The Washington Nationals are 2019 World Series Champions!
What a path they took! Lost Bryce Harper in free agency. They were 19-31 through 50 games. Best record in baseball since May 24th. Beat the Brewers, Dodgers (106 wins), Cardinals, and Astros (107 wins) en route to their first World Series title in franchise history. Outscored 19-3 at home in the World Series. Trailed in 5 elimination games and won all 5. THREE losses since September 20th. 12-5 in the playoffs. What a fucking story. I said Nats in 7 (NBD) but never thought they'd win in 7 by winning FOUR in Houston. Absolutely unbelievable. Greinke was phenomenal right until the end. Real bad break, he was so great, so efficient. It felt like there were two grounders to him an inning. While he wasn't MVP Max Scherzer gave the Nats two gutsy new-age baseball quality starts. 2 runs over 5 IP in games 1 and 7.
What a moment between two guys who have had a lot of playoff heartbreak together.
Of all the big money free agent deals in MLB history, few rival Scherzer's 7 year 210 million. It looks like suuuuch a bargain now. The Nationals have gotten every penny out of him and then some. Two Cy Youngs and World Series. I still can't get over this shit man. Home teams just went 0-7 in the World Series. We may never see that again. What a World Series. What a prediction!
Ryan Zimmerman started the rally in the top of the 9th to put it away. First draft pick in Nationals history is now a world champion. Movie.
Rendon had statistically the clutchest/most clutch postseason ever. Made himself a few extra tens of millions in October.
Howie Kendrick has been the man all October. Series winning grand slam in NLDS. NLCS MVP. Go ahead game 7 homer. You're gonna have a hard time finding many postseason runs better than that.
Then he capped it off with an all time celly!!
The Nationals run was obviously a team effort, but holy shit no team has ever rode two guys more. Talk about getting everything out of your aces. Move over Randy and Curt.
STEPHEN STRASBURG IS WORLD SERIES MVP!!!!!!!!! HOLY MOTHER FUCKING NAR-RA-TIVE!!!!! 2012 HOLY SHIT I LOVE BASEBALL. Soooo fired up. What a game. Yes I won my parlay. Thank you Jake Marisinick!!! (Adam Eaton you're awesome too!)
Down 2-0 going into the 7th and win 6-2, what a beautiful game.
Back to Stras. I've built this blog in the most unorganized way ever. Just keep adding shit. All those caps were right when it was announced. I was fired up. If it wasn't gonna be Max, he's the next guy I wanted to see take it home.
Stephen Strasburg's 2019 postseason will go down as one of the best by a starting pitcher since the playoffs expanded in 1995.
The man the Nats paid instead of Harper won game 7. How perfect is that?
Last but certainly not least, there are so many other guys on this team. Fernando Rodney gets a ring, Trey Turner is cool, I have love for Yan Gomes, Cabrera has had a great career, Daniel Hudson got cut by the g damn Angels, this team has a fucking Dozier on the team. It's almost 1 am and I'm not even a nats fan this is already impressive af. The man I have to address is someone who literally became a man during the World Series. 21 year old Juan Soto. Welcome to the world. He is a STAR.