“We were 19-31; we didn’t quit then and we weren’t going to quit now.”
Dave Martinez, Washington Nationals Manager
The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 last Wednesday evening to capture the Franchise’s first even World Championship. The Team moved from Montreal to Washington prior to the 2005 season. The only other World Series winner in the Nation’s Capital, was in 1924 when Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators defeated the New York Giants 4 games to 3. The Nationals victory marked the first time in World Series History that the visiting team had won all seven games.
If you are a Houston Astros fan, you are mighty disappointed that the Nationals defeated the Astros in the Series. Houston was up 3 games to 2 and was going back home for game 6, and the Astros have much more talent than the Nationals. What separates baseball from the other sports is its unpredictability. The Nationals can very well be called, “The Comeback Team” because of the way they won so many deciding games in the Post Season, including the 7th game of the World Series. The Nationals did not win the National League East so they had to win a Wild Card game. They trailed the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 in the bottom of the 8th and scored 3 runs to win 4-3. Then in the Division Series, against a terrific Dodger team, they got two in the 8th to tie and 4 in the 10th to win the 5th and deciding game of that Series. As if that was not enough, the Nationals were trailing 2-0 in the 7th inning of the 7th game of the World Series and they scored 3 runs! And they then added to that lead to win 6-2! When a team believes in itself collectively like the Nationals do, late inning comebacks can become part of its lore. And, let’s remember, the Nationals accomplished all of this after losing Bryce Harper to free agency! In an era when many scouts are losing their jobs, the Nationals became a favorite of “old school” baseball people because of all the veteran scouts who work for them!