The Washington Nationals have conquered the odds. They are your 2019 World Series champions.
Behind a remarkable gem from starting pitcher Max Scherzer and some clutch hitting in the final three innings, the Nationals silenced the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 to capture their first World Series in franchise history.
Remarkably, the road team won all seven games in this series. The Nationals were on the ropes after blowing three straight home games. They were forced to come back to Houston, needing to find ways to get past Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke - two of the game's greatest pitchers of this generation.
The Nationals never panicked. They dominated Verlander in Game 6 and set up a winner-take-all seventh contest. Trailing 2-0 in the seventh inning, Anthony Rendon (solo homer and Howie Kendrick (a two-run dinger) put the Nationals on top. Juan Suto added an RBI single in the eighth, and Adam Eaton's two-run single in the ninth essentially put the game on ice.
It caps off one of the most unlikely runs to the World Series in history.
They lost their franchise star, Bryce Harper, to the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies in free agency. Fans and pundits were calling for manager Dave Martinez to be fired when the team fell to 19-31 in May.
But the Nationals stormed all the way back and managed to clinch the first NL Wild Card Spot. They had an epic comeback against the Milwaukee Brewers, booking a trip against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS.
Trailing 3-1 in the decisive Game 5, the Nationals hit two solo homers in the eighth inning to tie things up. Howie Kendrick hit a grand slam in the top of the 10th to send the Nationals to the NLCS, where they swept the St. Louis Cardinals.
That set the stage of a ferocious comeback against the Astros. And for the second time in less than a year and a half, D.C. has another sports championship to celebrate. First, it was the Washington Capitals. Now, its the Nationals' time to celebrate.
Nationals Are A Story For The Ages
The Nationals were considered done for in May, then in the wild card game, then in Game 5 of the NLDS, then after Game 5 of the World Series. But they just never stopped fighting, and the Nationals are a prime example of why you can never quit. This was a feel-good story across the baseball world, and the club and its fans deserve this big time.