On Saturday, Nov. 2, in Washington D.C., National fans gathered on Constitution Ave to celebrate the Nats World Series victory. It’s been 95 years since DC has last seen a baseball championship win, when the Washington Senators defeated the New York Yankees, and finished with a 92-62 record back in 1924.
Fans were decked out in team gear from Washington hoodies and jerseys, to baby shark onesies to show their team spirit. Homemade signs were also a crowd favorite and for those who came empty handed, the DC police made up for by passing around red Nationals pom-poms and flyers with the nationals iconic saying, “fight finished,” to keep the celebration going.
Kendall Milam, senior at American University and long time Nationals fan, comments on the overall experience.
“DC has been waiting since the Nationals came back to the city 15 years ago. This team is so talented and fun, they wanted it and the community rallied behind them,” said Milam.
Local dance teams, fire departments, military members, and police all marched in the parade, alongside the multiple buses filled with team members and their friends and family.
The Nats mascots continued to hype up the crowd as they strode alongside the parade line on bicycles wearing heads of former presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Rosevelt, and George Washington.
Fan favorites Juan Soto, Howie Kendrick, and Sean Doolittle were met with a crowd roar, as the audience simultaneously chanted their names, and of course Doolittle had his luckily lightsaber in hand all the while. Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg on the other hand celebrated with their fans in an explosion of MVP chants, as recent World Series and NLCS MVP winners.
“It was great seeing the underdogs come out on top. They deserved it,” said Tom Nelson, Washington Nationals fan.
It wouldn’t be a Nationals parade without Screech, the team’s bald eagle mascot accompanying the presidents on his own bicycle, screeching with the crowd in his navy blue Nationals jersey.
“Watching this team win has been really inspirational to see them come back from a 19-31 start, to go all the way and win the World Series. It really makes you believe anything is possible,” said Millersville student, David Milam.
The parade concluded with Ryan Zimmerman and the team’s manager Davy Martinez driving by on the final bus hosting the team World Series Trophy, as the city rained red confetti.