Finally, in 2019, the nation’s capital went all the way and won the World Series. The Washington Nationals become the baseball champions of the world for the first time in franchise history.
The nation’s pastime was brought back to the nation’s capital in 2005 through the Washington
Nationals. This marked a new era in Washington D.C. The District instantaneously became a baseball
town, despite the team’s initial struggles. For the team’s first seven seasons, they were the worst
team in the sport. But, in 2012, it all turned around. The team won the National League East
and made it to the playoffs for the first time. The rest is history.
This finally solidified D.C. as the sports town that Washingtonians have been hoping it could be
for a long time. The Capitals started the trend, winning the 2018 Stanley Cup Championship. The
Washington Mystics followed up in 2019, becoming WNBA champions. The Nationals followed
them up with a World Series championship, making Washington D.C. the district of champions.
Naturally, with a world championship win in the books, there was a parade and rally
to celebrate the team’s accomplishment. Nationals players and front office personnel loaded up
on buses and paraded down the streets of The District. People have questioned whether or not the people
of the DMV can truly make D.C. a sports town, but the people showed up. The streets were filled with red
as thousands of fans celebrated their team’s success.
Northwest High School senior and baseball player, Kyle DeSoto, attended the festivities in the
nation’s capital. DeSoto says of the event, “the energy was insane and could be felt throughout the day.
From before the parade even started till it was long over, the fans brought energy.” Being able to
enjoy a world championship isn’t an experience that will happen too often, so the fans made sure
to make this one count.
This championship added on to D.C.’s late tear of being an extremely successful sports town.
Three championships in the past two years is something to boast about, and D.C. will be proud of
these accomplishments for many years to come. From now on, Washington D.C. will be known
as the District of Champions