Leader McConnell Congratulates the World Series Champions, the Washington Nationals
‘This squad has to be the hands-down the most athletic, most resilient, most team-spirited bunch of ballplayers this city has ever had.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor congratulating the 2019 World Series champions:
“I would be remiss not to congratulate the 2019 World Series champions, the Washington Nationals.
“This year our national pastime came down to a dramatic finish. The Nationals and the Astros traded blows right up until the final innings of Game Seven.
“For the first time ever, the ‘away’ team won all seven games of the series. And now Steven Strasburg, Max Scherzer, Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto, and the rest of the 2019 Nationals are bringing a World Series trophy here to our nation’s capital for the first time since 1924.
“Back then, of course, the home team was officially the Washington Senators, though still often called the Nationals. Now that is a distinguished name for a team. But this squad has to be the hands-down the most athletic, most resilient, most team-spirited bunch of ballplayers this city has ever had.
“These remarkable players; their manager, Dave Martinez; the Nationals’ front office; and the team’s owners, the Lerner family. I particularly want to mention Ted Lerner, the patriarch. A great owner, a great friend of the city. It was fun to see him at the game, reveling in this great accomplishment.
“They have achieved a small miracle: For a couple of weeks they gave us something that all of Washington D.C. could unite around. A miracle indeed.
“Congratulations to the champions.”
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