Before the 2019 Washington Nationals went on the win the World Series, they had to overcome significant injuries to their roster and an early-season 19-31 record. While it took the remainder of the summer to prove themselves, everyone has a moment they can recall from this past season when they knew the Nats were the real deal.
For Washington Post beat writer and "Buzz Saw" author Jesse Dougherty, that moment for him was when the Nats swept the Cubs in Chicago during their late-August series.
"Guys were literally sleeping in their lockers Friday morning at Wrigley because they had had to play Thursday night in Pittsburgh, fly overnight, show up to Wrigley by 10 a.m. the next day to play the afternoon game and they just totally dismembered the Cubs," Dougherty said on the Nationals Talk Podcast. "I mean, they just took them apart one by one."
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Donning their black MLB Player's Weekend jerseys, the Nats beat the Cubs by a combined score of 23-10 over three games.
"I always think about that series at Wrigley because they were just so…they were just clicking on all cylinders and everything went right and the bullpen was sort of coming together and I was just really impressed then," Dougherty said.
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The moment one Nationals beat writer knew the 2019 team was the real deal originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington