Fight Finished: The Washington Nationals Return Home World Series Champions

Celebrations will echo throughout the District of Columbia forever, fans will be forever grateful and these players will forever have their names imprinted in Nationals history, thanks to an unimaginable run that started with an improbable journey. The Washington Nationals are bringing home the 2019 Major League Baseball championship trophy in commemoration of their magical trip on the biggest stage that baseball has to offer.

After starting the season with a 19-31 record on May 24, the Washington Nationals were considered to be on a downward spiral. Many thought that the team would deal many veteran players at the deadline, management would be looking for another new manager at the end of the season and the fanbase would once again be reeling for that joyous feeling of the thought of a world championship.

The team quickly turned it around, and started to turn many heads in baseball. However, many still doubted and remarked that the ballclub was still too old, did not have the proper coaching staff to take the team to a world championship and did not have the fan support that could guide them through a treacherous playoff run.

The Washington Nationals proved all of that to be erroneous on the evening of October 30, 2019. The club geared up, the fanbase held their breath and in the blink of an eye, Washington D.C. was the home of the best team in baseball, for the first time in Washington Nationals franchise history.

The city was an enormous celebration as 36,000 fans were packed inside Nationals Park for the watch party, the streets were filled with fans, and local bars and restaurants were all filled with fans who had awaited this moment for a lifetime. A moment in which the city would be brought together as one, a city of champions.

The Nationals started out the pressure packed game seven with their ace and multi-million dollar pitcher on the mound, Max Scherzer. However, he had just received a cortisone shot a few days prior to the game due to neck spasms and was doubtful to even pitch the rest of the series. However, Scherzer put together a gutsy performance and was able to pitch five innings while only allowing twoearned runs. While the team was down when two to zero when Scherzer left the hill, everyone knew that the game was far from over.

Star pitcher Patrick Corbin came in to relieve Scherzer. Corbin pitched a scoreless sixth inning and the rest is history. Most Valuable Player candidate Anthony Rendon went yard to put the team on the board. After Rendon, Juan Soto walked and then the veteran Howie Kendrick hit a home run off the right field foul pole to give the ballclub a one run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. 

The city erupted and the fan base rejoiced, however, the players knew that they still had nine outs to record. After Corbin pitched three innings allowing zero earned runs, the bats added a few add on runs and the closer Daniel Hudson posted a zero spot and the Washington Nationals had a title that would forever be theirs, 2019 World Series Champions.

After the game, the team was able to hoist that trophy to the organization and the fanbase that made this improbable run possible. As the champagne popped in the clubhouse and “We Are the Champions” played over the loudspeaker, young phenom Juan Soto remarked to ESPN reporter Jeff Passan the team’s motto once the veteran Zach Greinke was removed from the game, “We gotta get it, we gotta fight, we gotta find out the way– and the next hitter, we get it.” Scherzer also remarked about the team’s fight to The Washington Post reporters Scott Allen and Jacob Bogage, “It was stay in the fight. That was our motto. It was the next guy up. Everybody gave it their all … We took it all the way and we won the whole thing.” 

The fanbase, players and management of the Washington Nationals deserve this. Those who had spent countless hours waiting at the foot of franchise dreaming of these days, were finally granted their wish. Enjoy this D.C., this does not happen often: The Washington Nationals will be hoisting the 2019 World Series trophy over their city for years to come.

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