September 17, 2021

Three quick observations from the Nationals’ win over the Astros in Game 7 of the World Series (The Athletic)

Congratulations, Washington. On Oct. 1, you trailed the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 in the eighth inning of the NL Wild Card Game. On Oct. 9, you trailed the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the NLDS. On Wednesday night, you trailed the Houston Astros 2-0 in the seventh inning of Game 7 of the World Series. 

You erased every deficit, of course, because that’s what you do, fighting back one more time, staging one more rally, from 19-31 and buried in May to World Series champions on Wednesday after a 6-2 victory over the Astros in Game 7 in Houston.

In one of the most stunning October runs of this century — and frankly, that might be selling this feat short — the Nationals captured their first world championship, offering sweet relief to a city that had not celebrated a World Series title since 1924. In one final bit of magic, Howie Kendrick clubbed a go-ahead, two-run homer off reliever Will Harris in the seventh after the Nationals had chased…

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