WASHINGTON – Washington is wild.
The Nationals entered the field with a 6: 5 victory over old friend Bryce Harper and division rival Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. Technically, the site was not locked until three minutes after the last exit. Just then, the Chicago Cubes lost to the Pirates of Pittsburgh, eliminating them from hidden-card disputes and sending Washington into the postseason.
The finale outside the Cubs-Pirates competition was shown live on the giant video board at Nationals Park. As soon as Chicago knight Kyle Schwarber gave up Adam Fraser of Pittsburgh to end it, the Nationals – who had quietly gathered along the line at first base – began their celebration seriously, bouncing up and down like a panic! at the disco "Hey, look, I did it" at the disco erupted all over the stadium. It was a moment that looked amazing at best four months ago.
"I imagined it in spring training," said manager Davey Martinez, whose team was expected to be a World Series contender, but went 1
Despite the slow start, the second-year captain of Washington remained his usual optimistic leader.
"I said this team would bounce back and turn it around," said Martinez. "I thought we hit the bottom then, but this team – we're all back, we're getting better, we'll be fine. So let's just keep fighting and here we are. "
Although this is Martinez's first trip to the playoffs, this is the fifth time in eight years for the Nationals. Each of the previous four times was division winners. Not that anyone in Washington club club doesn't seem to mind the team card status of the team.
"Everybody in this house foresaw exactly this thing right here," said Tria Turner, whose dramatic grand on Tuesday night was a decisive blow and the result in a shaking curtain from a surprisingly thin crowd t 22 214. "We talked about it when we were 19-31, we talked about how we would laugh at everyone else outside this club for everything they said about us, and we're here.
"There's still a path for us to win all this," said ace Max Scherzer, who won Tuesday night's game and is expected to start the game next weekend next weekend. "We will test as never before have been tested during the regular season. But I love what this team has in common. I love our chemistry. I love what we have. This is necessary for us to win in the postseason. "
Winning the postseason is unknown to the Nationals, who never went through the first round in four tries under General Manager Mike Rizzo.
unique and special, "says Rizzo, who joined the Nationals in 2007 and takes on the role of GM two years later. "When you get down to plastic and pour beer over one another, it's a special season. We do not take this for granted. These are things a lot of teams want to do. "
One of those teams out there is Phyllis, who had big plans when he signed former Harper national star for a 13-year, $ 330 million contract during the off-season. but were eliminated during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, a 4-1 loss, defeating them in the night trap, crushed by a whimsical homer from Harper, sending the old club to the former MVP in celebration mode.
An improvised conga was formed. a line that pushes players around the club house to a thud the rhythm of Latin music, MVP Chants filled Natsu's dressing room when teammates stood around third batman Anthony Randon and showered him with beer. as his song earlier this season and since then it's become something of a national anthem in the nation's capital.
"It's so great," said facilitator Sean Doolittle. "After everything we went through, after getting together after all the season and having to crawl out of the hole we found ourselves in in May, it gets a lot sweeter. It's really, really special."