Before we talk about how awesome game 7 of the 2019 fall classic was, I need to scream a little bit.
I MISSED THE ENTIRE TOP OF THE SEVENTH INNING. I MISSED RENDON’S HOME RUN AND I MISSED HOWIE KENDRICK’S GO AHEAD HOME RUN. I was driving home from work and, like the cautious and law-abiding driver I am, I did not check my phone once. I cannot explain to you how furious I was to walk into my house and flip on the game and see 3-2 and knowing I missed all of it. GOD DAMN IT, I MISSED IT ALL!
Alright, I needed to get that off my chest. Onto the instant classic we just witnessed.
For the first time ever, The Washington Nationals are World Series champions.
Until the madness of the seventh inning, the storyline of the game was the pitching matchup. Max Scherzer vs Zach Grienke. Two psychopath pitchers going at it in a winner-take-all game. Max Scherzer wasn’t 100% thanks to his miniature stroke he had before game 5 and Zach Grienke had question marks due to his anxiety issues. But, both men came out and dealt. Scherzer was laboring at times, but was still pumping fastballs in the mid 90’s and did what he could to keep the game close, giving up 2 runs over 5 innings and dancing in and out of dangerous situations all night. The real star of the show was Zach Grienke though. The 36-year old went 6 strong innings of one-hit, shutout baseball all while dumping on Nationals batters with 88 mph fastballs and 65 mph curveballs. He truly was pitching the game of his life. Although, Grienke would give up one critical blemish in the top of the seventh when he served up a cookie to Anthony Rendon who drilled a solo home run into the Crawford boxes.
From there Astros manager AJ Hinch turned to his favorite, and most exhausted, reliever in Will Harris to stop the bleeding and maintain the ‘Stros crucial lead.
He did not.
With a runner on, Howie Kendrick continued his career renaissance by hitting a two-run, go-ahead home run off the right field foul pole to put the Nationals in front 3-2.
Howie Kendrick was made for this.
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) October 31, 2019
Juan Soto would add another insurance run via an RBI single to right in the 8th to make it 4-2.
Patrick Corbin, who had previously been piss, shit, and balls in the postseason, entered the game once Scherzer was lifted and turned in a tremendous 3 inning shutout relief appearance.
3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 Ks.
— MLB (@MLB) October 31, 2019
The Nationals busted it open in the top of the ninth thanks to a two-run Adam Eaton single to center to make it a four-run game.
Journeyman reliever Daniel Hudson was tasked with getting those iconic final three outs, and he did so emphatically, striking out Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley back to back to end the game, series, and the 2019 baseball season. Just like that, the Washinton Nationals had finally reached the mountain top.
The Washington Nationals are World Series champions for the first time in franchise history! pic.twitter.com/reKVXKl7v1
— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) October 31, 2019
The Nationals are seriously one of the most improbable World Series winning teams of all time. Everyone knows the story; On May 23rd, the Nationals were 19-31 and were the laughing stock of baseball. With one of the most talented rosters in the game, the Nats had a 1% chance of reaching the postseason. Similar to the St Louis Blues miracle Stanley Cup run last year, the Nationals rose from the depths of utter failure and just never stopped rising. They were supposed to lose to, and probably should have lost to the Brewers in the Wild Card game, they should’ve been massacred by the almighty Dodgers, they were overlooked against the Cardinals in the NLCS, and they were seen as sacrificial lambs to the Astros. Through everything, through the piss poor start to the season, through the constant mismatches in the playoffs, through a 3-2 deficit in the World Series, the Nationals just never stopped winning.
Max Scherzer deserved this.
"We won it all" 😭 pic.twitter.com/XEEvQZyrZR
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 31, 2019
Congratulations to the Washington Nationals, congrats to the city of DC, and congrats to all of us who were able to watch it.
The Washington Nationals are the 2019 World Series Champions. Holy Shit.
Photo via @theundefeated