eric Hicks and Jackson Carstea
On Wednesday, November 11, 2019 the Washington Nationals won their first ever franchise World Series championship. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning the St. Louis Cardinals were down to their final out in game four of the National League Championship Series. Danial Hudson, the Nationals’ closer, threw the final pitch of the game which ultimately ended up in the glove of Victor Robles, the Nationals’ center fielder. The Astros went down 2-0 in the series to the Washington Nationals.
With the first two games being in Houston, the Astros traveled to DC for games three, four, and five, where the Astros were hungry after dropping the first two games. The Nationals lost all their home games, allowing the Astros to control the series 3-2.
The Nationals then returned to Minute Maid Park in Houston, facing elimination, the Nationals need to win the next two games to win the World Series. The Nationals, facing elimination won game five, behind a strong showing from Stephen Strasburg, the eventual World Series MVP.
Going into the “winner takes all” game, game seven, the Nationals had the momentum after a huge game six victory. The Nationals called upon Max Scherzer to start pitching. Scherzer had a great game, allowing for the Nationals to win their World Series for the first time in franchise history.
After the historic championship run, TJ George, a Milwaukee Brewers fan, although still upset about his team being eliminated by the Nats stated, “ I don’t like them, but it was pretty cool to watch history be made. I’d rather watch a team win their first World Series ever than the Houston Astros, who won just recently in 2017”. What George said mirrors a lot of baseball fans opinions. Matt Porter says, “I will remember this for the rest of my life. This is hopefully the first of many to come home to Washington”. Those who are fans and even those who aren’t, are content that a new Champion has been crowned in 2019 with others wondering if their team will win it all next year.
This was the first championship series in any major sports league where the away team won all 7 games, which makes this series historic for the league and solidified into the record books. With thousands of fans watching on the jumbotron at Nationals Park, the entire Washington, D.C. area went into hysterics. Thousands of fans filled with baseball priding waited for the Nationals to arrive at Dulles Airport the next day, the entire city had a sense of baseball pride that they have never had before. Cheering for the World Series Parade on November 1st, the entire Washington area was all for the Nationals.