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Franchise Sports Talk Baseball: Episode Nineteen

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Joe and Sam look back on an epic World Series that saw the Washington Nationals win their first title.

Washington’s run to the World Series was one of the great stories in American sports history. Overcoming a crumbling bullpen, an ace battling through injury, and repeatedly defying the odds, the Nationals even had to come from behind in Game Seven of the Fall Classic. An Anthony Rendon blast set up the comeback before an opposite-field from Howie Kendrick gave the Nationals the lead, which they never relinquished.

Earlier in the postseason, Washington came back late in the winner-takes-all wildcard game. They came from behind against the supposedly unbeatable Los Angeles Dodgers. They cruised past the St Louis Cardinals, their starting pitching better than even the most optimistic Nats fan could have imagined.

The scenes on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park were the greatest in franchise history. Just months after losing their homegrown superstar Bryce Harper, the Nationals reached the pinnacle of the sport.

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