Why the past month has been one of the most memorable in D.C. sports' history

Caroline Brandt
NBC Sports Washington

Aside from the Capitals' Stanley Cup championship in 2018, this past month has been one of the greatest in D.C. sports history. Here's why in chronological order.

The Caps got a team puppy!

The Capitals got a team puppy and we could not be more excited. Captain, the team puppy, is a yellow labrador retriever who will be hanging out at Capital One Arena while being trained as a service dog for America's VetDogs, a program that helps to train dogs to be service animals for a veteran or first responder. You can find Captain at Caps' practices or games or you can follow him on social media @CapsPup.

The Washington Mystics won their first-ever WNBA Championship!

With WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne at the helm, the Washington Mystics won their first-ever WNBA Championship. Although a parade has been delayed until next spring, the team has embarked on a championship tour of their own: a Good Morning America appearance, being honored at the Nationals' NLCS Game 4 with Delle Donne throwing out the first pitch, and a puck drop for the Capitals' home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Washington Nationals are headed to the World Series!

For a team that has had its countless share of postseason heartbreak, the Nats rebounded from a 19-31 start to make an unprecedented comeback. The Nats eliminated former teammate Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies to clinch the Wild Card, win the Wild Card in thrilling fashion against the Milwaukee Brewers, beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS with a Howie Kendrick grand slam in Game 5, and swept the St. Louis Cardinals in four games of the NLCS to advance to their first World Series ever. The entire city of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area rallied around the fun-loving group who "stay in the fight" and "go 1-0" each day. The Nationals will play Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday, Oct. 22 against the winner of the ALCS between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees.

Bradley Beal is staying in Washington!

Wizards' All-Star Bradley Beal has agreed to a two-year, $72 million contract extension, deciding to stick with the team during their rebuilding phase this season. The Wizards' season tips off against the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday, Oct. 23.



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