For those of you who watched the Nationals last night close out a huge win on the road in Houston, we’ve waited a long time for this. Sure, it’s not the Cubs or Red Sox and we’ve “only” had this team since 2005. And frankly, the city has waited an incredibly long time for a World Series game (since 1933) and World Series victory (since 1924).
Thank you to all our former players who helped us through years of rough baseball at RFK, then the new stadium, into a contender, and now World Series champs! There are too many to list, but here’s looking at you … Termel Sledge – first-ever home run, Brad Wilkerson – first grand slam and first cycle, Ryan Zimmerman – first-ever draft pick, Frank Robinson, Davey Johnson, Jim Riggleman, Chad Cordero – Moose! – Michael Morse – Take on me – Jayson Werth – 2012 walk-off – Alfonso Soriano, Jose Guillen, Christian Guzman, Vinny Castilla, Adam Dunn, Adam LaRoche, and so many more. Feel free to email me with suggestions.
Starting with our surge in 2012, the Nats began a string of futile NLDS series’ with regular collapses. Some of these being epic (i.e., 2012 Drew Storen). We thought 2012 (lost to Cardinals) was the year, then 2014 (lost to Giants), 2016 (lost to Dodgers), then 2017 (lost to Cubs). Then we started 2019 with a 19-31 record. Ugh.
The Nats turned it around, got hot, started “Baby Shark”-ing their way into the Wild Card. Somehow they took down the Brewers, then the Dodgers, then swept the Cardinals, and finally closed out the improbable with a World Series win — despite losing every home game.