The Washington Nationals are the 2019 World Series champions. It was probably the strangest World Series I’ve ever witnessed. It went to seven games. The visiting team, not the home team, won each game. There’s never been a World Series that went to seven games where the home team lost each game. That is, until this year.
The Nationals went to the playoffs as a Wild Card team. They failed to even win their own division. They got in by beating the other National League Wild Card team, the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3. They were losing that game until the eighth inning. It was one of the most exciting games I’ve ever watched.
Technically, the Nationals didn’t deserve to go to the playoffs. Not really. They won only 93 games this season. On May 24, they were 12 games under .500. All things being equal, the Nationals are the type of team I normally root against in the playoffs. On paper, they were undeserving of making the playoffs.
I am completely biased when it comes to the Washington Nationals
All things are not equal. I like the Nationals. Not only are they my local team, but their single-A minor league team, The Hagerstown Suns, play a three-minute walk from my house. The Nationals’ 21-year-old phenom Juan Santos played in Hagerstown.
Once in the playoffs, the Nationals faced the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers won 106 games this season. I rooted for the Dodgers growing up in Los Angeles County. They continued being my team up until I moved to Maryland.
The Dodgers went to the World Series last year and the year before. Before the season started, I wanted the Dodgers to go to the World Series again this year and again next year. I knew they would lose because the Dodgers tend to choke on the big stage. There’s a reason they haven’t won the World Series since 1988. It’s not for a lack of talent. It’s because they choke. It’s as though it’s baked into the Dodgers at the organizational level.
I wanted the Dodgers to become the Buffalo Bills of Major League Baseball, going to the World Series four years in a row and losing all four. They were halfway there.
The Washington Nationals beat the poorly managed Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of a five-game series.
The Nats then faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. The Nationals swept the Cardinals, winning four straight in the seven-game series. It was entertaining to see the Cardinals lose the way they did. It looked like they just gave up in Game 4. For the team that is supposed to play baseball the “right” way, it sure looked like they were not living up to their pious reputation.
That took the Nationals to the World Series. They faced the mighty Houston Astros, winner of a whopping 107 games this season. I didn’t think the Nats would win against the Astros. I’d have to be crazy if I did. The Nats beating the Astros is not how sports are supposed to work. Thankfully, not everything always works the way it should.
Sometimes when that happens, the outcome is glorious.
The best part of the Washington Nationals winning the World Series
By far the sweetest part of the Nats winning the World Series is they did it without the baseball services of Bryce Harper. He is one of the worst people I’ve come across. He’s right up there with Jimmy Buffett, Osama bin Laden, and professional Instagram influencers. Like Soto, Harper played in Hagerstown. Unlike Soto, Harper trashed the city shortly after getting promoted to double-A baseball. Plus, he drove his stupid faux monster truck through town like a bag of dicks, immediately going aggro on anyone who happened to get in his way.
After last season, Harper decided to leave the Nationals and become a free agent. He ended up signing with the division-rival Philidelphia Phillies. The Phillies being the Phillies, overpaid for Harper signing him to a massive $330 million, 13-year contract.
The first season without Harper and the Nats win the World Series. That’s priceless.
Shortly after last night’s win, people online began trolling Bryce Harper with memes. This is probably my favorite:
I now have to practice some non-existent self-discipline and refrain from immediately running out and buying Washington Nationals 2019 World Series Champions gear. I tried to do that when the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup, but I broke down fairly quickly and bought a championship hat.
A few months later, I saw the same championship hat at Marshalls for only $3. What can I say? I have no discipline, especially when it comes to buying sports-related merchandise.