Everybody loves an underdog story and this year’s World Series was just that. In the playoffs of any sport all it takes is one turn of events and the momentum will take you to victory. For the Washington Nationals it was defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers late in the National League Division Series.
The Washington Nationals finished the regular season with a 93-69 record. Looking solely at their record, no one would think they would be in the World Series, let alone win it. Their regular season record made them the underdog of the MLB playoffs, but Washington clinched a spot in the Wild Card game against the Milwaukee Brewers. They defeated the Brewers by a score of 4-3. This first victory would spark a belief that this team has potential to capture a world title.
The next stage for Washington was the National League Division series where they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers had a remarkable regular season record of 106-56 making this victory even more amazing. The Nats pulled off the upset in dramatic fashion beating them 3-2 in the five-game series.
That series victory would take them to the National League Championship Series where they would face the St. Louis Cardinals. They had no problem with St. Louis defeating them in the seven-game series four games to zero. Howie Kendrick received the NLCS Most Valuable Player with a batting average of .333 and four extra base hits, meaning a base hit that allows the runner to safely reach second, third, or home.
This would set the stage for the 2019 World Series, the Houston Astros versus the Washington Nationals. The series would start in Houston where the Nationals stole a victory in both games. From there the series went to D.C. where the Astros ran away with three straight victories sending them back to Houston for the remaining two games. Just when everybody thought the Nationals were finished, they beat the Astros 7-2 in Houston setting up a game seven matchup for the ages. Nobody thought that Washington had it in them but they finished up the series defeating the Houston Astros by a score of 6-2 capturing their first ever franchise victory for the Washington Nationals.
JC Reese and Drew Cosgray shared their opinions on the World Series.
“I never thought the Nationals were capable of actually winning the World Series but everyone loves to root for the underdog,” said Junior JC Reese.
“The Washington Nationals are a very fundamental team and I was not surprised to hear they won the World Series. I enjoyed rooting for them during their playoff run,” said Senior Drew Cosgray.