First Title for Washington Nationals

The World Series, major league baseball’s biggest event, concluded on Oct. 30 with the Washington Nationals defeating the Houston Astros, 4 games to 3.

“I watched all seven games of the World Series,” junior Alex Chacon said.

The Nationals’ victory was a disappointment for fans of the Astros, though junior Jake Orts admitted he felt they had earned it.

“I was upset that the Astros lost,” Orts said. “I’ve always been an Astros fan. But I thought that the Nationals played really well.”

It was the first time since 1933 that any team from Washington, D.C. had played in the World Series, and the first time in the history of Major League Baseball that a Washington team had won the World Series. It was also the first-ever World Series in which the away team won every game. All the games played in Washington were won by the Astros, and the Nationals won every game played in Houston.

“That was insane,” Orts said. “Wish it didn’t happen, but that did happen, and it made history, so that was cool.”

The Nationals had constructed an all-star team that allowed them to achieve their victory. One of their most-watched players was 21-year-old left fielder Juan Soto, who hit three home runs and drove in seven more over the course of the series.

“Soto hit a couple of home runs in the World Series and had some [runs batted in, referring to getting a hit that allows a teammate to score],” Chacon said. “He had a big catch, too. He made a lot of plays, and I like watching him, seeing him play.”

The Astros’ performance was somewhat marred by the poor postseason showing of pitcher Justin Verlander, but Houston’s other stars, including second baseman Jose Altuve, made up for it.

“Altuve’s backstory is really nice – he was told he shouldn’t be playing in the majors, and he was persistent and kept on going, and then did play in the majors, and is one of the best players on the Astros right now,” Orts said.

The Nationals as a team had an underdog story of their own making it to the World Series. They played poorly and lost many games early in the season, but managed to turn things around and earn a chance to reach the postseason in the Wild Card position, in their Wild Card game, they were pitted against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had had a much more successful regular season. The Nationals managed to defeat them and make it all the way to the World Series – and to their first-ever victory there against the Astros.

“I think the Astros were a better team, but the Nationals came out and proved that you don’t have to be the best team,” Chacon said. “You just have to work hard to get what you want.”

Whether famous like Altuve and Soto or less noticed by the media, every player on both teams can now say they were part of a historic World Series.

“It was really nice to see that moment when [the Nationals] realized they won. Even not being a part of it, it was really exciting,” junior Lauren Santos said.