Although Game 7 of the World Series took place in Houston - home of the losing team, the Astros - 36,000 Nationals fans gathered in D.C.to attend a free viewing party at Nationals Park, watching the big game on the stadium's big screen.
With all eyes on Scherzer and his remarkable recovery after a painkilling injection, these Nationals truly embraced their shot in the only Series when the road team won every game. Greinke, 36, was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade in July as the Astros revisited their splashy strategy from two years earlier, when they made a last-gasp trade for Justin Verlander, another veteran ace pitcher, and won their first World Series, sparking joyous scenes in a city that had been devastated by Hurricane Harvey only a few weeks earlier. Even Clayton Kershaw pitched a few solid innings out of the bullpen against the Astros in Game 7 two years ago, and he's never had a great postseason reputation. In the opposing clubhouse, the Astros' loss will give way to a winter of wondering "what if?" concerning the unrealized potential of winning a second championship in three tries.
Eaton returned the favor in the 9 with a two-RBI single to center field to lift Washington to a more comfortable 6-2 lead. Strasburg was named the series' MVP.
'I think this is huge for D.C.,' the Washington Nationals fan said.
"I wasn't going to pitch him [Cole] unless we were going to win the World Series and have a lead", Hinch said.
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But the incredible path these wild-card Nationals with the curly W logo took, well, no one could have imagined.
The editor of ESPN Chalk, Ben Fawkes, reported Thursday that a West Virginia bettor won $330,000 on the Nationals winning the series. Washington then went on to easily sweep the St. Louis Cardinals.
If you said Houston Astros, you're on the money. Thank you for making us better people and better players.
"But like I said before, these guys, we stuck together".
Still, the Astros believe they remain built for sustained success.