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Sean Doolittle 'wouldn't have changed anything' about time in Washington originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Sean Doolittle may be a Cincinnati Red now, but he'll always be a fan favorite in the nation's capital.
The former Nationals closer joined the team midway through 2017 and stayed through 2020, going through a few ups and downs that were clearly highlighted by the 2019 World Series championship.
Doolittle not only shined on the mound but also in the community, where he and his wife Eireann Dolan became instant pillars through their philanthropic work and embrace of D.C.'s culture.
And according to the man himself, Doolittle has no regrets about his time in Washington.
“I wouldn’t have changed anything. The ups and downs, like, my experience there," Doolittle told The Washington Post this week. "I’m just so grateful for it and I’m now ready to move on to the next chapter.”
While the two sides would have liked a reunion, Doolittle understands there is a business side to every negotiation too.
“There’s absolutely no hard feelings here,” Doolittle said. “I’m not mad at the Nats. I could never be mad at the Nats, are you kidding me? There’s a business side of this and, right out of the gate, we had financial discussions with other teams that was just better. It happens, and that’s okay."
Nats fans will still be able to appreciate Doolittle from afar, and if they are allowed in the stadium this season you can be sure he will receive an ovation when the Reds come to town.
The Nationals 2019 World Series, along with several other points along the way, are moments Doolittle will take with him for the rest of his life.